Thursday, February 28, 2008

Retro Blue Jays - Part Two

Here's another "old school" Blue Jays clip. This one, from 1985, promotes an upcoming game between the Jays and the Seattle Mariners.

Okay, I promise. No more baseball clips........for now ;-)

The Hek

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Blue Jays Thriller

I love this time of year.

Why you ask? It's simple....


The Blue Jays are in Florida, getting ready for the upcoming season. Their first exhibition game is this Thursday against Detroit.

In honour of Spring Training, here's a video that was posted on Yahoo's MLB Blog. It's a unique preview of the 1984 Blue Jays. It features CityTV's Peter Gross.

For the record, the Jays had a great season in '84. Unfortunately, the Detroit Tigers had a much, much, MUCH better season.

The Hek

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ode To The No-Trade Clause

I'm trying really hard to figure out what could possibly be going through the mind of Mats Sundin.

Let me see if I get this straight:

- He does not want to waive his no-trade clause
- He wants to stay in Toronto
- He wants to be a Maple Leaf until he draws his last breath
- He wants to win a cup in Toronto
- He does not want to play for another team/contender

Is he nuts? Seriously, what kind of Kool-Aid are they serving at the Air Canada Centre? Did somebody spike Mats Sundin's Gatorade?

Sundin is huge value. The Leafs can trade him to a number of teams and get young quality talent in return. Best of all, Sundin can go to a contender and win a Stanley Cup.

But he doesn't want that.

Sundin would rather stay with the Leafs, who won't make the playoffs for at least a couple more seasons. He says he wants to be part of the 'journey to a championship' and refuses to be a 'rent-a-player.' Honestly, what's so wrong with being a 'rent-a-player?' David Cone didn't have a problem with it when he was traded to the Blue Jays late in the '92 season. Ditto for Ricky Henderson in '93.

Sundin's loyalty must be applauded, but also questioned. One can make the strong argument that his loyalty will hurt the Maple Leafs in the long run. However, if that's what he wants to do, then we should accept it. Given his accomplishments, Leaf fans MUST RESPECT Sundin's decision.


Mark my words. Come September, 2008, Mats Sundin will not be playing for the Maple Leafs.

The Hek

*The Audio Circus: Great trade bait!*

Monday, February 25, 2008

My Favourite Moment Of The Oscars.....

....was watching the world broadcast premier of I Met The Walrus after the Oscars. A very enjoyable film. I'm sure it's on YouTube right now. Please go watch it. I think you'll love it.

The Hek

*Audio back....sort of*

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Obay - From The Makers Of 'WhyBecauseISaidSo'

So I'm sitting on a York Region Transit bus and I notice these advertisements for a drug called Obay. I've also seen these ads in bus shelters.

Apparently, Obay is medication that gets children to do what their parents want. The advertisements feature slogans such as "My son had his own ideas. Obay put a stop to that."

Obviously, it's a parody and very good one at that. What I'd like to know is who's behind all this.

Have you seen the ads? Any idea who's putting them up?

To see some of the ads, click here.

The Hek

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Vive Le Revolution

Holy Scat!

I found this amazing job opportunity that just opened up: President Of Cuba!

I am so going to send in an application. I think I'm fully qualified. I'm thoughtful, respectful, friendly, I work diligently and I am always prepared. What can I say? I'm a team player.

For the life of me, I cannot think of any reason why I would not be given this position.


Now, if you excuse me, I have a cover letter to write.

The Hek

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

In Loving Memory of Mickey Renaud

Fate is something you cannot question. But in this case, I wish I could.

The kid was only 19-years-old.

I hate to use a cliche, but sometimes, life is not fair.

RIP Mickey

The Hek

Friday, February 15, 2008

Great....The Song's Stuck In My Head Now

You might remember this fun little tune.

This was the first commercial that aired right after the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.

Now that I think of it, the "Always Coca-Cola" campaign was very effective. It literally integrated into daily life. As least my life that is. Although, I can't remember doing it, I'm fully certain I would sing this jingle a few times.

15 years later, I feel bad being manipulated like that. Then again, I was a child at the time.

