Friday, December 31, 2010

More Good News

Episode 42 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition revisits Good News Toronto, a not-for-profit newspaper that features inspirational stories and celebrates everyday heroes.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Jan. 14, 2010

Happy New Year!

- ER

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Help me remember a certain 80s cartoon

I can't remember the name of this cartoon I use to watch.

It's from the 80s. Had three heroes; all soldiers. One wore a green uniform, the other blue and the other yellow. They all had different modes of transportation; jet pack for one, motorcycle for the other, etc. I think they all had animals on the front of their uniforms.

Any ideas?

- ER

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday Hockey Hullabaloo

For your Christmas/Holiday reading pleasure, I give you another installment of Zamboni Ramblings.

The latest targets:

- The National Hockey League Players' Association; aka the NHLPA
- The IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships
- Bruce F***ing Boudreau
- Calgary Teddy Bears

Let the bodies hit the floor.

- ER

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Re. Guitar Chords

There is nothing on this planet that I despise more than the F-Major chord.

That is one tough chord. I keep getting dead strings. And I'm pushing down as hard as I can.

In a perfect world, I wouldn't have to worry about F-Major. However, the chord is apparently used in many songs.

Any tips?

- ER

Friday, December 17, 2010

Complain Away!

Episode 41 of This Is Toronto is now available!

Harbourfront Centre's World Stage is forming a Complaints Choir. Anyone can participate, whether it's complaining, singing or doing both.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Dec. 31, 2010

- ER

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dealing with the Mob

And now, a short story written by yours truly.

It was inspired by a certain coach of a certain hockey team that plays in a certain Canadian city.

Hope you like it.

- ER

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

For those who live in Thornhill, Ont.

The Thornhill Community Centre will be closed from now until Monday, Dec. 13. The building will re-open at noon. Tell your friends.

- ER

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Re. Marcum for Lawrie

I was very disappointed when I found out Shaun Marcum was traded to Milwaukee. I liked the guy. He was a good quality starter and a solid mentor for the rest of the rotation. He's a warrior; coming back from Tommy John surgery is not an easy thing to do.

The trade certainly coincides with AA's M/O: The younger, the better. I hope the pressure of being a Canadian playing for the Blue Jays doesn't get to Lawrie. Hate to see him become another Corey Koskie.

With all this in mind, here's what Toronto's lineup could look like next year:

1B - Lind
2B - Lawrie
3B - Hill
SS - Escobar
LF - Davis
CF - Wells
RF - Bautista
C - Arencibia
DH - Snider

Starters: Romero, Cecil, Morrow, Mills, Drabek

Bullpen: Camp, Purcey, Zep, Jannsen, Roenicke, Villaneueva, Carlson

Bench: McDonald, Molina, McCoy, Mastroianni

There can be some modifications here and there. There's also a few players in the minors who could find a spot on the main roster. Time will tell...

- ER

Friday, December 03, 2010

Border Patrol

Episode 40 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features the Border Patrol Reading Series, a unique literary event that celebrates the longest undefended border in the world.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Dec. 17, 2010

- ER

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

NHL Epic Fail

The new format for the NHL All-Star Game is an absolute farce!

Fortunately, I can fix the all-star game and I offer my services for free (for now).

Here's how.

Pay attention, NHL. Are you listening?!

- ER

Monday, November 29, 2010

Re. Grey Cup 2010

Some short thoughts:

Congrats to the Alouettes! It was a very close affair.

Missed it? That's too bad. It was a great game.

Anthony Calvillo is a warrior.

- ER

Friday, November 26, 2010

Re. The Grey Cup

I told my Editor at TheGoodPoint.com that I wanted to write an article about the Grey Cup. He gave me his blessings and commended me on my bravery.

Bravery-shmavery!

The Grey Cup is a cultural event. It's a match that features pure football without the over-hyped glitz and glamour of the Super Bowl.

So far my Grey Cup article, I try to convince American football fans and apathetic Canadians to watch the game. I think they'll like what they see.

And for the record, I'm picking Montreal.

- ER

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Re. Reggie Evans

He might not be the best player on the Raptors, but Evans is creating a huge cult following. He's vocal and aggressive. That's something Toronto sports fans love.

- ER

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Indie Theatre Project

Episode 39 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features THESP, an organization dedicated to the continuing development of Toronto's indie theatre scene.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Dec. 3, 2010

- ER

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Re. the Los Angeles Clippers

So the good people at TheGoodPoint.com allowed me to write an article about the LA Clippers. In it, I question how the Clippers survive in a city that seems to care more about the LA Lakers than anything else.

Enjoy!

- ER

Monday, November 15, 2010

Spending some time with Q107

To truly enjoy Classic Rock, you must listen to it late at night; when you can't sleep, say 3-4-5am.

That's my tip for you.

- ER

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Re. Jay Triano

Jay Triano's execution is imminent. Place your bets now. I say....Thursday.

Fans knew the Raptors would not be a winning team. They knew this team would finish well below 500. However, fans expected a better effort than what is being shown. Toronto is a club with some spark, but no fire. More "Hyde" than "Jekyll."

This can't go on forever.

- ER

Friday, November 05, 2010

The Art in Fusion

Episode 38 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features the Toronto Masque Theatre and previews the organization's 7th season.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Nov. 19, 2010

- ER

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Re. Brett Favre

My friends...

I firmly believe that Brett Favre should never retire. He should play football forever.

Think I'm crazy? Well, read this and let me know if you still think I'm crazy.

- ER

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

MLB Playoffs: Final Thoughts

I watched the San Francisco Giants play the Blue Jays this past June. They were a good team, but they sure didn't look like a team that would go on to win the World Series.

The Giants didn't have the best batting lineup, but it didn't matter. They had a phenomenal pitching staff led by Tim Lincecum. San Fran's starters silenced a very strong Texas Ranger lineup. They made players like Josh Hamilton and Vladdy Guerrero look normal. SF's pitchers stepped up and provided an enormous amount of confidence for their hitters.

The Giants were in and out of playoff contention all season long. But when "clutch time" arrived, they answered the call and have been awarded for their effort.

Finally, to sum up: 4 out of 7 = 57% Started out strong, but wasn't expecting the Giants to go far. Like I said yesterday, I should've listened to my gut.

- ER

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Giants Capture World Series Title

Why?

Why did I pick the Texas Rangers?

I should've listened to my gut.

Tim Lincecum......DAMN!

Final thoughts tomorrow.

- ER

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MLB Playoff Predictions - The World Series

I was right about Texas, but incredibly wrong about Philadelphia.

2010 World Series

Texas over San Francisco in six

This was a hard decision to make. The Rangers and Giants have great pitching, with the edge going to San Fran. However, Texas has a better batting lineup, which will lead them to the title.

Pitching will always be the most important part of baseball. But pitching cannot be the sole contribution to a victory. A team still needs to swing the bats. It takes great pitching and great hitting to win. Texas is closer to that than San Francisco.

- ER

Friday, October 22, 2010

Murray 4 Mayor

Episode 37 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features Steve Murray, Toronto's most unique "Mayoral Candidate."

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Nov. 5, 2010

- ER

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A (brutal) Joke

Why do vampires avoid the stock market?

Because there's too much at steak.

Booyah!

- ER

Monday, October 18, 2010

Re. The Champlaine Bridge

If you were driving on Montreal's Champlain Bridge Saturday around 5pm and saw two people pushing a dead car in the right-hand lane....that was me and my uncle. Thanks for not running us over.

