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TGIF everyone and Happy St. Paddy's day to all our Irish friends and well non Irish friends too :)
Leafs pulled off an Important win..
Rap lost..

March 17, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

Ryan G

Today would be the most appropriate day to share this fun fact.

Over the last 40 years there have been exactly 455 reports of people picking up cold sores or other communicable diseases from kissing the blarney stone in Ireland.

Now I'm no scientist, nor have I ever played one on TV, but I'm here to tell you right now that the previous sentence was made up entirely. Happy April Mick Day Everyone! (i can say Mick, I'm Northern Irish).

March 17, 2017 @ 9:08 AM


Well, my Coyotes lost last night, but my Cavs won and my Nets won so basketball was great last night. In baseball, my Orioles and Diamondbacks lost. My Indians won though. Well, St. Patrick's Day means nothing to me really. It was a big thing when I was in school, but not anymore. I saw my trainer yesterday which was nice, glad he could make it yetterday. Only one workout this week though with that snow on Tuesday.

March 17, 2017 @ 9:18 AM

The Voice of Reason

St. Patrick's Day Fun Fact

St. Patrick wasn't Irish.

St. Patrick wasn't Irish, and he wasn't born in Ireland. Patrick's parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, or more precisely in Scotland or Wales (scholars cannot agree on which). He was born in 385 AD. By that time, most Romans were Christians and the Christian religion was spreading rapidly across Europe.

March 17, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Happy green beer day! To those who need to be politically correct. ;p

To the rest, happy St. Patrick's day!

March 17, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Ryan G

An Irish person drinking green beer is like a Mexican person eating Old El Paso.

Ain't gonna happen.

March 17, 2017 @ 9:43 AM


have a friend living in Northern Ireland and apparently to avoid conflict between Christians and Protestants they will refer to gatherings as Green Parties today. They also have multiple protests in the course of the year based on religion

March 17, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Yay. Gotta love political correctness...

March 17, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

Al The Royal Pain

The PC comment was a joke FYI.

March 17, 2017 @ 10:22 AM


The Cobain conspiracy thread on Alan Cross's site still isn't dead:

I think it's by far the most active "conversation" there.

March 17, 2017 @ 10:36 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Once you're done here, take a moment to check out my new podcast:

March 17, 2017 @ 10:58 AM

Al The Royal Pain

crap...that typo is going to bug me now. "here" not "hear"

March 17, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

If you donate money to my Patreon campaign at I'll happily correct all typos. :)

March 17, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Al The Royal Pain

I'm already a patron! Are you asking for a raise? ;)

March 17, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Al The Royal Pain

Then consider your typo corrected my good man!

March 17, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

Jason from Sudbury

@Al the Royal Pain: Yeah I figured your pc comment was a joke. My post wasn't directed at you but just a general comment and I was being sarcastic. I'm sick and tired of political correctness.

March 17, 2017 @ 12:16 PM


Aha - we've now learned that there is "fee for service" on!

There is no beer worth drinking if it has green dye in it.

Before I get to my next point, the green dye reminds me of years ago at Wonderland. Several times during the day, my girlfriend and I saw a little boy (5ish, I'll guess) who had a "blue" soft serve cone in his hands each time. To put a time stamp on it, the Smurfs were popular back then. Late in the afternoon, I'm in the men's/boy's room. The boy walks in with his father. A moment later comes a scream from the stall, "Daddy, Daddy!!! My pee is GREEN!!!"

A few days ago, Mike's LG phone died. Last fall, I was getting signs of my 4+ year old Samsung Galaxy S3 nearing its end. It was getting picky about what was on the other end of the charging input, and the battery, once full, wasn't lasting long (I know I can get a new battery). The S3 is still functional, but it's my backup now to a new Sony Xperia X Performance (who names these things?). I had a good experience with my first Sony Xperia, which I had before the Samsung. Actually, I still use the old Sony, but only in Walkman mode. That first Sony had better audio playback and took better photos than the Samsung did (same audio file source and headphones used). I'm happy to report that the new Sony way, way better again for audio playback and taking photos/video, and only on days of heavy use have I seen the "low battery" warning, which comes at 30% remaining. I'm not anti-Apple (my first ever computer was a Mac), but going to an iPhone entails certain changes and commitments and lack of compatibility that I can't be bothered with, along with drinking some Kool-Aid in the process.

March 17, 2017 @ 12:31 PM

The Voice of Reason

"Toronto Mike
If you donate money to my Patreon campaign at I'll happily correct all typos. :)"

Mike, as a socialist, should you not correcting the typos for free?

March 17, 2017 @ 12:44 PM

James Edgar

Happy St. Patrick's day all please remember that the drunken Irishman is a stereo type and that you don't need to get hammered to have a good time.

