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LieveFamke

oh goodie I'm first! First day of vacation! I'm happy! :)

December 21, 2018 @ 7:59 AM

Nick

Hell of an interesting podcast you released re. Blundell. Enjoyed every minute of it. You came across as very professional, with common sense and diplomacy. Blundell truly is a mean, delusional man. Not sure where his podcast is available? Did he remove that episode from his website?

December 21, 2018 @ 8:09 AM

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@Nick

It seems he's deleted all his episodes now that he's started two new ones.

December 21, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

Cheryl Traub

I'm not first. Oh well, my Habs beat my Coyotes. I wish it went into overtime, but it didn't. I wanted my Coyotes to get a point as well. Well, my Cavs and Nets better win tonight. My Cavs really need a big winning streak. There is really no such thing as Santa Claus. Anyone can dress up and pretend they're a so-called Santa, but there is no santa. It's only parents who give kids presents. Believe me.

December 21, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

jj

LieveFamke - happy vacation!!

I am glad he deleted all his stuff, maybe someone pointed out it wasn't a good idea to bash a fellow podcaster if he is on some kind of redemption tour.

What a dodobird.

December 21, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee

As you all likely know by now, I spent my first 25 years in Montreal, and I lived and died following the Montreal Expos, from their early days in Jarry Park to the awful Olympic Stadium, where there was no such thing as a good seat, and it took forever to get to, stuck in the east end of the city, with nothing to do before or after the game there.

There have been a number of positive developments in the past week that have me genuinely believing for the first time that the Montreal Expos will return, and I am really hoping that they can do that in the AL East, preferably with a relocation move from Tampa Bay, so I can see them play the Jays here, and it would be a hell of a lot quicker than waiting for an expansion franchise, which will only happen once the stadium issues are settled in Tampa Bay and Oakland.

I commented below on Shi Davidi's excellent article on this topic which I will copy here for you:

A 35,000 baseball stadium that feels like a park with excellent sightlines of the downtown area and water in the Peel Basin, and there is still some land being targeted there, will work, as Montreal never had a park like that, be it Jarry, or the horrific Big O located in the boonies, to succeed. At least they can play in the Big O for 2-3 seasons while it gets built if a move from another franchise, and if an expansion team, can time it so maybe they never have to play at the Big O. Corporate support would be there for a new park located there and they would easily be able to sell out, combining season tickets, flex packages, and walk-ins. Playing in the AL East would be great to see a steady diet of the Red Sox, Yankees, and Jays. Now winning and building a competitive team will always be a challenge in the AL East, but baseball will be marketed as an event, a destination, a place to be, with stuff to do before, during, and after the game. Plus, attendance is not like it used to be, there are so many other revenue streams that you can get away with a park of that size. It will happen IMO, patience is still the key, do not ruffle MLB feathers.

Here is my reply to a reply on my post: Expos would be happy to be in the AL East or the NL East, and just listening to Shi on the FAN with Bob on PTS, that they all were skeptical, but now both Shi and Stephen say they think it will happen, and Bob while not going that far gives it a shot. The future ownership group is going about it the right way.

Here is the link to the article itself: https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/inside-montreals-cautious-meticulous-attempt-bring-back-mlb/

December 21, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee)

Just closed the parenthesis on my Twitter tagline, and for the record, I was here before there was an NBA team, and fully embraced the Toronto Raptors when they were born, so have zero conflict, and as much as I love watching baseball, the game has changed too much for me, and not for the better, and my favourite sport and team to watch are the Raptors and the NBA, who have the smartest and most progressive commissioner out there who really gets it, and lets the players be themselves.

December 21, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

Wefewee

It was painful listening to your Blundell submission.
Bottom line is, drunk or sober, a leopard never changes its spots.

December 21, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

Beatts

Cheryl, I certainly hope you don't spoil some child's innocence by telling them that. That's terrible.

December 21, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

Ben V

Which toronto mike episode covers dean blundell?

