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@mrmojoisinca

Thanks for that.

I actually caught the interview live.

Off topic, but I once caught a basketball show in the mid 90s where they set highlights to Pearl Jam's Corduroy (Dennis Rodman chose the song - he loved Pearl Jam) and it was perfect. I'd love to dig that up.

I actually haven't been to a Pearl Jam show in a while. August 21, 2009 to be exact.

May 13, 2016 @ 9:22 AM

Tdotter

Go Raps!

May 13, 2016 @ 9:23 AM

Argie

I like Pearl Jam but lets be honest, if you walked past Eddie Vedder on the street you would be thinking, oh look a homeless guy.

May 13, 2016 @ 9:36 AM

mrmojorisinca

I think I recall hearing about that..
if you go to the message board at pearljam.com you might find it there.

ahh, I only went to Tuesday night show, amazing..still at 50 years of age + :)

May 13, 2016 @ 9:36 AM

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@mrmojorisinca

50 sure ain't what it used to be.

I recently saw Public Enemy and both Chuck D and Flava Flav are in their 50s, but so much energy and as strong as ever.

May 13, 2016 @ 9:43 AM

Aaron

I get a Johnny Depp vibe from Eddie Vedder.

May 13, 2016 @ 9:52 AM

Ryan G

I wish every work week was like this past week. I practically did nothing. I had extremely little responsibility. I came in late everyday, I violated company policies and I even smack talked my boss.

Normally I'd like to think I'm a better employee, but I guess this is what happens when you quit your job. I'd love to say I've won the lottery and can retire, but sadly that's not the case. In fact, I'm staying with the same company, but in a completely different business unit.

I've gotta say though - many mixed emotions this morning as I write this. Been here 18 years, and when I started I didn't think I'd last 18 weeks. Many ups and downs, plenty of faces have come and gone, and I've seen my industry completely change from top to bottom. But in the end, it's time for a change, which is fine by me....change is good.

"The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates

May 13, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Sam in Pickering

@Ryan G

That's awesome! Are you leaving for something more stimulating?

May 13, 2016 @ 10:21 AM

LeafsFan

Prediction: Cheryl is cheering for the Heat tonight.

@Toronto Mike

Did Ford give you that Flex? If so, well done!

May 13, 2016 @ 10:22 AM

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@LeafsFan

No, Ford did not give me a Flex.

It's just my ride for the week. It's awesome being able to fit everyone in the same car. :)

May 13, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

Ryan G

@Sam in Pickering - yes indeed I am. It will be similar work to what I've been doing over the last few years but in a more creative environment.

On an unrelated note, I now have watched Star Wars TFA for a second time. People have said it gets better with multiple screenings, but technical brilliance aside, I must say that I liked it even less. I do think that the lead actors were fantastic and nuanced, but 'ol Indiana Jones just mailed this one in. On the other hand, that little wise Yoda like creature with the thick glasses was super hot.

May 13, 2016 @ 10:40 AM

Argie

@Mike
The Ford Edge might also work for you. It has 3 rows of seats if I'm not mistaken.

May 13, 2016 @ 10:44 AM

Cheryl

It's going to be Heat in seven, guys. Believe me. Then Heat and Cavs to the eastern final and then Cavs will beat the Warriors in the final. My Orioles were losing big last night, but they came around and won the game. That's awesome they came back. My Diamondbacks didn't win though. Anyway, go Heat.

May 13, 2016 @ 10:46 AM

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@Argie

Yes, the Ford Edge is great. I drove it a couple of times. It was also the car we left our wedding in.

http://www.torontomike.com/ford_edge_test_drive/

May 13, 2016 @ 10:47 AM

mrmojorisinca

@ Argie

yeah I don't see that..not even close.

May 13, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

mrmojorisinca

@ TO

yeah I hope I can be in as good (or close to) at that age..

I tired to email you about that Bike, but I get keep getting a bounce back..anyway

question for you though..you ride quite a bit, I noticed your new bike doesn't have front suspension fork, do you have issues riding trails? I ask because there is another Giant without the suspension forks and is $100 less..I would never be on crazy trails but would like the option to be able to do some light trails..do you have any issues?

