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The Voice of Reason

Canadian hockey will be well represented in the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs, a good number of the Dallas Stars are Canadian Boys!!! Being a Dual citizen, totally looking forward to the real season STANLEY!!!!! No matter which team wins there will be Canadian Boys skating around the rink carrying the Cup, bet on it.

April 15, 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I'm rooting for Sid the Kid.

April 15, 2016 @ 9:00 AM


Mike, I know you loaded up on Kings in your pool. Eek!

April 15, 2016 @ 9:42 AM


Thanks to Leafs sucking the past few years (I know, its been more than a few years), I have very little interest in any hockey. I don't care who wins the Cup and definitely don't care at all about the upcoming World Cup.

Too many enjoyable things to do outside - and even inside the house.

April 15, 2016 @ 9:48 AM

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I'm sorry for the server issue this morning. All comments left over the past hour or so didn't publish.

April 15, 2016 @ 9:49 AM

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It's safe to say the passion for NHL playoff hockey is at an all-time low. If I have nothing better to do, I'm still watching a bit here and there. I caught most of the Panthers vs. Islanders last night, and the Pens vs. Rangers the night before.

There's also an interesting hesitation with Raptors fans right now. This team really needs to win a best of seven. Plenty of fans, plenty of worry.

April 15, 2016 @ 9:53 AM

Jason from Sudbury

I'm going for Chicago.

April 15, 2016 @ 9:55 AM

Lyle Lanley

Go Jays Go!

April 15, 2016 @ 10:13 AM


I agree with Argie about NHL hockey. I have spent the last little while engrossed in the OHL. It is seems to be a lot more fun and way more affordable.
My son loved the games and $25 a ticket you can't go wrong (those were playoff tickets!).

NHL playoffs? No thanks. I will stick to the Raptors.

April 15, 2016 @ 10:17 AM

Sam in Pickering

Go Raps Go!

April 15, 2016 @ 10:22 AM





April 15, 2016 @ 10:27 AM

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I was thinking the same thing. We Leafs fans forget what good hockey looks like.

I would absolutely love a Pens vs. Kings final.

April 15, 2016 @ 10:29 AM



April 15, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

The Voice of Reason


Off topic, Bill Johnson resigned as the UW-Milwaukee radio play by play voice.

He seemed to burn every bridge on his way out.

Here is his insta gram post.

" To quote Groucho Marx “Hello, I must be going!” Before the decision is made for me, I am officially announcing my retirement as the voice of Milwaukee Panthers Men’s basketball. I would say it’s taking the last life boat off the Titanic, but that would be unfair to the crew of the Titanic.

Never have so many competant [sic], talented people been run off by such a talentless group of entitled beaurocrats [sic]. No matter how much the coaches, players, and support staff care, they can’t overcome incompetent administrators.

UWM leads the world in incompetent administrators.

I criticize awful athletic directors like Koonce, Costello, Geiger, and Braun. It’s not their fault. Hell, if they elected me President I’ld take the job. If I suck at it, it’s not my fault. I’m not qualified to be President.

Should Amanda Braun turn down an AD job just because she’s horribly under qualified? Hell no. She’s a bad AD, and a deplorable human being, but those are the cards she’s been dealt.

Those in charge of the UW System have failed to hire effective administrators. Failed. F F F F!

It has been my pleasure to work with the wonderful players and coaches for 17 seasons. The players, coaches, parents and the fans have been like my family.

I will miss Panther hoops the rest of my life. Best of luck to my friends that are still imprisoned at UWM Athletics. Fight on, brothers (and sisters.) Keep your heads low and make us proud.

Finally, best of luck to LaVall Jordan, his staff, and the players. As so often happens in the NCAA, it’s not your fault. Win and get out quick, because long term is fatal at UWM Athletics.

Panther Nation, it has been my pleasure.Cheers!"

April 15, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

James Edgar

@The Voice of Reason

Wow Burning bridges is an understatement. He set the Bridge ,river and more than a few bridges miles ..Er Kilometers away on fire.

I'm going to save that for when i win a lottery and use it to quit my job!

April 15, 2016 @ 11:23 AM


I don't care about hockey until October as my Habs and Coyotes are out. I joined the basketball playoff pool though. One just started. I have the Pacers. Hopefully they will win so I win my money. If they lose unless someone else wants out, then I drop out, but they won't lose. I know they won't. My Orioles blew it last night. They were winning, but then they go and lose in the late innings. Now they lost a couple in a row and this is not good. Anyway, my Diamondbacks lost as well which also sucks. I don't know why my Diamondbacks can't win much and I hope my Orioles can turn it around and start winning again.

