Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Haven't been sleeping lately. Too tired to write some year-end thoughts. Might do that next week.

I'll leave you with this:



Song's been replaying in my head.

Happy 2010!

- ER

Thursday, December 24, 2009

One Last Thing About Roy Halladay

I'm off for a few days. But I'd like to leave you with some parting words from Roy Halladay.

Doc took out a full page ad in the Toronto Sun to thank the Blue Jays, the city and the fans. Here's what the future hall-of-famer wrote (courtesy of TSN.ca):

My wife Brandy, sons Braden and Ryan, and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, its incredible fans, and the City of Toronto.

I feel blessed to have been part of the Blue Jays since 1995 and am extremely grateful for the opportunities it has provided. Throughout this past 15 years, there have been so many people within the organization that have made a wonderful and significant impact in my life, it would be impossible to name them all.

I am sincerely grateful for the incredible support and compassion the Blue Jays fans have always shown me. I am in awe of your overwhelming passion and devotion.

Toronto will forever have a special place in my heart.

The memories will last a lifetime and so will my gratitude.

Best regards, Roy.

An absolute class act. As I've said before, he will be sorely missed.

On that note, Happy Holidays!

- ER

Monday, December 21, 2009

Re. Sunday

Have to be honest: I've never liked Sunday.

Don't know why I've never liked the day of rest. Maybe it was because it was the day before the start of another school week. It was a day when you scrambled to get all your school work done.

The Carleton campus was always a ghost town on Sunday. Sure, there were people doing research at the prison/library, but it always seemed to me that the usual campus life was deflated.

Sundays in downtown Toronto are still lively of course. People are shopping, the streets are just as packed as they are during the week and there's usually a sporting event occurring. However, there's still this feel to Sunday that doesn't exist on any other day of the week.

Perhaps Sunday is not a day of rest, but more of a day to reset yourself. It's a moment you take to reflect on the last seven days, while also preparing for the upcoming week. You might go out and shop or attend a party. However, you tend to be less intense and active. You tone it down. You're more relaxed.

I could be totally wrong about this. It's just a feeling I get every time Sunday rolls around.

- ER

Friday, December 18, 2009

Decoder Ring Theatre (Part two)

Episode #15 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition is the final installment of a two-part series about Decoder Ring Theatre; a Toronto-based production company that produces podcasts done in the style of old-time radio.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Jan. 1, 2010

- ER

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Halladay Trade Vital for Everyone Involved

Well, it's official.

Roy Halladay has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.

I feel nauseous seeing "Doc" in a different uniform. But I'm happy for him as well. He finally has the chance to be part of a winning ball club. It's something he absolutely deserves.

This trade needed to happen. The Blue Jays are nowhere close to being a playoff- contending team. Having someone as good as Halladay on a rebuilding team is a waste of talent. Doc's stock is at its highest point and many teams were offering as many young prospects as they could afford. It would have been sheer idiocy if Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos ignored these viable offers.

Philadelphia gets a solid veteran who adds strength to their rotation, while the Jays get some strong prospects; building blocks for any rebuilding team.

In addition, Halladay needed a change of scenery.

Despite leaving Toronto on "good terms," there's no doubt that Doc has some bitter feelings after what transpired last season. Former Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi took advantage of Halladay and dangled him like an unwanted piece of meat as the MLB trade deadline neared. The constant rumours wrecked Halladay's mindset and caused him to fall into a mini-slump during the second half of the regular season. Ricciardi's actions were simply disrespectful and someone as special as Roy Halladay didn't deserve that type of treatment.

I hope the people of Philadelphia appreciate what they're getting. Halladay is a model athlete. He works hard, lives a healthy lifestyle and puts his team's needs ahead of his own. He's very charitable and understands the role of being a star player. More importantly, Halladay was a great mentor to many Blue Jay rookies and he will no doubt continue his tutoring with Philadelphia's young talent.

As for me, a long suffering Jays fan, I feel honoured to have watched the greatest pitcher in Blue Jays history on several occasions. It's too bad he didn't win a World Series title with Toronto. I really hope he can accomplish that with the Phillies.

Halladay has given so much to this sport. It's a crime he's never won the ultimate prize. Sure, there is the 2003 Cy Young award, as well as various other accolades, including an informal tip of the cap from George W. Bush, but a World Series championship is the only item Halladay wants.

- ER


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Re. Avatar

Okay, be honest.

Avatar - Quantity or Quality?

Something tells me the answer is going to be quantity.

- ER

Monday, December 14, 2009

Don't forget the other Montreal teams

Well, hello there. Did you have a nice weekend?

Shameless self-promotion time. Here's my latest article from Hockey54.com. It takes a look at the other professional hockey clubs that have played in Montreal since 1909. That's right; not just the Canadiens.

Enjoy!

- ER

Friday, December 11, 2009

There's a She Wolf in the closet

Yes folks, it's super playlist time! As always, 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
94. Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkle
95. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - The White Stripes
96. The Love You Save - Jackson 5
97. Your Ex-Love Is Dead - Stars
98. What Is Life - George Harrison
99. Time To Pretend - MGMT
100. Daughter - Loudon Wainwright
101. Take Me To The Riot - Stars
102. Leave It Behind - The Offspring
103. More Human Than Human - White Zombie
104. Six Days - DJ Shadow ft. Mos Def
105. The Con - Tegan and Sara
106. Universal Soldier - Buff Sainte-Marie
107. Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
108. Let's Get Crazy - Prince
109. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron
110. Striptease - Hawksley Workman
111. Jolene - Dolly Parton
112. Kids - MGMT
113. Spaceman - Bif Naked
114. Africa - Toto
115. Sad Lisa - Cat Stevens
116. Bud the Spud - Stompin' Tom Conners
117. She Wolf - Shakira
118. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
119. Don't Be Shy - Cat Stevens

- ER

Friday, December 04, 2009

Decoder Ring Theatre

Episode 14 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition is part one of a two-part series about Decoder Ring Theatre; a Toronto-based production company that produces podcasts done in the style of old-time radio. Some of DRT's well-known programs include The Red Panda Adventures and Black Jack Justice.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Dec. 18, 2009

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Re. Tiger Woods

Rather than forming an opinion based on second-hand accounts, here is exactly what Tiger Woods said:

(From TigerWoods.com)

I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.

Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect.

But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don't share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one's own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions.

Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it's difficult.

I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.

The "media circus" surrounding this issue is simply disgusting. As a journalist, I am embarrassed. I think it's time to move on.

- ER

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Prosary: an online literary magazine for spiritual prose

My girlfriend has started a really cool magazine. It showcases people's work and has a unique concept. Here are the details:

Hello everyone!

With Rikki's encouragement (and the idea for a name), I just launched a new venture: an online literary magazine for spiritual prose. It's still in the first stages while I work some things out, but please feel free to visit the website and read the work already published.

The Prosary is available at: http://theprosary.wordpress.com

If you'd like to submit something to be published, keep reading:

The Prosary is an online literary magazine magazine dedicated to publishing prose of a spiritual nature. This includes creative poetry, short stories, and other works of fiction inspired by one’s faith journey.

Although the name Prosary evokes images of a Catholic inclination, this litmag will publish works from any faith, whether you identify yourself as Protestant, Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist, and anything outside or between. The important thing is that you remain respectful to the other faiths represented here and do not use your prose as a way of attacking or criticizing any faith or non-faith groups.

If you’d like to submit something to be published here, please e-mail Alison at theprosary@gmail.com, keeping in mind the following guidelines:

- Send all prose in Word/.doc documents. My computer doesn’t like .docx, so please reformat accordingly
- The subject line of the e-mail should have your name (or pen name, if you prefer to remain anonymous) and the title of your prose
- Limit 3 works per document
- DO NOT send any prose that is hateful, disrespectful or overtly “Rah rah rah, my religion is the best!”
- The Prosary is only accepting works of fiction at this time
- You will receive an e-mail notification when your prose is published on the website

The Prosary is a new venture, so please excuse any hiccups or mistakes while it gets rolling.

Tell your friends!

I’m excited to begin this journey with you.

- ER

Friday, November 27, 2009

Remembering Roller Hockey

I've been thinking lately about the long-defunct Roller Hockey International. Thankfully, I was able to get all my thoughts together for a new Hockey54.com article.

Enjoy!

- ER

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Random Thoughts

It's been a while since I posted something that wasn't promoting an article or podcast, or a video from YouTube. Things have been busy. I know that's not an excuse, but it is the truth.

Anyway, there's been a few things on my mind lately.

*I don't want the Blue Jays to trade Roy Halladay. But for the sake of the franchise, it has to be done.

*The Raptors have a decent shot at making the playoffs. If they play well, they can probably finish somewhere between 5th (a long shot) and 8th (reasonable). However, if they keep losing to teams like the Charlotte Bobcats by 35 points, it's going to be a very long and ugly season.

*For what they've got, the Habs have done well. The playoffs are possible, but not guaranteed.

*What has happened to the Detroit Red Wings?

*Am I the only person not interested in watching Glee?

*Obama is still the best person to lead the United States. Just be patient. It's funny how political allegiances will cloud rationality.

*Local Television vs. Cable Companies: I don't care. Both sides have problems.

*Too many judgements about the CBC are based soley on the television side. CBC Radio is the number one reason why the Corp. should exist in the first place.

*Niles Crane makes me want to buy Ikea furniture.

*Prose. Definition: This

That is all.

- ER

Friday, November 20, 2009

Theatre @ York

Episode 13 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features a preview of Theatre@York's 2009-10 season.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Dec. 4, 2009

- ER

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fighting For a Fair Schedule

Good Monday morning. Shameless promotion time. My latest article from Hockey54.com takes a look at the NHL's unbalanced schedule.

Enjoy!

- ER

Thursday, November 12, 2009

MLB's MVMs

I recently asked a number of baseball bloggers and writers for their favourite memory from the past season. The end result was the Most Valuable Memories of MLB 2009.

Enjoy and feel free to share your most valuable memories.

- ER

Monday, November 09, 2009

Define Yourself

Episode #12 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features a preview of the 13th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival; Nov. 11-15

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Nov. 20, 2009

- ER

Friday, November 06, 2009

Final Thoughts: MLB Playoffs

Can't help but smile. I picked the right team and it was a perfect prediction! Of course, it doesn't mean I'm an expert. But it certainly feels good ;-)

New York's victory ties in nicely with the Joe Torre/Tom Verducci book, The Yankee Years, which I finished reading a few days ago. The Yankee Years gives a vivid description of how the Yankees have operated over the last 15 years. This allowed me to really understand this famous organization and appreciate the significance of their World Series success.

I'm happy for George Steinbrenner, who really doesn't control the franchise anymore and acts as a figure head. The Boss (and despite what we hear, is still a human being) isn't as healthy as he use to be. This champioship will make things easier for him.

I'm happy for Jeter, Pettitte and Matusi. But this doesn't mean I've developed a love for the New York Yankees. I still view them as the enemy. Some might argue this championship was bought and yes, that is somewhat true. However, the players still have to perform regardless of how much they make. New York could've easily been a team of rich underachivers.

Finally, congratulations to the former Blue Jays who were part of the champion Yankees:

- A.J. Burnett (I'm going to bite my tongue)
- Eric Hinske (still biting)
- Josh Towers (Technically, he didn't see any post-season action so I doubt he would be included. But I think he's on the 40-man roster)

To sum up: 5 out of 7 = 71% Not bad at all.

- ER

Monday, November 02, 2009

Re. The Hamilton Tigers

Did you know the city of Hamilton had an NHL team? It's true. They were known as the Hamilton Tigers.

Don't worry. This Hockey54.com article will explain everything ;-)

Enjoy!

- ER

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

MLB Playoff Predictions - The 2009 World Series

During the LCS, I correctly predicted both match-ups. Of the two, one (NYY & LAA) was a perfect prediction. Onto to the final:

World Series

NY Yankees over Philadelphia in six

NOTES: For the record, I can't stand the Yankees. However, from an objective POV, I feel they're the better team. All the big hitters in New York's line up have been making the clutch hits. I also believe momentum is a big factor for any playoff format. Right now, the Yanks still have their momentum going, while Philadelphia's momentum has died off. The Phillies haven't played since last week and that will negativley affect them. Of course, the Phillies had a week off last year before defeating the Rays. But I doubt lightning will strike twice. By the way, has anyone noticed Eric Hinske is playing in his 3rd straight World Series?

