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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

How come nobody has written about the VP's hunting accident. A typical Dubya coverup! Imagine if this was you or me in good ole Canada - EH.

       dwr - a new reader on your site

It's funny because I almost wrote about Dick Cheney and the massive cover-up surrounding the ordeal a few times, but I didn't because it's too easy. If it's too easy, it's less fun.

I just read and reviewed this link which claims to have "scientifically proven with an engineer and a police officer on-site conducting the test that the American people are being lied to and a cover-up is in progress."

It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

U didn't get to watch the Canada games? I saw them both (surprising that there were 9 Canadians in the Italian team) and also a bit of the Czechs thumping Sweden (wow) and the US women beating Finland. The Canadian team has an Indian cheering at the top of his voice (actually it is quiteb feeble, I am just recovering from a cold, cough & fever). The Can vs Germany match got over at almost 2:45 am this morning and I had to get up at 7 am to get ready to go for work. They do seem a bit jet-lagged and tired.

      Roshan

With the games starting at 7 am and 2 pm, it's tough to watch them while holding down a 9-5 gig. I'll be watching tomorrow, though.

It's tough to gage how ready we are based on games against Italy and Germany. In 2002 I remember getting creamed by Sweden in the opening game and still cruising to gold. I'm not certain the Russian and Czech losses mean a thing at this point.

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Mike Kic Reports from Panama

Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to TorontoMike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

I'm glad that I'm the first to write in the guest blog since Jordy missed out. Things here are excellent in Panama, the weather is amazing. I still can't believe I'm suntanning in February.... but hey I'm not trying to rub it in... ha ha ha! Right now we are staying in a small town called El Valle which is close to the mountains so the air here is rather cool, which is a lot different from Panama City. It's nice to get out of the big city (Panama City) and venture into these small towns. The people here are incredible everyone really wants to help the travellers out, and there are quite a bit of tourists in this town. We plan on doing more beaching and suntanning, and trying not to get burnt this time. Hope all is well in Canada, I see the Leafs still suck... oh well there's always next year. Go Jays Go! (I never thought I'd say that and actually think they had a chance.)

Later Booner,

      Mike Kic

Mike and Jordy are on a fifteen week adventure through Central America and they'll be checking in periodically to let us know how it's going. My personal email from Jordy told of a mishap where her passport was accidentally left behind in Paris. Upon further investigation I learned she was referring to Paris, Ontario and not Paris, France. The omission of this necessary clarification speaks volumes.

Remind me to share stories of my crazy and wonderful visit to London.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Re: Operation Slapshot. The bottom line on the whole thing is who cares, don't we all do illegal gambling of some sort? From office pools, to bets with friends & so on. If it would be some one else besides Wayne Gretzky do you think we would really even be talking about this? This too shall pass. Whether Gretzky is innocent or guilty, the game will go on. Fans of the game will not stop being fans because Gretzky was (maybe) gambling on games? We returned to the arenas after the lock-out because we love the game and wanted to see pro hockey played at its best level and we still will. There's been blackeyes given in all pro sports. Pete Rose & his gambling, Several NBA players assaulting fans in the past few years....... Pro football & basketball players accused of (expletive)..... There's a list, and sports fans will continue to go to games regardless of a scandal here and there. It's unfortunate that this happened, but it's not the end of the world.

      Jill

Yes, the game is bigger than any one person, but there is one person who is the game for many across the globe. In Canada, we're spoon fed this game from birth. It's a part of our cultural fabric, what defines us, it's interweaved with our identity as Canadians. Nothing can destroy this game in this country.

For many around the world, however, Wayne Gretzky is the face of the sport. I'll bet there's a large percentage of Americans who can only name one hockey player, and that's #99. This is what makes this such an intriguing story. Wayne Gretzky is by far the biggest name this sport has ever had and now his name is appearing in headlines alongside allegations of an illegal betting ring, gambling on sports and a New Jersey corrupt cop and crime family. It's all too close for comfort.

For the record, the playoff pool I run every year (except last year) and the NFL pool I join every fall are not illegal. If every dollar in is doled out to the players it's a perfectly legal operation. Bets with friends are legal too!

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I've turned off the game (AGAIN). This is brutal. The #1 hockey city in the world & what do we get. SOOOOOO Long Fergie & Mr. Quinn. Times are a changin' & they don't see it. An early summer - AGAIN. We are free fallin' fast to 10th or 11th place. Dreamers never die. Go Carolina - at least they have Mgt. & coach's who know hockey in today's world.