And a big THANK YOU to the person who used his van to push the broken vehicle to the nearest exit. My family really appreciates it.

- ER

Thursday, October 14, 2010

MLB Playoff Predictions - League Championship Series

In the first round, I was three out of four. Of the three, one was a perfect prediction. I knew the Twins wouldn't have enough to beat the Yankees, but I didn't expect them to just roll over. Wow.

Onto the next round:

American League Championship Series

Texas over New York in seven

National League Championship Series

Philadelphia over San Francisco in six

NOTES: If you're like me and love the art of pitching, then you are going to enjoy the next few days. The LCS will feature the best pitchers in the game and they will dominate. Hate to be the hitters right now...The Rangers, a team known more for their hitting, has made it to the ALCS because of Cliff Lee and CJ Wilson. As long as those two keep doing what they're doing and the Rangers' bats stay hot, Texas will win its first pennant. New York has Sabathia, which is why the series will be close...The Giants have Lincecum, Cain and Sanchez. The Phillies have Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels. Advantage Philadelphia. Another pennant is coming to the city of brotherly love.

- ER

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Re. The Social Network

The Social Network is an exaggerated interpretation of a true story. Make sure you take everything with a grain of salt.

However, it's entertaining; a bit of a dark comedy.

It's also a humbling experience for me.

Mark Zuckerberg and I are around the same age. We were 2nd year University students at the same time (Fall 2003; when Facebook was created). I'm running around Carleton, writing sports articles, growing my hair out and thinking I'm a poet. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg is running around Harvard creating a $25 billion company.

Man, where did I go wrong?

- ER

Friday, October 08, 2010

I am an Artist. I vote.

Episode 36 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features ArtsVote Toronto, a group of volunteers who ensure the arts have a presence during the municipal election

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Oct. 22, 2010

- ER

Thursday, October 07, 2010

My Blue Jays Wish List

- Travis Snider plays every day next season

- J.P. Arencibia plays every day next season

- Alex Anthopoulous finds a better third baseman than Edwin Encarnacion. Could be someone currently on the team (Bautista, Aaron Hill) or someone acquired via trade or free agency. Nothing against Encarnacion - he has potential at the plate, but is lousy in the field.

- A stronger and clearly defined bullpen. The only players I see being in the 'pen next year are Shawn Camp and David Purcey. Those two should be Toronto's 7th and 8th inning set up men. The remaining five spots, including the closer, are up for grabs. I will be very surprised if Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and Brian Tallet are back with the team in 2011. If I had to keep one, it would be Downs.

- A fifth starter from the following group: Shawn Hill, Marc Rzepczynski and Kyle Drabek.

- Keep the following backups: John McDonald, Dwayne Wise and Jose Molina.

- A designated hitter. I can see Lind in that spot if they don't move him to first, Buck if AA resigns him or Encarnacion if he can do what he did during the final week of the season.

- ER

PS: Congrats to Roy Halladay. What a performance!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

MLB Playoff Predictions - League Division Series

American League Division Series

Tampa Bay over Texas in four
New York over Minnesota in five

National League Division Series

Philadelphia over Cincinnati in three
San Francisco over Atlanta in five

NOTES: I can't see the Twins winning without Morneau. They're still a good team, but he's a valuable piece to the puzzle...The Rangers and Reds had great seasons, but they're about to run out of gas...The Braves got in by the skin of their teeth. They're just as good as the Giants, but San Fran's pitching is better and that's why they'll move on.

- ER

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Blue Jay Awards

Best hitter: Jose Bautista

Best fielder: Jose Bautista

Best starter: Brett Cecil

Best reliever: Shawn Camp

Overall, it was a very pleasant season. However, it's important to be cautiously optimistic for 2011. There are problems that need to be addressed (more on that later this week).

- ER

Monday, October 04, 2010

This Is Toronto - Facebook Fan Page

This Is Toronto, the podcast dedicated to Toronto's arts and culture community, now has a FACEBOOK FAN PAGE.

The fan page will offer many more features. It's also a better way for Torontonians to connect with each other and discuss art and culture.

Join the movement and tell all your friends.

- ER

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Re. Cito Gaston

As far as I'm concerned, Cito Gaston deserves to be in the Baseball Hall-of-Fame.

- Two World Series titles
- Two American League pennants
- Four AL East titles
- Over 800 wins

I rest my case.

Here is Cito in his own words, thanking the fans. True class.

- ER

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Re. C.C. Sabathia

DAMN!

Sabathia showed Kyle Drabek how it's done.

However, I still think the playoffs will not be kind to the Yankees.

- ER

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Re. A.J. Burnett

It amazes me how such an inconsistent pitcher can make so much money.

The playoffs will not be kind to the Yankees.

- ER

Friday, September 24, 2010

Marlies Nation

Episode 35 of This Is Toronto is now available!


Not only are the Toronto Marlies the top minor-league affiliate of the Maple Leafs, they're also heavily involved in the community. Marlies Play-by-Play Announcer John Bartlett talks about the team and the contributions the players make on and off the ice.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com


NEXT EPISODE: Oct. 8, 2010


- ER

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Re. Launy Schwartz, The Score and Drafted

Last night, Launy Schwartz was disqualified from Gillette Drafted.

An anonymous tipster accused The Schwartz of breaching the rules of his contract with The Score.

Here is Launy's official stance on the matter.

I know Launy. He would never break kayfabe or break any rule that would hurt his reputation.

- ER

Monday, September 20, 2010

Leave those shootouts alone!

After the over-glorified hockey summit in August, everyone is hatin' on the shootout all of a sudden. However, I have a solution that will appease shootout lovers and haters.

Enjoy!

- ER

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Re. A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man

There were some scenes I really enjoyed. There were also some scenes that dragged on. Overall, it was a good story. There were times I could relate to Stephen, the main character.

Personally, I think I would've appreciated the book more during my early twenties. That's how old Stephen is when everything in the plot comes together.

Next book: Briefing For a Descent into Hell by Doris Lessing

I think it's about the Maple Leafs, post-1967. Hiyoooo!

- ER

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kevin Brown vs. Kevin Brown

My latest from TheGoodPoint.com.

You will not believe how many Kevin Browns are out there. Ditto for John Tavares (plural) and Alex Gonzalez(s).

- ER

Friday, September 10, 2010

I Vote Toronto

Episode 34 of This Is Toronto is now available!

'I Vote Toronto' is a collection of individuals who want current voting laws to change. According to the organization's website, there are more than 200,000 eligible voters who are not legally allowed to vote in the upcoming municipal election.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Sept. 24, 2010

- ER

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Re. Dawna Friesen

Is it me or does Dawna Friesen come off really pretentious in those Global National ads?

- ER

Monday, September 06, 2010

Re. George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

I have to be honest. I'm not liking the new name

‎"George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight" = Generic and lame.

Seriously, what's so bad about "The Hour?"

- ER

Friday, September 03, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

My City Lives

Episode 33 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features My City Lives, a website that allows Torontonians to upload videos about their favourite parts of the city.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Sept. 10, 2010

- ER

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Re. Batman

I watched Batman (1989) on Saturday. It is still, by far, the best film involving Batman.

I did enjoy The Dark Knight, but all the hype was clouding my judgement. It's still a good film, but not as good as the Keaton/Nicholson/Burton version.

This is how I'd currently rank the films:

1. Batman
2. The Dark Knight
3. Batman Begins
4. Batman Returns
5. Batman Forever
6. Batman and Robin

One other thing....

Jack Nicholson was a better Joker than Heath Ledger.

