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Lyle Lanley

Go Canada Go!

February 21, 2014 @ 8:50 AM


Productivity in this country will be at an all time low today.

Go Brad Jacobs and Team Canada!

February 21, 2014 @ 8:52 AM


And now, for some REAL hockey. Go Canada!

February 21, 2014 @ 8:54 AM

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Seriously? You're the biggest troll, ever.

February 21, 2014 @ 8:56 AM


@ Argie - What make the ladies game fake??

And what are you going to do when the NHL has an openly gay player like the NFL.....

February 21, 2014 @ 8:56 AM


I know it seems that way but I sincerely cannot watch women's hockey. I know nobody cares - but I just had to state that. Its the skating, I tells you! Sorry.

February 21, 2014 @ 8:58 AM


I've already answered the ladies' hockey question. As for the second question, there's no guarantee it ever will. The guy from Missouri hasn't paled in the NFL yet.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:01 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


It's one thing to say "I prefer the men's game", but it's another to insinuate the women's game isn't "real".

I watch 11/12 year olds play hockey every Saturday. That's real hockey, and often quite entertaining.

The women's gold yesterday was amazing. I watched it a 2nd time on CBC at 7pm with my kids, and a third time later in the evening on TSN. I've literally seen that 3rd period and overtime three times now. It's awesome and now Canadian legend.

So you don't have to like it, but it's real, and it's spectacular.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:01 AM


Sorry, that's "played" in the NFL yet.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:02 AM


"I watch 11/12 year olds play hockey every Saturday. That's real hockey, and often quite entertaining"

Of course it is - your son is playing. Which is why you can handle watching a sub-par game like women's hockey. I don't have any kids playing hockey.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:04 AM


"The women's gold yesterday was amazing. I watched it a 2nd time on CBC at 7pm with my kids, and a third time later in the evening on TSN. I've literally seen that 3rd period and overtime three times now. It's awesome and now Canadian legend."

You need to get a hobby.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:05 AM


Go Canada!

February 21, 2014 @ 9:10 AM



"You need to get a hobby."

Mike's not alone on this one, you are. You should get a new hobby to replace your trolling hobby here.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:12 AM


Oh Argie...

February 21, 2014 @ 9:13 AM


I'm starting a kickstarter campaign to have argie banned.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:18 AM


For being a contrarian? How mature.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:24 AM


@Argie... You need to come to Oakville and we'll wander through Lululemon before walking down to Starbucks. I'll even wear my Uggs.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:28 AM

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Again, saying "I prefer the men's game" or "I don't watch the women's game" is being a contrarian.

But insinuating the women's game isn't "real hockey" is your attempt to start a fire.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:32 AM


@ Argie...there is no way you could have watched that game and came out with such an idiotic comment.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:33 AM


Oh brother. I see we're already in high "politically correct" alert. Really, we're all offended by Argie's barb? Wow. How about instead of obsessively focussing on the individual words, we just look for the overall intent of the message? Let's pretend that both Men's and Women's Gold medal games were being played at the same time and Canada was in both, but you can only watch one game. Who's going to tell me you'd pick the Women's game to watch?

February 21, 2014 @ 9:37 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

To turn the channel, I'm going to post a guest blog entry by my brother Ryan later today.

He wants your advice on a parenting challenge.


February 21, 2014 @ 9:39 AM


I'll be there only if its south Oakville. What colour is your CG jacket?

February 21, 2014 @ 9:41 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Once again, Argie writes stupid shit and you apologize for him.

If he had written the words you wrote for him, there's be no issue.

But he didn't write that, did he?

February 21, 2014 @ 9:42 AM


I did watch a few minutes of OT but when Canada scored it definitely wasn't the same feeling as Gretzky to Lemieux to win the 87 Cda Cup or Sid scoring in OT to win the gold medal in Vancouver. I guess its just me.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:44 AM


You seem really upset with me using the word "real." That's just my opinion - you don't have to agree with it.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:46 AM


@Mike - I'm defending this one because I think we should all be intelligent enough to infer meaning, rather than wringing our hands over how it was phrased.

