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Hey look I’m in the future. Weeeeeee

November 29, 2018 @ 10:55 PM

Urooj Islam


This is what happens when Cheryl doesn't post for one day.

Mike is 12 hours away from reporting her missing to the police.

November 29, 2018 @ 11:20 PM


Mike you R a time machine. Not Back to the Future but Forward.
Do U live in a different time zone like Australia?

November 29, 2018 @ 11:47 PM


TorontoMike found the flux capacitor!

November 30, 2018 @ 1:25 AM


I can't remember a sports news story more tired and exhausting than the Nylander storyline. All Nylander all the time in the MSM and on twitter since training camp opened. Whether he ends up signing or getting traded for D help, I'm just excited for it to be over with.

Ideally, the Leafs re-sign him and trade a different combination of picks and prospects for a defenceman at the deadline. Because as good as this team is, you saw what happened with the Bruins top line skating circles around us for 7 games last year. Nylander or no Nylander, it doesn't change the fact that this is not a cup-winning D that's built to last for the playoffs.

November 30, 2018 @ 1:42 AM


Am I an asshole?

I've reached the stage of adulthood where I don't want/need anything for Christmas. It's become a gift card exchange which to me is absolutely pointless. I have no desire to do Secret Santa or any silliness. Have the same conversation over and over. "What do you want for Christmas?" "Dunno. What do you want" I was hoping my small circle of friends would grow out of it but no luck so far.

The only gift I want is seeing my sons reaction Christmas day.

I dont need any material shit. Give it to the less fortunate or something.

Scrooge out!

November 30, 2018 @ 8:09 AM

Cheryl Traub

I'm not first. Oh well, I waited a bit before I looked for this one. It worked. I found it right away. Anyway, my Coyotes won. That's great. My Coyotes are going to be in the finals with my Habs. Great basketball night tonight. I need wins by my Cavs, Nets, and Suns. Well, my birthday is in less than two weeks. I hope my birthday money will come, but who knows if it will. They should all be back to work by now unless some of them are still refusing.

November 30, 2018 @ 8:09 AM

Cheryl Traub

My Coyotes won last night. Great game. Love those Coyotes. They'll be in the finals along with my Habs. Basketball night tonight. I need wins by my Cavs, Nets, and Suns. Well, my birthday is getting closer. I hope my birthday money will come. They're back at work, but there is still a big backlog of mail. It never should have lasted this long. They should have been legislated back a long time ago.

November 30, 2018 @ 8:11 AM


So the GREAT Raptors play the Cleveland Cadaverous Saturday night.
It will be an EASY blowout for Toronto.

November 30, 2018 @ 8:57 AM


So the GREAT Raptors play the Cleveland Cadaverous Saturday night.
It will be an EASY blowout for Toronto.

November 30, 2018 @ 8:58 AM


Made the horrific mistake of attending a PuckTalk last night as a favor to a guy who didn't
want to waste his extra ticket. I previously attended a similar event at the end of October
involving the Jay Baruchel "Born Into It" book launch and it was a lot more pleasant (didn't
hurt that one of the participants was a very attractive (female!) sports journalist in sweat
pants or perhaps leggings! In other words, all I want for Chanukkah/Hanukkah is a promise that I never have to read or hear those verboten words "WILLIAM NYLANDER" ever again!!! People into comic books and Sci-Fi/Fantasy have long been pegged with the dreaded NERD tag, but those sports-crazed folks heavily into the MONEYBALL analytics of it all are more than equally worthy of said epithet!! That talk ran for over two hours and then the TTC wang-blocked me from arriving home in time to catch Judd Hirsch guest-starring on Law and Order: SVU. F#$king nylander!!! P.S., said talk also doubled as a live podcast taping. Those Athletic dudes don't have nothin' on Mike!!

November 30, 2018 @ 9:29 AM


So in celebration of the preliminary signing of the USMCA deal, I I really do feel/think that it is
extremely crucial that we round-up whatever current line-up of the Village People is available,
and have them promptly cut an updated version of "YMCA" under that title. Perhaps maybe
even expand the group with a Mountie and a Federale!! Plus, I'd humbly suggest that the best odds
of finding these folks involves hitting up cruise ships (no obvious pun intended!!), retirement homes,
and NFL tailgate parties, the locations where they are most likely to be currently 'performing'!!!