I know Heath won an Oscar, but he wasn't as good as Jack (at least in my mind). Put it this way: Heath had the look. Jack had the character.

- ER

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Re. Jose Bautista

Mr. Bautista hit homeruns #39 and #40 last night. He's seven away from the Blue Jays' all-time, single-season mark (47 by George Bell).

For the last few weeks, I've felt that Detroit's Miguel Cabrera should receive the AL MVP award.

But now......I'm wondering..........dare I say it?

Jose Bautista - 2010 AL MVP (?)

- ER

Friday, August 20, 2010

AHL & CBC

The CBC announced it will broadcast ten American Hockey League matches during the upcoming 2010-11 season. All ten games will feature the four Canadian AHL clubs, as well as Binghamton (Ottawa) and Oklahoma City (Edmonton).

Perhaps my Hockey54.com article on the AHL inspired the deal (just kidding).

Regardless, this a smart move by the CBC.

- ER

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Re. Karri Ramo

Goalie for goalie.

The Canadiens have sent Cedrick Desjardins - who spent most of his time in Hamilton - to Tampa Bay for Karri Ramo.

Desjardins, along with colleague Curtis Sanford, posted the lowest combined GAA in the AHL last season.

Ramo, who played for Omsk in the KHL, was sixth in GAA and was in a fourth-place tie for shutouts. His overall record in 44 games was 21-17-4. He also played 48 NHL games for Tampa from 2006-2009. Ramo's NHL record: 11-21-10.

Judging by the posts on Twitter, Habs fans aren't happy.

Hands up if you think Karri Ramo will be the next Georges Vezina!

- ER

Friday, August 13, 2010

Made In Your Neighborhood

Episode 32 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

The Freedom Clothing Collective is an eco-friendly store that supports local artists and designers. However, it's more than just a clothing store.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Aug. 27, 2010

- ER

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Raptors 2010-11 Schedule

The NBA/Raptors have released their 2010-11 regular season schedule.

Important dates:

Oct. 27 - Season opener vs. New York

Mar. 4-5 - Two games against New Jersey in London, England

Feb. 16 and April 13 - CB4 returns to the ACC

Feb. 25 - Turk returns to the ACC

- ER

Monday, August 09, 2010

Re. Arencibia & Morrow

What an incredible weekend for the Blue Jays. Two well-pitched games and one match with a football-esque score. They also manage to sweep the wild-card leading Rays and that's not even the important part of story.

Brandon Morrow's performance on Sunday was a true masterpiece.

17 strikeouts, one hit and a complete game shutout. He was just one out away from Toronto's first no-hitter in almost 20 years. Unfortunately, he fell short of the no-hit bid and Dave Stieb, after all this time, still stands alone.

The one-hitter should not overshadow Morrow's outing. It was an incredible display of pitching and shows just how good this young hurler can be. And to think, all AA had to give up for Morrow was Brendon League.

Full marks also have to be given out to Vernon Wells for that sensational catch and Jose Molina for keeping everything intact.

***

Forgive the cliche, but J.P. Arencibia's debut on Saturday was one for the ages.

Two homeruns, a double and a single. That's what I would call a good start.

I've always been skeptical when players like Arencibia are described as prospects or studs. However, the hype surrounding Arencibia is holding true. Of course, it's one game and before we start to anoint the young catcher as a future hall-of-famer, let's see what else he can do.

In the past seven days, the Jays took two out of three from the Yankees and swept Tampa. If you're a Blue Jays fan, you can't help but feel optimistic about the future.

- ER

PS: The Zamboni is rambling again.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Heart and Soul

VH1 did a five-part series on the top 100 one-hit wonders from the 1980's. Quite a few tunes from the series are now floating in my head, including this one:

T'Pau - Heart and Soul

Such soft vocals and then.......T'PAU!!!!

- ER

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Re. Ricky Romero vs. NYY last night

Damn!

And here I thought Romero always seemed to pitch poorly against AL East opposition. Good time to adapt and change.

Actually, it was a great team effort. Almost everybody chipped in and given the last few seasons, that doesn't happen frequently for the Blue Jays.

- ER

Friday, July 30, 2010

Toronto After Dark

Episode 31 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition previews the 5th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival; Aug. 13-20.

http://www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com/

NEXT EPISODE: Aug. 13, 2010

- ER

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blue Jays vs. TFC

Mark down this date: July 27, 2010

The Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 8-2. About 16,000 people were at the Skydome.

Toronto FC beat CD Motagua 1-0. About 18,000 people were at BMO Field.

To quote Bob Dylan, "The times, they are a changin'."

- ER

Monday, July 26, 2010

Zamboni Ramblings

(Cheap Plug Alert)

The answer: Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Lindsay Lohan, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Ryan Miller, Ilya Kovalchuk and Launy Schwartz.

The question: Who appears in my latest Hockey54.com article?

- ER

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Draft The Schwartz

Unfortunately, I'm not a top ten finalist for season two of Drafted.

But...

I'm very happy to report that my fellow Hockey54.com colleague (and he's the co-owner of the site too) LAUNY SCHWARTZ has made it to the top ten.

As far as I'm concerned, The Schwartz is Canada's next sportscaster. He will "Be Like Brothers."

The Score has chosen wisely.

- ER

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Two Short Film Reviews

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: 4 stars. Incredible imagery. The story flies off the rails. However, it's a Terry Gilliam film, so that's expected.

I watched Dr. Parnassus to prepare for...

Inception: 4.5 stars. IN-FREAKING-CREDIBLE! I highly recommend it. It's a long film (2.5 hours), but it keeps your interest.

- ER

Friday, July 16, 2010

Late Night in the Bedroom

Episode 30 of This Is Toronto is now available.

This latest edition profiles Late Night in the Bedroom, an online talk show that features local artists, musicians and cultural players.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: July 30, 2010

- ER

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Trades

A Raptor trade and a Blue Jay trade, all in the same day? I thought my poor head was going to explode. Some notes about both transactions:

Blue Jays

- The second Alex Gonzalez era has ended. Sorry to see him go, but his value is at its highest point and won't go any higher.

- Yunel Escobar has potential, but he's slumping and said to have off-field issues. Perhaps a change of location will lead to positive results.

- For the Blue Jays, this trade was about the future. For the Braves, this trade was about adding additional parts.

- Don't really have anything to say about the minor leaguers exchanged in the deal. Personally, I feel all minor leaguers are gambles. Labelling prospects is a waste of time.

Raptors

- Bye Turk.

- Barbosa is coming off an injury-plagued season. Wrists injuries can really affect a career. So forgive me for being a little skeptical.

- Barbosa, DeRozan, Calderon, Jack. One of these four won't be here in the fall. My guess (reluctantly) is Jose.

- Dwayne Jones will likely spend most of his time on the bench.

Something tells me BC & AA aren't done.

- ER

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

Likable or not, Mr. Steinbrenner was extremely successful.

In honour of the late Yankee owner:



- ER

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Before the trade becomes official...

Bryan Colangelo sent this e-mail to every Raptor fan on the team's mailing list last week:

Dear ERIC,
What a spectacle! What we have all just witnessed is something unprecedented in professional basketball and possibly even in professional sports. In a year where multiple NBA teams positioned themselves for the ability to sign a "maximum" contract player (or players) in free agency, three of the NBA's bright young stars are teaming together in an attempt to win an NBA Championship. Kudos to the Miami Heat for pulling off such a feat.