On that note my St. Patrick's day "Fun" will be hosting a sleepover for 3 kids combined with a pizza dinner party for said kids and up to 5 adults. Not entirely happy about that to be honest but on the bright side it lets me beg off from the invitations I received to go out to a bar without seeming to be antisocial. Even though I am on St. Patrick's day at least. Ok 99% of the time these days but who's counting?

My Take on political correctness: For the most part Not a fan.
BUT I'm not a fan of being disrespectful to people.
My philosophy has always been to try follow the golden rule "Do to others what you want them to do to you."
Therefore demeaning names and making fun of people is not something I'm in favour of.
So I guess you could say I'm ok with that part of Political Correctness.
stupid crap like Green Parties bothers me though. Mind you people living in Northern Ireland might prefer that stupid crap to people fighting over their superstitions.

March 17, 2017 @ 12:54 PM


I lived in Halifax for 4 years for college, and St Pattys day was the best day of the year. There was nothing better than spending the day drinking at a pub with all of my friends, singing songs, making new friends and generally just having a good time, Cheersing the end of a cold dark winter and the start of a great summer season.

You don't have to be an ass to enjoy St Pattys day. and you don't have to be an ass to tell people you don't like it when really, nobody asked you in the first place. Go out and have a good time with some friends. Or stay home and chill...

March 17, 2017 @ 2:03 PM


at James E

yeah when I first heard about the Green Parties I was like really? but if it will save people from fighting I'd probably go along with it

March 17, 2017 @ 2:04 PM

Rob J

Congrats to the Dutchies who bitch-slapped Geert Wilders into a canal during their election this week.

March 17, 2017 @ 3:14 PM


@Rob J

No need for Trump hate in Holland or anywhere for that matter thanks for your post

March 17, 2017 @ 4:28 PM

Jason from Sudbury

No green beer for me today, but hey I did drink a green Monster Energy this morning. That still counts right?

March 17, 2017 @ 6:00 PM


I had Green Eggs & Ham also.

March 17, 2017 @ 6:23 PM

Rob J

I love the irony that though Trump borrowed his talking points from Wilders, once the Dutch populace saw the con-job and incompetence of Trump, they said nah to the original.

March 17, 2017 @ 6:30 PM


Canadian Soccer Association announced yet another savior (i think this would be 7.0) for the men's national team.

Another journeyman coach, Octavio Zambrano, who has zero international coaching experience.
Seeking the upside, he's South American (from Ecuador), has concacaf experience, claims to be a disciple of attacking football, but most importantly, the timing for this hire is good because the next major competition is just around the corner, ie, the Gold Cup.

Now Zambrano isn't going to make much difference to all things soccer in Canada.
My guess is we're at least a full generation away from making significant steps with the various mens and youth programs. But that's a problem that Jason de Vos is working on solving.

Perhaps Zambrano's biggest contribution could be getting the program to overcome "spitting the bit" and struggling against other 3rd world football nations that populate the CONCACAF region - ie Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, .....

His biggest problem will be navigating through the quagmire that is Canadian soccer.

No domestic league, which means "professional" development is stagnated.
Not all established players in the national team pool are in 1st XI positions on whatever club teams/foreign leagues that they play for/in, that's a significant problem. The previous coach had a habit of playing players not even signed by other pro teams ahead of players who were actively signed. Go figure.....

Another obstacle is limited financial resources: revenue is directly linked to youth soccer registration (a participation tax (to cover insurance at an outrageous cost)), and sanctioned registration is significantly in decline. Also, too many fart-catchers in soccer's hierarchy - there's the national association, then provincial associations, and finally the local district associations - all sitting around the registration fee trough, demanding their slice of the pie.

Unlike the national associations for hockey, rowing, swimming, and curling, our national soccer association not only fails in developing world class players, they haven't had any success in developing world class coaches or referees either.

Lots of problems for a sport that dominates our communities and but fails to qualify as anything more than a niche sport.

So here we are, at yet another new beginning for the Canadian National Men's team, ever optimistic, I take another wait and see what happens.....

Anyway, welcome to Canada señor Zambrano, best of luck.

March 17, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee)

Just a quick comment about the WBC (World Baseball Classic) which I have thoroughly enjoyed watching, from Israel shocking the world to win their first 4 games and advance to the second round until reality kicked in, to all the passion on the field by wearing your country's jerseys and seeing pure joy and passion on the field without fear of retribution by getting high heat thrown at your ribs.

The only downside was to see the pathetic display by an undermanned Canadian team who could only muster two extra base hits in the entire tournament, which is mind-blowing.

Only hockey can bring out the best without any need to lobby the best players to suit up, where it is a right of passage and honour and if you decline to play you will actually be looked down upon by your peers who would do anything to be given the opportunity to wear the red and white.

