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Whatever happened to Scott Furguson? After he left the Fan590 and that stint with 1050, he landed on TSN Radio. I grew up listening to him in the Jays hey-day, and it was nice to hear his voice. He's since left/been let go and I didn't see any updates on his Twitter. Is he now retired?

July 29, 2016 @ 8:57 AM

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I too grew up listening to Scott Ferguson after Jays games on 1430 CJCL.

I'll try and find out what he's up to these days and report back.

Edit: it seems he still does sports updates on 1050.

July 29, 2016 @ 9:08 AM

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On the subject of Toronto sports media, Jackie Redmond from Sportsnet is visiting next week and I get to ask her anything I want.

If you have a question for Jackie, please leave it in the comments.

July 29, 2016 @ 9:09 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Have to thank Canada Posts threat of a strike for setting in motion something our company has discussed, but never acted on. Being a small company of under 7 employees, we have always sent paper invoices, statements, and took payment by cheque or credit card( with a 3% surcharge) , very old school . This accounted for about 80 % plus of our transactions. Over the past 2 months we were able to sign up over 80% of our customers to receive electronic invoices, and receive payments electronically. We use to spend a good chunk of cash on postage each month, and likewise our clients sending payments to us. No doubt a large number of smaller companies did the same.

July 29, 2016 @ 9:42 AM


Biggest series of the year so far starts tonight for the Jays.

The Orioles have a killer bullpen, the Jays have a better everything-else, but that bullpen -- and an excellent offence -- have kept the O's in first place for most of the season, so it's not going to be an easy series. We do have our best starters going, though.

And the trade deadline is Monday at 4 p.m. From the sounds of it, the Jays are looking to upgrade their bullpen, though more with solid arms (Boone Logan?) than big names like Andrew Miller. In my opinion, they need two who will be major contributors in the sixth and seventh innings if they want to win the WS this year.

July 29, 2016 @ 9:45 AM


@Rick C - Good on you and your company. Well done - for you, your company and your clients' benefit.

I discovered that a package to my father in Winnipeg was a couple of dollars more than regular post, but several dollars less than Xpresspost, with FedEx, and that included FedEx's surcharge for residential delivery. If I had been just a bit quicker packing everything up, I could have had free pickup at my office, but the drop off was all of two minutes past the post office. The kicker? Regular post was 3-5 "working" days. Xpresspost was 2-3 "working" days. FedEx Ground was two business days. No fudging the number of days. I learned a lot about my other alternatives at the time, too.

In my business, my dealer head office has launched a secure document transfer portal for clients and us. I can exchange documents with clients who can scan on their end. Either side can initiate a document transfer. The recipient receives an e-mail that there is a document that has been uploaded for them onto our corporate server. Clients use the secure log in like they would when accessing their account. Fewer and fewer envelopes are arriving with our Canada Post delivery person, who really does do a good job for us and the others in our office complex.

Canada Post has to change, but more than anything Unifor has to accept that their model for Canada Post employees is stuck in the 1960s-1970s. Canadians have options now, and we use them. We are no longer restricted to Canada Post. Thank goodness.

July 29, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

John M.

@Toronto Mike:

Here's a question for Jackie: What's the dress code at Sportsnet?

A female friend complains that all the women seem to wear form-fitting, sleeveless dresses.

I see the men in suits and ties. The women don't seem to dress as "formally." However, my idea of how to dress might be from another century.

Thank you.

July 29, 2016 @ 1:05 PM


This series is making me nervous. Hopefully my Orioles can win this. I really hope so because they have been losing the last few games. Anyway, I hope to get six wins in my pool tonight. I only got one win last night and that was the Rangers. My Diamondbacks lost and the Braves lost, but the Braves flat out suck and wish I could drop them. My football pool is all ready to go, two people in the pool so I have two teams from every division. I have Ravens and Browns, Jets and Dolphins, Cardinals and Seahawks, Panthers and Saints, Cowboys and Eagles, Titans and colts, Lions and Packers. I need all those teams to win.