May 13, 2016 @ 11:16 AM

Alan

I hope Jaromir Jagr plays until he's 50.

May 13, 2016 @ 11:18 AM


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Is everyone here subscribed to Toronto Mike'd? It's now super convenient for both the Apple peeps and the Android peeps.... and of course, the Windows peeps.

Just go here: http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/subscribe/

My guest next week is Marty York.

Then, it's Ingrid Schumacher.

Then, the return of Maddog.

Subscribe and don't miss an ep!

May 13, 2016 @ 11:26 AM

mrmojorisinca

ok I tried again..let see if this time it works.

May 13, 2016 @ 11:28 AM

Argie

The Marty York podcast should be great. That guy is always on Twitter bashing all Toronto teams and the media covering them - oh wait, maybe he's really Cheryl.

May 13, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

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@mrmojoisinca

Next time you comment, but your email address in the email field.

It won't publish to the site, but I'll get it and I'll write you back.

I'm not sure why I'm not getting your email.

May 13, 2016 @ 11:35 AM

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@Argie

I have some questions for Marty about his tweets....

May 13, 2016 @ 11:35 AM

Downtown

Marty York is the quintessential Toronto Sports Media douche. He was always a gasbag jerk, and his behaviour on Twitter is a sad attempt at trying to generate interest by making outlandish comments. He loved to see himself as some sort of renegade, when in reality he was just a dick.

Normally I listen to all your Toronto Mike'd sessions, even when I'm not a fan of the interviewee, with an open mind. Not this time. Having met Marty a handful of times while he was at the peak of his self-importance, I'll pass.

I'd rather have you leave Marty under his rock, and interview someone relevant and interesting.

May 13, 2016 @ 12:03 PM

PE crazy, crazy PE

Hey Mike.....PE will be in Buffalo on June 23rd. I smell a road trip.....

May 13, 2016 @ 12:55 PM

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@Downtown

I hear ya. I heard similar things from others when I had Wilner on the first time and then again recently when I had Simmons on.

I'm personally curious as to why he's assumed this persona on Twitter, assuming it's a persona. Basically, I want a conversation with him to try and understand what makes him tick.

Ron Hawkins from Lowest of the Low is coming over in a couple of weeks. You might enjoy that one more.

May 13, 2016 @ 1:33 PM

Downtown

@Toronto Mike

I've been fortunate enough to meet Wilner and Simmons (in an earlier life I started down the path of journalism, so met a few people in the business at the time), and both were significantly more engaging - and completely different than they come across on air/in print.

Here's a link to a very old story (1992) that does a pretty good job of trying to get at the heart of what makes York dick..errr...tick: http://rrj.ca/whipping-boy/

That said, I understand completely that polarizing figures make for interesting guests, and part of me does want to know the depths of bitterness to which York has sunk since getting run out on a rail. Between York and Al Strachan, it was a dark period in Toronto that I'd sooner forget.

Have never been a LOTL fan, but will listen to the interview. Nice job nailing my demographic, though.

May 13, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

Rob J

Looking forward to hearing Marty.

May 13, 2016 @ 2:01 PM

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@Downtown

It's easy to nail the demo when your target audience is yourself. :)

May 13, 2016 @ 2:04 PM

mrmojorisinca

ok Bike question where did you pick your bike? also do you do trails with your current bike with no front fork suspension

May 13, 2016 @ 2:14 PM

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@mrmojorisinca

Email sent.

May 13, 2016 @ 2:20 PM

The Stain

I don't always beg for money from the Feds, but when I do it's in between frequent columns about how we need a more right wing, free market government.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/godfrey-bailout-postmedia-newspaper-1.3579215

May 13, 2016 @ 3:10 PM

Elephant

I think the Marty York one is an episode I'll hold off on until I hear what others say about it. Personally, I have very little respect for him as a journalist, and what I've heard about him as a person doesn't make me think "but at least he's a great guy." (Not that he's human garbage, of course ... just that I don't hear about a person who is the opposite of his public persona.)

