Monday, December 26, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Le Baseball Part Deux

Found another clip. This one is from 1979 and promotes a Blue Jays/Brewers match.

Another jazzy tune with footage from a match between the Jays and the Mariners at the old Kingdome.

- ER

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Le Baseball

Questionable clip selection by Radio-Canada for this baseball promo. Although I do like the jazzy tune.

From 1977, promoting the first home opener at Olympic Stadium. Lots of footage from Jarry Park.

- ER

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Re. Beeston and AA

Lots of discussion yesterday about comments made by Paul Beeston and Alex Anthopoulos. They said if fans want the payroll to increase, they'll have to buy tickets and come to the games.

This is a simple case of putting the cart before the horse. If they want fans to buy tickets, Beeston and AA must give fans a reason to do so. In other words, put together a team that will contend.

Slight faux pas, but it doesn't change the state of the Blue Jays. This is a still a team that looks to be on the brink of success.

Remember, players ultimately determine the success of the franchise; not the opinions of management.

- ER

Friday, December 02, 2011

Re. The Hockey54 Show

Bad news, folks. The Hockey54 Show was cancelled earlier today.

A big thank you to Launy Schwartz, Sammy (our technical producer), Mr. Schultz of BCSS, 102.5 The Game, fans/writers/bloggers of the Nashville Predators and our featured guests. And of course, a HUGE thank you to everyone who listened to the show.

Launy and I are very proud of what we put together. It was a lot of fun!

7 solid episodes, all of which are available as podcasts ;)

- ER

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Episode 6B

Rejoice! The latest episode of The Hockey54 Show is now available as a podcast. It features former NHLer Phil Housley. Listen to one, two or all three periods!

- ER

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Re. Maple Leaf Gardens

For the record, Maple Leaf Gardens did not close in 1999, as some in the Toronto media have reported.

MLG was still used by the Leafs as a practice facility for a few seasons.

The Toronto Rock also used MLG as their home arena until 2001.

There was a OneXOne concert held in the facility, as well as a Nuit Blanche installation in 2008. In addition, the first season of Battle of The Blades was filmed at MLG.

Now, you know....


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Technical Issues

The latest episode of The Hockey54 Show didn't make it to air due to technical issues in Nashville. Fortunately, the first two periods of the episode are now available as a podcast. The remaining period will be included with this week's episode (Sunday, 11pmET/10pmCT on 102.5 The Game).

- ER

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tumbling Into Light

Episode 65 of This Is Toronto is now available.

This final edition features TUMBLING INTO LIGHT, a multidisciplinary performance that examines the journey through darkness.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Boom Boom Episode

The latest episode of The Hockey54 Show is now available as a podcast! Listen to one, two or all three periods. It's the best show to listen to, especially if you're occupying somewhere ;)

- ER

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Re. This Is Toronto

After 2.5 years and 65 episodes, This Is Toronto has reached its end.

The final episode will be released this Friday (Nov.18) and will preview Tumbling Into Light, a multidisciplinary performance by Diasporic Genius Productions.

Our lives are always evolving and when change occurs, one must adapt. That is certainly the case with me.
My life was quite different when I started This Is Toronto in June, 2009. In recent months, the aspects of my real job have changed. There were also new opportunities that came my way.  Because of these changes, I have decided to end the program.

I am very happy with how This Is Toronto turned out. Its goal was to highlight the artists, events and organizations that were given little coverage by the mainstream media. It definitely accomplished that objective.
All the episodes will remain online, along with the program’s website and Facebook page.

Although This Is Toronto has finished, this is not the end of my journalism “career.” I will continue to co-host The Hockey54 Show and contribute articles to and I will eventually return to podcasting. In fact, I’ve been toying with the idea of a baseball-themed podcast for quite some time.

To all those who are close to me: Thank you for your love and support. To all the individuals who appeared on the show: Thank you for taking the time. To all those who listened to the program, whether it was for one episode or all 65: Thank you very much! I hope you enjoyed it.

Despite its many issues, Toronto is still a beautiful city. Be sure to embrace it!  