July 29, 2016 @ 1:32 PM

Ben V

I dare anyone who has watched both the RNC and DNC not to be amazed at how much better the calibre of speeches were at the DNC.

The best the RNC could round up was D list actors and people who could barely formulate sentences. If you ever questioned which party better represents a forward thinking people it should be evident now.

That isnt to say there are issues within the democrats i.e the actual suppression of Bernie, but the RNC is built to speak to neanderthals and primates. Which is funny considering they dont believe in evolution.

Michelle Obama, Biden and Obama himself crushed their speeches. At least Trump had Baio....

July 29, 2016 @ 2:14 PM

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@Ben V

I'm a bit of a sucker for these types of spectacles, so I watched both the RNC and DNC. All bias aside, it was like night and day.

The quality of speeches, the production values, the strategy... I compared it to a high school play vs. Broadway. Not even close.

And those videos that would play before the speaker..... wow. I teared up at both Obama's and Hillary's. That had to play well with the mushy undecided middle.... Here's hoping.

July 29, 2016 @ 2:23 PM


"Imagine, if you dare, imagine — imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

ROFL .. perfect :)

July 29, 2016 @ 2:41 PM

Ben V

I avoided even soeaking to production value, because there may be a troll or teo here that would latch on to that as being a dsitraction vs quality or some other argument in favor of the troglydytes that represent the RNC.

Redgardless of thoughts on Clinton her resume of work done in the political field and for human rights should disqualify Trump immediately for his lack of anything.

Hey torontomike didnt your friend mike muzzin had a hard on for trump?

July 29, 2016 @ 2:47 PM

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@Ben V

He sure did. I'm sure he still does.

He blocked me on Twitter and stopped talking to me when I unfriended him on Facebook for constantly defending Ray Rice.

July 29, 2016 @ 2:50 PM


did you have your conversation with rogers yet? did someone get a bill stuck up their ass? enquiring minds want to know!

July 29, 2016 @ 6:08 PM


As commented before - RNC vs DNC was like a pre school play vs. Broadway. Hillary dotted all her I's & dotted all the T's. Trump's speech was from the 50's-60's.
Either candidate is a lost cause but Hillary the lesser of all evil. U.S. may be in crisis come after the election.
Big series this weekend for sure Jays & Orioles - jays gotta take 2 of 3. Son & I going tomorrow.
Milos moving on in Rogers Tennis & good luck to him vs, # 1 seed in semis.
@ Cheryl - your football pool - It's NOT a POOL it's a bet between 2 people. A sports pool need at least 4 entrants, NOT 2. BTW your baseball pool picks are losing WATER increasingly every day.
JDerringer Q107 hasn't been on morning radio for a few weeks now & he did say on vacation few weeks back, but 2 or 3 weeks? DJ taking over (name ?) has been great.

July 29, 2016 @ 6:39 PM


Rogers is in my building on Tuesday so that is when they will get the bill shoved up where the sun doesn't shine. I really hate Rogers and I refuse to pay them anything especially since Rogers is part of my condo fee. Okay, so it's a bet between two people, but nobody else wanted a football pool. Oh, I forgot one division. I have the Chargers and Chiefs as well. Do I have to talk about baseball. Well, my Indians won. Great comeback. They were losing, but they fought back like typical Indians. Carlos Santana hit a home run. Awesome. Rangers won as well. How about Rounged Odor with a couple homers. Awesome. Do I have to talk about my Orioles today? That game sucked. It really really sucked. They lost and this is no good. They better win today. The Braves won. That's good, but the Pirates and my Diamondbacks lost. I only got three wins. I'm not doing very well in my pool. Indians are doing the best. Bring on football already. All of my teams are going to do well in football.

July 30, 2016 @ 5:50 AM

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Great Jays game last night! I love to beat the Orioles!

July 30, 2016 @ 9:52 AM


I am in a N.F.L. pool also with my brother Deheryl and my other brother Deheryl.
We had our live draft the other night but both my brothers did not show up.It was a pain that the draft still took 3 1/2 hours.
It's good tho that I have all 32 N.F.L. teams so I should be able to win half the games at least.