- ER

Friday, October 23, 2009

Zombies, Lions and Italian Girls

Episode #11 of THIS IS TORONTO is now available!!!

This latest edition features a listing of upcoming events and music from two local acts.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Nov. 6, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Unbeatable

I vividly remember this commercial. Tried this out on my plastic containers. Didn't really have the same effect.



- ER

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

MLB Playoff Predictions - LCS

In the first round, I was correct on two of the four match-ups. Of the two, none were perfect predictions.

Onto to the LCS:

American League Championship Series

NY Yankees over LA Angels in six

National League Championship Series

Philadelphia over LA Dodgers in seven

NOTES: I can't believe the Red Sox and Cardinals folded like cheap suitcases...I hate supporting the Yankees, but objectively, they're a very strong team. A-Rod's finally hitting well in the playoffs. That's a huge bonus...Still not convinced about the Dodgers. I feel they don't have anymore gas left in the tank. It will, however, be a close series.

- ER

Monday, October 12, 2009

Re. The Pittsburgh Pirates

What has happened to the Pittsburgh Pirates? My latest article from TheGoodPoint.com takes a look at this troubled franchise.

PS: Happy Thanksgiving!

- ER

Friday, October 09, 2009

Can you spare an Ad?

Episode #10 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition features an interview with Jeremy Salzman; aka, the Out of Work Ad Guy.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Oct. 23, 2009

- ER

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

MLB Playoff Predictions - Division Series

National League Division Series

Philadelphia over Colorado in five
St. Louis over LA Dodgers in four

American League Division Series

Boston over LA Angels in five
NY Yankees over Minnesota in four

NOTES: What a game that was last night! Wow, wow, wow. The Twins are on a huge momentum trip. Sadly, I feel it will come to a crushing halt in New York. The Yankees will take advantage of a tired Twins team...Colorado/Philadelphia was a tough call. I feel the Phillies have the slight edge. What happened in 2007 was cool, but it won't happen in 2009...The Dodgers had a pretty good season. However, they look weak. The Cards are on such a good roll. That will continue...I'd love to see the Angels beat the Red Sox. But Boston has the experience and the talent (again).

- ER

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Re. The Blue Jays' 2009 Season

Thank God it's over.

I have watched the Blue Jays for many years. For the life of me, I can't recall a more painful season than 2009. The 1997 season comes close, but '09 was a complete nightmare/disaster/embarrassment.

What went wrong? Several things. They couldn't hit when it mattered. They taxed the bullpen. Injuries slightly played a role too. To be honest, I don't feel like making excuses or finding an explanation. Hell, I don't feel like writing about it anymore. Everything that needed to be said has been stated.

However, I will conclude with some "awards":

Team MVP - Aaron Hill

Hill had a horrible injury in 2008. It was a very serious concussion and it took him many weeks to regain his form. 2009 was retribution. Hill was fantastic! He's already been recognized for his effort by winning the American League Comeback Player of the year award. Honourable mention must be given to Adam Lind.

Best pitcher - Roy Halladay

Doc went 17-10 this season. However, the record should be at least 22-5. Half of those losses were because the offense simply couldn't score runs. The trade rumours didn't help either. Regardless, Doc is still the best pitcher on this staff.

Best rookie - Ricky Romero

Romero has good stuff. It'll be interesting to see what he can offer in his sophomore season. Honourable mentions to Marc Rzepczynski and Brett Cecil. At least the Jays are okay in the pitching department.

Best moment - Marco Scutaro stealing second right after earning a walk. The Phillies were wonderfully embarrassed that day.

Ugliest moment - Giving up a nine-run lead to Tampa Bay and ultimately losing the game.

- ER

Monday, October 05, 2009

Be Kind to the Youngsters

Hey! How about another article from Hockey54.com? Sounds good to me ;-)

This one is about the NHL's youth movement.

Enjoy!

- ER

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Hockey54.com

A few months ago, I started writing for a hockey website. Well, some things came up and I simply couldn't commit to it. However, there's a new hockey website and I'm proud to be part of it. You might have heard about it from a recent episode of This Is Toronto. It's called...

Hockey54.com - The Face of The Game

This is a new interactive site dedicated to Canada's favourite sport. It's sort of like a Facebook for hockey fans. Best of all, it's free to sign up. Now, you can connect with fans, share your thoughts on the NHL, and if you reeeeaaaalllllyyyy want to, you can read my column, What The Hek Is Goin' On.

By the way, the NHL regular season begins tonight. Go Habs Go!

- ER

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Face of The Game

Episode #9 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition features an interview with Launy Schwartz, the co-founder of Hockey54.com, a new interactive website dedicated to Canada's favourite sport.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Oct. 9, 2009

(P.S. Happy Birthday Dad!)

- ER

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blue Jays 2010 Regular Season Schedule

Courtesy of the Toronto Star.

Looks like they'll start in Texas (April 5) and end in Minnesota (Oct. 3). The home opener will be on April 12 against the White Sox. The Giants, Cardinals and Phillies are the NL teams visiting the Skydome next year.

- ER

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Re. David Purcey

Last night against Detroit:

5.2 innings pitched, 5 hits, 2 runs (both earned), 4 walks, 4 strikeouts.

Surprisingly, a decent outing from Mr. Purcey. Keep it up, David.

- ER

Monday, September 14, 2009

Let's Go To War

Episode #8 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition features an interview with Peter-John of LET'S GO TO WAR, a Toronto group that refuses to be categorized under any musical genre. Last month, LGTW released their debut album, Karmageddon.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Sept. 25, 2009

- ER

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Re. Last night's Blue Jays game

Only 11,159 people attended last night's baseball game. That is the lowest attendance mark in Blue Jays/Skydome history. And Roy Halladay was pitching.

WTF?

There are several excuses/reasons/explanations I can think of:

- It's the Minnesota Twins. Not exactly a sexy opponent.
- School has started.
- The recession. People don't have as much spending money as they use to. Therefore, you have to budget what you have. That means luxary items (Blue Jay tickets) become unnecessary purchases.
- The team's pathetic performance. People are pissed. Quite frankly, I don't blame them.