      Maple Leaf fan for 30 years

This is going from bad to worse. We're not good enough. It's frustrating as all hell. We're too close to a playoff position to write us off, but if we don't come back from the break playing like we give a shit it's hasta la vista, baby.

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My gut feel - Mr. 99 has more splainin' to do. If I were in is his shoes I'd be at home with my wife who has been implicated (so she made a few bets). A molehill has become a MOUNTAIN & it's getting larger. The media circus in Turin are salivating. Canada has enough mgt. there to look after things & I beleive this will affect the play of OUR players. Do I smell another Pete Rose? I hope not, but I think there is more to this than we all think. Wayne's persona is TOO clean - we all have dirty laundry.

      Dale

As it stands, no charges have been laid on Janet Gretzky, no charges have been laid on Wayne Gretzky and there's no evidence any alleged bets were placed on hockey games. I'm glad Wayne is going to Turin. Besides, Janet will be in Turin as well. I hope our boys win it for #99.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Accessing Jacob D. Robida's page is what Toronto seems to becoming. A CHILD with no future. 18 yrs. is still a child no matter how much they think they are grown up. Tragedies like this are becoming more common. A waste of a life - NO MENTION OF PARENTS. Parents sculpt the life of their children. Fortunately my kids are typical 14 year olds & we still love them.

      twins from bolton

I don't know enough about Jacob's family life to pass judgment, but I will concede this was a child screaming out for help. Having said that, this child was old enough to understand the ramifications of his hateful actions. Including his own life, three have died as a result of his uncontrollable anger.

It's just all so sad. A waste of life indeed.

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Ken Dryden for PM? Why not vote for Paul Gross? Although he plays a crooked PM with an agenda of his own in the mini-series 'H20', I think that Mr. Gross would make an excellent PM for any country.

Don't u think that the Maple Leafs need to trade for one or two top players? I keep thinking everyday I go through the game highlights from the NHL that the Leafs desperately need a high scorer or two. Names that come to mind (who would fit the team) are Brad Richards & Marc Savard. What do u think?

      Roshan

Why not Alexander Ovechkin and Joe Thornton? My issue with the Leafs is that they desperately need someone who can finish a play and score a goal or two, but they're also paper thin on defense and in desperate need of an upgrade or two there. In other words, this isn't a very good team and needs a great deal of help if we actually want to win four rounds in the Stanley Cup playoffs. As it stands right now, we might be good enough to finish eighth in the conference and, if everyone plays over their heads, we might be able to steal a round. The eternal questions are, who's available, how much of the future are we willing to give up and will we still come under the salary cap?

I don't think Mr. Gross is interested in the job. Rick Mercer, however, might give it a go.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

CALGARY ROCKS!

Your post today got me thinking, who was that Canadian Disc Jockey whose catch phase and show was "Gooooood Rockin' Tonight"? I always loved that guy and he's not on T.V. anymore...

Thanks

      Coach

Dude, I totally remember "Good Rockin' Tonight". The host you're thinking of is Stu Jeffries. The reason neither of us have seen him in a while is because he went all country on us and now hosts a show on CMT. I blocked CMT on my television.

Update: Pete wrote me to tell me Stu is now hosting a morning show on Toronto's 97.3 EZ Rock. I just saw a billboard advertising the show on Eglinton just West of Scarlett Road.

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When I watch Big Fish, I am left with a feeling of wanting to go outside and just ride my bike through the world rather than go and stare out a rainy window. Big Fish is a celebration of life. It urges us to live life as a journey, and not to take anything for granted. It also urges us to spend every second we have just plain soaking life up in all of it's glory. During the last scene of the movie, I'm always left wondering whether or not these are "fish tales" or not and if there is a difference between a lie and a glorified truth because, someone loved what they went thought so much. More that that, I like to think about how I will be remembered too. I always think about my relationship with my father (a very good one, thankfully) and my relationship with my two daughters (still early, but so far so good!) and how dynamic the relationships are, and how important they are to me. There are a few memories of time with my Dad that are frozen for me - I can recall every detail about them. After seeing Big Fish, I'm thankful that I have a pretty good idea of who my Dad is. What affected me so hard in the movie was when Billy Crudup's character (the son) tells his Dad, "I'm about to bring a son into this world, and it would kill me to think he'd grow up not knowing who I was." Stories about us are what will keep us around long after we leave.It's not the story that matters. It's what the story says about us - why we tell it, how we tell it - that matters. Some people listen to the stories themselves; hopefully more will hear the storyteller. With any luck, those that love us will keep the stories (and the storyteller) alive.

      Jill

A man tells so many stories, that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal.

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