December 21, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Ryan G

If you enjoyed video games growing up like Resident Evil, and don't mind freaking yourself out virtually in the most immersive way possible, I highly recommend a VR game called Rush of Blood. The setup is that you're strapped in to a haunted roller coaster in an old timey haunted carnival, and you make your way through different parts of the park.

It is not for children, unless you want to spend thousands of therapy dollars after your child plays.

With super eerie production design, horrific scenes, terrifying possessed creatures, jump scares and vertigo-inducing roller coaster drops, I was blown away by how intense the experience was.

And, best part is, it's a perfect antidote ater you've got your fill of 24-7 xmas music and Hallmark Channel cheese. Enjoy!


December 21, 2018 @ 10:06 AM

Broni

I am finding myself needing to listen to the Blundell episode in segments. I am about 3/4 of the way through and have had to step away to calm myself a few times after thinking, to quote Buddy The Elf, Blundell's "sitting on a throne of lies".

December 21, 2018 @ 10:07 AM

Rob J

Brian, you neglected to mention two enormous factors, in that there is a dearth of political will in Montreal for an MLB return, and that the taxpayers there would be on the hook for hundreds of millions (at least) in stadium costs and other freebies (Skydome being the most obscene example), so the Bronfams can have a playground for the team and reap the profits.
Cities in the US like Portland and Las Vegas are far more likely to milk gullible citizens for their hard-earned tax dollars if the Rays or A’s move.

December 21, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

jj

Ben V - you have to subscribe to hear it, otherwise he isn't posting it here or on twitter for people to find - it's kinda hidden. BUT according to Blundell, Mike has literally been talking about him for 20 years and every single podcast, even with Molly Johnson :P

December 21, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

m m

So jj, is there any way for us non-Apple subscribers to access it?

December 21, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

bsmntdwllr73

Anyone can access it by logging on to the Toronto Mike'd feed on Stitcher, Google Play, or Podbean.

December 21, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

Ben V

JJ: is this toronto Mike podcast or Dean Blundell

December 21, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

Ben V

JJ: is this toronto Mike podcast or Dean Blundell

December 21, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee)

Rob, according to Mitch Garber, nobody is asking the city or the province to build a new stadium, but they will need some incentives, which could be in terms of tax breaks, could be land breaks, they could be tax credits, which all levels of government have come out to say they are supportive, but of course, there are no specifics yet, it is too early at this point, and will have to come later.

If you want to listen to the full interview on Mitch Melnick's show with Garber, here is the link: https://www.tsn.ca/radio/montreal-690/mitch-garber-in-studio-1.1229674

Montreal is rebuilding with a ton of cranes in the sky, and the future there is quite bullish, with the separation threat while you can never say never, seems to have thankfully subsided. Montreal is having a resurgence, and being a realtor, can say unequivocally that real estate is affordable there, and it has a very low unemployment rate. Sad for me to say that Montreal is a city where you can still own real estate and raise a family, which I worry about for my own kids with what lies ahead.

Rob J, the future owner consortium team is there for the right reasons, it would be a long time until they get a ROI, this is and I fully believe being done for the city, and not to line their pockets, as even under the best scenario, they would be far better off investing elsewhere. Garber said it is partly a vanity project, as they want to do it due to their love of the game, and to be the ones to bring it back, and I am fine with that. They have now come out with the entire ownership group, and are still looking for future partners, so it is still a work in progress.

Rob J, I follow every bit of media out of Montreal and nationally covering this, so I can address your main point, abut the dearth of political will in Montreal. Denis Coderre, the former mayor of Montreal, really got the political local support going, and the current mayor, Valerie Plante, has recently come out that she is fully supportive to bring MLB baseball back to Montreal. While no specifics have been pitched to any level of government, be it municipal, provincial, or federal, all levels understand that it will be overall a positive development, and Montreal is a large enough market to support MLB.

