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The belle of the ball again !

June 7, 2019 @ 7:48 AM


I couldn't find it, oh well, I'm not first.
Do you think Cheryl's baker will make us a Raptors cake?!?

June 7, 2019 @ 8:07 AM


I'm not first again. Oh well. Bruins lost. They'll win it in seven though. Warriors in six. Warriors will win tonight. My Indians and Orioles both lost and my Diamondbacks didn't play. Bob Seger is a great singer and nobody should be copying his songs. My World Series party will be in the fall. My Indians, Orioles, or Diamondbacks will win it. It will be great. Remember first Saturday after the World Series.

June 7, 2019 @ 8:08 AM

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Rooting for your 19-43 Orioles to turn it around!

June 7, 2019 @ 8:24 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Read in the Globe and Mail this morning that the Conservatives are looking at transferring the cost of recycling to the packaging industry. A good possibility if they do this, is reduction of non recyclable materials we are seeing now.
Just as the trash we are bringing back from the Philippines and probably Malaysia to be incinerated, why isn't incineration used? The plant Hydro built from what I have read burns efficiently, and when I have passed by, never seen a plume of smoke.
We diligently sort our garbage to only find it seems to be a wasted effort, as 40 cubic yard bins from commercial buildings and construction sites go directly to the dump.

June 7, 2019 @ 8:25 AM

Lou Schizas

I agree with Rick C - the appearance of doing something while accomplishing nothing - what do you expect from well intended but inept decision makers -

June 7, 2019 @ 8:41 AM


Pushing the cost of recycling to the packaging industry will only increase our costs. You can't buy anything anymore without way too much plastic and garbage in it.
Maybe it will force a change but it doesn't seem likely.

Go Raptors! Cheryl is wrong. The Warriors will not win in six. With the exception of one quarter, the Raptors have out played them. Curry may be the best shooter the world has ever seen but the Raptors are really showing at how tight their team is.

June 7, 2019 @ 9:01 AM

James Edgar

Happy Friday all, great weekend for the Canadian Grand prix in Montreal and a great Friday for the Raptors to take a 3-1 series lead.

Speaking of the Raps WTF was with that warriors minority owner the other night? You'd think someone that connected would know that kind of thing is way offside. Proving again that rich does not equal smart a lot of the time.

@ Rick The Idea of passing on recycling cost sounds great! Of course we will be paying those cost (+a few %) in higher prices for goods affected. But if it manages to reduce some of the the diversion to dumps that currently happens i'm good with that. BTW i live in a building and while i have zero doubt that some don't play by the rules we do have separate bins for Garbage recycling and green bin. A lot of the residents do seem to try to do there best with all that. YMMV in other places of course.

@ Lou. Pretty much sums up politicians of all stripes these days.

it has been an utter shit show a work for about three weeks now. Due to quite a few hasty decisions / reactions and flat out mistakes by some of my coworkers /managers. And guess who gets to make a plan to fix everything? I honestly wonder how some people manage to get dressed in the morning. Ok Rant Off

Have a great weekend all.

June 7, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Jason from Sudbury

@Cheryl: No true Habs fan is gonna cheer for the damn Bruins. C'mon now! Blues in 6. Our Habs will turn it around next year.

June 7, 2019 @ 9:15 AM


Does Cheryl understand that Bob Seger gets $ when other acts record songs he wrote?

June 7, 2019 @ 9:20 AM

Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee)

The Toronto Raptors have a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals and are 2 games away from a Championship. Nothing more has to be said,

June 7, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

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After winning four straight against the Bucks, I was pretty chill about Golden State because I felt we were playing with house money. I felt like a finals berth achieved our goal.

Then, after game one, I realized we hadn't achieved our goal. I switched from feeling satisfied with advancing to the finals to wanting to win it all.

Two wins to go. This is happening.

June 7, 2019 @ 9:47 AM


So I did get injured in softball last week. I was playing catcher. A throw came home and I leaped up to get it. The runner from third - not aware of the rules about touching home plate - knocking me over while I was in the air. I landed awkwardly on my elbow and got a wicked scrape and bruise. There were quite a few injuries as well. Nevertheless, it was a fun day.

Mark Stevens took the lead in the idiot department, he's now far ahead of Drake. It was very refreshing not seeing Drake during the broadcast the other night. Hoping for more of the same tonight and the win of course!

As for the Toronto Mike stickers - I'll let you know when I am WFH next, so that hopefully I'm home when you drop them off!

June 7, 2019 @ 9:49 AM


Cannot wait to see tonight's game. I don't have an issue with Drake, his stuff is no different than other super fans - and he never assaults players.

June 7, 2019 @ 10:17 AM


To put things in perspective. 75 years ago yesterday, boys were dodging bullets, watching others die, seeing legs & arms blown off, drowning because of overweighted gear to save the world from Nazism & the love tap on Lowry has blown up to be an international incident.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.......

June 7, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Rob J

Well it did involve a Canadian-based team playing in the US, so it literally was an international incident.