I'm sure that there is frustration and disappointment, possibly even resentment, upon hearing the news that Chris Bosh is leaving Toronto to join forces with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in South Beach. Well that certainly is the feeling from this vantage point as we lose a player that has been the centrepiece of our franchise for the last several years. I can assure you every move/investment made in the last four years to improve our basketball team was designed with the belief that putting the right pieces around Chris would get us closer to our goal of winning an NBA Championship. In fact, Chris actively participated in that process as transactions and changes were contemplated because I have always believed that a franchise player experiences a sense of ownership in team building. Unfortunately, we fell short of that goal and must now move on to a post-Bosh era in Toronto.

In completing a Sign-and-Trade transaction with Miami, we were able to extract a very valuable Trade Exception and future draft picks that will serve as building blocks in the process of re-tooling our basketball team. The Trade Exception can be used to acquire players under contract with other teams via trade, or it can be used to leverage the acquisition of additional future assets. Speaking of the future, I can't tell you how energized we all feel to see the positive growth and development of so much young athletic talent on our roster including re-signing Amir Johnson and the recent first-round draft selection of Ed Davis. While more changes to the roster are possible, even likely, we can promise you now that this team will compete every night they take to the floor.

We believe we have the best fans in the NBA and we believe in the city and country that we play in. Your passion, pride and support has been tremendous no matter what the circumstances, and we cannot thank you enough for that. We all share a commitment to winning both on and off the floor and MLSE/Toronto Raptors ownership and management will do whatever it takes to WIN while also making the community a better place. Our franchise will evolve and emerge stronger than before, and I assure you that our combined efforts will produce the WINNER you are hoping for.

Sincerely,

Bryan Colangelo

President and General Manager
Toronto Raptors Basketball Club


Very different from Dan Gilbert's tone.

- ER

Monday, July 12, 2010

Friday, July 09, 2010

Re. Lebron James

Yeah, I saw this coming.

Did anyone really expect him to stay in Cleveland? Miami gives him more money and a greater chance to win a title. In case you weren't aware, loyalty is very, very rare in the world of professional sports.

So...

James+Wade+Bosh = The 2010-11 Miami Heat.

What looks like a gift could also be a curse. Just saying.

- ER

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Re. Chris Bosh

And so, the Chris Bosh era has ended.

Can't say I'm surprised.

Fans knew he would leave if the Raptors weren't a winning team. For any fan, it was their biggest fear. I made peace with Bosh's eventual departure many months ago.

Bosh was solid player. He gave a full effort every night. He was respectful to the fans and the media. He never complained or embellished success. From my end - and I'm just one Raptor fan - there is no hate for Chris Bosh; only affection.

Could he have handled his free agency adventure better? Absolutely! But Twitter or no Twitter, Bosh was leaving the Raptors.

And I'm fine with that.

The Raptors survived without Damon Stoudamire, they survived without Vince Carter and they'll survive without CB4.

For the remaining roster, there is nothing but opportunity.

Almost every player has the chance to become the leader; the one to bring the troops together and lead them into battle. There are some good candidates: Jack, Bargnani, Turkoglu (if the rumours about making amends are true), even DeRozan and Ed Davis.

Don't be fooled. Bosh's presence will be missed and every player will need to step up their game. The upcoming season will not be pretty. But the outlook isn't consumed completely by darkness.

Bosh is gone and just like Carter, Stoudamire, Doug Flutie, Mats Sundin and Roy Halladay, it's time to move on.

- ER

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Re. 2010 Blue Jay All-Stars

Vernon Wells: Absolutely!

Jose Bautista: Absolutely!

John Buck: Okay, that was a little surprising. He is replacing an injured player (Victor Martinez), but has put up decent numbers. If it were up to the fans, Jorge Posada would've probably taken Martinez's spot. However, the players choose the backups.

Also surprised that none of Toronto's starting staff made the team. The rotation (with the exception of a few) has allowed the Jays to hover at the 500 mark, which has exceeded most expectations. I thought Marcum and/or Romero had good shots of sneaking onto the AL roster. Then again, All-Star games are more about the offense than the defence. Better luck next year.

- ER

Monday, July 05, 2010

Re. Gillette Drafted

Need a good laugh?

Here's my audition video for the second season of Gillette Drafted on The Score. A lot of people gussied up their auditions. I preferred the KISS method.

Here's my face. Here's my voice. Here's my delivery. Take it or leave it.

Enjoy!

Oh.....the audio and video are little out of sync (thanks YouTube). Just pretend my lips correspond with what you're hearing, lol.




- ER

Friday, July 02, 2010

Toronto Youth Shorts

Episode 29 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition previews the 2nd annual Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival; July 14-17

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: July 16, 2010

- ER

Monday, June 28, 2010

Re. The NHL Entry Draft

The NHL Entry Draft was held over the weekend. I didn't watch a single minute of it.

In fact, I couldn't care less about the draft because it is a huge waste of time.

- ER

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Re. The G20 S**t Storm

Well Harper, I hope you're happy.

I wonder...

Did you want to promote or punish Toronto?

Sadly, 90% of the protesters were peaceful. The remaining 10% were thugs who caused the damage. Those thugs got all the attention. They took attention away from the main issues. They devalued activism and the real activists who used non-violent methods to get their messages across.

What an awful and destructive waste of time and money.

- ER

Friday, June 25, 2010

Re. G20 & G8

There's been a lot written about the summit.

This open letter by Justin Beach is probably the most thoughtful article about everything that has and will take place over the next few days.

Take a look: An Open Letter to G20 Protesters.

- ER

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Canadiens 2010-11 Schedule

The Montreal Canadiens have released their 2010-11 regular season schedule. Just like the previous season, they start and end with the Leafs.

- ER

Monday, June 21, 2010

Final Thoughts - NBA Finals

Well, I was right about the Lakers. Now I have put up with Kobe-this and Kobe-that. To be honest, I had no interest in the finals this year. I know the Lakers-Celtics rivalry is one of the best in sports, but I had no desire to watch the series. It happens.

Alright, the stats:

10 out of 15; 67%

That's actually better than my NHL predictions. Go figure.

- ER

Friday, June 18, 2010

Parkdale Showcase

Episode 28 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition previews the 12th annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase; June 25-27.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: July 2, 2010

- ER

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Halak Trade

I shouldn't be surprised, but I am.

I suspect Halak (or more likely his agent) told the Canadiens he was going to leave, regardless of whether or not they chose him over Carey Price.

Don't know much about these "prospects." One was an AHL all-star. The other put up decent numbers in the WHL.

One thing I do know: Carey Price's worst nightmare has come true. The poor kid will face immense pressure next season; more than what he had to deal with this season. I do not envy him.

- ER

Monday, June 14, 2010

Re. Blue Jays vs. Rockies

Well that was utterly ugly.

Friday, they get screwed by the weather. Saturday, the bats fall silent. Sunday, they get crunched.

The only Blue Jay that looked decent on the weekend was Morrow and the poor guy suffered a "Halladay" loss.

As for Jesse Litsch: He's not ready yet. It takes more than a year to fully recover from Tommy John surgery. I'll give him one more chance, but I doubt Litsch will stay in the rotation.

- ER

Friday, June 11, 2010

Final Thoughts - Stanley Cup Playoffs

- Congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks! This is a young, talented team. I've been keeping my eye on these guys for the last year. They have lots of character. And this is only the beginning.

- BTW, perfect prediction :-)

- Congrats also have to go to the Flyers. They had an incredible run. As long as they stay healthy, I think Philly has a good shot at the cup next year.

- Who were all those women interviewing Patrick Kane? Is he dating them?