Will it cost taxpayers initially Rob J? Yes, it will, but I do not see the taxpayers over time being bamboozled. This is not approving a while elephant like the Big O which was built for two weeks with no thought of what comes after. After seeing what GM did to Oshawa, after getting a massive handout themselves, this is not going to be a repeat, the plan would be sustainable longterm, and done correctly, and why the detailed study was done to confirm that.

Bottom line, as Mitch said, there are a limited number of sites, actual land that can be used for a ballpark, light rail, metro, etc. It will not be in the heart of downtown Montreal, nor in Old Montreal, but there are suitable spots that are able to be acquired, and that parcel of land is the next step to lock up.

FYI Garber met Sternberg, the owner in Tampa, and does not want to get a franchise that way, but if it happens it happens. Sorry for being all over the map. One of my closest friends is good friends with Mitch Garber, and he assures me that his intentions are honourable.

December 21, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

jj

DB did an episode all about Mike, and so Mike in turn did an episode in which he rebuts a whole lot of fake news. bsmntdwllr73 gave some subscription options. DB deleted his episode, but Mike's rebuttal is great.

December 21, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Rob J

Brian,
I didn’t mean to imply that the citizens would be ‘bamboozled’ but that they certainly will be paying for something for which they’ll get no real benefit. The owners will immediately be enriched due to the value of the franchise alone. If they sold the very next day, they’d profit. (Nothing wrong with that in theory, of course).
None of your individual points are objectionable, Brian, however you’re clearly viewing every single detail of the issue in the most optimistic way imaginable and ignoring obvious roadblocks. (The main ones being that MLB has no official plans to expand nor move any teams).
However, if Expos 2.0 eventually occurs, I’d love to go to La Belle Province avec vous and catch them play my heroes de LA.

December 21, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

LieveFamke

@jj thank you!
It's a good thing Mike kept that podcast now that DB is 'cleaning' up his act!

@BenV - membership has its privileges! ;)

December 21, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

Jillian

Just listened to the Blundell podcast. Good on you for defending yourself, Mike. But one thing you may not have considered. DB seems to make you responsible for all comments on your blog- so if someone (and there's lots of them) makes a negative comment about him or his former radio show, it looks like you, personally, made the comment. Thus all the hostility pointed to you, Mike.

December 21, 2018 @ 2:02 PM

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@Jillian

Fearless Fred used to attribute all comments here to me, too.

But Dean speaks of 100s of episodes with Todd, etc... which can't possibly be derived from the comments here. It's as if he made up this fantasy and spouted it as fact.

December 21, 2018 @ 2:24 PM

m m

Wow... Now that I have listened to the whole episode, two things: 1. my opinion of DB hasn't changed, and 2. he hasn't changed, it seems there is a lot of "cleaning up" left.

December 21, 2018 @ 2:32 PM

Joey Wasaga

Oh It is that time of year again.Yes,time for TSN on their 4-5-12 channels after totally ignoring Junior hockey in Canada for 50 weeks of the year to for 10 days treat World Junior Hockey like It is Moses carrying granite up a mountain backwards.

Hint TSN the year is 2018 the 18 to 28 target audience all have 3 things in common;
1) They have noo money
2) They don't have any interest in say Sweden vs Finland on a Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm
3) When awake they have video games on their phones Podcasts and 2000 + songs to amuse them.

Good luck TSN

December 21, 2018 @ 2:43 PM

Rob J

@Joey Wasaga
As long as TSN wedges in a few dozen hours of discussion re: the looming Matthews and Marner contracts, its base will be more than satisfied.

December 21, 2018 @ 2:52 PM

James Edgar

I heard that PTS segment about Montreal and it gave me the impression it would be a possibility at least. I hope that the taxpayers aren't gouged like they(we) were over skydome but i'm not too certain that's even possible. It always strikes me as insane that governments fund these things so sports teams can take the profits and run.

