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CanCon Song Dump #2
Published May 16, 2007 @ 19:34 in Best Canadian Song Search

canadaIn case you're new to the party, I'm on a quest to come up with a definitive list of the 100 best Canadian tunes of all-time. To make our lives easier, I've created a new category to collect these entries.

I've also made another minor adjustment. I'm now pulling ten songs each day from my collection sorted by artist. I had to revisit the "A's" just to make sure I didn't miss any diamonds in the rough. As always, comments are desired.

Here's the second dump of ten Canadian gems.

  • The Age of Electric - Remote Control
  • Alexisonfire - The Could Be Anywhere In The World
  • Anne Murray - Snowbird
  • April Wine - You Could Have Been A Lady
  • Bachman Turner Overdrive - Takin' Care Of Business
  • The Band - The Weight
  • Bif Naked - Chotee
  • Big Wreck - That Song
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears - Spinning Wheel
  • Broken Social Scene - Cause=Time
The White Stripes - Icky Thump
Published May 16, 2007 @ 15:34 in SLS

slsI'm submitting a new song for SLS17 consideration. I'm submitting "Icky Thump" from The White Stripes.

It's such a funky track you've got to give this a couple of listens before you judge it. This is some fan made vid, but it's all about the audio anyway.

Weekly MP3: Ballad of Tom Henke
Published May 16, 2007 @ 13:58 in Toronto Blue Jays, Weekly MP3s

MP3I share an MP3 from my collection every Wednesday. You have seven days to grab this week's MP3. Please right-click your mouse and select "Save Link As..." or "Save target as..." so you can download it to your PC before playing.

Ballad of Tom Henke
I recently wrote about Terminator Tom Henke, and Stephanie was nice enough to email me an MP3 of the Ballad of Tom Henke. This was on a 1991 Blue Jays compilation and it's pretty sweet.

Goalies in Maple Leafs History
Published May 16, 2007 @ 13:13 in Toronto Maple Leafs

leafsThanks to The Goalie Archive, I am pleased to provide you with a list of every goaltender in Toronto Maple Leafs history.

Here are all 75 players to play net for the Leafs, in alphabetical order.

  • Jean-Sebastien Aubin
  • Tom Barrasso
  • Baz Bastien
  • Don Beaupre
  • Ed Belfour
  • Gord Bell
  • Tim Bernhardt
  • Allan Bester
  • Paul-Emile Bibeault
  • Johnny Bower
  • Turk Broda
  • Sebastien Centomo
  • Lorne Chabot
  • Ed Chadwick
  • Gerry Cheevers
  • King Clancy
  • Charlie Conacher
  • Marcel Cousineau
  • Jiri Crha
  • Bruce Dowie
  • Don Edwards
  • Marv Edwards
  • Doug Favell
  • Grant Fuhr
  • Bruce Gamble
  • Benny Grant
  • George Hainsworth
  • Pierre Hamel
  • Paul Harrison
  • Glenn Healy
  • Red Horner
  • Peter Ing
  • Joe Ironstone
  • Ed Johnston
  • Curtis Joseph
  • Trevor Kidd
  • Mark Laforest
  • Michel Larocque
  • Alex Levinsky
  • Ron Low
  • Harry Lumley
  • Cesare Maniago
  • Jean Marois
  • Gilles Mayer
  • Frank McCool
  • Murray McLachlan
  • Gerry McNamara
  • Gord McRae
  • Mike Palmateer
  • Bernard Parent
  • Bob Parent
  • Jacques Plante
  • Felix Potvin
  • Daren Puppa
  • Andrew Raycroft
  • Jeff Reese
  • Damian Rhodes
  • Curt Ridley
  • John Ross Roach
  • Al Rollins
  • Jim Rutherford
  • Terry Sawchuk
  • Corey Schwab
  • Don Simmons
  • Al Smith
  • Gary Smith
  • Rick St.Croix
  • Phil Stein
  • Mikhael Tellqvist
  • Wayne Thomas
  • Vincent Tremblay
  • Rick Wamsley
  • Dunc Wilson
  • Ross Wilson
  • Ken Wregget
Where Was LaKisha?
Published May 16, 2007 @ 10:26 in American Idol

IdolLast Tuesday, I went out after my run to celebrate the conclusion of my Learn to Run clinic. At about 11pm that night, I decided to record the West coast feed of American Idol to watch when I had an hour of chill time. That's right kids, I own something called a VCR and I record programs onto a VHS cassette tape. Maybe I'll take a picture and show you this relic from a previous age, but I digress...

It was a busy week, and this free hour never materialized. Finally, on Monday night, I decided to throw in last week's AI. What I saw was some TLC show about a family with 12 kids. Taryn, it seems, recorded over LaKisha, Melinda, Jordin and Blake and I never got to see the Bee Gees ep. Please, save your tears for LaKisha, I noticed she was no longer with us last night. Why, America? Was she really so bad?