- ER

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Episode 4 aka The Bobby Orr Episode

The latest episode of The Hockey54 Show is now available as a podcast. It features former Predator (and current Washington Capital) Joel Ward and Mike Milbury getting called out by Launy Schwartz. Listen to one, two or all three "periods."

- ER

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Final Thoughts: World Series

Yeah, I know. It's a little late.

Full credit has to go to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Here was a team that was well-back in the wild card standings at the start of September. Yet their hard work mixed with a little luck (meltdown by wild card leading Atlanta) and it all paid off in the end.

It was fitting, given that it turned out to be Tony La Russa's final season as a manager and possibly Albert Puljos last season as a Cardinal.

I love a good underdog story and the Cards were classic underdogs.

Nobody thought they could make the playoffs as the regular season was entering its final month. But they did it. Nobody thought they could beat the Philadelphia Phillies, picked by many, including yours truly, to win it all this year. But they did it. People also doubted they could beat Milwaukee and Texas. But once more, they did it.

And how can you not love David Freese? Regardless of how his career turns out, Freese has cemented his legacy in St. Louis.

Finally, congratulations to the former Blue Jays on the Cards' roster:

- Chris Carpenter
- Mark Rzepczynski
- Octavio Dotel
- Corey Patterson
- Dave Mckay

- ER

Friday, November 04, 2011

The Rose Centre

Episode 64 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features The Rose Centre for Young Adults with Disabilities, a unique organization that helps 18 to 35-year-olds living with a disability.

NEXT EPISODE: Nov. 18, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Season Begins

Yes, there's a new edition of Zamboni Ramblings.

The latest targets:
- Battle of The Blades
- YouTube
- John Tortorella
- The Habs and Blue Jackets
- The Hockey54 Show


- ER

(Coming soon: World Series Final Thoughts)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


To get you up to speed: Launy Schwartz and I co-host The Hockey54 Show, heard every Sunday at 11pm ET (10pm CT) on 102.5 The Game in Nashville. The program is also podcasted.

Having said that...

Not only is Episode Two of  The Hockey54 Show available as a podcast, it's also divided into three periods!

You can listen to one, two or all three periods. Launy and I would prefer it if you listened to all three ;) 

There's also the full length interview with Stu Grimson.


- ER

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Re. Mike Napoli

As game five of the World Series ended, there was only one thought on my mind:

Frank Francisco for Mike Napoli.


- ER

Friday, October 21, 2011

Rendezvous with Madness

Episode 63 of This Is Toronto is now available.

This latest episode previews the 19th annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.

NEXT EPISODE: Nov. 4, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MLB Playoff Predictions - World Series

I was completely wrong about the ALCS and NLCS. To be honest, I'm tired of predicting. It's just guessing. Sure, there are stats to suggest who might win. But once the first pitch is thrown, all the stats go out the window and it comes down to seeing which team is better for that particular match.


2011 World Series

St. Louis over Texas in six

I love a good underdog story.

- ER

Saturday, October 08, 2011

MLB Playoff Predictions - LCS

The Brewers, Cards and Rangers - Three teams I didn't pick. At least I was right about the Tigers and that was a perfect prediction.

American League Championship Series

Detroit over Texas in seven

National League Championship Series

Milwaukee over St. Louis in six

- ER

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Hockey54 Show

Episode 62 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition follows up with The Toronto-based website is preparing for the debut of The Hockey54 show, which will air on an all-sports radio station in (of all places) Nashville, Tenn.

NEXT EPISODE: Oct. 21, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Final Thoughts - Blue Jays 2011

It's fitting the Blue Jays finished with a .500 record this season.

This was a Jekyll and Hyde team. There were times when I loved them and there were times when they made me want to pull my hair out.

There were issues with this team. Specifically, the pitchers.

For the last few years, Toronto's rotation was its biggest asset. This season, most of the starters were underwhelming. Branden Morrow, Brett Cecil and Kyle Drabek did not have good seasons. Morrow simply went through an ugly slump. Cecil and Drabek showed some brilliance, but were usually dominated by the opposition. Drabek's issues don't concern me since he's young and has less than a season worth of MLB experience. Cecil, on the other hand, is a concern.