On a another note i've had a pretty bad week. I'm a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump. Sometimes things go wrong with the pump and I'll go a little high. Monday was a disaster for me. The connection between my pump and the injection site was bad from the moment i connected. I didn't realize it of course until Mid morning i checked my Blood glucose (BG)( using my backup meter because i left my #1 at a friends christmas party Saturday, this contributes to what follows ) and discovered I was over 33. Normal is 4-7 . I immediately gave myself more insulin and maybe because i was already feeling the effect of being so high did not check my connection to make sure it was secure. I checked BG a hour later and while slightly lower it was still high 20's I then thought to check the connection and found it loose. I made sure it was tight and again gave myself more insulin. But again not thinking so clearly I didn't remember that the pump thought that i had (x) units of insulin and only gave me (y) to correct when really i needed (z) . So I'm way high not getting enough insulin to sort things out and i have a 2.5 hour meeting with idiots. I'm feeling pretty bad but eat lunch anyway after the meeting thinking that the food might settle me down. Nope I'm coming down slightly but feeling worse and worse and according to coworkers looking worse and worse ( Grey ,Hagard etc) . I decide to leave the office and go home to lie down thinking i just need to nap it off if you will . Also i'll change my injection site and get myself back on track. So i jump (crawl) into my car and head home. 5 minutes from work i projectile vomit all over myself, my dash and steering wheel. I'm on Yonge street nowhere to pull over and freak out a little finally get to a side street that is jammed turn a corner and stop . Puked 2 more times on the way. So sit there trying to figure out WTF now and being covered in regurgitated Chicken sandwich and other fun stuff i think i can only go home. Of course no paper towels in the passenger cabin. Lots in the trunk but I'm embarrassed to get out of the car. So i used a Fleece to clean off my hands and steering wheel ,gear shift and so on so I can drive home. The most disgusting 25 minutes ever ensued. That's until 5 minutes from home i once again projectile vomited all over. The most disgusting 5 minutes ever ensued. Finally home i cleaned up tried again to get my BG down without noticeable effect until i finally had the presence of mind to use an emergency needle to get it down to safer levels and then finally after puking a few more times and flailing around in bed for hours i changed my site and really got things going in the right direction. realizing i had been incredibly stupid I went to see my Family DR in the afternoon Tuesday.More that 24 hours later. She immediately sent me to Sunnybrook emergency where i spent the next 8 hours or so. ( Pro tip, My friend who works at Sunnybrook told me to never go to the emerg there again.They are a trauma centre they get gunshot wounds etc. They take up all the resources. 4 Gun incidents Monday in TO. They got two. Better to go to a community hospital ). Two IV's with fluids and i finally went home. I was in Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). It's as bad as it sounds. I've heard of it but never experienced it Until Now. I had no idea how bad it would be nor how dangerous. I should have been in an ambulance when i was puking. aside from the obvious traffic hazard. DKA at the level i experienced is apparently life threatening.

So now I'm changing my organization of Diabetes supplies, making sure i have paper towels of some sort in the car at all times as well as a garbage bag or similar and NEVER EVER EVER letting my BG go like that again.

On top of everything else i just picked up my car from a detailer. $325 to clean up the mess. Looks like new but $325???

December 21, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

GUNTER

@james Edgar
Sorry to hear your DKA story. Experienced it only once myself. Similar results just not in my car. Glad you are ok. Fuck diabetes.

December 21, 2018 @ 4:49 PM

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@Joey Wasaga

I like the WJC! Of course, I only watch when Canada plays, but still...

@James Edgar

I'm sorry to hear about the diabetes bud.

December 21, 2018 @ 5:09 PM

Rob J

My snarky comment aside, the timing of the WJC automatically makes it a huge media property, as there's a bit of a gap in the NHL/NBA schedule and the NFL regular season ends Dec. 30, plus TSN doesn't own any national NHL rights (though they hold Jets, Sens, Leafs, and Habs regional rights of varying degrees). I can see why they massively hype up this event, as it features prospective NHL draft picks, the purview of insider Bob McKenzie. If it were held in November or February, it would be a footnote. Besides, TSN2 is carrying a delightful variety of NCAA football bowl games. I'm watching The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on the blue field of Boise State as we speak.