Each contestant sang three songs last night, and I think I've got all three finalists figured out. Blake is the cool, current dude who would probably have the most commercial appeal of the three. I thought he was pretty cool, even though I was jealous that I could never pull off wearing a vest like that. Or could I? Hmmm....

Melinda is always good, but I've yet to sip the Melinda kool-aid. I dunno, I can't help but think of how much cooler Tina Turner was than Melinda is. Still, Melinda deserves to be in the finals and if she's voted out there could be riots in Necklessville.

Finally, we have young Jordin, who looks like she could play for the Argos. She can also sing, which probably makes this the tightest final three I can recall. Based on Jordin's songs last night, I think it's time for her to depart to give us a neat little Blake ~ Melinda smack down next week.

I miss LaKisha.

2007 Playoff Pool: Day Thirty Five
Published May 16, 2007 @ 10:21 in Playoff Pool

PuckI was in the money until some point last night when Holmstrom put his third point of the night on the board for Detroit and my little brother Steve caught me. It wasn't going to be much money, Ryan's taking home the big cheque, but it's still a tank of gas.

Who am I kidding, you can't fill up a 40 litre tank with $30 at these prices.

For the rest of the story, visit http://www.torontomike.com/2007hockeypool.html.

CanCon Song Dump #1
Published May 15, 2007 @ 21:50 in Best Canadian Song Search, Music

canadaI'm on a quest to come up with a definitive list of the 100 best Canadian tunes of all-time. Every couple of days I'm dumping ten great Canadian songs and inviting you to suggest Canadian classics in the comments.

On July 1, I'll unveil the top 100. Here's the first dump of ten Canadian gems.

  • 54-40 - I Go Blind
  • Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
  • Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
  • Arcade Fire - Wake Up
  • Ashley MacIsaac - Sleepy Maggie
  • Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson
  • Billy Talent - Nothing To Lose
  • Blue Rodeo - Try
  • Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine
  • Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in L.A.
A Canadian Quest
Published May 15, 2007 @ 21:23 in Best Canadian Song Search, Music, O Canada

canadaIt all started with an email from Jim.

Canada Day is coming up fast. I have never heard of a radio station collecting votes for the best Canadian songs of all time. And of course most of them would be restricted by their own formats (e.g. The Edge doesn't play BTO or Neil Young; Q107 can't play Billy Talent or Sam Roberts). So I got to thinking that your blog might be a good place to collect people's votes for the top 100 Canadian songs of all time.

I put together my own top ten list here, if this inspires others to make their own.

  1. New Orleans is Sinking - the Hip
  2. Heart of Gold - Neil Young
  3. Nothing to Lose - Billy Talent
  4. American Woman - The Guess Who
  5. Takin' Care of Business - BTO
  6. Nautical Disaster - the Hip
  7. Hasn't Hit me Yet - Blue Rodeo
  8. Old Man - Neil Young
  9. 4 am - Our Lady Peace
  10. Tom Sawyer- Rush

Jim

Jim, I now know why God placed me on this earth. I'm supposed to put together the definitive list of the best 100 Canadian tunes. I once wrote about my Ten Canadian Tracks, but this is different. This is the top 100 Canadian tunes of all-time.

Here's how we'll do this. Every couple of days I'll post ten great Canadian tracks in no particular order. Your job is to leave songs you think belong on the list in the comments of these entries, starting with this one. By July 1, I'll have a nice list of 100 to unveil.

It's nice to have a purpose in life.

Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm
Published May 15, 2007 @ 19:33 in SLS

slsI'm submitting a new song for SLS17 consideration. I'm submitting the Arctic Monkey's "Brianstorm".

It's a cool track. Here's the vid so you can hear for yourself.

Jerry Falwell Dies
Published May 15, 2007 @ 15:13 in Rest In Peace

In MemoriumJerry Falwell was 73. He was the leader of the religious right who battled in the political arena against abortion and homosexuality.

He was also a evil bigot who preached hateful things and uttered disgusting phrases like this gem: "AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals."

Sophie's Choice 2007
Published May 15, 2007 @ 11:54 in My 2 Cents

thumbsdownThis past week, I've had an internal debate about which event would be more upsetting: an NBA championship for Vince Carter's Nets or a Stanley Cup championship for the Ottawa Senators. These are two events that I'm passionately rooting against, but if I had to pick my poison, I'd rather the Sens win than Vince Carter.

With Carter, it's far more personal. You can read my letter to Vince for a taste of my venom. He disappointed me in a way the Senator never have.

The Senators have been nothing more than playoff fodder for my Leafs. In 2000, the Maple Leafs beat the Sens in six games. In 2001, we swept them in four. In 2002, we beat them in seven and in 2004 we beat them in seven once more. I love the Sens for bending over four times in five years, but I want them to lose for strictly geographic reasons. Ontario is Leafs Nation, and if the cup is coming back to this province, the parade should be in the T.Dot.

Hopefully, neither will happen, but if one has to occur, I'd let the babies have their bottle. And I hope they choke on it.