The Hek

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Rock Me Slowly

A special Valentine's Day edition of the THE HEK'S SUPER PLAYLIST. New entries are in red.

1. Kennedy Killed the Hat - Buck 65
2. I bought some books - Black Boot Trio
3. Watching the Wheels - John Lennon
4. Vacation - The Go-Go's
5. Like a Prayer - Madonna
6. Night Swimming - REM
7. Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
8. Ring, Ring - Abba
9. Call on Me - Eric Prydz
10. November Rain - Guns N Roses
11. Cruel Summer - Bannanarama
12. Hung up - Madonna
13. 463 - Buck 65
14. Judy is a Punk - The Ramones
15. The Laws have Changed - The New Pornographers
16. Portland, Oregon - Loretta Lynn feat. Jack White
17. Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
18. The Card Cheat - The Clash
19. Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
20. Boys in the Bright White Sports Car - Trooper
21. Mandy - Barry Manilow
22. Let's Get Together - Al Green
23. Mickey - Toni Basil
24. Bodies - Drowning Pool
25. Folson Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
26. Bawitaba - Kid Rock
27. Losing Grip - Avril Lavigne
28. City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie
29. Pump it - Black Eye Peas
30. Lonely Old Eyes - Neko Case
31. Immigrant Song - Led Zepplin
32. Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
33. Don't Walk Away Eileen - Sam Roberts
34. Bring the Noise - Public Enemy & Anthrax
35. Maneater - Nelly Furtado
36. Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
37. My Immortal - Evanescense
38. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
39. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns and Roses
40. Bad Habit - The Offspring
41. LDN - Lily Allen
42. Man I use to Be - K-OS
43. Lolipop - Aqua
44. Banquet - Bloc Party
45. The Sign - Ace of Base
46. Rise Above - Black Flag
47. Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
48. Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver
49. Hello - Lionel Richie
50. River - Joni Mitchell
51. Romantic Rights - Death From Above 1979
52. Knock on Wood - Amy Stewart
53. My Heart Skips A Beat - Buck Owens
54. Levon - Elton John
55. Use It - The New Pornographers
56. The Boy In The Bubble - Paul Simon
57. Graceland - Paul Simon
58. Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
59. Head Over Feet - Alanis Morrisette
60. Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
61. Inside And Out - Feist
62. Crosseyed And Painless - Talking Heads
63. Give It To Me - Timberland feat. Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
64. Intervention - Arcade Fire
65. I'm Afraid Of Brittany Spears - LiveonRelease
66. For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica
67. Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
68. Hard To Concentrate - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
69. Sabatoge - Beastie Boys
70. Diamonds From Sierra Leone - Kanye West
71. One Thing - Finger Eleven
72. Changes - 2pac
73. Gone Away - The Offspring
74. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
75. 1234 - Feist
76. Relax, Take It Easy - Mika
77. God Save The Queen - The Sex Pistols
78. The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
79. Miami - Will Smith
80. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
81. TV Party - Black Flag
82. Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead - Crash Test Dummies
83. 99 Problems - Jay Z
84. Sorrow - Bad Religion
85. Body Count - Body Count
86. What's the Frequency, Kenneth - REM
87. What Do I Get - The Buzzcocks
88. 9 Crimes - Damien Rice
89. New Slang - The Shins
90. Wait For You - Elliot Yamin
91. Needy Girl - Chromeo
92. Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
93. When The Levee Breaks - Led Zepplin

The Hek

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Choices: Barack Or Hillary

I think I'm on to something.

Every American voter who is supporting the Democrats has a tough choice: Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. They both have their core groups. Someone has to lead the party. The question is who will it be. It's a very tough choice. However, I've come up with a way that will eliminate the tough choice and make every liberal voter happy.


Yes, your reading that correctly. Let's take Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and fuse them together. Their bodies, their minds, their souls, their likes, their dislikes, their strengths. Let's bring it all together and create the ultimate democratic presidential candidate: Barack Clinton, or Hillary Obama, or we can give this political beast a cool acronym like BOHC, or HRCBHO.