Here's my concern about the Marty York episode: I think there is, potentially, a very good story to be told. I don't think we're going to hear it. This is someone who was a high-profile journalist -- he was prominent at the Globe, he had a segment on Sportsnet ... he was widely known. And it all came down in a prolonged crash that saw him fall from grace, ending up first at a commuter freebie and then, as far as I know, no where at all. He simply became a guy who says stuff on Twitter, and doesn't seem to have many followers there.

How did we get from A to Z? Bad luck? Unlikely.

The thing is, he didn't have a great reputation. Other journalists had negative things to say about what he did as a writer. Readers felt that he fabricated a lot of the "scoops" he came up with. Sure, Kelly Gruber was water-skiing, and yep, he somehow got ahead of the story of Cito coming back to the Jays. But along the way, his track record for things he "broke" seemed worse than guesswork. Frankly, readers thought he was full of excrement.

York has blamed others for his downfall. I expect he'll continue to do so. But the real story here is of Marty York as the author of his own demise, which I think is the more accurate story. I'll be very surprised if he tells that story, because it doesn't seem to be in his nature. I have no interest in the story I expect he'll tell -- which is that he was blackballed because he "told it like it is."

So, after the podcast is posted, I'll wait to see what the responses are. If there's a surprise in store for me, I'll look forward to listening to it.

May 13, 2016 @ 3:27 PM

andrew

Marty York, AH just leave him be. A wasted reporter who was responsible for firing 1 of my best freinds at the Globe in the 90's.

Won't even listen to his BS & rhetoric.

May 13, 2016 @ 5:50 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Speaking of former Sportsnet personalities...whatever happened to Sean McCormick?

May 13, 2016 @ 9:05 PM

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@Jason from Sudbury

I know he tried to get into politics a while back.

And I know he's married to Jennifer Hedger.

May 13, 2016 @ 9:20 PM

sci fi

Does Marty York have any ideas about why so many kids are autistic now and why the %s have risen dramatically to insanely high levels?

May 13, 2016 @ 9:47 PM

Irv

I have no idea who Marty York is & I don't really care for sports. So given all the hate toward him I had to look him up on Twitter. To start, he has less followers than some of my sock accounts.

Then I saw this "I abhor reporters who cheer" and I was immediately on his side. HOW DARE HE.

Sports fans are no different than Trump fans. They ceremoniously cheer their "idol(s) and excuse/turn a blind eye to their failures. For Trump fans, they forgive the fact he's a racist fucking moron. Toronto sports fans forgive the fact that their teams mostly suck & they suck repeatedly. I mean the Leafs are the richest team in the league but they fail. That's like Alberta having the same economy as PEI.

Why are Toronto sports fans so sensitive anyway? They proudly declare how IF they won a championship they wouldn't burn down the city like Vancouver, Detroit, Montreal, etc. YET, when a Leaf goalie loses some important game, his fucking wife gets 300+ death/rape threats on Twitter. Then again, they never imagined they'd support a goon like Rob Ford & they did. In droves.

So maybe this Marty York guy is on to something. #GodBlessYou Marty. Keep up the good fight.

May 13, 2016 @ 10:55 PM

Sid_V

Marty York? That interview could definitely go either way. I suggested Marty as the only logical follow-up to Simmons, and now it is coming true. 😨

Marty seems to miss the whole concept of sports as entertainment - as he rails against the mindless hometown boosterism, he assumes wrongly that it is up to the fan to apply critical thinking and analysis to every move made by their sports heroes and teams. For the vast majority of us, sports are an escape and a diversion, and there is nothing wrong with beliving that "this is our year" at the start of every season.

Being the bitter, grumpy voice of reason is not a persona that will appeal to a wide audience. I wonder if Marty goes to family holiday celebrations and complains to everyone at the table that the food could be better.