Pulling Boners
Published May 15, 2007 @ 11:36 in Raging Storm

baseballRaging Storm, listen up. This is Cito talking.

We pulled more than a few boners last night. The fact we were tied in the bottom of the last inning is rather flattering. We have met the enemy, and the enemy is us.

We're the only team that's going to beat us this year. Last night I saw routine fly balls misplayed, throws to first grossly under thrown and wild, playable ground balls missed, and more than a few mental gaffes. If we eliminate these boners, we won't be beat.

  • Be aware of who's where and where you should be
  • Stay focused
  • Don't be afraid of f*cking up

If our boners go down, we'll be in fine shape. Lineups and positions for Tuesday night's game are on our page. I'll see you on the field.

2007 Playoff Pool: Day Thirty Four
Published May 15, 2007 @ 09:20 in Playoff Pool

PuckWith ABO down 3 games to 0, I've come up with a great new outlook that will make us all happy here in Leafsland. Let the babies have their bottle.

For the rest of the story, visit http://www.torontomike.com/2007hockeypool.html.

My New Favourite Picture
Published May 14, 2007 @ 14:24 in Family

picturesI took this photo at the Dundas Street Grill on Saturday during a Mother's Day brunch for Taryn. This is my new favourite picture in the entire world.

Damn, this picture is killing me. It's my Kryptonite. If you ever need to calm me down, show me this and I'll melt.

Love

There's Something Happening Here
Published May 14, 2007 @ 13:38 in Television

Tony SopranoI recently wrote about the lack of action thus far in the final season of The Sopranos. I was giving episodes titles like "Tony Plays Monopoly" and "Tony Goes Fishing", because not much more happened.

I'm happy to report that something finally happened last night. There's only a few episodes left, so you had to figure something significant would occur sooner rather than later. I won't reveal the "something" that happened, but it happened early and I suspect something else will happen next Sunday.

Madone!

Stranger Than Fiction
Published May 14, 2007 @ 13:29 in Reviews

A Movie ReelStranger Than Fiction: 5.5 out of 10.

It's quite possible this movie went right over my head. It wouldn't be the first time I didn't get a movie others have raved about. Throughout this film, I kept thinking about the similar but far superior "Adaptation," and wished I was watching that again instead of this.

Dustin Hoffman is pretty good, but everything else just sort of annoyed or frustrated me. Feel free to tell me how off base I am in the comments.

2007 Playoff Pool: Day Thirty Three
Published May 14, 2007 @ 13:13 in Playoff Pool

PuckRyan, I humbly apologize for the delay in updating this site. I experienced server issues this morning that threw Toronto Mike off course. Yes, you're still winning, you're going to win by a mile and you're very handsome.

For the rest of the story, visit http://www.torontomike.com/2007hockeypool.html.

Link: 101 Greatest George Carlin Quotes
Published May 13, 2007 @ 15:53 in Links

Link101 Greatest George Carlin Quotes - Because the world needs Carlin, here are 101 of his best quotes.

Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money.

Canada Wins Gold at IIHF World Hockey Championships
Published May 13, 2007 @ 15:35 in Hockey Canada

hockeycanadaI caught my first game of this tournament this afternoon, and we looked great. We beat Finland 4-2 to win our third gold at the event in the past five years.

With Finland clawing back with a couple of goals in the third, Rick Nash scored a fantastic goal on a partial breakaway that sealed the deal. Nash was named the tournament's most valuable player and earned a spot on its all-star team.

This victory was particularly sweet in light of the political bullshit stirred up at home. Shane Doan helped us run the table and we won our ninth straight. O Canada!

The Hazel 5k in 27:50
Published May 13, 2007 @ 11:00 in Running

runningI ran Biovail's "The Hazel" 5K yesterday, my first race of any kind since primary school. It was the first notch in my marathon belt as I seek to transform an out of shape me into an in shape dude who can finish a marathon.

It was a blast. I threw a bunch of my fellow "Learn to Run" clinic graduates into the party wagon and we drove to Port Credit for an inspirational speech by Hazel McCallion herself before Sportsnet "celebrity" Brad Fay announced the start of the race.

This Mississauga Marathon was my first race, so everything was new to me. I had to pin my tag to my shirt and put a chip on my shoe so my time could be accurately measured. This chip records the time you cross the starting line and the time you cross the finish line and feeds that info to this website. My time was 27:50.6 which was quite a bit faster than I ran on Thursday and not bad for a guy who just started to run ten weeks ago. I'm sure I can break 25 minutes later in the summer, but my next goal is a 10k.

Following the race you're awarded a medal just for finishing and the juiciest orange you'll ever have in your life awaits you. That banana was awesome too and the water tasted like nectar from the gods. Throw in a post-race BBQ and you've got yourself one helluva great day.

My buddy Mike took some fantastic photos of the experience with my camera, and here's the Flickr photoset you're dying to see. I'd also like to thank Ale for not crashing my car as she sweetly drove it from the starting line to the finish line. And finally, I'd like to thank Hazel for not running her race and kicking my ass.

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