I do encourage those who have not tuned in yet, watch the WBC even if it means skipping a Jays Spring Training game, you will not be disappointed.

March 17, 2017 @ 8:14 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Pretty crazy, the connection between the kid arrested in Ancaster and the Russians for the hacking of emails.
It was reported he was paid $100 for each address he successfully delivered. No wonder the phishing scammers are relentless in filling your in box.
On top of that, the Toronto widow scammed out of $450,000 by the Nigerian fraud artists, tells you this can be lucrative, even when faced with all the information available to tell you its a scam.

March 17, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

Rob J

@Rick C

Speaking of scams that will net millions, MLSE has raised ticket prices for those interested to watch its hockey team.

March 17, 2017 @ 11:18 PM


My Nets and Suns both lost last night. That was no good, but hopefully my Coyotes, Cavs and Habs win tonight. My Orioles won yesterday. My Indians played a split squad and won one and lost one. My Diamondbacks lost again. Well, some bad news. The lady who bought my talking thermostat said it doesn't work and so she is sending it back to me and I have to send her money back. It sucks. it worked when I sent it so the mail must have done something to it.

March 18, 2017 @ 8:13 AM


@Rick C

That price seems high for a single account. It's likely they were targeted accounts of journalists, politicians, etc not just general accounts.

Your personal data is the new currency. Welcome to 2017.

March 18, 2017 @ 10:07 PM


Well, my Habs won last night. One good thing. Actually two good things as my Orioles also won. My Indians lost one and tied one. I hate these stupid split squads. Why do they do them. My Coyotes lost as well. My Cavs lost. They decided to rest Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, three top players. That was so stupid. They shouldn't do that. Makes me so mad.

March 19, 2017 @ 8:09 AM


Was in the Bloor/Bathurst area yesterday & see that they have put fences up in the Mirvish Village. This city is a freaking joke. All those character buildings are all going to be torn down to be replaced with generic architecture with no substance & no style.

Dave Mirvish, u fking sell out. The developers are ruining the character of this city. All it will be is condo towers with shops at the bottom. BOOOOOORIIIIINNNNNGGGGG.

Where the hell is the vision????

March 19, 2017 @ 1:31 PM


I was checking my TV guide today and noticed that Global doesn't have the new Simpson's episode listed at all tonight. I know the show has really fallen out of favor to everyone (and these days it's more miss than hit) but I find it very odd to see it completely off the Canadian station and only being on Fox.

Did Global lose/give up the rights and no one pick it up or is this just a one week thing?

March 19, 2017 @ 5:12 PM



I admit I've fallen off my watch of it too. I should get back in. I see a message on Global's Simpsons page reads "New Episodes Return Apr 2 SUNDAY 8 ET/PT". Originally I thought perhaps it was in repeats from FOX (hence Global didn't need to carry it) - but based on, there is a new episode scheduled for tonight, the 19th.

March 19, 2017 @ 6:57 PM


Well, my Cavs won last night. I was worried though, but good thing they won. They were losing at the half. My Cavs clinched a playoff spot. Let's hope they repeat. My Suns and Nets lost again. Same old same old. My Orioles got clobbered. My Indians and Diamondbacks tied, but that's okay. I like them both. I had to give the lady a refund for the thermostat. It's going to be sent back to me. I don't know what to do with it. It apparently broke in the mail.

March 20, 2017 @ 7:24 AM


My Coyotes lost. That sucked. No good. My Orioles got clobbered, but my Indians and Diamondbacks both won. Hopefully my Habs, Coyotes, Nets and Suns will all win tonight.

March 21, 2017 @ 7:17 AM


My Coyotes won last night. Great comeback win. I wish they would do that more often. My Habs didn't win though as they lost in overtime. Good to see my Nets win. That was great, but my Suns lost again. That was no good. My Orioles got clobbered but my Diamondbacks won. My Indians took a day off. Anyway, hopefully my Cavs win tonight. They really need it to stay in first.

March 22, 2017 @ 7:37 AM


Leafs playing CBJ tonight with my sister's nephew playing all year for CBJ.
Hopefully Leafs win 4-3 & Josh Anderson gets a hat trick for CBJ.
Good luck Josh & Leafs.

March 22, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Good luck to Josh, but not tonight! We need these two points!

March 22, 2017 @ 7:58 PM


Well, the Leafs won last night. I was pulling for Josh. My Cavs lost. I am really worried. There was no defense in that game. It was awful. What if they fall to third or fourth. Anyway, my Orioles and Diamondbacks won, but my Indians really got clobbered.

March 23, 2017 @ 7:10 AM


Another day, another huge bloody scratch from that feline devilbeast that cohabitates with us. 😤

March 23, 2017 @ 7:18 AM

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