November 30, 2018 @ 9:37 AM



I'm there with you, though I think secret santa can be a reasonable compromise to cut down the number of gifts for a family or larger group. Worst case scenario, I can always use more beer or wine.

November 30, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I've been anti-stuff for a while now. I don't need anything and I don't want anything. If there's something I need I'll figure out how to get it. We all have too much stuff!

Children excepted, there's no gift exchange of any kind in my life. I've written about this a bunch of times over the years, including here:

November 30, 2018 @ 12:03 PM


OR we give our favourite podcaster a gift!?!? ;)

November 30, 2018 @ 12:24 PM


There is really only one reason that Nylander has not signed with the Leafs. His father, not his agent, is pulling the strings. Just take a look at his father's record of smooth contract negotiations, how up front and upstanding he was with them, and how well he did with them. Sign the kid, then trade him before he becomes a free agent. The team is good enough to be a serious contender and maybe even win The Cup. Who needs a RPITA on the team? Not the Leafs.

November 30, 2018 @ 1:33 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


You've given enough already, but everyone else may celebrate their favourite podcaster in one of three ways:

1. Become a Patron at
2. Become a TMDS customer - satisfaction guaranteed!
3. Leave the car at home and start biking to work

November 30, 2018 @ 2:05 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Matt, I agree for the adults, and my office is mostly a bunch of guys , and we don't do anything. Everyone use to give the owner cigars, but he smokes so few now they probably have lost their flavor by the time he got around to smoking them.
My kids get cash, and my immediate family ( other than to my dad) don't gift give.
I think a number of people may be pulling back on their spending this year, as it looks like things are looking uncertain in the Job market.

November 30, 2018 @ 2:31 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

William Andrew Michael Junior Nylander Altelius is one helluva name.

November 30, 2018 @ 2:58 PM


@Mike: I would love to be able to cycle to work a lot more often than I do/can, which is a handful or two times per year. Maybe if there were shower facilities here (and as a co-owner, I know that is not going to happen) and I did not have to be in at least business casual in the office, or have to run out to see a client on short notice. Will you settle for me now driving a car that averages 65-75% of the fuel consumption of my not close to being a guzzler previous car?

November 30, 2018 @ 3:10 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I love the Sonnet insurance commercial with Doug Gilmour and Tremblay getting their carbs by eating big bowls of spaghetti and meatballs, while the new players drink their kale smoothies.

November 30, 2018 @ 7:23 PM


Checked out 640 this morning Stafford was flying solo and it was great the old Stafford was back Wow do I miss this..They got to dump his partner Supriya give us Stafford being real plz

November 30, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

Cheryl Traub

Well, basketball sucked last night. My Cavs got blown out again. They better not get blown out tonight. My Nets almost won, but they blew it in overtime. My Suns lost again. Not good at all. Well, my Habs will win and my Coyotes will win. My Nets also play as well. They better win. I don't want my Cavs to get blown out. Well, I got my birthday money. It came early. It was more than usual. Anyway, it came early. I really needed it. Now I don't have anything to worry about. I talked to the mailman yesterday and he said that they're really not paid much, but the thing is I thought these postal workers make lots of money. At least they're back now.

December 1, 2018 @ 7:09 AM


I think I type the following on behalf of all TM readers: All praise be due to the various higher powers
and deities for ensuring that the postal system's number one fan received their birthday money
exceedingly early. Our very looong local griping nightmare is at last over. Well, until all ten teams
lose tonight and again tomorrow, and then they'll be some other scapegoat/ boogeyman on the
receiving end of the next Mrs. Bob Seger's Ezekiel 25-17-esque wrath!!

December 1, 2018 @ 9:35 AM


@bsmntdwllr73 Remember The Postmaster General also HATES Christmas.So being December 1th be ready for the onslaught of daily hate for Santa,The Elfs,All the Reindeer,Mrs. Claus and my favorite Snow.