June 7, 2019 @ 11:22 AM


$20 says that '???" is a basketball hater. I would put another $20 that "???" loved it when Tie Domi punched up the guy that fell into the penalty box.

June 7, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

Urooj Islam

That's the most halfhearted championship party that Cheryl has ever planned, you can tell that even she doesn't believe it will happen.

Hopefully, if the World Series party does happen, we all end up going to the right place and not to the house of that OTHER Cheryl who also lives in Toronto with the same name, disability, job and sports rooting interests.

June 7, 2019 @ 1:59 PM


@ H.o.E. Don'tcha know Cheryl knows all ?? Ooops forgot one word Cheryl knows #*ck all.

June 7, 2019 @ 2:50 PM

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Our Toronto Raptors are one win away from the NBA Championship.

June 7, 2019 @ 11:40 PM

Urooj Islam

@Toronto Mike

It goes beyond unbelievable, it's borderline inconceivable. I could never even fathom the Raptors ever being in this position.

June 7, 2019 @ 11:54 PM


Any luck getting someone from the Evanov Group on? Would love to hear a chat with Scott Fox, Tony Monaco or the Hammer! Brian Master over at the Jewel. Lots of talent!
How about Kenny Coughlin (now in the Caribbean?)
And with Bookie now gone... maybe more from Indie88 or Rock 95?

June 8, 2019 @ 1:22 AM


Well, the basketball game sucked last night. So I love the Habs, but like the Bruins a bit as well. Bruins will win it in seve n now. Warriors will win in seven. Baseball was great last night except my Orioles lost. My Indians and Diamondbacks also won though. That's great about my Indians and Diamondbacks. Maybe we can do a Chief Wahoo cake for my World Series party.

June 8, 2019 @ 6:34 AM

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I've really tried to get Indie88 folk on, but they don't seem interested.

I haven't asked Scott, Tony, Kenny or Brian, but you've talked me into it.

As for the Rock, I feel I've done pretty well. Craig's been on, as has the now departed Bob Willette, and I've asked Lee.

June 8, 2019 @ 9:59 AM


Bummed that looks like we are losing Marleau maybe at his request. Love him as a personality and player.

June 8, 2019 @ 11:42 AM


Cheryl can you give me your bakers contact info please? I need to order a raptors cake!

June 8, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Admitedly I'm not a basketball fan but I'm really pulling for the Raptors. It would be awesome if they won it.

The Blues can take it tomorrow night and I think they will. I've got a few friends that are Leaf fans and pulling for the Blues because of Bozak and Steen. I just hate the Bruins and don't wanna see them win.

June 8, 2019 @ 1:56 PM

collingwood dave

Am I the only one that thought last nights Canadian national anthem sucked ? Save that crap for Boots and Hearts..Walk off the earth indeed..

June 8, 2019 @ 2:20 PM


Well, I was in contact with my personal butcher early this morning.Nothing set in stone yet as he is very busy at his Butcher shop/Auto body./ Day care center but,the wheels are in motion for HUGE Raptors cake made of spam/horse meat to be ready 12:01am Tuesday morning.
Nothing set in stone yet but honestly I am wurking on it.
Not sure of the location of the fest but , I am thinking of the lobby of Cheryl's condo..
And yes smoking IS allowed !!!!!!!

June 8, 2019 @ 3:08 PM

Dawn Keibals

Fred VanVleet is an honorarily Canadian forever,whether he knows it or not.
Takes an elbow in the yapper,looses a front chickelet takes 7 stitches to the pie hole.
And YES he is right back on the floor...Fred is a damm hockey player !!
None of this 10-14 day injury list with an "upper body contusion"
Fred Van is a damm hockey player !!!

Salute Fred VanVleet !!

He should get a standing 0 when he hits the floor Monday evening .

June 8, 2019 @ 4:19 PM


Yes a true Warrior (LOL) with what happened to him & agree should have a standing O when he enters the game.

June 8, 2019 @ 7:11 PM


Baseball was great last night. My Indians, Orioles, and Diamondbacks all won. Bruins win tonight and Warriors win tomorrow. Smoking is not allowed in my condo building. It really isn't. Nobody can smoke. I'll make you pay a fine of $500.00 if you do. Honestly nobody can smoke. I am not allowed to give out information about my personal baker. I'm really not.

June 9, 2019 @ 7:24 AM


Soo....where were there more people today...At the AA baseball game at Skydome OR people in a line-up to stand outside to watch a Basketball game still 24 + hours away from starting ?

The people in the line-up are the smart ones.

June 9, 2019 @ 6:08 PM


How about those Diamondbacks. Yes, they won. They swept the Jays. Awesome. My Indians and Orioles both lost yesterday though. Bruins force a game seven. They will win it. I told you they will win the cup. That's what will happen. Warriors in seven. They'll win the next three.

June 10, 2019 @ 7:13 AM


Warriors won. Goody. Two more games to go. It will end on Father's Day. That's when it will end. My Diamondbacks won as well. This is great. It will be Warriors in seven.