December 21, 2018 @ 5:53 PM

Rob J

Update: BYU crushes Western Michigan 49-18. Annnnnnd (just checking)....yes, the athletes received a total of $0 for their efforts, though an all-expenses-paid trip to Boise, Idaho, the weekend before Christmas surely is remuneration enough. Not to mention the warm feeling of knowing the money their work generated goes to great causes like millionaire coaches and the not-corrupt-at-all NCAA, AND that had they gotten injured ruining their chances at a lucrative pro contract, they'd have the honour of knowing, as they recuperate far away from the glamour of big-time sports, that in 20 years the drunk at the bar in their hometown will remember them and ask, "Didn't you used to be somebody?"

December 21, 2018 @ 7:46 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@ James, hope things look up for you over Christmas. I take good health for granted.

December 21, 2018 @ 9:52 PM

chris

Kawhi Leonard is a beast for the Raptors & please sign him for what every $ he wants on a contract.
Same with Austin Mathews & Marner.
Just make the cap work. If have to trade other expendables or buyouts.

December 21, 2018 @ 10:15 PM

Neil Clarke Warren

@Rob J One very SMALL fact you left out re NCAA 90 + % of the players in that game are not paying for a college education.
One of my children attended a U. S. university for 4 years got a degree (which would have cost me $ 180 thousand U.S.) for the total cost of $1,600 U.S (and that was for added insurance)
Don't let facts get in the way of your postings.

December 22, 2018 @ 2:10 AM

Cheryl Traub

Sorry about your diabetes, James. That's not good. Thank goodness I don't have it. Well, basketball sucked last night. My Cavs never led. It was a very awful game and that was no good. My Nets also lost which was no good although they had a lead, but couldn't close it. Well, tonight I have my Suns as well as my Habs and Coyotes as well as my Ravens play tonight. My Ravens better win. My Browns will win tomorrow and my Cavs better win tomorrow. It's true about Santa. It's the parents who give presents. Santa is just some phony thing. Just think, on Wednesday all this junk will be over.

December 22, 2018 @ 7:13 AM

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@chris

Auston and Mitch will 100% be signed by the Leafs. There's no question there.

As for Kawhi, it'll be 100% up to him. If he wants to stay, we'll sign him. If he wants to play in LA, he'll sign there.

December 22, 2018 @ 10:02 AM

Luigi

OK a few things about this Montreal Expos thing:
1-The Tampa Bay Rays are committed to Tropicana Field until 2027
2-MLB isn't going to expand until the stadium issues in Oakland and Tampa are settled
3-The Bronfman group hasn't purchased any land to build a baseball park and there's no way MLB would agree to move an existing team there without something being constructed as Olympic Stadium was a hole when it was built and through the years has just gotten worse
4-The entire southeastern United States is served by one team in Atlanta, so you have whole states that have been able to support top teams in other sports completely shut out of baseball (New Orleans, Charlotte, Nashville and Memphis all off the top of my head). Seriously, who would pass an opportunity to finally grab that part of the market to go back to Canada?

December 22, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Rob J

@Neil
Everything in my posts are facts. The athletic scholarships are not guaranteed and can be withdrawn arbitrarily with no recourse, and the amount is less than a drop in the bucket relative to the income generated by the athletes. Also if they want to transfer, they have to sit out a whole year from the sport, while the coaches that recruited them and made promises can leave the school at the drop of a hat to seek a better job elsewhere. If someone even buys them a meal, the athlete is subject to sanctions. The way the system is biased against the athlete makes them easy targets for lowlifes who try to profit from their current and future fame as we saw with the recent scandal in NCAA basketball. The current system is indefensible as the NCAA rivals FIFA and the IOC in terms of self-serving corruption.

December 22, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Rob J

My ‘favourite’ example of how the money in big-time college sports flows from the athletes’ work to the top is that in 39 of the 50 states, the top-earning state employee including ALL people paid by the taxpayer is the head football or basketball coach of the state university. Ricky Gervais voice: “Think of that!”