The lefty was fantastic in 2010. He struggled this year, despite some positive time in Las Vegas. Cecil could be the odd man out in 2012. He needs to work harder and find ways to improve. Otherwise, Cecil and now-reliever Jesse Litsch could switch spots.

There were some bright spots in the rotation: Ricky Romero was fantastic and would've had more wins if his teammates gave him more run support. Henderson Alvaraz certainly made a nice impression. John Farrell has plenty of options for 2012's starting rotation, which is a blessing and a curse.

The bullpen, with the exception of Casey Janssen, was a mess. Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco are not stable enough to hold leads. I'd be very surprised if they return next year, let alone return to their 2011 roles.

So what does this team need to compete in 2012?

- Another starter. Not necessary, given what they already have. But it couldn't hurt. Mark Buehrle would look good in a Toronto uniform.

- A closer. Right now, Litsch, Carlos Villenueva and Janssen are the only players with guaranteed spots in the pen. Everything else is up in the air. Janssen or Litsch could become the closer, but AA should see if he can bring in someone more suited for the position, via trade or free agency.

- A DH. I'm not confident with Edwin Encarnacion. He is just not consistent. Then again, he's cheaper than Prince Fielder.

- A second baseman. I was very happy with Kelly Johnson, but I'm not the GM. If Johnson is the man, then the Jays need to sign him ASAP.

Of course, there are plenty of reasons to be happy with the Blue Jays: Jose Bautista had another phenomenal season (despite a lukewarm second half). J.P. Arencibia and Yunel Escobar made vast improvements. Janssen was excellent. And Brett Lawrie was simply incredible. He lived up to the hype, which is always hard to accomplish.

2012 will be an exciting season. Interest in the team has picked up and fans hope the Jays can keep it up. Making the playoffs won't be easy, although an expanded playoff format would help. Regardless, their chances are better than they were a year ago.

I'm definitely looking forward to it.

- ER

Friday, September 30, 2011

MLB Playoff Predictions - LDS

American League Division Series

Tampa Bay in 5
Detroit in 5

National League Division Series

Philadelphia in 3
Arizona in 5

*Haven't forgotten about the Blue Jays' season. Those thoughts will come soon.

- ER

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blue Jays 2011

Thoughts on the season will come Friday. Meanwhile, here are my season "awards" for the Blue Jays.

Team MVP: Jose Bautista

Great first half. A slightly cooler second half. Regardless, it was another fine year for Joey Bats. As long as he hits 35-40 homers, collects at least 100 RBIs and makes significant contributions over the next few seasons, I'm happy.

Best Hitter: Jose Bautista

See above.

Best Pitcher: Ricky Romero

His best season, by far. Would've picked up some more wins if his teammates scored more runs for him.

Best Reliever: Casey Janssen

Was outstanding almost every time he was summoned from the bullpen. If he keeps it up, he could be Toronto's next set up man or closer. His current role is perfect too.

Best Rookie: Brett Lawrie

The kid adapted the majors in mere seconds. Great production and this is only the beginning.

Honourable mention: J.P Arencibia, Yunel Escobar & Henderson Alvarez

And a special mention to Mike McCoy. The guy went back and forth between Toronto and Las Vegas many times. McCoy never complained once and helped the team when needed.

- ER

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Brazil on Film

Episode 61 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews the 5th annual Brazilian Film and TV Festival of Toronto (BRAFFTv). 

NEXT EPISODE: Oct. 7, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

5 More Personal Training

Need help maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

These are the people to call: 5 More Personal Training

Fully certified fitness trainers. Exclusive personal training rights to the Town of Markham's Fitness Centres.

- ER

Friday, September 09, 2011

Go Fly a Kite

Episode 60 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features WindFest - Toronto's Waterfront Kite Festival.