The 2009 Toronto Blue Jays: A season of nightmares.

- ER

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

It's official! This Is Toronto is Radio That Doesn't Suck (.com)

Along with the main website, episodes of This Is Toronto can now also be heard on RadioThatDoesn'tSuck.com.

RTDS is an online station that offers free-form programming through it's live stream and (free) on-demand player.

For more info, please visit www.radiothatdoesntsuck.com.

- ER

Friday, September 04, 2009

Fill in the Blanks (Please)

1. Having another federal election is a ______ idea.

2. It's been a _____ summer.

3. John ______ Kennedy.

4. The _______ Heads.

5. ____ in a box.

6. The best comic in the Toronto Star is _______.

7. Give me a chance to do a _______ dance.

8. The _____ and the Beautiful.

9. The best AC/DC song is _______.

10. Lost in the _________.

- ER

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Spirit of Radio (Part three)

Episode #7 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition is the final part of a three-part series about the old CFNY 102.1 FM, aka The Spirit of Radio.

Will the "Spirit of Radio" format ever return to Toronto's airwaves? CFNY alumni Don Berns and David Marsden share their thoughts.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Sept. 11, 2009

- ER

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Re. Roy Halladay

Something is not right with Doc. Between June 29 and Aug. 19, Halladay was 3-5 with two no-decisions. Last night, despite eight strikeouts, he gave up seven earned runs and eight hits. That's not like him.

Something is bothering him. Is it an injury (re-aggravated the pulled groin)? The trade rumours? The lack of offense? The direction of the club? All of the above?

It's concerning. Very, very concerning.

- ER

Monday, August 24, 2009

Nats win MLL Cup


Congratulations to the Toronto Nationals - 2009 Major League Lacrosse champions!

See? Not every Toronto sports team lands in last place.

- ER

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Spirit of Radio (Part two)

Episode 6 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition is part two of a three-part series about CFNY, aka The Spirit of Radio. CFNY alumni Don Berns and David Marsden talk about the CASBY awards and explain why they were started, their importance and what the first few CASBY award shows looked like.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Aug. 28, 2009

- ER

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Re. Alex Rios

The Alex Rios "era" has come to an end. He simply didn't live up to his current contact. Just wasn't hitting the ball the way he should. This was a salary dump, plain and simple. At one time, he put up great numbers. Unfortunately, Rios' stats have dropped. Something had to give...

At least the White Sox have taken over his huge contract. This frees up some cash for the Jays.

And in the end, everyone loses.

- ER

Monday, August 03, 2009

The Spirit of Radio (Part one)

Episode #5 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition is part one of a three-part series about CFNY, aka The Spirit of Radio; featuring an interview with CFNY legends Don Berns and David Marsden.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Aug. 14, 2009

- ER

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Local Podcast Presents 3-part Series on The Spirit of Radio‏

This Is Toronto, an audio podcast dedicated to Toronto's arts and culture community, is proud to present a three-part series on CFNY - The Spirit of Radio.

During the 1980s, CFNY (now known as 102.1 The Edge) was one of the most popular stations in North America. It prided itself on playing music that could not be heard anywhere else. CFNY was one of the first commercial stations in Canada to play songs from the punk and New Wave movement. The station was also responsible for the creation of the CASBY awards.

This three-part series will take a look back on CFNY and the impact it made on Toronto's airwaves. It features an interview with two CFNY legends: Don Berns and David Marsden. Part one of the series will be released on Friday, July 31 and can be downloaded from This Is Toronto's website: www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com.


The Spirit of Radio schedule

Part one – July 31

Part two – Aug. 14

Part three – Aug. 28


About This Is Toronto

This Is Toronto is an audio podcast that shines a spotlight on the people, places and events that give life to this great city. This Is Toronto does not focus on the "big-ticket" names and occasions. Instead, the program features items that enrich Toronto's cultural atmosphere. New episodes are published on Fridays, once every two weeks. All episodes are about 10-12 minutes in length. This Is Toronto is hosted by Eric Rosenhek.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Birthday Haiku

A Happy Birthday
With love and affection to you
complete with candles

- ER

Friday, July 17, 2009

Save More than Money

Episode 4 of THIS IS TORONTO is now available!

This latest edition takes a look at GoGoGreen, a program that allows Toronto-area residents to save money and help the environment at the same time.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: July 31, 2009

- ER

Monday, July 13, 2009

Re. All-Star Games

My latest article from TheGoodPoint.com ranks North America's All-Star games.

MLB vs. NHL vs. NBA vs. MLS vs. NFL - Which is worth watching and which is worth avoiding? I'll tell you!

- ER

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Toothbrush Family

Oh snap...



Fun-loving characters or tools of the multinational dental conglomerate? You be the judge.

- ER

Thursday, July 09, 2009

I'm a disgruntled Blue Jays and Habs fan, and here's why...

- BJ Ryan gave us one decent year and then fell apart. Of course, you can't predict Tommy John surgery, but you can't ignore all the money that was wasted on him either. Ryan's going to earn 5 million for the rest of the season and 10 million next season. If he signs with a new team, he'll get to earn a new salary, in addition to what the Blue Jays owe him.

- Brian Tallet can no longer remain in the starting rotation. He's barley made it through five innings during his last few starts. His arm is just not accustomed to a starter's throwing schedule. He's better suited as a reliever.

- If Roy Halladay is traded, I might burst into tears.

- J.P Richardi has got to go. The majority of his decisions have had a negative affect on the Jays. There needs to be a change.

- Oh yeah....the Habs. They let Koivu go to the Ducks (Montreal is losing a real class act BTW). They let Kovalev go to the Senators (a team with just as much drama as the Habs). They get some new faces who could be good; but we won't know how good (or bad) they are until the season gets underway. I've got a bad feeling about the 2009-2010 season. I fear the word "rebuilding" will soon rear its ugly head.

- ER

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Martin Streek: 1964-2009

Martin Streek passed away on Monday.

He was one of my favourite radio DJs of all time. He was the reason why my radio dial would land on 102.1 FM. There were many times I laid in bed listening to his memorable live-to-air shows. Part of the reason why I started volunteering at CKCU in 2002 was because of Martin Streek. He helped foster my love for radio.