December 22, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Happy holidays to everyone and a safe and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

December 22, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Joseph

Hey Mike,

Since you worked at the Galleria Mall as a kid, where did you grow up?
That McDonald's was a favorite hangout for me.
Watching the old guys argue over Bocee was fun too.

Joey

December 22, 2018 @ 12:13 PM

Blind Dave

I've never been a WJC fan, but my brother-in law, dad--in-law, and nephew are all huge fans. Their age range would be early twenties to eighty. The non-Canadian games still catch their interest, and my dad-in-law, who is retired, watches almost all of the games.

I haven't been following the politics in Montreal, but I'm not entirely convinced that even if it's done right, the team will be consistently successful at the box office. Just about anything would be better than the O, but Montreal is a bigger hockey town than Toronto, and even worse for ignoring non-pro hockey teams.

December 22, 2018 @ 2:08 PM

Urooj Islam

The 2018-2019 are the most frustrating great Toronto team to watch of my lifetime.

Every game has a different line-up!

Happy Festivus/Merry Christmas to all of you.

December 22, 2018 @ 2:28 PM

Urooj Islam

I meant to say the 2018-2019 Raptors!

December 22, 2018 @ 2:29 PM

Rob J

Happy Festivus Eve to all!

December 22, 2018 @ 3:44 PM

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@Urooj Islam

Tonight's starting lineup should be interesting... my son is trying to figure out why they played Kawhi yesterday instead of today. A bunch of game-time decisions today!

December 22, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

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@Joseph

I worked 5 years at the Galleria Mall's Food City / Pricechopper. We're talking mid-90s. When I worked there, I lived in a bunch of different places, including Charles St. and Yonge, Clendenan and Annette and Islington and Dundas.

December 22, 2018 @ 3:59 PM

Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee)

Mike, they played Kawhi last night because without him they were vulnerable, so best to lock up the win and take your medicine in Philly, now a scheduled loss as an 8-point dog. I agree with this strategy, plus the home town fans get to see a W.

December 22, 2018 @ 4:08 PM

Urooj Islam

@Toronto Mike

I honestly think it's Kawhi (and his own medical team) who make that decision and then inform the coaching staff about what game he will play in and what game he will not before any back to back.

It's one of the weirdest things I've ever seen as a Toronto sports fan but when the team is this good, you have to put up with it.

December 22, 2018 @ 4:14 PM

Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee)

Urooj, I did not even think of it happening that way with regards to Kawhi's availability, but that makes sense, given how the Raptors are basically letting him and his team run the show, in order for him to be acclimated to Toronto and this way Kawhi has nobody to blame but himself if it goes south.

At the same time, everything I have read is that the Raptors medical team is calling the shots to take extra good care of him and not risk anything, so the two of them I am sure are step and step, with both having the same goals in mind.

December 22, 2018 @ 4:18 PM

David

If I am not mistaken, Bob Cole is calling the LEAF game tonight!

December 22, 2018 @ 5:24 PM

Cheryl Traub

Well, my Habs and Coyotes both won last night. That's great. Both teams who will be in the finals won and that's great. My Ravens also won. Ravens to the playoffs. My Browns play today and my Cardinals play today. My Cardinals won't be there. They lost too much, but my Browns and my Ravens will be in the playoffs. My Suns lost though. That was no good. They should have won. Well, my Cavs play tonight. They better win and do better than Friday. Anyway, my Suns are also at my Nets. Doesn't matter who wins. They're both my teams, but I need my Cavs to beat the Bulls. There will be no sports tomorrow or Tuesday. That sucks.

December 23, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

H.o.E.

Should someone point out to Cheryl that a certain team was eliminated from playoff contention yesterday? Link

December 23, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

H.o.E.

I see there has been a special Festivus "Airing of Grievances" blog post here today.

December 23, 2018 @ 9:39 AM

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@H.o.E.

Time for the feats of strength...