NEXT EPISODE: Sept. 23, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Re. Dustin McGowan

Dustin McGowan last threw a Major League pitch in 2008. Then he hurt his shoulder and was unable to play for three years. Last night, after many procedures and rehab stints, he returned to the Majors - 4 IPs, 3 ERs, 5Ks. 74 pitches (44 Strikes). Congratulations, Dustin! Welcome back! Sometimes, heroes aren't always at the top of the stats sheet.

- ER

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Wade Belak

I can't believe this has happened again. RIP Wade Belak. I hope the pain is gone. A somber reminder: If you're struggling, please think of those who love you.

- ER

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Try Veg

Episode 59 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews the 27th annual Vegetarian Food Festival.

Next episode: Sept. 9, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Re. Kelly Johnson et al.

Once again, my head is spinning. After much digestion, here's what I've got:

- I don't know much about Kelly Johnson. Looks like he either swings for the fences or swings and misses. He's similar to Mark Reynolds: A player who's more about his power than his average. That power might lead to some intentional walks. Regardless, Johnson's time in Toronto will be an audition for 2012.

- It's sad to see John McDonald and Aaron Hill leave. However, they are going to a good team. They'll also have a chance to play in the playoffs. Plus, AA said there's a chance both players could be back next year. I wouldn't hold my breath though.

- Hopefully, a chance of scenery will be good for Hill. You can't help but feel sorry for the guy. He was on top of the world in 2009  and then lost his groove. He hasn't been the same since. Hill's trying as hard as he can, but hasn't been able to regain his form. It's a shame. He's a good person.

Of course, trades can't be evaluated until a significant amount of time passes.    


Monday, August 22, 2011

Jack Layton, 1950-2011

In his own words.

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."

Rest in peace, Jack Layton.

- ER

Friday, August 19, 2011

It begins...

In the last few days, I've had calls from "Peter Shurman" and "Bernie Farber."

There must be an election on the horizon.

- ER

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Passionate Playgoer (Part two)

Episode 58 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition is the final part of a two-part series featuring theatre critic Lynn Slotkin.


Next Episode: Aug. 26, 2011

- ER

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Re. Bobby Cox

Found this on YouTube and thoroughly enjoyed it! A calm Bobby Cox. Very rare ;)

- ER

Friday, July 29, 2011

Passionate Playgoer (Part one)

Episode 57 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition is part one of a two-part series featuring Lynn Slotkin, theatre critic and publisher of the widely-read Slotkin Letter.


NEXT EPISODE: Aug. 12, 2011


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Re. Colby Rasmus et al.

I cannot remember a trade made by the Blue Jays that involved a number of players. My head is still spinning. After much digestion, this is what I have to say:

- Not happy about seeing Zep go. He was the kind of pitcher that could easily transition from bullpen to rotation and back. Had a few rough patches this season, but was stable.

- Not happy about seeing Zach Stewart go. Young arm that had potential. I know the Blue Jays have some depth when it comes to pitching, but I was hoping they would hang on to Stewart a little longer.

- Patterson and Dotel were meant to be used as trade bait. They were short term solutions.

- Mark Teahen is also a short term solution. The only way he remains with Toronto is if they trade Encarnacion.

- I'm indifferent with Frasor. He did his job (most of the time).

- Colby Ramus certainly has potential. Could be this year's Yunel Escobar. I guess he'll rotate between DH and OF. There's some overflow in that area right now.

- Don't know a lot about PJ Walters. Trevor Miller seems to be the type of pitcher that comes in to face one batter before being removed. Brian Tallet is back. If you can get a few decent innings out of him, then it's worth it. But he's hurt, so I'm not holding my breath. 


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Raptors' 2011-12 Schedule

If the season actually happens...

Things get underway Nov.2 vs. the Sixers. It concludes Apr.18 in Washington.

Take a look!

- ER

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Re. Interleague Play

Does interleague play still have the same allure? It has existed for 14 years and doesn't appear to be going anywhere. In fact - as you'll find out in this new article - interleague play is the guest that won't leave.