May 14, 2016 @ 12:23 AM

Cheryl

So the Heat won. I told you Heat in seven, but that's as far as they'll go. Cavs will beat the Heat and then beat the Warriors to win it all and I get my money. How about those Orioles. They won 1 to 0 on an Adam Jones home run. Awesome. My Diamondbacks lost again though. Why do they always lose.

May 14, 2016 @ 6:04 AM

Sid_V

Toronto Mike has over 10x the twitter followers that Marty York has. Marty should be hosting a chat with TM, not vice versa.

May 14, 2016 @ 8:24 AM

Irv

How Toronto Sports seems to work

Toronto FC: Fred Patterson predicated this team would be gone in 5 years ago. That was like 7 years ago. It's still here. The media cares naught about it. Ironic, given Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities on earth & soccer is the biggest sport on earth. In fact, Toronto media barely cares about the Euro's. I used to have to listen to CHIN FM to get updates. The only care about World Cup & then they are suddenly experts.

Raptors: A team doing remarkable well & they're winning. If the Raptors were in Brooklyn or Atlanta the entire city would be behind them. In Toronto they don't get much love. They only get some love when they accomplish something in the playoffs.

Argos: Another team that wins. Another team that no one cares about. In the West the CFL fills stadiums even in -20C. In Toronto they can win & the media and civilians don't care.

Blue Jays: Flash in the pan team that occasionally wins. They're irrelevant to the media until suddenly they get hot. More annoying is that Toronto centric media imagined people outside South Ontario cared about them winning. I guess that's because their masters (who might well own the Jays) told them to talk about it. I didn't see hordes of fans in Van or YYC cheering them on. Worse is the guy tossing the bat thing. Really? Then when the team self destructs at the owners head no one calls for their heads. And life continues as normal

Leafs: The Canadian Man U of hockey but they can't win. If you saw the Leafs win a cup you qualify for Gray Power Insurance. The city has blamed everyone for the Leafs failures, but it's time to blame the real culprit. The fans. In a city that houses the financial district of Canada, it's hard to believe such behaviour exists. If the Leafs were a car or a restaurant they'd be bankrupt & closed years ago. But "loyal" (read stupid) fans go out year after year and spend obscene money to pay for tickets. The owners have no reason to change. Why should they? They're getting paid regardless. The only motivation to change might be declining revenues. And dear God, let another team in the market. The owners freak out. Can't kill the golden goose. Sports, which is all about competition is all about market protectionism in Toronto. And where is the media in this? They don't ask the fans to stop watching because..that hurts them.

And why is that? Because most of the sports infrastructure is owned/partially owned by...companies with media ties. A nice cozy little protection racket of sorts, isn't it. And you all just keep throwing money at them. Nothing wrong with sports, don't get me wrong. But maybe you should get out and play them versus just watching them.

PS. Before anyone comes with the usual "you stupid troll fuck off" I wrote this "opinionated piece" like a sports/editorial writer would. It was meant to incite discussion & calls for my head on a platter (again). When it comes to sports, I think of the hashtag left by the hacker who took down the XBOX network a few years ago. #GoOutside.

May 14, 2016 @ 11:51 AM

fourteen

Nope, all good Irv. But, it also occurs to me that a lot of people are hip to this and just prefer to tune in for entertainment. I personally, actively, avoid any action that may drive revenue at sports. Don't have a TV, will watch at a pub if interested. Listen to Jay's on the radio. Play hockey twice a week, rarely watch. NO merch, no branded clothing.

May 14, 2016 @ 1:42 PM

Anonymous

Marty York brings balance to the force. We need him.

May 14, 2016 @ 2:34 PM

Sci Fi

Considering it used to be one in 5 thousand a few years ago and now it's 1 in four hundred (or is it a hundred) that get Autism you'd think sports oriented people would put their thinking cap on. You don't think this is going to affect sports teams in the future? So again I ask Marty York where is all the autism coming from. Oh wait. Don't ask. Simply 'ride for the cure.'

Like fascists are holding torchlight rallies in the next town and you're supposed to 'ride for the cure.' Laughable. Or as Supertramp said, 'Crisis? What crisis?'

