Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 170: Steve Simmons

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 170In this 170th episode, Mike chats with Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons about his years at the Sun, his relationships with Damien Cox, David Shoalts and James Mirtle, his thoughts on analytics in hockey, his Phil Kessel story about hot dogs, how he got Howard Berger fired and what it was like being a day oner at The Fan 590, The Team 1050 and The Score. This episode is exactly 1:34:59.

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Will definitely give it a listen. Like a lot of people, I'm not a huge fan of him but I love his Sunday column.

April 28, 2016 @ 8:48 AM

Jonathan Giggs

The obvious next guest is Stephen Brunt.

April 28, 2016 @ 11:06 AM

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I'm working on it...

April 28, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

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If you enjoyed this episode, I urge you to cherry pick another from this handy list:

April 28, 2016 @ 11:25 AM



April 28, 2016 @ 1:33 PM


Introduced as a journalist?!?! HAHAHAHAHAH. Columnists who do no fact checking and just spout their opinions in a scattergun fashion are a far cry from journalists (and I think most columnists would tell you that straight up).

Bummed you didn't ask him about his fear mongering in his column about how the east side of Tim Horton Field was unsafe and at risk of collapse, and would never be fit for occupation. That is another favourite case of Simmons going off half-cocked without doing even a basic fact check, then back pedaling like a mad man when he gets called out on it by his peers.

Maybe you can get Marty York next.

April 28, 2016 @ 5:28 PM


Great episode

April 28, 2016 @ 10:10 PM


Another interesting podcast, Mike.

I don't always agree with Simmons but many of his comments were spot on. I loved his comments about Brunt. He gave Brunt his due but wasn't afraid to call him out for essentially selling his soul to Rogers/Satan.

April 29, 2016 @ 11:40 AM

Rob J

Steve's twitter use has improved, but soon after his TM interview, he posts something about it being bad for the NHL that the big markets are out of the playoffs. The logical argument is that showcasing smaller market teams that never get national airtime (Nashville, San Jose) can only grow the game, not to mention cities like Dallas, New York, and Anaheim are large markets, and Tampa Bay has a greater presence due to being in the Final last year. He also said there are no great 'hockey cities' left except Pittsburgh, which is crappola since the Pens twice narrowly escaped bankruptcy and moving the franchise. It's similar to Toronto, which is suddenly a 'baseball city' since, oh, about last August. If the team had moved 10 years ago, few would have cared.

April 29, 2016 @ 12:41 PM


Took 3 tries to listen to the whole interview.

Good interview, Mike.

I had a very low opinion of Simmons prior to the interview, happy to report, nothing has changed. I still think Simmons is of poor character and devoid of fortitude.
I will continue to ignore his articles and refuse to listen/watch him when he is on tv or radio.

May 1, 2016 @ 3:28 PM


My favourite 'Steve being Steve' moment.

A few years ago in one of his columns, he wrote how the Leafs are loosing 'x' goals compared to everyone else in their division. Steve deleted the goals that had left and not added up any of the players he had signed. When adding the 'everyone else in the division', he included not only the players who left the division, but also those new ones coming in. Funny math at its best, dishonest journalism at its worst. Sound like a recent hot dog story?

Steve being Steve.

May 4, 2016 @ 3:13 PM

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