- ER

Friday, July 15, 2011


Episode 56 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest episode features CanCulture, a new online magazine that celebrates Canadian art and culture.


NEXT EPISODE: July 29, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

If I had $60 Million

Zamboni Ramblings is back! Yes, it still rambles during the summer.

The targets: Brad Richards, Team 990, the Canucks, the Chicago Wolves and the Flyers. There's also some Hockey Haiku.

Take a look!

- ER

Friday, July 01, 2011

Mister Baxter

Happy Canada Day!

Episode 55 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features Mister Baxter - an urban drama being performed at this year's Toronto Fringe Festival.

NEXT EPISODE: July 15, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Final Thoughts - NHL Playoffs

The Bruins deserved to win. Vancouver simply fell apart when it mattered the most. Every single flaw on the Canucks' roster was exposed.

Tim Thomas was phenomenal. An incredible performance.

Totals: 9 out of 15 - 60%


Friday, June 17, 2011


Episode 54 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features Bloom - a new play premiering at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

NEXT EPISODE: July 1, 2011


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Final Thoughts - NBA Playoffs

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks! I thought they would need seven games, but Dirk and co. had other plans.

I said this title was Miami's to lose and that's what happened. Lebron simply did not show up when it mattered. This was a huge learning experience for James; more potent than losing the 2007 final to the Spurs. Wade and Bosh were alright, but it wasn't enough.

If there's one thing to remember from this series and this concluding NBA season, it would be that karma exists; even in South Beach.

Totals: 10 out of 15 - 67%


Friday, June 10, 2011

It's Not Ugly. It's Just Misunderstood

Zamboni Ramblings are back!

The targets: Dave Cameron, the Canucks and the Jets. Plus there's some AHL and ECHL news and even a mention of Sarah Palin.

Only from

- ER

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Re. Game 4, Stanley Cup Final

The Canucks have become incredibly undisciplined.

Luongo or Schneider? I'm glad I'm not Alain Vigneault right now.

- ER

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Friday, June 03, 2011

Youth Shorts

Episode 53 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews the 3rd annual Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival.

NEXT EPISODE: June 17, 2011

- ER

Sunday, May 29, 2011

NBL of Canada

Canada has a new professional basketball league. Will it survive?

Take a look at my recent article and decide.

- ER

NBA Playoff Predictions - Championship Round

Round Three: See previous post. In other words, wrong, wrong and wrong.

NBA Final

Dallas over Miami in seven games

Rematch of the 2006 Final. This time, the league title is Miami's to lose.

- ER

NHL Playoff Predictions - Stanley Cup Final

Round Three: Wrong, wrong and wrong.

Stanley Cup Final

Vancouver over Boston in six games

The Canucks must keep their foot on the gas at all times. Far too often, they take their foot off, allowing their opponents to take advantage. Any mistake will hurt Vancouver's chances. They must attack Tim Thomas.

- ER

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quebec City

If anybody needs me, I'll be in Quebec City; Wednesday to Saturday.

- ER

Friday, May 20, 2011

Revisiting CKLN (Part two)

Episode 52 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition is part two of a two-part series that revisits CKLN. The Ryerson-based station was forced to vacate 88.1FM, but will still broadcast online.

NEXT EPISODE: June 3, 2011


Sunday, May 15, 2011

NBA Playoff Predictions - Round Three

Round two: Three out of four. One perfect prediction (Chi/Atl).

On to the next round:

Eastern Conference Final

Chicago in seven

Western Conference Final

OKC in six

- ER

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Canada's Next Prime Minister

Stephen Harper will be in charge for at least the next four years. Still, one must wonder who our nation's next leader will be.

I may have the answer.

Here is Canada's next Prime Minister.

- ER

Friday, May 13, 2011

NHL Playoff Predictions - Round Three

Round two: Two out of four. No perfect predictions.

On to the third round!