May 14, 2016 @ 2:44 PM

Sid_V

@Anonymous, at least 400 others agree with you. I (and the vast majority of others) will continue to wallow in our ignorance and not lose sleep over whether this is the day that John Gibbons gets fired and cheering is banned in the press box. Cheers.

May 14, 2016 @ 4:11 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@TO Mike: How are you liking the Ford Flex?

May 14, 2016 @ 4:49 PM

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@Jason from Sudbury

I'm loving it. All 6 of us fit so easily with room to spare, and it drives like a car. It's a fantastic automobile if you need to see 6 or 7 people.

I'll write more tomorrow or Monday.

May 14, 2016 @ 5:56 PM

Rick C in Oakville

The Flex would be what I would be interested in, over the Chrysler mini van I had and truly lived for all its utility. The only draw back is the fuel economy, heard the V6 can be a bit thirsty on fuel.
Great summary of the Toronto Sports Market Irv, too bad Hamilton or Kitchener,Waterloo couldn't get a Hockey team, to maybe syphon off some of the Leafs support. The Oligarchs at MLSE/Rogers/Bell Media of course would never let this happen, money is too easy.
Nice to get a controversial interview with York, stirs up the interest. Maybe Marty doesn't need the financial aspect of sports writing, and just likes to stir it up, knowing it will draw fire?

May 14, 2016 @ 6:57 PM

Irv

@Fourteen. I was a Leafs fan through the 90's. I got tired of feeling ripped off & just drifted away. I was a Flames fan for a short bit, but they too fell out of interest. I do like soccer though & I go to a small pub to watch it. I also discovered that rugby isn't that bad. My town is FULL of Kiwi's and Aussies so the sport is popular. I watched some championship a few months back. It honestly wasn't that bad.

@Rick C. I think Hamilton makes the best choice for a second hockey team. Hamilton is a city coming into it's own. I keep reading cool things about it. It could siphon off support from Niagara, Brantford, KW/C, etc. Hell, if you take the 403 London isn't that far away. And you'd have a good rivalry with Buffalo. Don't Rogers and Bell own MLSE? I can't imagine 2 companies that are more UNLIKELY to give a fucking shit about what their customers/fans think.

Buy a Toyota especially if you want to drive the vehicle for 10+ years. Not the sexiest looking cars but they certainly have longevity. I've road in Prius cabs in Vancouver with over 1 million kms on them. I own one too (Toyota). The only thing that would make me waver from a Toyota is a Tesla. I have a friend with a Model S. It's nice. What blows me away is the cost of running it. He pays about 1.25 in electricity per 100 km's. There is also no real moving parts in the car & not even a transmission. I'm very tempted to buy a Model 3 as a commuter car. No oil changes, no tranny or clutch fluids, no rad, no antifreeze, etc, etc. The self driving would be cool as I could lean back and read on my iPad.

PS. If you're a speed demon you MUST drive a Tesla. I'm not a speed guy but all I can say is holy fuck about the Tesla. When you stomp the pedal you teleport yourself. Even on the highway you can do that. The huge touch screen is pretty cool too. And NO AM radio. Plus you get free streaming apparently though I think it's with Spotify.

May 14, 2016 @ 8:40 PM

dale

I went to a funeral service today for a former employee at 73 who was diagnosed with terminal cancer over a year ago. I cannot beleive the emotions, especially from his wife & family today. During the service you could hardly hear the pastor & many times he walked away from the pedestal.
I was outside & I saw the pastor & talked briefly. He said this family relied so much on the deceased I don't know whats next.

This great man is in a better place now & I know from experience.

May 14, 2016 @ 9:09 PM

Red Tory

73 is not old. But if you're in a lot of pain, unremitting pain, it's best to let go. Tough for the family but it looks like they have an extended network of support. Not that anything can replace your friend.

May 14, 2016 @ 10:01 PM

Red Tory

Sorry. I shouldn't have attached that posting name to such a post.