- Great moment #1: Duncan Keith and his fiancee.

- Great moment #2: Stan and Scotty Bowman.

- Crosby may have the glitz and glamour, but Toews has a Conn Smythe.

- Totals: 8/15, 53% Bah!

- ER

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Re. Hedo Turkoglu

(If the rumours are true)

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Turk.

PS: Ball!

- ER

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Friday, June 04, 2010

Choosing How We Choose

Episode 27 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

Better Ballots is a non-partisan organization that wants to create a public discussion about voting reform in Toronto. Is it time to change the way we elect local officials?

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: June 18, 2010

- ER

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Re. P.J. Carlesimo

So it looks like P.J. Carlesimo is going to be an assistant coach with the Raptors.

P.J. & Marc Iavaroni?

Anyone thinking what I'm thinking?

Looks like Jay Triano will be working next season with an axe above his head.

- ER

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Re. Windows Movie Maker

I'm not very knowledgeable about computers. I only know the basics. So for those who understand these devices, a question:

I'm trying to import a WMV file onto Movie Maker. However, the program is telling me it doesn't support the file. What am I doing wrong?

Thank you.

- ER

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Flyers 4 Habs 2 (Flyers win 4-1)

For the second time in three years, Philadelphia knocks out the Canadiens in five games.

Well, it was a good run while it lasted. But all good things must come in to an end.

First and foremost, congrats to the Flyers. They were better than Montreal in every category and almost every game. No question about it. They deserve the victory.

Once again, the Habs did not play a full game. They woke up late in the third period, but it was too late. I don't like blaming specific players because it's a team sport, but I do wonder what would happen if Halak didn't play the puck in the first. The score would've been tied, going to the third.

Regardless, Halak was Montreal's MVP. Honourable mention to Cammalleri.

(Writing as a fan) It was an amazing month. Hold your heads up high, boys. You have plenty to be proud about.

Go Habs Go!

- ER

Friday, May 21, 2010

Silver Screens

Episode 26 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition previews the Silver Screens Arts Festival, a week-long event that celebrates the vibrancy, vitality and creativity of adults 50-plus.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

Next Episode: June 4, 2010

- ER

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Re. Game 3, Habs vs. Flyers

5-1. Some random thoughts:

I hope Maxim Lapierre doesn't mind having a bulls-eye on his back. Right or wrong, his antics worked.

For the Habs, there's still work to be done.

Habs took their foot off the accelerator for the final few mins. Not a smart move. However, the Flyers were making their own mistakes, so it didn't hurt Montreal in the end. Still, you never let up.

Getting that first goal was clutch for Mtl. It set the tone.


-ER

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Re. Game 2, Habs vs. Flyers

A slightly better effort by the Habs. Yet, it's an unfavourable result. No, I'm not pushing the panic button, but I am concerned.

They need to work on their PP & PK. They need to take it to eleven.

- ER

Sunday, May 16, 2010

NHL Playoff Predictions - Round Three

Second Round: Two out of four; one perfect prediction (Mtl/Pit). Damn you, San Jose and Philadelphia.

And now, the third round:

Eastern Conference

Montreal over Philadelphia in 7

Western Conference

Chicago over San Jose in 6

NOTES: Team 7 vs. Team 8 for the East final. Did not see that one coming. Full credit to both teams. As long as Montreal doesn't allow the Flyers to bully them, they'll keep rolling...still not sold on San Jose.

- ER

Saturday, May 15, 2010

NBA Playoff Predictions - Round 3

In round two, I was three out of four. No perfect predictions.

Third Round:

Eastern Conference Final

Orlando over Boston in six games

Western Conference Final

Phoenix over LA Lakers in six games

- ER

Thursday, May 13, 2010

BRAVO CANADIENS - PART DEUX

Incredible. Absolutely incredible.

It's hard to describe how I feel right now. It's harder to explain it all.
First, you start with Halak. A hot goaltender provides a huge sense of confidence. Then you look at the rest of the roster. They all play an important role.
I don't want to say anymore. This was only a second round series. There's still a third and (hopefully) fourth round.

I haven't felt this excited since 1993.
- ER

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Game 7, Habs vs. Pens

A little something to get you in the mood for tonight's match.

- ER

Re. Blue Jays vs. Phillies

From BlueJays.com:


Major League Baseball announced today that the venue of the scheduled June 25-27 three-game Philadelphia Phillies-Toronto Blue Jays series has been relocated from Toronto's Rogers Centre to Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park because of the scheduled events of the G20 Summit in Toronto. The rescheduled games will still be considered home games of the Blue Jays, who will bat last, and the Designated Hitter will be used.

Major League Baseball announced the decision following consultations with the Blue Jays, the Phillies, the G20 Summit Management, the Integrated Security Unit and the City of Toronto.

Said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig: "After considering all of the options with the parties, Major League Baseball has determined that the best course of action is to play the series in Philadelphia. Major League Baseball appreciates the cooperation of the Blue Jays, the Phillies and all of the parties who have helped resolve this challenging situation."

Rogers Sports Entertainment President and CEO Paul Beeston said: "This was an extremely difficult decision and one which we did not take lightly. By moving our games to Philadelphia, we are acting in the best interests of our fans, our employees, the players and the game of baseball. We did not want to move the games but in looking at the realities of this situation, we felt that relocation was the most prudent course of action."

The Friday, June 25 game will be scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (ET) and the Sunday, June 27 game will be scheduled for 1:35 p.m. (ET). The time of the Saturday, June 26 game is not yet finalized.



Smart move by MLB. Public safety is more important than turnstyle clicks.

- ER

Friday, May 07, 2010

From Russia with Film

Episode 25 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition previews the inaugural Toronto Russian Film Festival; May 14-16

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: May 21, 2010

-ER

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Re. Game 3, Pens vs. Habs

No explanation needed. Pittsburgh was the better team last night.

However, the series is far from over.

- ER

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Re. Brett Cecil

Last night vs. Cleveland

IP - 8.0
H - 1
R - 1
ER - 1
BB - 2
SO - 10

One word to describe this performance: Brilliant.

He waited patiently to be called up from Las Vegas and now he's pleading his case for staying in the rotation. This is a classic example of taking advantage of an opportunity. If Cecil keeps this up, then there's no reason why he should be sent down.

- ER

Monday, May 03, 2010

Hockey Plays "What If"

I am sick and tired of those arrogant Stanley Cup ads. Here's why.

Agree or disagree?

- ER

PS: One word: Halak

Sunday, May 02, 2010

NBA Playoff Predictions - Round 2

In round one, I was six out of eight. One perfect prediction.

Onto the second round:

Eastern Conference
Orlando in 6
Cleveland in 5

Western Conference
Phoenix in 7
Lakers in 6

- ER

Friday, April 30, 2010

NHL Playoff Predictions - Round Two

I was four out of eight in the first round. No perfect predictions. Damn you, Philadelphia and Boston. I'm sorry, Detroit. Thank you for proving me wrong, Montreal.

And now, the second round:

Eastern Conference
Boston over Philadelphia in 6
Montreal over Pittsburgh in 7

Western Conference
Detroit over San Jose in 7
Chicago over Vancouver in 7

NOTES: I admit, my prediction for Pens/Habs is completely biased. But you never know. As long as Halak keeps his great play up, anything can happen. Everything is reset for each round. Stats go out the window....I'm not sold about San Jose. It's one thing to beat a young Colorado team. It's a whole different thing trying to beat the experienced Red Wings.....Luongo is good. But if you rattle his confidence, you can take advantage of him.....Bruins/Flyers can go either way.