Western Conference Final
San Jose in 7

Eastern Conference Final
Tampa Bay in 6

- ER

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Slow Death

waiting for a tough
battery to end its cycle
on a silent night
- ER

Friday, May 06, 2011

Revisiting CKLN

Episode 51 of This Is Toronto is now available!
This latest edition is part one of a two-part series that revisits CKLN. The Ryerson-based station was forced to vacate 88.1 FM, but is still broadcasting online.
NEXT EPISODE: May 20, 2011

Sunday, May 01, 2011

NBA Playoff Predictions - Round Two

Round One: Six out of eight. No perfect predictions.

On to the second round:

Eastern Conference

Chicago in six
Miami in seven

Western Conference

LA Lakers in six
OKC in five

- ER

Thursday, April 28, 2011

NHL Playoff Predictions - Round Two

Round One: 7 out of 8. No perfect predictions

On to the second round.

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay in 7
Philadelphia in 6

Western Conference

Detroit in 6
Vancouver in 4

- ER

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fashion Schematics

Episode 50 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week (aka FAT); Apr 26-29.

Next Episode: May 6, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

NBA Playoff Predictions - Round one

Hard to have an interest without the Raptors participating. Nevertheless...

Eastern Conference

Chicago in four
Miami in four
Boston in six
Orlando in six

Western Conference

San Antonio in six
LA Lakers in five
Dallas in seven
OKC in seven

- ER

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

NHL Playoff Predictions - Round One

Here we go!

Western Conference

Vancouver in 6
San Jose in 5
Detroit in 7
Anaheim in 7

Eastern Conference

Washington in 6
Boston in 6 (As a Habs fan, I really hope I'm wrong)
Philadelphia in 4
Tampa Bay in 6

- ER

Friday, April 08, 2011

Blue and White Love

Episode 49 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features, a new website that hopes to maintain the Maple Leafs' presence in Toronto. According to the site's founder, the team's lack of success hurts the city in many ways.

NEXT EPISODE: April 22, 2011


Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Short Point: Jays 7 A's 6

Great comeback victory. But let's not ignore the shaky pitching from some of the hurlers. BTW, great stat line from DeRozan on the Raptors - 36 & 10. ER

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Friday, April 01, 2011

A New Season

Are you ready for some baseball? Don't know what to expect from the Blue Jays. Objectively, I think they can win 83-88 games, but won't make the playoffs. However, they'll be closer than they've been in a while. Subjectively, I want them to win everything in sight! Some quick points: 1) Snider and Arencibia need to play EVERY DAY. Give them a day off here and there, but they'll get better with more at bats. 2) If Jose Bautista only hits 30-40 HRs, that's still a great figure. Don't expect the 2010 stats. He's no longer a secret. Pitchers know how to pitch around him. 3) Hill and Lind have a lot to prove. They'll do much better than what fans saw in 2010. See you at the Skydome! - ER

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Partition Free

Better hide the children. The zamboni is rambling yet again! The latest targets: Whales, Charlie Sheen, a young goalie on the Washington Capitals and the retirement of a gold medalist. Best of all, there's nothing about head shots. - ER

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Re. Mr. Young

Explain something to me... If he's 65-years-old, why do people still call him Neil Young? No, I'm not a whackjob. - ER

Friday, March 25, 2011

Moving Images

Episode 48 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews the 24th annual Images Festival.

NEXT EPISODE: April 8, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Re. The Budget and Upcoming Election

Great...another Federal Election.

This election, whenever it's called, will have the worst turnout. Book it.

Canadians are apathetic about federal politics. We don't care, even if the government breaks the rules of Parliament. We don't care because we've come to expect this type of behaviour from our politicians.

What a sad state of affairs.

We have a great political system. But it sure ain't perfect.

- ER

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Re. Vegetable Lasagna

Is there anything lousier than vegetable lasagna?

I've never been a fan.

- ER

Monday, March 21, 2011

Re. Paul Jones

The Raptors have won two games in a row. That hasn't been done since early in the season.

They played three good quarters against OKC and then nearly blew it in the 4th. But a win is a win.

Tell me...

Is there anything better than a super excited Paul Jones?


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Facebook Question

Is it me or is everyone re-posting their photo albums?