May 14, 2016 @ 10:02 PM

Cheryl

How about those Orioles. They won again 9 to 3. Home runs by Jonathan Schoop. He hit two of them and also Adam Jones and Matt Wieters. My favourite, mark Trumbo got a couple hits. Anyway, my Diamondbacks lost. I don't know why they keep losing, but they do. It's not good. Anyway, go Heat. Well, whoever wins will be as far as they get because you know who will win the next two rounds, the Cavs. I did sayh I didn't care for Lebron. Well, he's not so bad, but they have some other good players like Channing Fry who used to play on my Suns so there you go. A guy really dropped out of the pool. He was nuts, but I can win the money now. Cavs are going to win it all. Trust me. It will be Heat and Cavs in the next round, trust me.

May 15, 2016 @ 6:24 AM

Scott Eric

Cheryl, what is with your seemingly irrational hatred of Toronto sports teams? Do you just like to get a rise out of everyone on this blog, or is there a legit reason for it? Just curious.

May 15, 2016 @ 2:36 PM

chris

Cheryl is Cheryl. Doing her sports updates daily & virtually nobody cares with her commenting.
It's a comedy everyday & everyone except she doesn't realize.

May 15, 2016 @ 5:10 PM

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I enjoy Cheryl's comments.

May 15, 2016 @ 5:12 PM

Irv

If I didn't know she was a real person I'd be sure Cheryl was a python script coded by Mike

PS. Congrats to the Raptors

May 15, 2016 @ 6:20 PM

Jillian

You're kidding, right Mike?
Love your blog except all the Cheryl comments.

May 15, 2016 @ 7:45 PM

Sid_V

Cheryl and Marty York are the same person. Perhaps.

May 15, 2016 @ 7:47 PM

it's all in the stars

15 year old kid scores brilliant discovery about constellations and Mayans (or maybe pre Mayans who knows) and ancient sites based on the stars and oh boy the sourballs pooh-pooh him left and right.

So much we don't know. So much information that isn't shared. So much buried information.

May 15, 2016 @ 10:19 PM

fourteen

Is there a link for this kid and his discovery? Sounds interesting.

May 15, 2016 @ 10:52 PM


Anonymous

Mainstream archeologists are most certainly going to 'debunk' this story which incidentally involved the Canadian Space Agency.

May 16, 2016 @ 12:32 AM

it's all in the stars

So it seems the kid used Mayan astronomy to connect their urban planning to star systems and found the site.
http://yucatanexpatlife.com/teen-tracks-down-lost-mayan-city/

May 16, 2016 @ 7:10 AM

Downtown

What a crazy weekend. Not a Raptors fan, but happy for the fans and the city. Also maybe a little joy every time one of Cheryl's many teams bites it (the Orioles and D-Backs also lost yesterday, so it was a tough day for her...)

There are no heroes on the Jays or Rangers, but Texas deserves scorn for waiting until the last possible opportunity to get their revenge. Truly gutless. The chants or, "USA! USA!" were a whole other level of stupid. Spectacular entertainment though, and I'd love to be at the first Jays-Rangers game next year.

Finally, and I don't want to seem like I'm picking on the guy, but Marty York went full nutbar on Twitter yesterday. Toronto Mike may want to consider meeting him in a neutral, public location. Not sure I'd want that guy at my house. Maybe have Kevin Barker sit in on that one, too.

May 16, 2016 @ 8:21 AM

Cheryl

I haven't even heard of Marty York until a few days ago so there you go. I like different teams. That's the way it is. Anyway, yes, the Raptors won. I didn't expect it at least not by such a big score like that. Anyway, the Cavs will win the next round. I need my money. If that guy hadn't dropped out, it would have been all over for me as the Pacers lost. Anyway, Cavs are better than the Pacers any day so it will be Cavs. Yes, I changed my mind about Lebron. I like him, but I like Channing Fry, Timofey Mosgov, Matthew Dellavedova, Kyrie Irving, Dahntay Jones. Anyway, my Orioles did lose yesterday and so did my Diamondbacks. That sucks. My Orioles should have won, but the stupid umpire called a swing a check swing so a Tiger guy had one more pitch and turned into a home run and then Darren O'Day gave up another home run. It was so heartbreaking. My Diamondbacks are not doing well at all. I don't know what their problem is.