RIP Martin. Thank you for everything.

- ER

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009

Sci-Fi Fun

Episode 3 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features a preview of POLARIS 23, a three-day science fiction convention that offers all kinds of space-age activities; July 10-12.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: July 17, 2009

- ER

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

...

It's been quite the week:

- Ed McMahon
- Billy Red Lyons
- Romeo Leblanc
- Farah Fawcett

And of course, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

You will all be missed. For what you all gave to society, we say thank you. Rest in peace.

- ER

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Re. The 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. Sabotage - 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
94. Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkle
95. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - The White Stripes
96. The Love You Save - Jackson 5
97. Your Ex-Love Is Dead - Stars
98. What Is Life - George Harrison
99. Time To Pretend - MGMT
100. Daughter - Loudon Wainwright
101. Take Me To The Riot - Stars
102. Leave It Behind - The Offspring
103. More Human Than Human - White Zombie
104. Six Days - DJ Shadow ft. Mos Def
105. The Con - Tegan and Sara
106. Universal Soldier - Buff Sainte-Marie
107. Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
108. Let's Get Crazy - Prince
109. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron
110. Striptease by Hawksley Workman
111. Jolene by Dolly Parton
112. Kids by MGMT
113. Spaceman by Bif Naked
114. Africa by Toto
115. Sad Lisa by Cat Stevens
116. Bud the Spud by Stompin' Tom Connors

- ER

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fresh New Comedy

Episode #2 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition profiles TheSketchers.com, a brand new Toronto-based website that features independently produced sketch comedy.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

(Next Episode: July 3, 2009)

- ER

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Re. The Disabled List

Oh dear. Roy Halladay, Casey Janssen and Scott Downs have been placed on Toronto's disabled list. Brutal, absolutely brutal.

If you're keeping score at home, you'll no doubt discover that the Blue Jays' 2008 rotation is completely out of the picture right now. Doc, Dustin McGowan, Sean Marcum and Jesse Litsch are all spending time on the DL, while A.J. Burnett left for New York.

Unbelievable.

Of course, Halladay will return shortly. However, it's going to be very interesting. Looks like the rotation will be Scott Richmond, Brad Mills, Brian Tallet, Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil. Jason Frasor will probably fill in for Downs. Speaking of Downs...

For the record, my recent article about him has no connection with his injury. It's just an unfortunate coincidence. Trust me, there's no such thing as a GoodPoint curse.

Meanwhile, I'm having this vision: Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine.....wearing Blue Jay uniforms....

- ER

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Final Thoughts: NBA Playoffs

- Damn Lakers. Damn Kobe.

- I should've known better. The western teams tend to be better than the eastern teams. The Lakers have much more experience than Orlando as well. That's all I've got to say.

RECAP:

First round - five out of eight

Second round - four out of four

Third round - two out of two

Final round - zero out of one

Total Score - 11 out of 15, 73%

- ER

Monday, June 15, 2009

Final Thoughts: NHL Playoffs

- Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins. I'm looking forward to see what the future will hold for this team. I was just a toddler when the Oilers won five cups in seven years. I wasn't alive when the Canadiens won five straight cups in the 50's and four straight cups in the 70's. Don't forget about the Islanders of the early 80's. I truly feel we're about to witness the creation of a legacy. Full credit to Pittsburgh. I didn't expect much from them this year. I was wrong.

- I was really glad to see Crosby back on the bench for the third period. Could you imagine watching your team win game seven of the Stanley Cup final in the medical room?

- Chris Osgood has to be the most underrated goalie of the last thirty years. He's quietly had so much success. If it was up to me, I would've given him the Conn Smyth trophy. From this point forward, I will mention him, Brodeur, Hasek and Roy in the same sentence.

- Definition of irony: The Penguins have won three cups on the road. The only time the Stanley Cup was presented in Pittsburgh was when Detroit won last year.

- When the puck struck the Pittsburgh crossbar, I knew nothing else would go in.

RECAP:

First round - six out of eight

Second round - two out of four

Third round - one out of two

Final round - one out of one

Total score - 10 out of 15, 67%

- ER

Monday, June 08, 2009

Shorter is Better

The premiere episode of This Is Toronto is now available!

This edition features a preview of the 15th annual WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL; June 16-21.

To listen, head to www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

(NEXT EPISODE: June 19, 2009)

- ER

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

New Toronto-themed Podcast Debuts June 5th

Toronto’s arts and culture community has a new voice: This Is Toronto, an audio podcast that shines a spotlight on the people, places and events that give life to this great city. This Is Toronto will not focus on the “big-ticket” names and occasions. Instead, the program will feature items that enrich Toronto’s cultural atmosphere.

This Is Toronto will premiere on Friday, June 5, 2009. Episodes will be available off the program’s website: www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com. New episodes are published on Fridays, once every two weeks. All episodes will be about 10-12 minutes in length.

This Is Toronto is hosted and produced by Eric Rosenhek. Eric is a freelance journalist and has written for several publications. He’s also a former host and producer with CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa. An avid podcaster, Eric has produced two other podcasts: The Audio Circus (2006-2008) and FutuRéale Radio (2008-2009).

- ER

Monday, June 01, 2009

NBA Playoff Predictions - Championship Final

Right about Orlando and Los Angeles. Lakers/Denver was a perfect prediction.

NBA Final

Orlando over LA Lakers in six

NOTES: The Magic have been quietly going about their business, while everyone was focusing on Boston, Cleveland and the Lakers. The time has come for Orlando to show everyone how talented they are. Dwight Howard is an absolute star. It'll be fun comparing his performance to Kobe Bryant's.

- ER

Friday, May 29, 2009

NHL Playoff Predictions - Stanley Cup Final

Right about Pittsburgh. Wrong about Chicago. No perfect predictions.

Stanley Cup Final

Pittsburgh over Detroit in six

NOTES: I feel both teams have an equal amount of momentum and skill. Both teams have been here before and know what needs to be done. In the end, it will be the Penguins coming out on top. They're younger and more energetic. Regardless, it will be a great series.