Did I miss something? Was there a memo sent out?

- ER

Friday, March 11, 2011


Episode 47 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition previews the 14th annual Cinefranco Film Festival.

NEXT EPISODE: Mar. 25, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

A Magic Trick

Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, Gob Bluth, Chris What's-His-Face and now........ME!

Might want to sit down for this.

- ER

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Re. Gregg Zaun

Gregg Zaun won't make it to baseball's Hall-of-Fame, but he's having an amazing career.

He's played for many teams, including the Blue Jays.

Zaun is the ultimate journeyman.

- ER

Thursday, March 03, 2011

A quick comment about Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen should run for President in 2012.

Give me one good reason why that's a bad idea.

- ER

PS: And where's Jon Cryer in all of this?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Re. Robocop

Some people in Detroit wanted to build a statue of Robocop. The Mayor of Detroit said no. So, the actor who played Robocop decided to get involved.

- ER

Friday, February 25, 2011

Saving CKLN

Episode 46 of This Is Toronto is now available.

This latest edition features CKLN 88.1 FM.

Since 1983, this Ryerson-based station has been an alternative voice on the Toronto airwaves. But a recent CRTC decision nearly took it off the air.

NEXT EPISODE: March 11, 2011

- ER

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bobcats 114 Raptors 101

It's official.

The Raptors will be finishing below the 500 mark.

(Just in case you weren't sure)

- ER

Monday, February 21, 2011

Quick Note About Bautista's Contract

$64 Million over five years.

That's a lot of dough.

A huge monkey has jumped on Jose Bautista's back. In about seven months (or less), we'll find out if Bautista can handle the pressure of being the franchise player.

- ER

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Re. Carey Price and Tim Thomas

Two weeks ago, Tim Thomas and Carey Price were under the influence of sheer idiocy.

Their little fight made me angry and inspired this new article.

Fighting in hockey will horrifically turn tragic one day.

- ER

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Re. IBM's Watson

HA! I knew most of the answers before the stupid computer figured it out!

- ER

Friday, February 11, 2011

Your Online Funny Pages

Episode 45 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features, a Toronto-based website that allows users to create their own comic strips.

Next episode: Feb. 25, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Cool As Ice

I'm on a Vanilla Ice kick right now. Having said that...

"Drop the zero and get with the hero."

- ER

Friday, February 04, 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Re. The 12-game Losing Streak

The only good thing about the Raptors' 12-game losing streak: Cleveland is on a 21-game losing streak.

The glass....she is half-full.

- ER

Friday, January 28, 2011

Shakespeare In The City

Episode 44 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features the Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective, a group of Toronto actors who strive to make the works of William Shakespeare more accessible.

NEXT EPISODE: Feb. 11, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Re. Vernon Wells & Mike Napoli

Just as I'm about to express my thoughts on the Vernon Wells trade, Alex Anthopoulos pulls the trigger on another trade. Guess I'll have to go trade-by-trade even if they're related.

Vernon Wells for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera

I was completely caught off guard by this trade. But I shouldn't feel that way. Wells' massive contract was hurting Toronto's growth. Trading him frees up $86 million, which will come in handy for resigning Jose Bautista (if he continues to perform as well as he did in 2010) and going after free agents.

Napoli and Rivera are good players. But their arrivals create a cluttered lineup. Assuming the outfield will have Travis Snider, Rajai Davis and Bautista, where does Rivera go? You could put Bautista at third and Rivera in right. But Bautista has a great arm that is better suited for the outfield. And if Bautista goes to third, where would that put Edwin Encarnacion?

It was clear there needed to be another trade and sure enough...

Mike Napoli for Frank Francisco

I don't like it and at the same time, I like it.

Napoli - had he stayed - would be a great weapon, especially against lefthanders. He would've mostly been used as a DH and first baseman. He is originally a catcher, but he'd only get behind the plate if JP Arencibia or Jose Molina got hurt. Of course, it wasn't meant to be.

