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Today With Matt And Craig

April 30, 2008 @ 11:01

Hockey, Rocket and Natives..

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April 30, 2008 @ 11:00

"Hey Freddie Boy, found this, wanted to pass it on."

By The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - A new poll suggests the Montreal Canadiens have overtaken the Toronto Maple Leafs as Canada's team.

The Canadian Press Harris/Decima survey found 40 per cent of Canadians identified the Habs as the nation's hockey team of choice, compared with 24 per cent for Leafs.

A similar poll last year had the Leafs on top with 24 per cent and the Canadiens trailing with 22 per cent.

"Ha ha ha, your Maple Laughs suck!"

Guy Lafleur

Not so fast Guy, put down your cigarette and listen to me. This dumb poll was taken after Calgary was eliminated from the playoffs, so really Montreal was the only active team at the time.

Let's see what happens next year when the Habs don't make the playoffs.

Two down and two to go!

Category: Sports

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BBM Flood

April 29, 2008 @ 09:19

My wife took the call yesterday. The Bureau of Broadcast Measurement will flood our home with four Radio Diaries next week.

It will be the first time I’ve actually taken part in this antiquated, almost laughable form of audience measurement in Canada.

I promise everyone, like they do in most homes, I won’t let the ballots sit on the kitchen table for the entire week, and then have my wife fill them out for all four of us on the final day.

That wouldn’t be right.

It would be typical, but it’s not right.

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Two Down Two To Go

April 29, 2008 @ 09:18

Actually, it should be three down one to go.

I’m sure Hab fans will lament that their team should have won last nights game, but much like game one, all that matters is the final score.

Yes, the Habs put on major pressure in the third period, widely out shooting the Flyers, but hockey ain’t horseshoes and so the Canadiens find themselves firmly behind the eight ball, although hockey ain’t billiards either.

Montreal must win tomorrow night, but let’s hope they don’t.

Category: Sports

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Roger's Rocket

April 29, 2008 @ 09:16

I don’t know about you, but I could smell a rat through the entire Roger Clemens steroid controversy, so I’m not surprised there are now accusations of him diddling country singer Mindy McCready for over a decade, starting when she was a shocking 15 years old.

Clemens was married at the time and had two kids.

Needless to say, Clemons, through his lawyer, has denied anything inappropriate, but according to the New York Daily News the story carries weight, and rather than supporting Clemons story, McCready’s lawyer issued a “no comment.”

It’s funny, but during his time with the Blue Jays, when I was handling the sports beat at the Edge, I head many a story about the “creep” that was Roger Clemens, but never thought much about it because I found most baseball players to be jerk offs.

None of this comes as a surprise to me and usually, where there’s smoke there’s fire.

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Rocket Bait

April 29, 2008 @ 09:15

How stupid is Billy Ray Cyrus. Apparently he was on set and approved the pictures of daughter Miley, taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz that appear in Vanity Fair magazine.

One in particular has Miley naked, draped by a sheet, suggesting she may be in bed, which has parents of America’s children up in arms.

They don’t want the star of Hannah Montana portrayed as “vamp.” It’s just no right.

Actually, there’s really nothing wrong with the photos, it’s just an over-reaction by a vocal minority of bible thumping yanks, but the Cyrus clan should have anticipated this before they agreed to the session.

Miley stands to make a billion dollars for Disney this year, which means she stands to make tens of millions. Why would you screw with that?

In the end, I guess it’s not so much the pictures as it is Miley’s age. She’s only 15.

Barely old enough to go out with Roger Clemens.

Category: Show Biz

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Today With McArthur And Face

April 28, 2008 @ 08:15

TTC strike, and Face's birthday.

Category: Radio

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One Down Three To Go

April 28, 2008 @ 08:14

Actually, it should be two down and two to go.

Saturday night’s victory over the Montreal Canadiens was extremely refreshing on one hand for Hab haters, but frustrating on the other because the Flyers could have easily won the first game as well.