June 11, 2019 @ 7:05 AM


I definitely needed the melatonin last night, rough. So much drama - the booing, the injury, the missed opportunities! Stressed. Thursday is going to be a movie.

June 11, 2019 @ 9:12 AM


My Indians and Orioles won. That's great. My Diamondbacks lost though. Okay, as I said, Bruins win tonight. Warriors win tomorrow and Father's Day. That will happen.

June 12, 2019 @ 7:10 AM

Urooj Islam

Tough day for Toronto Mike, either the Leafs officially have the longest Stanley Cup drought in the NHL or the Bruins add another Cup after beating the Leafs in 7 earlier in the playoffs.

June 12, 2019 @ 1:20 PM


I didn't realize this.

It must be so hard being a Leaf fan.

June 12, 2019 @ 2:43 PM

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I actually like the idea of owning this drought outright. Let's lean in, as the kids say. Let's own it!

June 12, 2019 @ 5:06 PM


As for the Blew Jays.. I really feel bad for Edwin Jackson , he was Oh so close to getting two batters in a row out. So many times he got a warning trac fly out only to be interrupted by the next batter hitting an upper deck fluke home run.
His potential is encouraging and if he could get just a little bit of defense from the fans in left and right field seats his ERA could plummet to well under 9.00 per game.
With a few breaks and multiple rain-outs and at least 1 trip to the 60 day injury list he has a big shot at being the BJ opening day pitcher in Spring 2020.

June 12, 2019 @ 6:17 PM

Rob J

Well, Dallas beat the Blues in round 2 in 1999 en route to their first Cup, so it's only fair that the Blues did it to the Stars this year in round 2 heading towards their first. Incredible to go from dead last in early Jan to sipping from the mug. Totally deserved and all my kudos are extended to the long-suffering St. Louis fans.

June 12, 2019 @ 10:59 PM


Worst in standings in NHL (Jan. 2nd 2019) to FIRST June 12/19. Unbelievable.
Anything can happen.

June 12, 2019 @ 11:50 PM

Urooj Islam

@Rob J

Agreed and well said, Rob J. St. Louis fans have been through some shit recently, losing the Rams, the Blues drought and all the close calls they've had. Yes, the Cardinals have been very consistent and done their share of winning but that doesn't override everything else. Great to see a bunch of teams ending long Cup droughts over the last 10-15 years, gives me hope for the Leafs and the fact that it can be done.


No matter how many times you hear that fact and even go and verify it yourself, it still does not seem real.

June 12, 2019 @ 11:55 PM


Well, Bruins blew it. Oh well, next year my Habs or Coyotes will win the cup. It's theirs. My Indians and Orioles both lost last night. That's no good at all, but my Diamondbacks won. Well, Warriors will win tonight and Sunday. Warriors win again, but next year it will be Suns, Cavs, or Bucks. Football starts in a couple months. Ravens, Browns, or Cardinals will win the Superbowl.

June 13, 2019 @ 7:15 AM


Cheryl's streak of unused cakes continues!

June 13, 2019 @ 7:56 AM

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Hopefully we add one more unused cake to her collection tonight.

June 13, 2019 @ 8:07 AM


i wonder if Cheryl's baker is looking for someone to eat all the unused cake. i might have a friend who is interested (shifty eye shifty eye).

June 13, 2019 @ 3:39 PM

Urooj Islam

I'm going to be honest with you guys, I have no more energy left. I hope the Raptors can close it out, if not tonight than Sunday but either way, I have no more energy left to be ecstatic or depressed. It's the fans who may have needed load management during the season.

This is easily the longest playoff run in the history of Toronto sports with the Raptors playing their 24th playoff game tonight.

June 13, 2019 @ 5:40 PM


It has been long but,on the you have had constant entertainment from the "Black Widow " of sport picking. Where else can you see her 1st,2 nd,3 rd and 4 th favorite teams loose ?
See multiple picks for next season NFL,NHL where the season does NOT start for months.
Be honest, you just can't get entertainment like that anywhere !!

June 13, 2019 @ 5:56 PM


I briefly went into a public library to escape the downpour, typed onto one of their computers and it wouldn't display the site.

June 13, 2019 @ 6:34 PM

Jason from Sudbury

So glad the Blues won last night, the fact that they've never won it before just makes it better. As a Habs fan I hate the Bruins and wanted Toronto to take 'em out in the first round.

June 13, 2019 @ 6:55 PM

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I'm told is even accessible from mainland China.

June 13, 2019 @ 7:19 PM


Urooj Islam - me too.

June 13, 2019 @ 7:36 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Wow, I am in a Quality inn in Kingston, and there are about 25 kids in the lobby watching the Raptors game. More surprising is they are from Quebec( beaucoup de francais a parle maintenant) hope my super rusty French translates.

June 13, 2019 @ 9:20 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Mike, to be blocked by China, would be a badge of honour....

June 13, 2019 @ 9:31 PM

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@Rick C in Oakville

I'm working on it.

June 13, 2019 @ 9:34 PM

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Raptors talk here. For everything else, you're in the right place.

June 14, 2019 @ 7:49 AM

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