April 15, 2016 @ 11:24 AM

James Edgar

And speaking of new music I was thinking about missing out on what's out there these days and how listening to 590 does not introduce much that's new to my universe.

I have something of a solution. I'm following up on Alan Cross's weekly playlists.
lot new there and some of what i've heard in the last week sounds promising.

April 15, 2016 @ 11:27 AM

Ryan G /

I'm with you James Edgar.

I too fantasize regularly about winning an absurd amount of money and the devious things I'd do before I checked out of my job. I'd do stuff along the lines of what Edward Norton does in Fight Club. I wouldn't kill anyone, but I might stab a few people. I wouldn't go too deep though, so they could totally continue working the rest of the day.

April 15, 2016 @ 11:38 AM


Trying out Naylor and Lansberg in the morning. Is it glaringly obvious to anybody else that Michael Landsberg is condescending, and incredibly unlikeable? The way he treats Naylor, and the way he even treats some of his guests, as if he has disdain for all of them and their comments? Its tough to listen to.

April 15, 2016 @ 11:42 AM

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About six months ago, Michael Landsberg agreed to visit to appear on my podcast.

Then, when it came time to schedule a day and time, he went quiet.

April 15, 2016 @ 11:44 AM

James Edgar

I never did see Fight Club.

April 15, 2016 @ 12:38 PM


Looks like The Raptors are in great shape for the first round of the playoffs."Always Wrong" Cheryl has the Pacers in her pool.
Sell the farm and every last possession you own,borrow on your credit card and bet it on The Raptors.

April 15, 2016 @ 12:56 PM

Rob J

"Waaaah, the Raptors play at 12:30, how disrespectful...wait, the Warriors also play at 12:30?......So, do you think the Jays will keep Bautista?"

April 15, 2016 @ 12:59 PM


@Daniel, I completely sort of worked on OTR but with just him and Naylor it gets boring fast..I feel like enough already with being a dick..I do enjoy overdrive though :)

April 15, 2016 @ 1:06 PM


@Toronto Mike

I would say that doesn't surprise me.

Like you I'm just going off of what I'm seeing, not saying I know the guy or anything. I just don't really see how you can belittle your co-worker on air so constantly. Or at least after you do it just say, I'm just joking I love you buddy, just something to break the ice. Its like he doesn't understand how social interaction works

April 15, 2016 @ 1:06 PM

Ryan G

@James Edgar.

That is blasphemy.

Actually, the first time I went to see Fight Club in a theatre, a buddy and I got hammered with some girls we were trying to hook up with and I fell asleep and missed the whole damn thing.

But it is a fantastic film and it gets better with age in my view. It takes a couple of viewings too to really understand what the hell is going on. There is a sequel in graphic novel form..not sure if a film will be made from it though.

April 15, 2016 @ 1:13 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Fight Club is the first DVD I ever purchased.

April 15, 2016 @ 1:22 PM

James Edgar

@Ryan. You are not even close to the first person to tell me that.

it IS on my list.

it was on Netflix a while back but it's gone now. hopefully next time i'll have time to watch it.

What i have seen recently is archer. I tried watching a while back but wasn't all that impressed. For some reason i find it really funny now.

April 15, 2016 @ 1:29 PM


I am really enjoying having Dan Shulman calling Blue Jays games on Sportsnet. Less Pat Tabler works for me, too.

Best line from Wednesday's game:
"There are two pitchers warming up in the Jays' bullpen, and both of them are named Pat Venditte."

April 15, 2016 @ 1:42 PM


Over to hockey...
Some of you might like (or hate) reading the National Post Sports "No Canada" series. Link to the series:

I ended up at the "No Canada" series after reading this piece today:

Essentially, the maybe once "Canadian" game is all in the hands of Americans. Writer Chris Selley notes the NHL's New York City office. In this piece, he mentions salary caps, but that's as close as he gets to the real reason Americans control pretty much everything in and for the NHL: money.

April 15, 2016 @ 2:31 PM


For the hive, anyone got suggestions for a uplifting movie on Netflix / Hulu that will cheer up my wife? No horror or sci-fi please ...

April 15, 2016 @ 2:32 PM


@GUMP..if your might enjoy Heaven is for Real.
I'm not and I still enjoyed it..

Life of Pi is really good..

I haven't seen in a long time, but I recall leaving Avatar really happy..

April 15, 2016 @ 2:39 PM


Silver Linings Playbook
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
His Girl Friday

April 15, 2016 @ 2:47 PM


@Gump - How about "The Princess Bride"?

April 15, 2016 @ 2:59 PM

The Voice of Reason


You should have her watch "The Room". It will bring out all emotions, but in the end she will shed a tear of joy.

April 15, 2016 @ 3:12 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Thought Hulu wasi't available in Canada? or has this changed? Personally I don't bother with Hulu or even Netflix.