December 1, 2018 @ 9:51 AM



Really hope that some bitter enmity is also spewed in the direction of 'My People's' forthcoming
Chanukkah/Hanukkah festivities starting tomorrow night!! But who doesn't love Latkes, jelly
donuts, Chocolate Gelt , Menorahs and Dreidels?!? Gee, it sure would be nice if CHFI also programmed some holiday music with more of a Yiddishkeit flavour, like say, a remixed version of
"Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel" with some throwback Hip Hop Flava. Would be great to hear Flavor Flav
drop a few bars, with perhaps some additional loving sweetening from Professor Griff!! (Too soon?)

December 1, 2018 @ 10:04 AM


Scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station on Monday -- Hooker In Space !

December 1, 2018 @ 11:08 AM


Just curious, but have either Richard Branson or Elon Musk announced any formal plans to date, with regards to establishing the first ISS-adjacent, intergalactic Red Light District? 'Cause Knockin' Da Boots Zero Gravity style sounds like it could be a real gas, gas, gas!!

December 1, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

Blind Dave

I gave up on Xmas gifts for adults long ago. For many years I sent a gift basket to my mum in Ontario. She passed away last April so that is no more. The only gifts I give now are to my granddaughter, who is six. Other tan that, I let The Lovely decide who gets a gift certificate and for how much. My birthday is at Xmas and it is by my wishes ignored, though The Lovely and I do a small gift exchange on birthdays. My pleasure on Xmas day is to watch my granddaughter and see how happy she is. If I have that, along with everyone in good health, then that is my happy Xmas.

December 1, 2018 @ 6:37 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Leafs finally signed Nylander. How in the hell did this deal not get done sooner? I don't get it. They could've gotten this done in September or October. I bet ya the Leafs are gonna trade him though.

December 1, 2018 @ 7:09 PM

the brother

Not many teams would entertain those numbers!

December 1, 2018 @ 11:54 PM

Cheryl Traub

Well, hockey was good last night. My Habs played a great game. 'Awesome. Good to have Shea Weber back, that's for sure, and the Price is right. Also my Coyotes won again. Thing is that their goalies are injured, but they have this awesome new goalie, Aiden Hill. He's awesome. Now you know my Habs and Coyotes are making the finals. Yes, they are doing that. Basketball was not so good. First my Nets lose and then my Cavs lose. Why can't my Cavs ever win anymore? This is really awful. Well, football today. My Browns, Ravens, and Cardinals better win. I need them all to win. Also my Suns are playing today. Come on Suns. Please win.

December 2, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

Sid_V from NY via London

I was hoping to be first this week, but I ticked myself into the old futon after a raving party on Thursday, and just woke up. Anything goin' on since then?

December 2, 2018 @ 9:58 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Just coming up for air now... what a crazy fun blur yesterday was.

Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade
Kid #3's first Timbits class at Rennie Park
San Remo Bakery
Episode 404 of Toronto Mike'd with Jane Stevenson
Nylander signs
Sloan with Elvis

Missed the Leafs and Raps win, but when I got home from a cold and wet ride home from the Phoenix I watched the highlights. Tremendous starts to the season for both teams... so much fun!

December 2, 2018 @ 10:03 AM


Sloan were phenomenal, but fuck that over-capacity venue and the drunken morons dancing with their elbows and backpacks in such a crush.

December 2, 2018 @ 10:37 AM


I watched the Raps squeeze out that win, disappointing win. Every win is good, but we struggle to maintain leads all the time. I laughed a lot with my friend, so the bigger picture is that I am always happy no matter the end result of a Raps game. My brother also drove me out to Hamilton to look at used cars, only to realize it was a rebuilt title, so what a waste of gas. I really owe him the world!

So I have no car, still - first world problems I know!

December 2, 2018 @ 11:10 AM


Also, I keep listening to this song, just this version because the singer is soooo good. I only know one other 10 cc song.

December 2, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I know 3, because I had Dreadlock Holiday on a reggae compilation CD I used to spin many moons ago.