May 16, 2016 @ 11:06 AM

Downtown

@Cheryl

The problem with the D-Backs is the uniforms. They're awful.

May 16, 2016 @ 11:24 AM

Irv

@Downtown

Have no fear, Toronto Mike has contracted my "protection" services for the recording of the podcast and a stipulated period of time after.

And the commentators are never half as crazy as their fans & haters. THOSE are the scary people ;-)

May 16, 2016 @ 2:24 PM

Scott Eric

Cheryl, it's not that you like different teams, it's that you actively route against every Toronto team. That's what I'm trying to get to the bottom of. Sadly, I don't think I ever will...

May 16, 2016 @ 4:32 PM

chris

@ Cheryl

Johnny Paderes your favorite player last year signed a contract for the Toronto Blue Jays.
How about them apples.

Cavs are better than the Raptors overall but I have a feeling they are TOO CONFIDENT.
Raps toast in 6 games, my prediction.

May 16, 2016 @ 4:58 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I would hazard a guess that anyone making a true prediction without bias will pick the Cavs in this series.

If I remove my We The North flag for a moment, the Cavs should win in 5.

But that's why we play the games! Go Raps!

May 16, 2016 @ 5:05 PM

sea to shining sea

Canada: Cape Bretoners raised $250,000 Sunday night for people displaced by the fires in Alberta.

The sold-out Sydney Centre 200 event featured Cape Breton talent with an all-volunteer cast including Matt Minglewood, Bruce Gouthro, the Men of the Deeps, the Aaron Lewis Band and the Jordan Musycsyn Band. Comedians Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison hosted.

More than 5,000 people paid $20 each, and all that money went to Fort McMurray via the Canadian Red Cross. Another 10,000 people watched live online and donated thousands of dollars

May 16, 2016 @ 7:32 PM

sea to shining sea

Of course TPP will turn us into a collection of corporate fiefdoms with no legal recourse whatsover.

May 16, 2016 @ 7:33 PM

Cheryl

I heard about Jimmy Paredes. I don't like him anymore. My favourite player is Mark Trumbo now. He's a lot better. Anyway, good luck with Jimmy. He will be hot for a while, but then go into a big long slump. That's how he did and then you guys will put him back on waivers. My Diamondbacks finally won a game. It's great. Paul Goldschmidt hit a homer. He hasn't hit one for a while so that's great. Also Jake Lam hit a homer and Robby Ray won his second game. My Orioles had the night off last night. Cavs in four, maybe five, but just maybe. They will win. Go Cavs.

May 17, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

Neil Clarke Warren

What mean less in the world today:

A) World hockey championships round robin ?
B) Spring training baseball games ?
C) Arena football the whole season and playoffs ?
D) Any or all of Cheryl's postings ?

May 17, 2016 @ 3:08 PM

we stand on guard for thee

Interesting article about Fort Mac tragedy (ONGOING)

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/fort-mcmurray-a-city-of-dreams/

May 18, 2016 @ 9:32 AM

Cheryl

Well, how about those Cavs. They won and won big. Now three more to go. Then win the next round and I get my money. It will be great. So let's keep going, Cavs. On the other hand, my Orioles lost 10 to 0. This stinks. They didn't win this game. My Diamondbacks won again though. another homer for Jake Lam. He's heating up. They have to keep winning though.

May 18, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

fourteen

Hey Cheryl.

Aw, fk it.

May 18, 2016 @ 2:11 PM

Cheryl

Well, my Orioles won another one last night. That's great. Chris Tillman pitched another gem. He's awesome. Home runs by Mark Trumbo, my favourite and also by Matt Wieters. My Diamondbacks lost again though which is no good. Anyway, my Cavs will win tonight. Make it 2 and 0. I hope it goes 4 and 0. That would be really great. In any event, I want my money. Go Cavs.

May 19, 2016 @ 9:55 AM

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