- ER

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Blogdown

Every Monday, the writers of HockeyBarn have a "Blogdown." We're given a topic and then we write a column about it. This week's topic was to match certain drinks with certain NHL players. Here's what I had to say.

Enjoy!

- ER

Friday, May 22, 2009

Where Hockey Hits the Net

Add another one to the repertoire: HockeyBarn.com

HockeyBarn.com is a cross between Facebook, YouTube and Bleacher Report. It allows me to broaden my portfolio. TheGoodPoint allows me write features, while HockeyBarn allows me to write editorials. To me, it's a perfect mix.

Anyway, here's my debut column. Enjoy!

- ER

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Re. Bud Selig

Who will take over MLB after Bud Selig retires? In my latest article from TheGoodPoint.com, I pose this question to Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Kaduk.

Enjoy!

- ER

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

NBA Playoff Predictions - Round Three

In the second round, I correctly predicted all four match-ups. Of the four, one (Orlando/Boston) was a perfect prediction.

Onto to the conference finals:

Eastern Conference

Orlando over Cleveland in seven

Western Conference

L.A. Lakers over Denver in six

NOTES: Yes, the Cavs have been phenomenal, but the Magic are dangerous. Cleveland will be coming off a layoff, which I feel will hurt their momentum. Nonetheless, it's going to be a great series....Not much I can say about the Lakers and Denver. From my point of view, L.A. is the more talented team and their experience from last year will certainly help.

- ER

Friday, May 15, 2009

NHL Playoff Predictions - Round Three

In the second round, I correctly predicted two out of the four match-ups. Of the two, one (Chicago/Vancouver) was a perfect prediction. Damn you, Carolina. Damn you, Pittsburgh (again).

Onto the Conference Finals:

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh over Carolina in six

Western Conference

Chicago over Detroit in seven

NOTES: I'm probably going to be wrong about the Hawks and Wings. Detroit has so much experience and a very skilled roster. However, there's something about Chicago that makes me feel they can make it to the finals. They're a great young team. Plus, it's an Original Six match up. Bonus!.....I shouldn't be surprised about Pittsburgh. The Penguins have been here before and know what needs to be done.

- ER

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Death of the Cooperall

Remember Cooperalls? It was a short hockey fad from the early 80's. Basically, they were full-length hockey pants.

If you'd like to know more, or you need a reminder, then allow me to direct you to the following article.

Enjoy!

- ER

Monday, May 11, 2009

TV Confession

I've developed a taste for TMZ on TV.

It's not the material the show covers. I don't care about what [insert celebrity's name here] did on his/her trip to Paris. My favourite part of the program is when the TMZ reporters and editors are having their storyboard meetings. I guess I get a little nostalgic. It reminds me of all the storyboard/staff meetings I've been part of.

Should I be disgusted with myself?

- ER

Friday, May 08, 2009

The Pros & Cons of Balsillie's NHL Dream

To be perfectly honest, I'm really torn on this issue. It would be great to have another NHL franchise in Southern Ontario, but there are many alarm bells going off in my head. The only way to come to a decision is to break down all the facts, opinions and points:

PRO - A second NHL team in Southern Ontario will provide fans with a new way to see hockey played at the highest level. Maple Leaf tickets are extremely hard to get a hold of; not to mention the fact that they are also incredibly expensive. A new team equals a new opportunity for fans to see the NHL's best.

PRO - A new team will create new jobs for Ontarians. There will be jobs in the club's front office. There will be a need for ushers and vendors. There will also be construction jobs created for the building of a new arena and/or renovating Copps Coliseum. We're in the midst of a recession. A new team will create opportunities for people looking for work.

PRO - A new team is good for the economy. Money will be made though admission and merchandise sales. There will also be plenty of advertising deals. Portions of the profits will be pumped back into the economy. Of course, this won't clear up all economic troubles, but it's certainly helpful.

PRO - The new team would not be an expansion team. Therefore, regular season and playoff success is likely to occur sooner. From all accounts, the Phoenix Coyotes appear to be an up-and-coming team.

CON - As pointed out by The Fan 590's Jack Armstrong, a second NHL team in Southern Ontario will negatively affect all other area-based teams; not just the Maple Leafs and the Sabers, but also the Raptors, the Blue Jays, TFC, the Argos, Ti-cats and Bills, the Marlies and Bulldogs, the Rock, Bandits and Nationals, and all nearby OHL and OHA clubs. As shown by the sports media, hockey comes first in Southern Ontario. A new NHL club will take away attention from all these teams. A new club could also take away fans and their money. For example, your average sports fan may decide to spend his/her hard earned money on "Coyotes" tickets, instead of Raptor tickets.

CON - Yes, there's a market for a second NHL team, but will there be enough support? I'm not an expert, but if Southern Ontario is a great hockey market, wouldn't every single professional team in the area do well in terms of attendance and support. As I've written before, the Hamilton Bulldogs averaged 4900 fans at their homes games (played at Copps Coliseum) during their 2006-07 AHL season; the same season when the Bulldogs won the Calder Cup. In fact, the game where they actually won the AHL championship had a paid attendance of 14,205, about 5000 seats short of a sellout. The Marlies have also had a poor attendance record, even though the team has performed better than their parent club the past two seasons. Let's not forget about the disastrous 2007 AHL All-star game held at Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum. Based on these results, I have to question anyone who says Southern Ontario would be a great hockey market.

CON - The Coyotes are a Western Conference team. Hamilton, which is where the team will likely end up, is more suited to be in the Eastern Conference. If the Coyotes are reassigned to the East, it will create uneven conferences. It seems minor, but it will affect how the games are scheduled. If they stay in the West, then the team will likely have to adjust to time-zone differences more often, which leads to a greater chance of fatigue. Remember, all Eastern Conference team are part of the same time-zone. The Western Conference teams do not have that luxury. Either way, it's a lose-lose situation.

CON - The Maple Leafs have deep roots in Southern Ontario. I simply cannot imagine a world where Leaf fans would be willing to buy season tickets for a different NHL team. In addition, I would be very surprised if MLSE allowed another team to relocate to Southern Ontario. Jim Balsillie would have to compensate MLSE for any loss of revenue caused by his team.

