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1.5 hours late but an excellent reason why!
Happy long weekend!

April 19, 2019 @ 9:25 AM


I forgot it was a long weekend. Well, I'm retired, so it's hard to keep track of these long weekends. My Orioles won in extra innings. That's great and my Diamondbacks won as well. My Indians didn't play. Well, let's hope the Bruins and Magic win tonight. My Nets lost last night. That was no good at all, but they lost.

April 19, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

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No, I did not sleep in. In fact, I recorded an episode of Hebsy on Sports at 8ish and totally forgot it was a Friday! Now I'm waiting for Gino Vannelli to arrive. I think I'll livestream that one, so look for the link on my Twitter account.

April 19, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

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Gino update!

We're recording today at 4pm and you can watch us bake the cake at . He's bringing his guitar, so it might be fun to get a visual.

5.5 hours until Gino Time!

April 19, 2019 @ 10:23 AM


Road construction in this city infuriates me. I have to drive east on the 401 between Keele and Dufferin every morning. The lanes have been reduced from three to two for the past few weeks and next to no construction has taken place over that time. In fact nothing was done all this past week. The people running this city are morons.

And speaking of morons, I'm not sure who is dumber, Doug Ford or Donald Trump.

April 19, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Lyle Lanley

Looking forward to Gino at 4pm!

April 19, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

Urooj Islam

Toronto Mike putting out content on a day where everyone else is totally mailing it in.

Thanks, dude!

April 19, 2019 @ 1:24 PM

Blind Dave

Toronto Mike'd is always spectacular, but the list lately has blown me away. Best podcast going, period.

I am amazed that the Leafs are on par with Boston. I honestly didn't think they had it in them to compete in the playoffs at this level. I haven't been a serious sports fan in a good twenty years, but the Leafs and Jays are fun to watch.

April 19, 2019 @ 1:28 PM

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My boss didn't give me the day off!

April 19, 2019 @ 2:14 PM


Has anyone else been glued to Jeopardy lately? I think the current champion will dethrone Ken Jennings . He is AMAZEBALLS!

April 19, 2019 @ 2:20 PM

Urooj Islam

The last and only time the Leafs and Raptors both won a playoff series in the same year was in 2001.

Can it happen in 2019?

April 19, 2019 @ 10:40 PM

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@Urooj Islam


I'd say the Raps have a 95% chance of beating the Magic, and the Leafs now have a 75% chance of beating the Bruins.

April 19, 2019 @ 10:54 PM


Hockey and basketball both sucked last night. The Magic and Bruins both lost. Why is this happening? Well, hopefully my Nets and Bucks win today. Baseball sucked as well. Well, my Indians and Orioles got rained out, but my Diamondbacks lost. Nothing good happened. It's awful. I just want to hide in a hole.

April 20, 2019 @ 7:09 AM


This is the second Saturday night in a row that The Montreal Canadians have no game,it just does not seem right.
Oh how silly of me,at this time of year a team has to MAKE the playoffs to still have games. Me bad.

April 20, 2019 @ 2:01 PM

Urooj Islam

Happy 4/20, Cheryl!

I hope your personal baker made you a "special" treat for the day for you to drown your sports related sorrows with.

April 20, 2019 @ 2:09 PM

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I hope everyone did their civic duty and got high today!

April 20, 2019 @ 10:20 PM


Well, my Nets lost. That's no good at all. My Bucks won though. Great for my Bucks. They'll win it all. I know they will. My Orioles lost two games of a doubleheader. That's not good. My Indians won their first game, but blew the second one as they lost in the end. My Diamondbacks won. Now today I really need Bruins and Magic to win. I really do. Come on Bruins and Magic. Play better so you can win.

April 21, 2019 @ 7:30 AM

Urooj Islam

It's the eve of the Gerry Howarth Toronto Mike'd episode and all I can hear in my head is Don Landry's Gerry Howarth impression.

I hope you have it and the Mike Richards impression ready to go.


April 21, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

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@Urooj Islam

I've got your question cued up, but I don't actually have the audio loaded up.

This ep will be all killer, no filler. I hope he gives me at least 90 minutes.

April 21, 2019 @ 8:25 PM


Well, good for the Bruins. Good that they won. They'll win again tomorrow hopefully. They need to win tomorrow. The Magic lost again. That's no good. What's wrong with the Magic? I hope they can win again or they'll be done. My Bucks will win tonight. They have to do that. Anyway, my Indians got clobbered yesterday. That stinks. My Orioles and Diamondbacks also lost so it really sucks now in baseball. Everyone lost. The only good thing yesterday was a Bruins win.

April 22, 2019 @ 7:14 AM

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How cool would it be if the Leafs and Raps both clinched series wins on the same night.

That'd be a first for this city.

April 22, 2019 @ 8:40 AM


I hate to p on everyone's Corn Flakes this morning but,The Leafs have beaten The Bruins 2 outa 3 games in Basstun...they not gonha beat them 3 outa 4.

April 22, 2019 @ 9:16 AM


The Jeopardy champion is unreal! The knowledge he has. The wild Daily Double bets he makes. The insane Final Jeopardy bets he makes. It's fantastic to watch!

April 22, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

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Yet they'll still play the game!

April 22, 2019 @ 10:01 AM


I don't know about everyone else but I am perplexed by a habs fans suddenly cheering for the Bruins

April 22, 2019 @ 1:24 PM

Urooj Islam


She roots against Toronto teams no matter what. Don't be surprised if we are getting updates about the Blue Jackets and the Sixers in a few days.