April 15, 2016 @ 3:50 PM


The only good thing about no Canadian teams in the playoffs this year is the televised game will be a few minutes shorter.

There won't be "O Canada" sang at any of the arenas.

Playoff pools are a crapshoot & the lucky person wins. Twice in last 10 years the 8th place team won the cup & probably very few players chosen from those teams.

April 15, 2016 @ 5:53 PM


Excited for Raptors in the playoffs, and am really enjoying the Jays regular season so far. I expect the Boston series to be gruelling though.

I can't believe I'm saying this about a Rogers product, but I'm really appreciating the $25/mth Sportsnet Now online streaming subscription. Chromecasts well from my PC to my TV too.

I preferred the stuff, but it's pricey upfront and there's no guarantee they won't get blacked out eventually. The Sportsnet Now notifications on my phone are extremely solid and well configurable regardless. Actually hilariously, they were spoiling the home runs last night ... the online stream is about a minute behind broadcast.

April 15, 2016 @ 6:37 PM


Well, how about those Orioles, amazing. They almost lost it, but had a big inning in the seventh. Mark Trumbo who is now my favourite player hit two home runs in one inning. That's great. My Orioles are winning again. That's great the losing streak was not that long. My Diamondbacks won as well. This is great. Yes, I have the Pacers in my pool. They're going to win. They'll surprise a lot of people. I'm going to win the money. One team per person as quite a few people joined. Let's go Pacers. Let's do it.

April 16, 2016 @ 7:32 AM

Collingwood Dave

I am going to cash in my RRSP,s, and put them on the Raptors. Only because Cheryl likes the Pacers.

April 16, 2016 @ 12:16 PM


@ Collingwood Dave

Good choice. Eventually Cheryl will come to her senses. Probably NOT.

April 16, 2016 @ 12:21 PM


I had noted that I was done with Breakfast Television after they fired Jennifer Valentyne. It's been about two week now and I'm finding something strange after being a long time viewer for my morning news weather and ttc traffic info: I'm not missing the show at all.

I'm not sure if that speaks anything about me or if that's something about the show quality in general but I'm finding now that I can go without it and just tune into City for the 6pm news.

On the same line, I noticed on City's website the other day that instead of the old ad with the full "cast" of BT it's now just an Ad with Kevin and Dina. Don't know if that means anything or if it's just something temporary while they scrub Jennifer away form all things BT but I found it interesting none the less.

April 16, 2016 @ 1:36 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I highly recommend putting Metro Morning on the radio while you do other things in the morning.

No ads
Interesting info
Deeper dive into news

Try it for a week. You'll thank me.

April 16, 2016 @ 2:13 PM


Pacers won. Three more to go. As long as the Pacers keep winning, I will get my money. They will. I'm going to be $100.00 richer in June some time.

April 16, 2016 @ 3:58 PM

Message for Irv

Ha ha, uncovered. You hate the government but you work for them.

April 17, 2016 @ 12:31 AM


Well, my Orioles had a lead last night. Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Manny Machado hit homers. No homer by Mark Trumbo though. They go and blow it and lose. That sucks. My Diamondbacks also lost. This sucks. Not a good night for baseball last night, but today will be better I hope. Pacers will win again tomorrow. Yes they will. I told you I am going to win the pool. I will win and get my money. I just know I will. Paul George is amazing. Pacers in four, maybe five.

April 17, 2016 @ 7:59 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Having a relative with an Autistic son, and the denial of assistance for older children by the Liberals. Andy Donato sums it up with his cartoon today:


April 17, 2016 @ 12:04 PM

Collingwood Dave

I am sure my Leafs will go 82 and 0 next season and win every playoff game to the cup. I know they will, and I am going to win the 5 bucks I bet my 85 year old mom. I just know I will....

April 17, 2016 @ 12:25 PM


@Message for Irv

Nope, I have never been directly employed by any Government. I have did work for them though, all in the realm of cyber security. And that's clearly not a secret to anyone that knows me. My dislike of the government has everything to do with their invasive "intelligence" angle (read spying). I'm all for spying on ISIS or rogue nations that hate us. I'm totally against monitoring regular citizens because you can. The people should not fear the government. The government should fear the people.

BTW, was at a place that served "rattlesnake fondue" (really). I would have ordered it but the whole fondue thing takes hours which I didn't have. I've ate snake before in China. It's actually not that bad. I invited Toronto MIke be he said he'll "pass".