July 30, 2016 @ 11:00 AM


Note I'm don't support Trump

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a bar. Donald leans over, and With A smile on his face, says, "The media is really tearing you apart for That Scandal."

Hillary: "You mean my lying about Benghazi?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "You mean the massive voter fraud?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "You mean the military not getting their votes counted?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Using my secret private server with classified material to Hide my Activities?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything Else?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover for tax evasion, Hiring Cronies, And taking bribes from foreign countries?
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "You mean the drones being operated in our own country without The Benefit of the law?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million, and right afterward it Declared Bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "You mean arming the Muslim Brotherhood and hiring them in the White House?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster, commodity Deals?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "The funding of neoNazis in the Ukraine that led to the toppling of the democratically elected president and to the biggest crisis that country has had since WWII ?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "Turning Libya into chaos?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "Being the mastermind of the so-called “Arab Spring” that only brought chaos, death and destruction to the Middle East and North Africa ?
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "Leaving four Americans to die in Benghazi and go to sleep?
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "Trashing Mubarak, one of our few Muslim friends?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "Encouraging and supporting the murders of Palestinians and the destruction of their homes, towns and villages by Israel ?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "The funding and arming of terrorists in Syria, the destruction and destabilization of that nation, giving the order to our lapdogs in Turkey and Saudi Arabia to give sarin gas to the "moderate" terrorists in Syria that they eventually used on civilians, and framed Assad, and had it not been for the Russians and Putin, we would have used that as a pretext to invade Syria, put a puppet in power, steal their natural resources, and leave that country in total chaos, just like we did with Libya?
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "The creation of the biggest refugees crisis since WWII
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "Leaving Iraq in chaos? "
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "The DOJ spying on the press?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius shaking down health insurance Executives?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Giving our cronies in SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 Months Later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "The NSA monitoring citizens' ?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "The State Department interfering with an Inspector General Investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Me, The IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Threats to all of Bill's former mistresses to keep them quiet"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "I give up! ... Oh wait, I think I've got it! When I stole the White House furniture, silverware, when Bill left Office?"
Trump: "THAT'S IT! I almost forgot about that one".

July 30, 2016 @ 3:16 PM


There's two minutes of my life I can't get back, reading your Fox News-like screed. I'd provide a fact-check, mostly false, but it would be admitting that it's worth wasting time on, which: no.

July 30, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

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Donald Trump is a piece of shit.

July 30, 2016 @ 10:49 PM


I don't want to talk about the Orioles. They played really really bad. It's disgusting. How about those Diamondbacks. Great win so that's great. Jean Sigura hit a home run. Also how about those Indians. They were awesome as well. I think they have the best chance of winning the World Series. Josh tomlin pitched a great game as usual. Lots of home runs by Jason Kipnis, Mike Napoli, Abraham Almonte. Anyway, great game. I am glad I have the Indians in my pool. Rangers also won which is a great thing. Mitch Moreland homered. I got three wins for the pool again so half wins. I wish I could get six wins one day. Anyway, bring on football.

July 31, 2016 @ 5:52 AM


Re: Jackie Redmond

Ask her Y she got Cam Redheat Stewart & the boys @ Sportsnet fired. It seems its the same reason she won that Drafted contest @ the now defunct but way ahead of its time The Score....EYE CANDY.

Be careful Mike, don't look into her eyes, don't fall for her spell. She is dangerous.

July 31, 2016 @ 1:17 PM

Jody Thornton

Didn't they discredit all of the crap about Hillary's email activities? Or is that indeed true that she was using privates email to hide fraudulent or questionable stuff?