- ER

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Round 2 Predictions

Lots to digest after last night. I'll save my official predictions for Friday. But I will give one prediction since Detroit/San Jose starts tonight:

Detroit over San Jose in 7

- ER

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

BRAVO CANADIENS!




(I'm so happy they proved me wrong)
Is it too early to start the "Halak for Conn Smythe" campaign?
- ER

As We Enter

This song has been playing in my head for the last two weeks:



- ER

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Re. Habs/Caps, Game 6

Wow! It's almost 2004 all over again.

The Habs are now 13 wins away from their 25th Coupe Stanley.

Too soon?

- ER

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Baseball Leafs

Episode 24 of This Is Toronto is now available!

The Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League have been a part of the local sports scene since 1969. They are also one of the city's most successful franchises. Maple Leaf P.A. Announcer, Statistician and Fan 590 Sportscaster Roger Lajoie discusses the team and previews the 2010 IBL season.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

- ER

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Re. Habs/Caps, Game 4

I don't want to talk about it.

It takes 60 minutes (or more) to win a hockey game. Not 40.

- ER

Monday, April 19, 2010

Re. The Hamilton Bulldogs

The Bulldogs are the Canadiens' minor league affiliate. They had a really good season. But for some reason, no one in Hamilton seems to care.

So I asked the following question:

What's wrong with hockey fans in Hamilton?

- ER

Saturday, April 17, 2010

NBA Playoff Predictions - Round One

Now that the Raptors won't be taking part, I don't have a lot of interest in the NBA playoffs. However, I will lay down some picks.

Eastern Conference

Cleveland in four
Orlando in five
Atlanta in six
Miami in six

Western Conference

Lakers in seven
San Antonio in seven
Phoenix in six
Denver in six

- ER

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Re. 2009-10 Toronto Raptors

Don't hate the Chicago Bulls. The Raptors brought this upon themselves. No excuses here.

It was a very exhausting season. Quite frankly, I don't want to write about it. I can't remember a more frustrating season than this one. It's funny because I think I said the same thing about the '09 Blue Jays.

The Raptors' season can be summed up in three acts:

Act. 1 - The Bad (Start of season to early December)

Act. 2 - The Good (Early December to the All-Star break)

Act. 3 - The Ugly (All-Star break to end of season)

It was a total meltdown.

Let the post-mortem begin.

- ER

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NHL Playoff Predictions - Round One

Yee-haw

Eastern Conference

Washington over Montreal in six
New Jersey over Philadelphia in seven
Buffalo over Boston in six
Pittsburgh over Ottawa in five

Western Conference

San Jose over Colorado in five
Chicago over Nashville in four
Vancouver over Los Angeles in four
Phoenix over Detroit in seven

NOTES: These are objective predictions. Subjectively, I'm rooting for my Habs. Part of me hopes I'm wrong about Washington/Montreal. The only way the Habs could win is if Halak stands on his head and the defense actually plays defense. The Habs would also have to take advantage of Theodore, who can be shaky at times...Looks like I'm a little more conservative with the East than I am with the West...Phoenix has crazy momentum, but getting past the Red Wings won't be easy...San Jose, don't let me down...Little worried about Chicago's goaltending, but I don't think it will hurt them.

- ER

Monday, April 12, 2010

Re. Blue Jays Home Opener

I'll see you at the Home Opener. And to those who are planning to show up to Skydome wasted and/or planning to start crap and/or planning to throw things on the field: STAY AT HOME, POSERS!

- ER

PS: I don't want to talk about the Raptors.

PPS: Playoff predictions coming soon.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Silver Screen L'Chaim

Episode #23 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition features a preview of the 18th annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival; Apr. 17-25

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Apr. 23, 2010

- ER

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Re. Bucks, Bulls and Raptors

I am sending a huge THANK YOU gift to the Milwaukee Bucks. After that, I'm going to try to figure out a way to correct Bosh's facial fracture and get him back here asap. Has anyone seen my roll of duct tape and my box of popsicle sticks?

- ER

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Re. Jason Frasor

Not to going to panic yet. Way too early to do that. I'm going to give him two more chances before I suggest a change. This isn't 2007 and he's not Mike Timlin. Hopefully, yesterday's game was a just a rarity.

- ER

Monday, April 05, 2010

Canada and the AHL

I've been thinking a lot about the American Hockey League. There's something romantic about it. Fortunately, I've been able to put my thoughts down on paper.

Enjoy.

- ER

Friday, April 02, 2010

And we have a roster

2010 Blue Jays

Rotation
1. Shaun Marcum
2. Brian Tallet
3. Ricky Romero
4. Brandon Morrow
5. Dana Eveland

Bullpen
1. Jason Frasor
2. Kevin Gregg
3. Scott Downs
4. Shawn Camp
5. Casey Janssen
6. Jeremy Accardo
7. Merkin Valdez

Lineup
1. Jose Bautista, RF
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Adam Lind, DH
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
6. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
7. John Buck, C
8. Travis Snider, LF
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS

Bench
1. John McDonald, SS
2. Randy Ruiz, 1B/DH
3. Jose Molina, C
4. Mike McCoy, UTIL

- Not liking Tallet in the two-spot. He rarely pitches past five innings. I would've kept him at the 4 or 5 spot. Remember, Tallet in the rotation is only temporary.

- Skeptical about Dana Eveland. Spring Training is one thing, but the regular season is a whole different beast. However, I was skeptical last year when Romero made the team and look what happened there.

- Mike McCoy can play IF and OF. Perfect.

- Merkin Valdez. Don't really know what to expect. As long as he can give 1-2 solid innings, I'm happy.

That's all I've got for now.

- ER

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Re. Hedo

Look, I don't care who's starting, who's coming off the bench and who's partying when they should be at home taking care of their stomach virus.

Just win.

That's all I want. Just win.

- ER

Monday, March 29, 2010

Raptor Rage

The Raptors were atrocious Sunday. They had Miami by the throat and let them get away. The loss to Denver was bad, but at least they gave an effort all the way to the end. Sunday was worse. That game made me really angry, giving me.....Raptor rage.

Right now, at this point, the Raptors will be lucky if they even make the playoffs.

- ER

Friday, March 26, 2010

Toronto Museum Project

Episode #22 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

The story of Toronto goes back 11,000 years. However, there is no museum dedicated to our city's history. The Toronto Museum Project hopes to change that.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Apr. 9, 2010

- ER

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Re. The Raptors and Facebook

I really need to stop reading the comments on the Raptors' Facebook page. There are way too many psychos who post their thoughts. Lots of hate with very little logic.

- ER

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Re. Nightstream

I miss Nightstream. It's still on CBC Radio 2, but it's changed.


I miss the Nightstream that had a DJ and played experimental and indie music. Now the experimental and indie stuff has been moved to the daytime and I'm left with a voiceless Nightstream, playing elevator/background music.


Now when it's late at night, I listen to Vinyl 95.3. It's alright. It plays some good cheesy pop songs; fits in with my guilty pleasures.


But it's no Nightstream.


- ER

Friday, March 19, 2010

Violence > Skill

I wasn't planning to comment on the increasing number of head shots in the NHL. But there was too much piss and vinegar inside of me. So, here's my two cents on the issue.

Enjoy!