April 17, 2016 @ 10:11 PM


Well, my Orioles got rained out yesterday. At least they didn't lose. This means that they have to make another trip to Texas to play a game on June 20. My Diamondbacks won yesterday though. Two homers by Yasmani Tomas. Patric Corbin won his first game of the season so that's great. Tonight my Pacers are going to win again. Yes, they will. I know that Paul George can get it done. He is amazing. Pacers all the way. I will win my money. I just know. Go Pacers.

April 18, 2016 @ 9:49 AM

Amber Alert Irv

I see people in Ontario (and on SOWNY) are all in a snit over another Amber Alert. Just a refresher why Alerts happen the way they do.

Ontario's AMBER Alert system is mostly based on the US Dept of Justice setup. There is one major difference. It used to be required that it was a "confirmed" abduction and threat of harm. It is now if they "believe" there is an abduction or threat of harm.

Further, while it might seem like these are parental "spats", for kids under 14 the law is that abduction occurs when a parent takes the child out the possession of, and against the will of, the childs other parent or otherwise contravenes a court custody support order.

You can be charged with abducting your own children. Custody orders carry weight. Further, even if the child agrees to go with "Daddy' that is not consent as the child is a minor and cannot make such decisions in the eyes of the law. There has to be intent to deprive the other parent of possession of the child.

Legally, it's vague but that's what lawyers are for. But that's why you see these alerts for kids who were stolen by their parents.

And personally speaking, police are unlikely to go ape shit and amp everything up unless they perceive "risk". It's not like if Dad is just late coming back from Chuck E Cheese.

April 18, 2016 @ 12:16 PM


Did anyone watch the Sportsnet infomercial on Mark Shapiro that was shown after the Blue Jays game (Sunday, I think?) Wondering if it was as bad as the promos made it seem.

They interviewed Shapiro during one of the games last week, and I ended up turning the channel away from the game. Corporate bafflegab delivered with overtones of arrogance and smugness does not go too far with me, nor will it with other Toronto fans. This feels like Tim Lieweke all over again.

April 19, 2016 @ 6:09 AM


My Pacers lost. That sucked. The game sucked, but I said maybe five so go to Indiana and win a couple more before game 5 back in Toronto. That's how it will be. My Pacers lost and this sucks. My Diamondbacks did win last night and that's great. My Orioles will win tonight. Yes, they will do it.

April 19, 2016 @ 10:14 AM


Best remake of Nirvana. Ever. As heard on Apple Beats 1

April 19, 2016 @ 11:31 PM


My Orioles lost. That sucked. It was not a good game to lose. They better turn it back around. Why couldn't they play like in the beginning. My Diamondbacks did win though. The Pacers are going to win the next game. They will win it all. I need my money. I am going to win my money.

April 20, 2016 @ 8:43 AM


don't know if Mike will leave this up or not.
Former NBC boss asserts his grandson damaged by vaccines.

easily searchable I'm sure.

April 20, 2016 @ 10:16 AM

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Your anti-vaccine comment can remain, but you have to promise me you'll read this:

April 20, 2016 @ 10:18 AM


" My Orioles will win tonight. Yes, they will do it.

April 19, 2016 / 10:14"

Cheryl, what happened? You guaranteed the win. I bet and I lost. I want my money.

April 20, 2016 @ 11:13 AM


Okay Mike.

April 20, 2016 @ 11:30 AM


Evidence today's world is effed up:

Nazim Kadri (who I like, BTW) makes a throat slashing motion to another player and gets a small fine and no suspension. Kris Letang knocks a few teeth out of an opposing players' mouth with his stick and gets no suspension.

Andrew Shaw uses a "insensitive homophobic" word to a ref and receives a 1 game suspension.

Whatever happened to "sticks and stones may brake my bones (a few teeth as well) but names will never hurt me"???

April 21, 2016 @ 8:22 AM

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If Shaw had called the ref a "fucking asshole", it would be fine.

The problem for Shaw is he used a homophobic slur. Racism and homophobia aren't tolerated in the NHL in 2016. This is a good thing, actually.

April 21, 2016 @ 8:44 AM


I disagree. Shaw should have been suspended in either case - homophobic, racist or calling an official "effn a-hole". I also think Kadri and Letang should also have been suspended for their actions.

BTW, does the NHL policy also apply to calling someone a derogatory ethnic slur (eg. if a player is of Irish, Italian , German decent)? Golly, I wonder.

April 21, 2016 @ 10:06 AM


My Orioles did win last night. Too bad they lost the night before. No idea why they had to lose the night before, but they did win last night and they will win again tonight. My Diamondbacks are really heating up. It's great. Anyway, so Pacers tonight will win. Pacers in five. I'm winning the pool. I'm going to be $100.00 richer by the middle of June.

April 21, 2016 @ 10:49 AM


Yes, we'll, he was no Bob Seger.

April 21, 2016 @ 1:11 PM

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