1. I'm Not in Love
2. The Things We Do for Love
3. Dreadlock Holiday

December 2, 2018 @ 11:25 AM


TM - LOL, I don't know that I want to know the third one to be honest? But maybe I'll listen. But yes, The Things We Do for Love is the other one I know!

bsmntdwllr73 - I feel like you'd know more than TM and I do from 10cc!

December 2, 2018 @ 11:53 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I'll bet you do know this one!

December 2, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

Sid_V from NY via London

Lots of talk about the postal strike, but I am happy the Podmaster General, Toronto Mike, is staying on the job. The Jane Stevenson podcast was over two hours well wasted.

December 2, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Sid_V from NY via London

(That is meant as a complement, btw.)

December 2, 2018 @ 12:31 PM


TM - I do not know it, hahaha. But I can see why people would, nice beat!

December 2, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Urooj Islam

Great to see bearded elvis out for the Sloan show with Toronto Mike, hoping the beard remains for the Festivus episode.

December 2, 2018 @ 1:01 PM


Yeah, 10cc had at least a whole greatest hits album (or two) worth of fine songs, even if the term greatest hits is used rather charitably as far as success on this side of the pond is concerned. My
personal favourite is "The Things We Do For Love", but the vocals on "I'm Not In Love" were also
very influential on other artists: B. Joel's "Just The Way You Are" and R.E.M.'s "Star Me Kitten" are
two shining examples of said influence. As for 10cc, I also enjoy their songs "Rubber Bullets",
"People In Love" and "The Wall Street Shuffle."

December 2, 2018 @ 3:53 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Sid_V from NY via London

Compliment accepted.

December 2, 2018 @ 4:49 PM


bsmntdwllr73 - I knew you'd know more than 2-3! I watched a 10 minute video about how they made I'm Not in Love - fascinating. Love the backing track, and I have listened to that live version more times than necessary LOL

December 2, 2018 @ 11:40 PM

Cheryl Traub

My Ravens and Cardinals won yesterday, but my Browns just didn't have it. They lost again. Come on Browns. I need you to win. Well, my Suns also lost. That was no good at all. I'm not used to my Habs playing on Sunday night, but they did and they fricken lost. That's no good. My habs got back to losing after a great win the night before. Well, my Cavs play my Nets tonight. Come on Cavs. Please win. I need you to win, Cavs. Go Cavs.

December 3, 2018 @ 7:03 AM


10CC Feel The Benefit is my fave.

December 3, 2018 @ 8:13 AM


wade - never heard of that one either, i need to listen to all these new ones and see if i like them.

December 3, 2018 @ 10:36 AM


Hi Toronto Mike. I've been a listener to your podcast for some time now. I've noticed in recent episodes that you're perplexed by the Blue Jays radio broadcast not having one unified voice. This was a situation with the Yankees on their radio with Red Barber, Mel Allen, and Phil Rizzutto from 1957-1964. This practice of multiple PBP voices continued on for decades after that and so while that's the old style here's a more recent example from them. The Yanks had both John Sterling and Michael Kay doing that arrangement for 11 years starting in 1991. Hell, Charley Steiner took Kay's place for 3 years after that. It's only been since 2005 that the Yanks have gone with a traditional PBP + Colour arrangement on the radio. So If the Yanks could have multiple PBP guys I think the Jays having 2 or 3 guys handling PBP is more than fine and is actually a throwback to an earlier era of radio broadcasting.

As long as there's a bonafide #1 guy then there's no issue (that guy is clearly Ben Wagner) I will agree with you that Mike Wilner was the Radio Voice in Waiting and he got totally screwed but I think he will eventually get his day to shine.

That's just my Toonie's worth.

December 3, 2018 @ 11:33 PM

Cheryl Traub

My Cavs won last night over my Nets, but now my Cavs are number one, my number one, so I cheer for them no matter what and they won by a couple points. That's great. My Habs and Coyotes both play tonight. Hopefully they will get wins. Remember Habs and Coyotes to the finals. It will happen.

December 4, 2018 @ 7:51 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Here's a thread about feedback I received about my podcast.