- ER

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Birthday Mixtape 2010

1. Hallelujah - K.D. Lang
2. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
3. Intervention - Arcade Fire
4. Jolene - Dolly Parton
5. New Slang - The Shins
6. Heart Like a Wheel - Kate and Anna McGarrigle
7. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
8. Down Under - Men at Work
9. The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead - Crash Test Dummies
10. 463 - Buck 65
11. Wolf Like Me - TV on The Radio
12. Sorrow - Bad Religion
13. She Wolf - Shakira

- ER

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Re. Chris Bosh

Could we just chill on the Chris Bosh/free agency talk? Nothing is going to happen until the end of the season. I'd like every Raptor fan to step away from the ledge.

The team is in dire straights. They need to step it up. Chris Bosh will remain a Raptor until the end of the season and he's going to do what he's done this entire season: CB4 is going to work his butt off. He will not tank any game, nor will he caught back on the intensity. Bosh wants to win and he wants the Raptors to win.

Whatever happens in the summer, happens. We have no control over the situation. There's no point worrying about it now. The best thing to do is focus on the playoff drive.

Rant over.

- ER

Friday, March 12, 2010

#VoteTO

Episode #21 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition features #VoteTO, a venue where people can offer ideas for the city and discuss the upcoming Municipal Election.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Mar. 26, 2010

Friday, March 05, 2010

Re. Ryan Miller

It's almost been a week since Canada won the gold medal in hockey. While I'm proud of Syd and his teammates, I also feel really sad for Ryan Miller.

Why, you ask?

Well (cheap plug time), this new Hockey54.com article will tell you why.

- ER

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Re. The NHL Trade Deadline

Bah! The trading deadline is nothing more than a farce. As Brian Burke put it eloquently earlier today (and I'm paraphrasing), "If you're looking to make a big deal and make major changes to your team at this point in the season, you're in trouble."

- ER

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Five Things I Won't Miss About The Olympics

1. The "I Believe" theme song. I thought it was alright the first time I heard it. After hearing it a gazillion more times, my opinion changed.

2. The phrase "Own the Podium." Lock it up and throw away the key.

3. Commercials for Bell. They were very annoying. At least the RBC guy had some style.

4. Commercials for CTV's Olympic store. No, I don't want to buy a five-disc boxset, I don't want to buy an Olympic bib and I don't want to buy a customized stick. Stop asking!

5. Commercials for Ontario Tourism. The song and its arrangement is too predictable. I know there's no place like this. I live here! I'm in Ontario, y'all!

- ER

Monday, March 01, 2010

Re. Canada 3 USA 2

My oh my. Sometimes you're lucky, sometimes you're not. Yesterday, luck was on Canada's side.

To be honest, the winning goal caught me off guard. It happened so fast. I think there were a few people (like the CTV cameraman) who were also caught off guard. Nevertheless, Syd banked it in and Canada wins the gold.

This game could've gone either way. Full credit to the Americans. No one expected this from them. They played a great game and this is only the beginning for USA Hockey. Ryan Miller was outstanding. Despite the loss, he was the best player in this tournament.

As for Canada....what more can one say. Sydney Crosby didn't register a point in nine periods and no one will remember that. From this point forward, people will talk about Crosby's goal. Hopefully, we'll also talk about the contributions from Luongo, Towes and Getzlaf, who worked their tails off for our country.

- ER

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Re. Canada 3 Slovakia 2

Yes, a rare Saturday post. I figure if Lloyd Robertson will do newscasts on the weekends during the Olympics, then I'm more than allowed to make a weekend post.

What happened in the third period cannot happen on Sunday. Seriously, my heart rate nearly hit 200bpm during the final minute. Canada took their foot off the accelerator and it nearly cost them. At this point in the tournament, you must floor it!

One thing we know for certain: Jaro Halak is going to make some sweet coin this summer.

Keys for Sunday: Create traffic in front of the net and aim high. That's the only way Canada is going to beat Ryan Miller and the USA.


Enjoy the game.

- ER

Friday, February 26, 2010

Comedy Makes Everything Better

Episode #20 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition previews the 7th annual World of Comedy Film Festival; March 5-7

http://www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com/

NEXT EPISODE: Mar. 12, 2010

- ER

Re. Canada vs. Slovakia

Short and sweet: The worst thing Canada can do is overlook Slovakia.

- ER

Re. Canada 2 USA 0

The Oilers of the 80's, the Habs of the 50's-70's, the Canadian Women's Hockey Team.

When reflecting on the history of hockey, we place an emphasis on dynasties. As far as I'm concerned, the women's hockey team must be included in that category. 3x gold medal champions. How many teams/countries could pull that off? Very few. I think even the US Dream Team didn't pull that off.

This team is very special. While we all focus on the men, I hope we take a moment and recognize just how lucky we are to witness this legendary team in action.

One other thing: If I was running the Hockey Hall of Fame, Hailey Wickenheiser would be a shoo-in. Forget the 3-year waiting period. She's deserves to be there. Gretzky, Lemieux, Wickenheiser.

- ER

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Re. Canada 7 Russia 3

I am stunned. I was not expecting that kind of result. I thought it would be a 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 kind of game; maybe a shootout would be needed.

Team Canada was focused and dominated. They ignored all the hype, all the pressure and played a solid game. The main factor is Roberto Luongo. He's playing in his home arena and looks comfortable and confident. That is something that carries over to his teammates.

Next up: The Semi-Finals. But first: The gold-medal final for women's hockey. Go Canada Go!

- ER

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Re. Canada 8 Germany 2

I take back everything I said about Brodeur on Monday. Roberto Luongo must start against Russia tonight. I love Marty and thought he should start because of his experience in these types of situations. But experience doesn't always equal success.

Babcock has to stick with the hotter goaltender and in this case, it's Luongo.

Having said that...

Canada, don't plan the parade just yet. Russia is scary good. Tonight's match will be a war of attrition.

- ER

Monday, February 22, 2010

Re. USA 5 Canada 3

That was quite the game. There are four things I want to say about it:

1. Ryan Miller......DAMN! Once again, we see why goaltending is sooooo crucial for this kind of tournament. Canada out shot the USA. The score could've been at least 7-5 for Canada. The Americans won because of Ryan Miller.

2. Canada, don't panic.

3. Stevie Y, if you're reading this, cut the cable and don't allow any newspapers into the hotel. Our boys don't need to see, watch or listen to all the craziness/panic/end of the world feeling that's about to take place.

4. Marty, it's a goalie stick, not a baseball bat. Next time, catch the puck and hold onto it. Had you done that, it would've been a different result. Babcock has two choices: he either plays Marty on Tuesday and then again for the quarterfinal match; or, he puts Luongo in on Tuesday and saves Marty for the quarterfinal match. If it was me, I'd go with the ladder. Marty still has it. But he's older and needs more rest than usual.

(Glad to get that off my chest. Thank you)

Meanwhile, my latest article from Hockey54.com is (possibly) the only North American feature on Team Norway. They might not be the best, but they deserve some attention, right?

- ER

Thursday, February 18, 2010

From Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph

overtime gives me stress
it's an ugly gift from memphis
five minutes of hell

- ER

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Re. Bernie Williams

8-0. That's a good way to start the tournament. Crosby, Iginla and Nash look dangerous.

And now for something completely different...

[Cheap Plug Alert] After a small hiatus, I've written a new article for TheGoodPoint.com. It's about former Yankee star Bernie Williams.

Enjoy!

- ER

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Re. Team Canada

Canada vs. Norway. Tonight's the night. All the dissection goes out the window once that puck is dropped.

Here's what I want to know:

How does a team come together in two short days?

Hopefully, we'll find out shortly.

Go Canada Go!