VERDICT: Based on the breakdown, I feel a second NHL club in Southern Ontario would be a bad idea. As I said, there is a market, but I wonder if there will be sufficient support. Based on the signatures Balsille has collected on his website, there appears to be some form of support. But I feel that's because the media has made this out to be an "American Commissioner vs. Canada" storyline. Gary Bettman is not anti-Canadian. He made sure the Oilers and Flames stay in their respected cities because he understands the importance of hockey to Canadians.

The issue here is Balsillie trying to bring an NHL team to Southern Ontario by using an approach that's not approved by the NHL owners. The NHL would have no problem having a team in Southern Ontario, as long as the relocation follows their procedures. What makes the situation such a mess is the various reports which claim that Balsille's actions have hurt his reputation with the other NHL owners. If his attempt to move the Coyotes fails, it's because of the owners and not Gary Bettman.

Regardless, it's likely that there will be a second NHL team in Southern Ontario in the future. However, if it turns into a finanical disaster and fails to draw support, I will not be surprised.

- ER

Monday, May 04, 2009

NBA Playoff Predictions - Round Two

In the first round, I correctly predicted five out of the eight match-ups. Of the five, there were no perfect predictions.

Onto to the second round (better late than never):

Eastern Conference

Cleveland over Atlanta in five
Orlando over Boston in seven

Western Conference

LA Lakers over Houston in four
Denver over Dallas in six

NOTES: Not much to say, but watch out for the Magic. Orlando is very dangerous.

- ER

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Re. Life After People

The History Channel is running a ten-part series called Life After People. The program examines what the world will look like once all human life has been wiped out. The corresponding website has many features including some disturbing photo galleries. Here's a few examples:


The Houston Astrodome; about 20 years after the human race disappears. It's eroding and will succumb around the 100-year mark.


Chicago's Wrigley Field; about 25 years after the human race disappears. The shrubbery has completely taken over the stadium. Hopefully, the Cubs win the World Series at least once before the end of human existence. (Found this photo on Big League Stew)


Part of Chicago's train system; about 50 years after the human race disappears. This reminds me of the skyline in Wall-E.

These photos are just from the first two episodes. I'm very interested to see what episodes 3-10 will yield.

- ER

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

NHL Playoff Predictions - Round Two

In the first round, I correctly predicted six out of the eight match-ups. Of the six, one (Chicago/Calgary) was a perfect prediction. Damn you, Pittsburgh. Damn you, Anaheim.

Onto the second round:

Eastern Conference

Boston over Carolina in five
Washington over Pittsburgh in seven

Western Conference

Detroit over Anaheim in six
Chicago over Vancouver in six

NOTES: I should've known better when I picked the Penguins to lose. Pittsburgh is a young team that is going to make a huge impact. I was simply influenced by their slow start this season. However, Washington is on a great roll and that will certainly continue. Regardless, Washington vs. Pittsburgh is going to be a very entertaining series. It will be a battle of the superstars: Crosby vs. Ovechkin...Anaheim may have beaten the Sharks, but there's (hopefully) no way they will defeat the vetran Red Wings. History will not repete itself. I am, however, enjoying the play of Bobby Ryan...Still loving the Blackhawks. Vancouver has a few injured players. It will be interesting to see if those players had enough time to rest and recover.

- ER

Monday, April 27, 2009

Re. Twitter

In case (for some odd reason) you need live updates/tweets from me, then you'll be happy to know that I do have a Twitter account:

twitter.com/TheHek

I don't update the account as much as I should. However, I do make an effort to have something up there that's.......entertaining.

- ER

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Re. My S**ts List

The following people have been added to my S**ts list:

- the Boston Bruins
- B.J. Ryan
- the Montreal Canadiens (with the exception of Carey Price; it wasn't his fault)
- P.J. Stock

(All in good fun, of course)

- ER

Friday, April 17, 2009

NBA Playoff Predictions - Round One

Eastern Conference

Cleveland over Detroit in five
Boston over Chicago in five
Orlando over Philadelphia in four
Miami over Atlanta in seven

Western Conference

LA Lakers over Utah in six
Denver over New Orleans in seven
San Antonio over Dallas in six
Portland over Houston in seven

NOTES: No Kevin Garnett; no problem for the Celtics...Miami vs. Atlanta is going to be an exciting series...Look out for Orlando...In the future, look out for Portland.

- ER

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NHL Playoff Predictions - Round One

Eastern Conference

Boston over Montreal in six
Washington over NY Rangers in six
Carolina over New Jersey in six
Philadelphia over Pittsburgh in seven

Western Conference

San Jose over Anaheim in five
Detroit over Columbus in seven
Vancouver over St. Louis in seven
Chicago over Calgary in six

NOTES: I'm a loyal Habs fan and I will be cheering for them against the Bruins; but objectively, I just don't see them beating Boston. Montreal looks too vulnerable...Looking forward to watching Ovie and the Caps. They're my pick to represent the Eastern Conference...Happy to see the Blue Jackets and the Blues in the playoffs. The Red Wings and Canucks better take their opponents seriously. Detroit and Vancouver will have to work hard if they both want to advance...There's something I really like about the Blackhawks; can't quite put my finger on it.

- ER

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Peter Project

Here's my latest CD Review from PublicBroadcasting.ca: The Peter Project LP

Enjoy!

- ER

Re. Jian Ghomeshi & Billy Bob Thornton

The above parties did not have a great interview this morning on Q. In fact, it was quite the argument. From the listener's perspective, it was the dark side of live radio.

Basically, Jian was talking to Billy Bob about his band. When introducing the band, Jian of course mentioned Thornton's film career. Billy Bob took exception to this - "You weren't suppose to mention that shit." Apparently, the band's manager told Q's producer not to bring up the film career. Thornton also felt Ghomeshi was describing his music career/band as a hobby.

Verdict: Ghomeshi did nothing wrong. He was merely mentioning the acting career for context purposes. Billy Bob was a complete tool.

Anyway, if you get chance, you should hear the interview.

- ER

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Re. Kurt Angle's New Film

I've always been a huge Kurt Angle fan. He's my second favourite wrestler behind (of course) The Rock. It's hard to believe that's it's almost been ten years since he made his professional debut.

Angle is starring a new film called End Game. Judging by the trailer, it looks bad; really, really bad.