I mentioned that I recently spoke to students at Durham College about podcasting. They were given an assignment to listen to an episode of Toronto Mike'd and critique it. I'm now reading their analysis.

— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) December 4, 2018
December 4, 2018 @ 6:41 PM

Rob J

Did anyone listen to Marty?

December 4, 2018 @ 7:25 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Rob J


There was some recency bias at play, because a few listened to Mike Richard's announcement and a few listened to Acid Test and Andy Kim.

So for some, "cherry picking" meant listening to the most recent ep.

December 4, 2018 @ 8:07 PM

Rob J

Hard to believe the Marty ep was more than 2.5 years ago!

Those that picked Richards clearly wanted to hear a Doug Gilmour-related update.

Keep up the great content.

December 4, 2018 @ 8:24 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Rob J

I actually exchanged emails with Mike Richards today. I wanted to know when he starts on 960. The answer is January 7th.

December 4, 2018 @ 8:44 PM

Rob J


Hope he does well. He seems to have a following, and the more choices for radio listeners, the better.

December 4, 2018 @ 8:58 PM


re: Toronto Mike@torontomike: "Holy shit! Auston Matthews in OT!"

It's in the dictionary under "Snipe" :)

December 5, 2018 @ 1:09 AM

Cheryl Traub

Well, hockey was great last night. My Habs and Coyotes both won. That's wonderful. Of course they will make the finals. I just know they will do that. My Suns lost again though, yes again. Well, basketball tonight. Go Cavs and go Nets. Do this.

December 5, 2018 @ 7:09 AM


Absolutely ridiculous shot.

Love it.

December 5, 2018 @ 8:11 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

And you could sense the moment... seconds left on the clock, Auston with the puck, and ZING!

So exciting.

December 5, 2018 @ 8:22 AM

collingwood dave

Just look at flex on that stick, and to think that is not wooden Sherwood featherlite. I still have one in my closet...

December 5, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

Urooj Islam

I love the new Canadian Tire Christmas ad as much as I hate the Jay Baruchel RBC ads.

December 5, 2018 @ 10:40 PM

Cheryl Traub

My Cavs lost again. My Nets lost even though they had a 20-point lead. It sucks. Also I have no credit card which also sucks. It had to be canceled because I had a charge on it from something called Pampered Chef. I didn't buy anything from Pampered Chef, but the charge was on there. Anyway, I had to call the bank. The bank had to cancel my credit card. They say three to five business days for a new one. Well, my Tunein Live subscription renews on December 8. Now that my card is canceled, it won't renew. I had to change my account to use my friend's credit card. I need Tunein Live. That's how I listen to games. I need to have Tunein Live. They will automatically cancel if no credit card. Now I have to pay my friend back. Who knows how long the card will take to get here. It may be more than five business days. You never know. This sucks. I wish there was something else they could do other than cancel my card.

December 6, 2018 @ 6:59 AM


Cheryl you vixen. Pampered Chef is one of those dirty sites that sells erotic kitchen wares.

December 6, 2018 @ 8:07 AM


Cheryl - if your bank is good, they will make that 3-5 day mark. I had to get a new one this summer after a $0 charge came up. But they got it to me right on time, no hassles besides changing everything over to the new card.

December 6, 2018 @ 9:04 AM


I dont listen to the podcasts but i see on your feed that you are having Dan Dunleavy in today. Im pretty sure he is the same DD that I went through most of my school grades with in Georgetown. Harrison, Centennial and GDHS.

December 6, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


If your Dan Dunleavy used to work at The Fan, it's one and the same!

December 6, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

Cheryl Traub

Well, I give up. I have to leave in a few minutes for an appointment. I kept closing my browser. I can't find the new open Mike. Well, my credit card came yesterday. That's good. I did not buy anything from Pampered Chef. I don't know how that charge got on there. Anyway, how about those Habs. Great win by them. That's because they're the best. My Coyotes were winning as well, but they blew it and lost and my Suns lost. I need my Cavs, Nets and Suns to win tonight. Honestly I may be able to find the new open Mike later, but now I can't and I have to leave in a few minutes.

December 7, 2018 @ 8:15 AM

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