December 23, 2018 @ 9:50 AM

Cheryl Traub

My Browns won. That's great. My Cardinals lost though. I know my Cardinals won't be in the playoffs. Well, my Cavs lost again. That's no good. They were winning at the half and then they go and fricken lose. My Nets beat my Suns and my Coyotes won. Now there will be no sports today and tomorrow. That's no good there are no sports. Oh well, I can always play my music. Nothing like some Bob Seger or some John Mellencamp. Less than two days from now and it will be December 26. Goody.

December 24, 2018 @ 7:08 AM

Jim

@ Cheryl Traub I guess I count weird but 5 NBA games on TV Christmas Day count as sports.

December 24, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

Urooj Islam

@Jim

Not to mention the Monday Night Football game on tonight.

Cheryl can spend two days "without" sports listening to Bob Seger. I will spend them watching football and basketball because I got nothing to do for Christmas eve and Christmas.

December 24, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

jj

I want to see the Raptors on Christmas Day, this schedule is whack!!

December 24, 2018 @ 3:06 PM

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@jj

NBC knows the Raps are good enough, but they're based in the wrong Country. I get it...

December 24, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

Urooj Islam

@Toronto Mike

I think you mean ABC/ESPN. NBC hasn't broadcast the NBA in 16 years.

But yeah, I understand, NBA Christmas day games are an American event for American audiences. At least the Raptors get a break so maybe they can play at full strength at least for the next few games after the Christmas break.

December 24, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

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@Urooj Islam

Haha... yeah, I guess my great Xmas day NBA memories involved Michael Jordan on NBC.

December 24, 2018 @ 3:24 PM

Urooj Islam

@JJ @Toronto Mike

Like both of you, I've always been very curious about this as well.

I looked it up once and realized that the Raptors played on Christmas Day in 2001. I have no memory of the game or the significance of the day it took place on. That was before the Christmas day games were this huge all day event like they are now with the NBA but still interesting.

https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200112250NYK.html

December 24, 2018 @ 3:35 PM

dale

@Everyone & especially Mike

Have a very Merry Christmas to you & your families as I have to go bed shortly as Santa is arriving soon. Hopefully he visits Cheryl's house.
To all a GOOD NIGHT.

December 24, 2018 @ 9:35 PM

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@dale

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2018 @ 9:49 PM

Cheryl Traub

Well, none of my teams are playing today. That's what I'm saying. My Cavs played the last few Christmases, but now they don't. It sucks. Oh well, hopefully they will be rested up for tomorrow. My Browns or Ravens didn't play yesterday. Anyway, Santa won't be coming here. He doesn't exist.Tomorrow all this Santa stuff will be over, goody.

December 25, 2018 @ 7:02 AM

Cheryl Traub

Well, Chgristmas is over, goody. Tonight I have basketball with my Suns, Cavs, and Nets all playing, goody. Anyway, so good thing Christmas and Santa Claus is all over for another year.

December 26, 2018 @ 7:04 AM

Rob J

It appears as if Roy Halladay will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame on his first appearance on the ballot. With approximately one-quarter of the voters making their ballots public, Halladay is at around 94% (75% is needed). If the current results hold, the Class of 2019 will be Halladay, Rivera, Mussina (sorry Blair), and Edgar. Once again, suspected steroid users Bonds and Clemens are likely to be excluded, and their time on the ballot is running short.

December 26, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

jj

Urooj Islam - Yeesh, 17 years ago! Ridiculous that they can't get a Christmas game in, when they've done so well in the last few years.

December 26, 2018 @ 4:04 PM

Cheryl Traub

Well, my Cavs lost again. That sucks. It really does suck. They lost again. Anyway, my Suns and Nets both won close overtime games. At least my Suns and Nets won. My Habs don't play until tomorrow. My Coyotes play a late one today. Good that sports is in full swing again.

December 27, 2018 @ 6:47 AM

Urooj Islam

Cheryl, what are your thoughts on New Year's?

Do you hate it as much as you hate Christmas?

December 27, 2018 @ 9:41 PM

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@Urooj Islam

Save that excellent question for tomorrow's Open Mike!

December 27, 2018 @ 10:17 PM

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