Francisco brings another strong arm to the bullpen. A stronger bullpen will take some pressure off the starting rotation. Francisco's also another candidate to be the Blue Jays' next closer. It's going to be an intense competition in Dunedin for those 7-8 spots in the 'pen this year.

The lineup is still cluttered. I think there will be at least one more trade.

One more thing about Vernon

I will certainly miss him. It's hard to believe he was here for 12 years. Wells was a great player. There were times when he could've been better. You can blame the injuries if you wish. Regardless, he tried his best and was a wonderful ambassador.

- ER

Monday, January 24, 2011

Re. Headshots

There's an epidemic in the NHL. It's called (or more like "they're called") headshots.

But don't worry. I have a few ideas for a cure.

- ER

PS: I'm still trying to digest the Vernon Wells trade. I'll post something soon.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Re. Jon Rauch

Not a bad signing by the Blue Jays. Rauch picked up 21 saves with Minnesota last year.

Based on this signing, here's how the bullpen might look this year:

- Camp
- Purcey
- Jannsen
- Rauch
- Dotel
- Zep
- Villenueva

Don't forget about Chad Cordero, Jessie Carlson and Josh Roenicke either. You can even include Scott Richmond and Dustin McGowan.

The closer spot is still up for grabs. Right now, it's likely to come down to Dotel and Rauch.

- ER

Friday, January 14, 2011

Neighbourhood Art

Episode 43 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features MABELLEarts, an organization that uses art to bring residents of the diverse Mabelle community in Etobicoke together.

NEXT EPISODE: Jan. 28, 2011

- ER

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Re. Sportsnet Radio Fan 590

It's no longer The Fan 590. It's now Sportsnet Radio Fan 590.

Seriously?! Really?! Are you kidding me?!

Whatever happened to the idea of Keep it simple, Stupid? Fan 590 was simple and easy to remember. It - forgive the cliche - rolled off the tongue. This new "brand" is a mouthful and completely takes away The Fan's local identity.

To be fair, Rogers isn't the first media conglomerate that's using a uniformed/cookie-cutter approach with all its stations. But putting it under the Sportsnet banner takes away the station's character.

Sure, the programs on Fan Toronto are different than Fan Calgary. But now there's nothing that establishes it as a Toronto sports station. It's just the radio-arm of Sportsnet.

I will still listen to the station, but I'm very disappointed. I will grin and bear it; the same way I grin and bare going to the Skydome and seeing the giant "Rogers Centre" sign.

- ER

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Re. Sir John A. Macdonald

A very HAPPY and BELATED Birthday to Sir John A. Macdonald!

Yesterday, Sir John turned 196 years young. The man's had a very accomplished life.

- First Prime Minister of Canada
- Father of Confederation
- Built a railway across the nation
- Social Drinker
- Blue Jays Infielder

You know, I was thinking - Canadians should get the day off in honour of Sir John's birthday.

Who's with me?

- ER

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Re. Snooki and Linden MacIntyre

I have felt tempted to read Snooki's novel, A Shore Thing. Up until Saturday, I have successfully resisted this temptation.

But then, Linden MacIntyre - CBC Journalist (The Fifth Estate), Giller Prize winner - convinced me to pick up this book.

Just listen to these excerpts - as read by MacIntyre - and tell me if I'm wrong.

- ER

Monday, January 10, 2011

Re. The Manning Pout

I've written about Peyton Manning before. So what I'm about to say shouldn't be a surprise:

There's something about seeing Peyton Manning lose that makes me smile.

Is that a terrible thing to say?

- ER

Thursday, January 06, 2011

WJC Final: Russia 5 Canada 3

The collapse is complete.

The blunder in Buffalo.

From Russia with puck.

No explanation needed. Canada took their foot off the gas.

Look at the bright side: Canada gets a nice, shiny silver medal.

And remember, it's just a hockey game and it's a beautiful planet.

- ER

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Athletes of the Year

Myself and several writers from packed ourselves into a small room - with no heat or electricity - and came up with...

The Good Point's 2010 Athletes of the Year!

Our selections are a collective winner. It's true.

- ER