I realize on not the most proficient analyst when it comes to hockey, but I really can’t see how the Habs will win a game in Philly.

The Flyers are too physical and too willing to go where the Habs won’t and I think this will be magnified in Philadelphia.

Look for the “K Boys” to disappear at the Wachovia Centre and the Flyers to win decisively. Hopefully we can finally put this Montreal fantasy to rest.

By the way, don’t forget, I’ve predicted the Habs won make the playoffs next year.

*K Boys – Koivu, Kovalev, Kostitsyns.

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Mourning MOJO

April 25, 2008 @ 09:26

It was a week for reminiscing.

Yesterday I spent the lunch hour with Humble Howard at the Real Jerk on Queen Street.

Howard slipped away from Acme Pictures where he's currently working on a government video. We had about an hour and a half to shoot the shit and talk about what was, what will and what could have been.

It's amazing how time flies.

We sat there and talked about things that have happened over the past 19 years, yet it seems like only yesterday that I flew to Montreal to meet Howard before the Humble and Fred Show was created. It was quite the ride.

By the way, Humble had the jerk pork yesterday, while I had the boneless chicken roti.

This was actually a significant week in the history of Humble and Fred. This week marked the seventh anniversary of the launch of MOJO Radio, and I was reminded of such by both Mike Stafford and Phil Evans who sent me notes.

Stafford started out as the afternoon drive guy on MOJO while Captain Phil was the promotions co-coordinator for the Edge, but he was a big fan of the MOJO concept.

It was bitter sweet for me. I hated to leave the Edge after 22 years, but at the MOJO project seemed like so much fun and just the right thing at the right time, we wanted to give it a shot.

Unfortunately, the original five year MOJO project quickly became a two year project and one thing led to another and the next thing you know, Humble and Fred are at the MIX.

And it's too bad because seven years out, if the original MOJO game plan been followed, I'm sure the radio station would be firmly entrenched in the market right now.

It was different and served a niche that was growing, slowly but surely. They were on to something good with the MOJO concept and with a few minor tweaks I'm sure it would have been a notable player in the 25-49 male demographic and a solid money maker.

But such is radio.

I remember getting into a few heated battles with people back when MOJO was launched, especially those who never bothered to give it a chance.

There was many a "dweeb" who thought the format was misogynist and dumb, but nothing could have been farther from the truth.

All you had to do was look at the MOJO lineup. It included Ripken, John Derringer and Mike Stafford, three of the most intelligent broadcasters in the country.

As for the misogynistic tag, that was hilarious. I was always impressed with our women listeners because they "got it". They understood what we were doing and without fail they were smart.

Often we'd say that on the air. "MOJO Radio, talk radio for guys.... and cool chicks."

It was a good bloody radio station, and again, with some tweaking it could have served a lucrative audience in Toronto. It was more than all sports and it was more than talk radio for geezers.

It was a short time, but looking back, it might have been my two most enjoyable years in radio and ironically they came on the heels of definately my two worst years in radio.

But everything happens for a reason.... apparently.

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Slime Dogs

April 25, 2008 @ 09:25

Along with his note about MOJO, Captain Phil, who’s currently the Promotions coordinator with a station in Vancouver sent me the picture below.

It goes way back to pre Humble and Fred times at CFNY. As a matter of fact, Steve Anthony was the morning man at the time.

As part of our listener Chritmas Party, we created a band called “The Slime Dogs” of which I was a small part. I’d get up and sing two songs. Bruce Springsteen’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and of course Snow Removal Machine.

The picture features Alan Cross in the middle with Captain Phil, yours truly and former CFNY jock Hal Harbour on the right side. On the left are three listeners who made up the rest of the band. Mike Mangov, Jo Jo and Grant Ivens.

The dog is Alan’s, and right now I can’t remember its name. Al, if you read this, let us know.

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