Can it be done? Absolutely! Come on, the Pentagon can't be just a building with conference rooms. There's bound to be some top secret laboratory in the bowels of the building, with some weird contraption that can make it happen. Seriously, how hard can it be?

That, my friend, is an Eric Rosenhek solution.

The Hek

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What Do You Know, Agent Zero?

Dear Gilbert Arenas,

I know you're a little bitter because you've only played eight games this season. It must be tough being injured and watching your team fall apart. One can only imagine where the Washington Wizards would be if you were healthy.

But Gilbert - and I say this with full sincerity - Don't take your frustration out on Jose Calderon.

Jose deserves to be on the Eastern All-Star team. Without him, the Raptors would not have won as many games as they have so far this season. The man makes things happen. You wish you had a player like Jose on your team.

Just because he doesn't have the same zest and style like you, or Kobe, or Lebron, doesn't mean he's not an All-Star.

However, I understand you're getting some nice coin from the NBA and therefore, have to have some compelling stuff on your blog. So, I will let this slide. Meanwhile, I think you should mark March 7th on your calender. That's when the Raptors host your Wizards. Something tells me Jose will be giving you a retort.

All the best,

The Hek

Friday, February 08, 2008

The Results Are In!!!!

The Canadian Blog Awards have announced the results for the "Best Podcaster/Vlogger" category. The Audio Circus finished in a tie for fourth. Here's the official announcement. Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations to the participants.

Now....for your viewing pleasure:

Jamario Moon grabs an offensive rebound, scores the basket and goes to the line; and it's all done IN GERMAN!!!!

The Hek

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Past Readings

I've decided to re-read some of my old books from past literature courses at Carleton.

These were books that I never finished reading because the instructor expected me to read the whole thing within a week, along with all the other readings I had. There were other books that I actually finished, but didn't enjoy because I was forced to analyze every little detail.

Starting things off: Joe Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Wish me luck!

The Hek

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Slam Dunk Preview

Oh man. If this is what Jamario Moon is planning for the Slam Dunk contest, LOOK OUT!

BTW, did you know there was professional basketball in Toronto during the 1980's?

Introducing the Toronto Tornadoes of the Continental Basketball Association.

The Hek

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Super Bowl Upset

I'm still shell shocked.

Usually, the actual championship match is a lackluster affair. One team usually dominates the other and turns the game into a blowout. Not this year.

I haven't seen an exciting and close Super Bowl since XXXIV (Rams/Titans) and XXXVI (Patriots/Rams).

As football fans digest the biggest upset in NFL history, here are some thoughts that are currently swimming in my head:

- Eli Manning lifted a huge amount of weight off his shoulders.

- Tyree and Plexico are names that will be remembered forever.

- How did Eli break free from the swarm of New England defenders?

- For the Patriots, 18-1 is a losing season.

- How many endorsement deals did Tom Brady lose after last night?

- The New York Giants play in New Jersey.

- Tom Petty was awesome! Much better then Prince last year.

- Eli vs. Payton: Next year's Super Bowl? A dream match up.

- The 95/96 Red Wings, the 06/07 Mavericks, and the 07 Mets are laughing at the Patriots.

- Why would two gorgeous women hook up with two corporate animated beavers? Has to be more then the furniture. Can anyone say inner-species erotica?

- Sucks to be a New York Jets fan.

The Hek

*Striving to be 19-0: Episode 70 of the Audio Circus*

Monday, February 04, 2008

There Will Be Blog

Wow. What a game. I'm still shell shocked.


Episode 70 0f the Audio Circus is now available.

This week, My review of There Will Be Blood and more.

To download, subscribe, or for more information, visit the show's website.

After the Audio Circus, check out the CanCon Cast.

The Hek

Friday, February 01, 2008

My Super Bowl Prediction

Patriots by ten points.

That's all I really have to say.

I feel everyone should watch this game, especially non-football fans. It will be your last chance to see one of the best football teams ever assembled. Maybe the greatest team in NFL history. Years from now, children will sit in history class and learn about the 2007 New England Patriots.

The Hek