- ER

Monday, February 15, 2010

Re. The Opening Ceremonies

Most of what I saw was pretty good. But there are some things about the opening ceremonies that I didn't like.

The torch lighting ceremony was a disappointment. It had nothing to do with who lit the torch. It was more about how it was done. First off, what is the point of having an indoor cauldron? BC Place is being used for two events: the opening and closing ceremonies. Why have an indoor cauldron when it won't be seen again for two weeks? It's a waste of space, money, and given the malfunction, an embarrassment.

On top of that, Wayne Gretzky had to stand on the back of a truck, in the pouring rain and get a lift to the outdoor cauldron, while all the drunk clubgoers ran next to the vehicle. The whole thing was poorly executed. VANOC could have handled that a lot better. Throw in some pomp and circumstance! Have a red carpet! Put up some guardrails! Instead, the most important part of the opening ceremonies was sloppy.

The Olympic flag was brought out by Bobby Orr, Barbara Ann Scott, Jacques Villeneuve, Betty Fox, Anne Murray, Donald Sutherland, Julie Payette and Romeo Dallaire. Orr, yes! Scott, yes! Villeneuve, yes! Fox, absolutely! Sutherland, Murray, Payette and Dallaire, no!

Don't get me wrong. Sutherland, Murray, Payette and Dallaire are people to be proud of. They're heroes. They're legends. But they shouldn't have been carrying the flag. That responsibility should go to Canadian athletes who have had enormous success on the world's stage. That's what usually happens during the opening ceremonies for any Olympic event - former athletes from the host country bring in the flag.

Where was Donavan Bailey, Daniel Igali, Silken Laumann, Mario Lemeiux, Elvis Stojko, etc? Did VANOC snub them or did these people have prior commitments.

One other thing.

CTV posted the video of Georgen luger Nodar Kumaritashvili crashing into the metal pole; a collision that would end the young man's life. I watched the video and felt terrible afterwards. Why would CTV post the last moments of this man's life on their website? That is a classless move.

- ER

Friday, February 12, 2010

Radio Royal York

Episode #19 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition features Radio Royal York, a website and podcast that takes listeners behind the scenes at the Royal York and highlights the hotel's green action plan.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Feb. 26, 2010

- ER

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, Tommy Emmanuel

You might recognize the song. Lisa Simpson played it for Lenny during the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant strike.



- ER

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Re. Bob Gainey

Lots of people are sharing their thoughts on Bob Gainey's resignation. Rather than adding my two cents to a penny-filled ocean, I will only say this:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

- ER

Monday, February 08, 2010

Re. Super Bowl XLIV

I have to admit: I got a little choked up watching the Saints win last night.

Nobody deserves this more than the Saints and the city of New Orleans. After everything that's happened in the last four years, it was beautiful to see Drew Brees lift that trophy over his head.

I'm a sucker for a good storyline. The city and the team gets knocked down by a horrible hurricane. They get up, rebuild and eventually find their way to the top. It's dramatic and inspiring. This victory will help the city in many ways.

Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints - Super Bowl Champions

PS: Pretty good halftime show. There's no better intro than the opening to The Who's Bubba O'Reilly.

- ER

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Cleveland Rocks! (But not with the NHL)

Before the Columbus Blue Jackets, there was the Cleveland Barons. Yes, the NHL tried to establish a market in Ohio in the mid-late 70's. It failed.

To learn more (cheap plug time), check out my latest H54 article.

- ER

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Re. Andy Barrie

Andy Barrie is by far one of my favourite radio personalities. He's got this ability to do interviews in a non-attacking style, but still manages to ask important questions. I was sad when he announced yesterday that he's leaving Metro Morning. But I understand why he's leaving and I'm sure the other listeners understand too. He'll be missed, but not forgotten.

Here's the Toronto Star's article about his departure.

- ER

Friday, January 29, 2010

Good News Toronto

Episode #18 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition profiles Good News Toronto, a not-for-profit newspaper that features inspirational stories and celebrates everyday heroes.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Feb. 12, 2010

- ER

Thursday, January 28, 2010

So about last week...

For the first time in four years, I went a full week without the use of a home PC or the internet. It wasn't an ideal situation. I couldn't write any articles (sorry Launy and Austin), couldn't apply to any jobs and I was forced to record an interview for an upcoming podcast using my old tape recorder. But despite all that, I have to say it was really nice not having to stare at a computer screen 2.5-3 hours every night.

I was productive. Made my lunch earlier, got my stuff together sooner and had more "unwind" time. I had more time to read, which I took advantage of. Finding time to read has been a constant struggle for me. I also wrote....literally; pen and paper.

I can't remember the last time I actually opened a notebook and wrote poetry and prose. I use to do it all the time. During my OAC year, you could always find me in the library writing (or sharing jokes with certain individuals who were pretending to study, but mostly writing).

I admit it: I'm dependent on the internet and my computer. It's a big part of my life and "profession." Personally, I feel there's nothing wrong with that. It's just the nature of the beast. I bought this nice laptop and everything is returning to normal.

It was really nice having a mini-vacation. However, I wouldn't want to go without a computer or internet all the time. That's why I called it a mini-vacation. I highly recommend it though. Take a week off from spending time in front of your home PC. Take a week off from surfing the net and making tweets and posts. You might find it to be a very nice experience. You might even feel cleansed.

- ER

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Don't Panic

I'm still alive. My computer kicked the bucket last week. It served me well. 7 years in fact; almost eight.

Now I've got a brand new laptop and everything should get back to normal shortly.

So....Did I miss anything?

- ER

Monday, January 18, 2010

Re. Peyton Manning

There's something about Peyton Manning that really bugs me.

He's one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL and has had a very successful career. He's a hall-of-famer, no doubt. However, he comes across as a bitter jerk.

I was watching the Colts/Ravens playoff game this past Saturday. Every time a teammate dropped a pass or failed to make a gain, Manning would have this disgusting expression on his face. And it wasn't done subtly. Peyton was very animated. He was literally sneering at his teammates.

The CBS broadcast showed the ending of the 2006 AFC final when Vanderjagt missed the field goal. You see the failed FG and then it cuts to Peyton who rolled his eyes and mouthed something along the lines of "I knew he'd miss."

Greg Gumble made note of it during the broadcast. The veteran commentator explained that Manning was a perfectionist. That's very understandable, but you'd think someone as experienced as Peyton Manning could keep his emotions in check.

I know, most star athletes are bitter jerks. Most star athletes have big egos. Most star athletes have a ''me-first'' attitude. I guess Peyton is no exception.

Forgive me if what I'm saying is old news. To be honest, I am a casual fan of football; both CFL and NFL. It was just something that was bugging me while I watched the game. One day, the bitterness Manning expresses to his teammates will haunt him. Maybe next week against the Jets. Or it won't happen at all.

- ER

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sometimes Sweet. Sometimes Crunchy.

Episode #17 of This Is Toronto is now available!!!

This latest edition shines the spotlight on GRYFFYN; a Toronto musical duo influenced by many genres.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

NEXT EPISODE: Jan. 29, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Don't Give Up

Grobin tells me to
not give up despite my demons
I have no demons

- ER

Monday, January 11, 2010

Re. The Spengler Cup

Welcome back! Hope you had a nice weekend.

Here's a little article I wrote about the Spengler Cup. This international tournament is a great way to catch up with some former NHLers.

Enjoy!

- ER

Friday, January 08, 2010

Re. Raul Mondesi

Raul Mondesi's tenure with the Blue Jays was bleak, uneventful and dissapointing. His aquisition was one of the worst trades Gord Ash e