February 21, 2014 @ 9:49 AM

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You're discounting Argie's commenting history, which I do not. I know what he's doing...

February 21, 2014 @ 9:50 AM


Do you mean my history of giving an honest opinion regardless as to whether it might upset some over-sensitive people???

February 21, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

Don't Shoot Me

I think people who believe in religion are weak minded.

February 21, 2014 @ 10:13 AM


@Don't shoot me
Oh no, how hurtful. I'm going to call you nasty name now....

February 21, 2014 @ 10:18 AM


national holiday today!

February 21, 2014 @ 10:33 AM



Have you seen Mad Men Season 6 yet?

I bought the DVD box set during the Christmas holidays and just started watching it this week.

I'm only a few episodes in but it's still fantastic. Nothing comes close to it on TV. The only criticism I have is there are NO director or cast commentaries on the DVDs/Blurays for Season 6. That's one of the reasons why I buy them on DVD. Maybe in future editions they'll include them or post them on as podcasts on iTunes like the creators of Batlestar Galatica did.

February 21, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

Ben Vidal

Glen Glen Glen. Watch true detective, or for that matter pretty much any other show on HBO AMC or the super channel. There are plenty of shows out there that make Mad Men seem like drivel

Mad Men = Overrated.

If you want some really good TV you should see some of the stuff coming out of England. Luther with Idris Elba was fantastic. Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch also fantastic. Downton Abbey(not pronounced Downtown).

Oh and one final time Mad Men is the most overrated show out there.

February 21, 2014 @ 10:44 AM

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I'm up to date with Mad Men.

I love it.

February 21, 2014 @ 10:46 AM

Dawn Keibals

Back to 60 entries from 3 people whom can't play in the same sandbox nicely.

February 21, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

519 Rob

The last season of Mad Men was sub-par in my opinion.
But I've loved the show otherwise.

February 21, 2014 @ 10:51 AM


I've been touting British shows for a while now. So many of them brilliant.

I disagree with you on MM. Mind you last season was so-so.

February 21, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

@Dawn Keibals,
Almost as annoying as someone continually pointing it out.
Can't we all just get along......

February 21, 2014 @ 10:54 AM


@ Nigel

Those comics were funny.

@ Glen

I lost interest in the last season of Mad Men. It was dull. I used to love the show.

@ Ben

True Detective is really blowing my mind. I don't know where it is headed but I can't wait. I think Matthew McConaughey will have an Emmy and an Oscar on his resume by the end of the year. Who knew he could pull of this character? His Rom Com persona is completely absent.

February 21, 2014 @ 11:02 AM


Re: Cartoons
Kind of humorous but I really wish he had the balls to draw Mohammed. Alas, he doesn't.

February 21, 2014 @ 11:28 AM


Chrysler has a valuation of $10 billion with over 65,000 employees worldwide.

The text messaging app "WhatsApp" has a valuation of $19 billion with 55 employees working at an office park in Mountainview, California

Your local Tim Hortons has more emploees working at it than Instagram which was sold to Facebook a couple of years ago for $1 billion

Tell me again how the new economy will be providing jobs in the future?

February 21, 2014 @ 11:50 AM


Wow - I was just being a smart ass...I didn't mean for it to go to that extreme....I knew what Argie meant.

Oh, and Argie....I will guarantee you that there will be an openly gay player in the NHL in the next 5 year....

Seriously...I'll bet you a 6 pack of your choice of beer.

February 21, 2014 @ 12:03 PM


@Ben Vidal 10:44
Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch also fantastic - Not.
There's too much of a typical post-90s British series' gay agenda. It's also too limited in separate episodes / hours produced. It is, however, snazzy as to dialogue and camera work.

February 21, 2014 @ 12:22 PM


"Being a contrarian". The height of maturity.

February 21, 2014 @ 12:25 PM


You probably don't any sports, right?

February 21, 2014 @ 12:28 PM


@ CQ

Sherlock has a gay agenda? Where the hell does that come from? Argie likes it! And while Argie and I may disagree on life, he does have a good eye for television.

But really? You're also faulting it for not enough episodes? How does that affect the episodes that are produced? They do down in quality?