Angle has won numerous medals and titles. But there will be no Oscar to add to his accomplishments. Maybe a Razzie if he's lucky.

Kurt, what were you thinking?

- ER

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Re. the Montreal Expos

THEY'RE COMING BACK!!!!


April Fools ;-)

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Meanwhile, here's my latest article from TheGoodPoint.com, which happens to be about the 'spos:

The Montreal Expos: Five Years Later

- ER

Monday, March 30, 2009

Re. 1050 CHUM

RIP 1050 CHUM.

CTVglobemedia has decided to re-brand the famous Toronto radio station. It is now known as CP24 Radio 1050. The new station will basically broadcast CP24's audio feed on the AM frequency.

Of course, the previous attempt to re-brand 1050 CHUM failed miserably. Remember The TEAM 1050? However, even though it was an all-sports station, there was still a website that maintained CHUM's oldies format. Sadly, it appears that won't be happening this time.

It's the end of an era.

- ER

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Re. "Kids" by MGMT

Had to post this video. It was done by a university student who was taking a music video class in California. MGMT saw the video, liked it and adopted it. The filmmaker and actors were invited to meet the band and be part of another video.

Enjoy!



- ER

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Take Only What You Need

As always, new entries on my Super Playlist 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. Sabotage - 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
94. Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkle
95. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - The White Stripes
96. The Love You Save - Jackson 5
97. Your Ex-Love Is Dead - Stars
98. What Is Life - George Harrison
99. Time To Pretend - MGMT
100. Daughter - Loudon Wainwright
101. Take Me To The Riot - Stars
102. Leave It Behind - The Offspring
103. More Human Than Human - White Zombie
104. Six Days - DJ Shadow ft. Mos Def
105. The Con - Tegan and Sara
106. Universal Soldier - Buff Sainte-Marie
107. Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
108. Let's Get Crazy - Prince
109. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron
110. Striptease by Hawksley Workman
111. Jolene by Dolly Parton
112. Kids by MGMT
113. Spaceman by Bif Naked

- ER

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Snack Guru

My friend Simon is a part-time actor. Here's a short feature where he portrays....The Snack Guru:



Simon's part of a contest being run by Doritos. The nacho manufacture is looking for a filmmaker who can come up with a name for a brand new flavour and make a commercial for it. If Simon's entry wins, he and the filmmaker, Samy Osman, win a lot of money and the commerical gets aired nationally.

I feel Simon deserves this victory. For crying out loud, he had to make out with nachos. If that doesn't show how dedicated he is to the acting craft, I don't know what will.

To vote, click here. You'll have to register first. Once that's out of the way, you can vote by clicking on the Thumbs Up button.

- ER

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Damn Rays

I'm still trying to digest Canada's poor performance at the World Baseball Classic.

In the meantime, here's my latest article from the Good Point: The Hunter Becomes the Hunted.

Enjoy!

- ER

Monday, March 09, 2009

What The Deuce?

Happy Monday.

Not much to say. As I type this, Italy is leading Canada 4-2; very frustrating, but not surprising.

Meanwhile, here's my CD review of Deuce by Ottawa's APlotAgainstMe.

- ER

Friday, March 06, 2009

Re. The World Baseball Classic

Due to work commitments, I will not be attending any of the games. But, I will of course be following the tournament. I already caught a bit of the South Korea/Chinese Taipei match today.

Canada is in Pool C along with the U.S., Venezuela and Italy. Analytically speaking, it's unlikely that Canada will finish at the top of their pool. However, it's possible for Canada to finish second. Remember, the top two teams in each pool advance to the next round. I know for certain that the U.S. will be in first and Italy will be in fourth. So Canada will have to battle Venezuela for the second spot. It won't be easy - Venezuela has a very good roster. Of course, once the first pitch is thrown, all bets are off and anything can happen. Canada has a decent roster, but their pitching looks very suspect.

Meanwhile, just for fun, here are all the Blue Jays taking part in the WBC:

Canada - Scott Richmond

Dominican Republic - Jose Bautista

Mexico - Rod Barajas

Puerto Rico - Alex Rios

Venezuela - Marco Scutaro

-ER

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Toronto Nationals

I just found out that Toronto has a new field lacrosse team. They'll be called the Nationals and are part of Major League Lacrosse. Home games will be played at BMO Field, with the first match taking place on May 22 against the Chicago Machine.

From the looks of things, it appears the team is owned by MLSE, which means there's enough finances to promote and operate the team. But don't quote me on that, since I haven't found any confirmation.

It also appears that players from the National Lacrosse League (box/indoor lacrosse) play in this outdoor league as well. There's already a roster and one of the players is Colin Doyle, formally of the Toronto Rock.

Speaking of the Rock, there seems to be a relationship between them and the Nationals.

The Nationals' website isn't up yet. However, here's the Wiki page.

- ER

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Re. The NHL Trade Deadline

Happy Deadline Day!

There are a lot rumours and I'm not sure what will happen. It will be certainly intriguing.

In honour of the NHL trade deadline, here's my latest article from the Good Point: The Deadline Day Obsession.

Enjoy!

- ER

Monday, March 02, 2009

Save Radio 3

Like many other Canadian media outlets, the CBC is not immune to the troubling economy/recession. The public broadcaster recently announced that it can no longer afford all of its programming and is looking to see what assets they can get rid of in order to stay financially afloat. One item that may get cut is Radio 3.

There are many products the CBC can do without, but Radio 3 IS NOT one of them.

Radio 3 provides an outlet for Canada's best musicians. It proves that Canadian music doesn't revolve around Nickelback, BNL, the Tragically Hip, Bryan Adams and Celine Dion. Without Radio 3, we would never hear Teegan and Sara, the Arcade Fire, Wintersleep, Buck 65, Broken Social Scene, etc. Best of all, Radio 3 is about music and not advertising revenue. You'll never have to deal with mechanical DJs or a uniformed style. You will hear creativity at its finest.

The only way Radio 3 can be saved is if we all make some noise. Justin Beach has set up an online petition, as well as an ongoing Facebook event. If you care about Canadian music, then please sign the petition and tell everyone about it.

For more information, check out this article by Justin.

- ER