April 22, 2019 @ 1:33 PM


@ Urooj I just hope the "Black Widow" of sport picks does not jump under the wagon of MY LV "Golden Showers" I need MY Golden Showers to win. I know they will. Anyway

April 22, 2019 @ 7:04 PM


Well, how about those Bucks. Off to the next round they go. Now my Nets need to win or they'll be gone. Come on Nets. Do this. Also please win Magic. You need to win. Just find a way to fricken win. Also let's go Bruins. Let's win this game. My Diamondbacks played a good game last night. That's a great win, but my Orioles really got clobbered. My Indians didn't play. They better win tonight.

April 23, 2019 @ 7:08 AM


Since she always wants Toronto teams to lose, does Cheryl also want Canada to lose in international sports? Can we get her to say the opposing country is going to win?

April 23, 2019 @ 7:53 AM

collingwood dave

Can't wait for CFL to start in June, My Argos, Ti Cats, Red Blacks, Alouettes, Riders, Stamps, Eskimos or Bombers will win the Grey Cup..I know they will.

April 23, 2019 @ 5:35 PM


@ collingwood dave why must you be like that ?? It is common knowledge that My Lions will win The GC anyway I know they will.

April 23, 2019 @ 6:18 PM

Urooj Islam

No Atlantic Schooner fans in the house?

That's disappointing. I know my Schooners will be the champions of the 110th Grey Cup. Believe me.

April 23, 2019 @ 7:10 PM


@ Urooj Schooners got a big shot Only if the Black Widow does not make them HER team,if that happens,them be dead last.Anyway

April 23, 2019 @ 8:53 PM


Well, Bruins won. That's great. Theyh're going to win the cup now. Basketball wasn't so good. My Nets lost as well as the Magic. That sucks. Well, the Bucks and Sixers will win the next round. Count on it. In baseball, my Orioles had a great game. Andrew Cashner pitched a gem. My Diamondbacks also won, but my Indians lost. Oh well. Basketball, Sixers and Bucks will win. Then Bucks will beat sixers and then beat whoever is in the west in the finals. There will be a deer cake at my NBA party, the first Saturday after my Bucks win it all. Everyone is coming I hope. The deer cake will have green icing all over it. My personal baker can make it. Milwaukee Bucks NBA champions.

April 24, 2019 @ 7:15 AM


Kevin Nealon (of Weeds, and SNL for 9 years) is doing a bunch of shows in different southern Ontario cities over the next few days.

April 24, 2019 @ 9:24 AM


My most heartfelt condolences to anyone still dealing with the heartache from last night's Leafs game. Regardless, the fine folks at ChokeFM (broadcasting license still pending!) have you all covered with the following imaginary Megamix from the always supremely awesome DJ Pryck Basterd:

#1. "Deja Vu"- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
#2. "Blood On the Ice"-Anvil
#3. "It's Over"-Roy Orbison
#4. "Deja Vu"-Dionne Warwick
#5. "End Of The Line"-Traveling Wilburys
#6. "See You In September"-The Happenings

And, you're welcome!!!

April 24, 2019 @ 9:32 AM

James Edgar

i just want to make sure everyone knows it's NOT my Fault. I DID NOT watch the game. If i had they would have lost for sure so i didn't. That they lost anyway is quite puzzling. I'm pretty sure they only lose when i'm watching.


So just so we clear NOT MY FAULT I DID NOT WATCH.

April 24, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

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@James Edgar

I blame the the team. :)

Go Raps!

April 24, 2019 @ 9:39 AM


In Stephen King's forthcoming literary version of the deer cake victory party, "Patisserie Perversion", the cake is haunted by the ghost of Bambi's mother and it aggressively 'turns' on the one who foolishly had it custom made. It is not a pretty sight and frosting winds up in the most unlikeliest of places!! It goes without saying that the setting will inexplicably be transferred to Castle Rock!!!

April 24, 2019 @ 9:45 AM


@ bsmntdwellr73 Upon reading that today's new favorite team is the 76 ers I immediately went to my favorite on-line betting site and bet the Raptors to win the series. When "The Black Widow" picks a team ya just gotta go the other way (free $$)

Upon collecting my winnings I will head to MY personal Butcher and purchase 1 KG of MY favorite Mock Chicken Loaf.. I can taste it already.

April 24, 2019 @ 3:13 PM


Burlington's Sound of Music Festival lineup was announced today. Previous Toronto Mike'd guests Lee Harvey Osmond (Tom Wilson), Skydiggers (Andy Maize) and Spoons (Gord Deppe) are on the bill.

April 24, 2019 @ 4:32 PM

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And Bush! And Live!

April 24, 2019 @ 4:43 PM

Joey Wasaga

Re Burlington's Sound of Music Festival...Two glaring things about the line-up. Terri Clark..I guess this festival is the definition of hitting the bottom of the barrel.

Big thumbs up to Gavin Mcleod who after The Love Boat & Mary Tyler Moore and having huge success at both is still eaking out a living in Burlington,Ontario in the Summer of 2019

April 24, 2019 @ 4:46 PM


To clear things up, I said that the Sixers will win the next round and so will the Bucks. The Bucks will then beat the Sixers and then beat whoever is in the west. Milwaukee Bucks NBA champions. There will be a party and a deer cake. My personal baker is being prepared to bake it. Everyone is coming to my party the first Saturday after they win it all. Bucks all the way this time. Bruins are winning the cup, but no party for that. Baseball was great yesterday. My Indians, Orioles, and Diamondbacks all won. That's awesome. I'm having a World Series as well. I think there will be a Chief Wahoo cake for my World Series party.

April 25, 2019 @ 7:27 AM

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