July 31, 2016 @ 2:01 PM


Well, I got four out of six wins in my pool. My Orioles finally won a game. That's great. Adam Jones homered. I wish they would have won on Friday and Saturday as well though. Anyway, Indians won as well. Corey Kluber pitched seven shutout innings. Mike Napoli hit a home run again. He's hot. Rangers also won as well. That's awesome. All my AL teams were awesome yesterday. NL not so good. Diamondbacks and Braves lost. Pirates won though. My NL teams are killing me. I wish I didn't have them. Well, Orioles got Wade Miley. He is a pitcher, I am not sure how good he is. Indians got Andrew Miller though. I remember when my Orioles had him but not for long. At least the Yankees don't have him anymore. Tomorrow I go to that meeting with Rogers. I am not getting a stupid box or paying any bill. I absolutely refuse to pay Rogers any money. I don't want Rogers and I wish it wasn't part of my condo fee. I hate Rogers.

August 1, 2016 @ 8:41 AM

The Voice of Reason


You should try Primus.

August 1, 2016 @ 3:21 PM


I have Primus. It's just that Rogers has a contract with the building and they are forcing stuff on me. I will not pay Rogers any money. I don't really want to talk about baseball. It was bad last night. My Orioles didn't play so they couldn't lose. My Indians lost though. That's bad. Danny Salazar gave up homers and walks galore. It sucked. They had to keep going to the pen lots of times. The only good thing was Mike Napoli hit another home run. Boy he's hot. My Diamondbacks lost another one. I'm tired of this. I didn't get one pool win last night. It's awful.

August 2, 2016 @ 5:13 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Okay when will this heatwave end? Not looking forward to my next Hydro bill.

August 2, 2016 @ 6:07 AM

Mike from Lowville

@ Douglas..... Unifor is NOT Canada Posts union.

August 2, 2016 @ 8:56 AM


@ Mike from Lowville - Yes, I realized that after I posted... ugh

August 2, 2016 @ 11:46 AM

Neil Clarke Warren

After much soul searching,personal reflection and family input,I have decided I will not attend the Rio Olympics.

August 3, 2016 @ 6:23 AM


Well, how about those Orioles. Great win. Dylan Bundy pitched a gem and Pedro Alvarez hit two homers and Adam Jones hit a homer. It would have been a pool win either way because the Rangers are also in my pool. My Diamondbacks lost again though. It sucks. Jake Lam and Yasmani Tomas both hit homers, but my Diamondbacks lost. Indians lost again. This also sucks. I don't know what's wrong with the Indians, but the other guys didn't pick them because they couldn't believe they would stay in first place. Anyway, it was another bad game, but Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana homered, but still a loss. Mike Napoli hit homers four days in a row. Anyway, Pirates beat the Braves which is again a pool win either way, but the Braves flat out suck. I wish I didn't have the fricken Braves. Well, I went to that Rogers thing yesterday. They said I don't have to pay unless I get a PVR or something like that, but they said I might as well get the box because I don't have to pay whether I get it or not so I got it. A friend is coming later on to help me hook it up. I don't know what to do with it though, but my trainer said might as well get it if I don't have to pay for the thing. I'm not getting a PVR though. Anyway, I will take heat over snow any day. It will eventually end. I don't know when, but snow means bad driving conditions and people not making it because of snow. I don't like exercising out in the heat though.

August 3, 2016 @ 7:19 AM

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We're only a game back.

August 3, 2016 @ 11:43 AM


So,the city is going to spend Millions of dollars for the 21-acre Rail Deck Park downtown.
Sadly shortly after completion it will become the worlds biggest Dog Toilet.

August 3, 2016 @ 5:23 PM


My Orioles won last night. That's the good news. It was close, but they won it with Kevin Gausman pitching a great game and Zach Britton closing it out. My Diamondbacks lost again. This sucks, but again homers by Jake Lam and Yasmani Tomas. My Indians played another bad game. Why are they losing so much. They are letting me down in my pool. Maybe I should have picked the Twins. Anyway, Mike Napoli homered again. He is hitting one out every day and Tyler Naquin homered as well. Tyler Naquin is rooky of the month again. Anyway, the box is hooked up. I'm really not interested in TV though. There is just junk on. If I get a bill though, then I am prepared to give Rogers shit. I am not paying anything.

August 4, 2016 @ 8:21 AM

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