February 21, 2014 @ 12:40 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

What a game!

What defence!

What goaltending!

O Canada!

February 21, 2014 @ 2:38 PM


If only every NHL was like that. Fast pace, very few whistles and no pushing and shoving crap. Pure skill.

I thought Bergeron for us and Carlson for them stood out.

February 21, 2014 @ 2:46 PM


Watching the game I didn't care about the style, who scored or how, I just wanted the good guys to win. Now that they did, I can go back and appreciate the quality of play-it was fantastic. Bring on Sweden!!

February 21, 2014 @ 3:08 PM

Jason from Sudbury

According to my news feed on Facebook, Justin Bieber just got his green card!!

February 21, 2014 @ 3:13 PM


Why are doctors now drug pushers It seems to me every time i visit the doctor i end up going on another pill. I hate taking pills. Now i have been told I have diabetes and yet another pill. Why can i not try and manage it on my own. I do not trust my doctor. Does anyone else

February 21, 2014 @ 3:15 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Re: Canada vs. USA

That was a clinic on how to shut down hot offenses. Our D was stifling, giving them little room to work, and the checking was close and hard.

And when he had to come up big, Carey Price was there, cool and collected. I like this guy when he's not wearing a Habs uni!

In five games (and five wins), we've allowed 3 goals. That's incredible.

February 21, 2014 @ 3:18 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I'm lucky enough to be on zero pills right now, and haven't had my doctor push anything on me, but I'm not yet 40.

I do know that if you don't trust your doctor, you should get a new one. Trust, in that relationship, is vital.

February 21, 2014 @ 3:19 PM



I would but commenting on your bullshit takes up any time I would have had for hobbies.

February 21, 2014 @ 3:24 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

@ Tim,
I don't trust your doctor either.

February 21, 2014 @ 3:25 PM


Sunday at 7.00 Canada vs Sweden
Sunday at 12.00 Daytona 500
It doesn't get better than that.

February 21, 2014 @ 4:26 PM

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@ Speysidephil

Don't forget Sunday at 1pm: Toronto Mike presents Podcasting 101 at Podcamp Toronto!

February 21, 2014 @ 4:30 PM


How about that! Every one of my Olympic hockey predictions have been wrong. I really suck. Guess I should say Sweden will win on Sunday.

February 21, 2014 @ 5:04 PM

twins from bolton

@ALL for Mikes Ride For Cancer:

Previously I said I will donate $1 for each goal Mens Team Canada score in the Olympics & extra bonus if they win the Gold medal. So far they have scored 14 goals overall with 1 more game to play & today for me THAT WAS THE GOLD MEDAL GAME beating the U.S.

So Mike, you get the bonus regardless.

Please donate to this worthy cause as it means so much to our Blogger Buddy & especially his dear friend Mike Kic.

February 21, 2014 @ 6:06 PM


Enjoying the CBC Live feeds of the Olympics. HD, uncut. You can watch without a 15 minute commercial break every 3 minutes. With Figure Skating, you actually get to see ALL the competitors. There's so much that gets chopped out in the broadcast. Good job, CBC, tax money well, well spent.

And for ME to compliment anyone's online broadcast of anything TV, that's huge.

The only thing that would have been nice if they bumped up the rink audio a bit. Can't hear any of the skates, and the music gets a bit drowned out and tinny. Oh well.

February 21, 2014 @ 7:20 PM


@Mike: WTF!?! City Council allowing e-bikes in bike lanes.

No, seriously-- what the holy F?

February 21, 2014 @ 7:55 PM


Well, Price did play today. No wonder we got a shutout. Price is that good. Nobody can beat him.

Well, hope my trainer's wife likes the Leafs bib I got Carter. It's just too bad he can't use it now, it's too big. Oh well, I probably won't buy another Leafs thing.

For the Brier, I'm cheering for two teams, Balsdon and Currie. I hope one of them will win it.

February 21, 2014 @ 8:24 PM

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Price has been great this tournament, but if nobody can beat him, why haven't the Habs been to the Cup finals since he got there?

February 21, 2014 @ 8:30 PM

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So dumb... makes me shake my head...

February 21, 2014 @ 8:32 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Is the gold medal game really at 7:00 in the morning? What the hell! Nobody gets up that early on a Sunday!

February 21, 2014 @ 10:12 PM


Well, Price is getting better and better. Canada will win gold because Price is that good and my Habs will be hot when they come back. Price won't let them lose. He's that good.

Who knows why the game is on at 7:00 in the morning. I have no idea.

February 22, 2014 @ 7:30 AM


Well, the game's on at 7:00 a.m because that's 4:00 p.m. in Sochi, then the closing ceremonies start an hour after the game finishes - 8:00 p.m. in Sochi. Maybe we should have asked them to be considerate to North America and start everything 3 hours later for us, so the closing ceremonies wouldn't start til 11:00 p.m. their time.

February 22, 2014 @ 9:19 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

It's rather bizarre making so many plans for 7am on a Sunday. I'm getting the kids up at 6ish, preparing for guests and the big event.

And if you think 7am is rough, imagine what it will be like in four years.

February 22, 2014 @ 9:28 AM


@Lorne & Toronto Mike,

I can't find myself caring about e-bikes in bike lanes. It being illegal never stopped them anyway. They're annoying, but not more than your regular wobbly slowpoke. They're not permitted in separated lanes, like Sherbourne, nor on paths still.

February 22, 2014 @ 3:47 PM


@McNulty Fri 12:40
The agenda story tweaking was obvious. The same had been done with Agatha Christie's mysteries and Doctor Who's revival era. I count only three 90 minute episodes per season of Sherlock. That could have been 5 or 6 episodes per year of - by commercial TV standards, is an hourly episode.
CBS's Elementary series runs at 20+ self-contained hourly episodes a year. Sci-Fi series made in Canada, like Smallville, did likewise and with plenty of computer enhancements, stunt casting, and music. Show me (if living) David Burke and Edward Hardwicke in a Sherlock Holmes cameo.

February 22, 2014 @ 4:13 PM

Lyn Guine

The only two teams at the Brier I don't want to win is Balsdon and Currie.Why do they call it Tim Horton's Brier I don't drink coffee.And they better not play any games at 12 noon.

February 23, 2014 @ 2:54 AM


Why don't you want Balsdon or Currie to win? I am so excited about the Brier. It starts in less than a week now and I'm looking forward to it. My trainer's friends play for Balsdon and my trainer's brother plays on Currie. I want either one of those teams to win. too bad if you don't. My trainer's wife said that Carter can wear the bib now even though it is a little big. that's good. Maybe when Carter gets older, he will become a Habs fan. that would be good or he could become a coyotes fan. Maybe Carter will like the Habs better than the Leafs.

February 23, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Lou Skunt

@Lyn Guine
Lick my Balsdon! He's going to win it all!

But you're right - they'd better not have any games on during midday. Curling is a Prime-time sport.

February 23, 2014 @ 2:36 PM


Well, at least someone else wants Balsdon. I like both Balsdon and Currie. One of them will win it all. Anyway, no point in having PK Subban there if you're not going to play him. Anyway, Carey Price will not lose again and he will take the Habs to the cup this year.

February 23, 2014 @ 8:05 PM


@ CQ

When someone says something is obvious and doesn't actually use any sort of evidence it really ruins their argument.

Again, show examples of Sherlock and their gay agenda.

And it's a mini-series. It doesn't need the standard US TV series of 22 episodes a season. Typically most 22 epiosde series have a lot of filler episodes that can lack the same quality.

February 24, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Ignore CQ... he seems frightened of gay people and invents these "agendas".

Exhibit A:

February 24, 2014 @ 11:40 AM


I dropped a clock into the washing machine by accident. It was a pocket clock and I left it in a pocket. I forgot to take it out of my pocket and it went into the washing machine. It went into the dryer as well. The clock got ruined. I had to throw it out. Oh well, it was a cheap clock and I have other clocks. It was no big loss, but it was a stupid thing to do. The washing machine ruined the clock.

February 24, 2014 @ 4:36 PM

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