May 2008 Archives
May 30, 2008 @ 08:45
CFNY / Edge listeners will remember him as Brother Bill, but now he goes by his real name of Neil Morrison and he does mid-days at The FOX in Vancouver.
I want to call him Billy, but from now on I'll have to call him Neil because The FOX is the latest station to be added to the FreddieP / CanadianThinker stable.
Billy / Neil likes the stuff I've been doing with Craig Venn and Jeff McArthur and he wants to add the same thing to his show, so starting this afternoon, and every Friday after that, at 1:20 Pacific time, or 4:20 Toronto time, I'll be spewing my crap on the west coast.
May 30, 2008 @ 08:44
Figures released by the National Hockey League shouldn't surprise Canadians. Although Canadian teams only make up only 20 percent of the league, the six Canadian teams are generating 31 percent of league revenue through ticket sales.
Regardless, Canada continues to be nothing more than an afterthought for league Commissioner Gary Bettman and this American controlled league.
While franchises belong in cities like Winnipeg and Quebec City, Bettman and the boys continue to push for expansion into hockey hotbeds like Kansas City and Las Vegas.
Bettman talks a big game. Whenever pressed, he goes on and on about the importance of the Canadian franchises, but his almost immediate rejection of Jim Balsillie told Canadians all they needed to know about this position on more Canadian franchises.
Bettman holds onto the dream of the NHL actually becoming a big player in the U.S. but it's not going to happen.
Meanwhile Canadian hockey fans flap in the wind.
May 30, 2008 @ 08:43
Yes my friends, I'm heading out on another adventure, this time with my sweet darlin' Delyse.
Tomorrow morning we're flying to Phoenix, Arizona where we'll spend a week touring the state.
We plan to spend three days in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area before heading north to Sedona, Flagstaff and then the Grand Canyon.
It's going to be hot, the forecast for arrival time tomorrow is sunny and 37 degrees celsius - buy hey, what the hell, it's better than the crap we've been getting up here lately.
It should be fun, and as usual, I will take you with me. My trusty little Toshiba laptop will make the trip so I'll try to post something every day while we're away.
On Sunday afternoon I'm going to an Arizona Diamondbacks game - I will drink beer.
Time To Go
May 29, 2008 @ 09:57
If you’ve been a frequent reader of this blog over the past couple of years, and or if you used to listen to me on the radio, you know I’ve never been a big fan of Mats Sundin’s.
I’ve never bought into his act, which to many is I’m sure is unbelievable, especially when you consider that yesterday in Pittsburgh, Sundin was given the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
I must be missing something.
I’ve never really thought that Sundin was that much of a leader, I’ve never bought into the theory that he’s never been given anyone of skill to play with, and basically, I don’t think he cares as much as people give him credit for.
Even though Sundin was within his right not to waive his no trade clause at the deadline, it’s become quite apparent it was done more to be vindictive than it was to be loyal.
Sundin was well aware of what the Leafs could have received in return for him at the deadline but he refused to move. He realized it could have been a turning point for the franchise, but he ignored it.
Mats Sundin put Mats Sundin first. Ahead of the franchise and especially ahead of the fans who have so blindly worshipped him over the years. All he was asked to do was go to a contender for a few weeks and maybe win a Stanley Cup, but he refused to do it.
Now we hear he wants to continue his playing career and he’ll probably end up with one of the teams he could have played for just a few short weeks ago.
In other words, for the sake of getting a longer summer holiday, he deprived the Leafs and their fans of acquiring a few good young prospects.
Sundin appears ready to rub the Leafs nose in it.
Where the vindictiveness comes from I don’t know. The franchise was has become a bungling joke, but they always looked after Mats Sundin. They always paid him well, and we can’t forget there were a few good years in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, years when the Leafs did well in the playoffs.
Oh but wait, I forgot. During those playoff years Sundin disappeared when the Leafs really needed him, so I guess as he looks back, the great leader doesn’t count those years.
Apparently Cliff Fletcher will meet with Sundin next week and attempt to convince him why staying in Toronto is a good idea. Sundin says he’s got to be sold.
Which brings a fine fantasy to my mind. Sell the bastard to Bitemyclankastan of the Russian League.
Neighbour John Update - Game Three Pittsburgh
May 29, 2008 @ 09:56
I got a text message from Neighbour John about five o’clock last night. It was short and sweet.
It said, “Find Waldo in Pitt”
I knew what it meant. John was on one of his many business trips to southern Ohio and must have whipped across to Pittsburgh in search of a ticket for game three of the Stanley Cup final.
He got one, and the reference to “Waldo” meant that I was supposed to watch the game last night and pick him out of the crowd........ Don’t laugh. A couple of years ago he was at a game in Boston and he sat right behind the Leaf net. I saw him all night long.
Anyway, I called neighbour John this morning.
Category: Neighbour John
The Best Talk Show Host In Toronto
May 29, 2008 @ 09:55
It's no contest anymore people.
The best talk show host in the city of Toronto is Mike Stafford of am 640, and it's got nothing to do with the fact that he's a dear personal friend.
Nobody and I mean nobody in this city, and probably in the country, has the mixture of intelligence, humour and irreverence that this guy does.
Mike Stafford is a Canadian gem when it comes to talk radio in Canada. He's a brilliant thinker, a brilliant writer and a highly skilled broadcaster.
There are others in talk radio in Toronto that give it a good shot, but none compare to Mike Stafford.
I have an saying when it comes to Toronto radio. "you're only as good as your call letters."
And that explains the Stafford situation brilliantly. Mike is the best talk radio host in Canada, yet it will escape many, because he doesn't work for the heritage talk station in town.
They had him, but for some unbelievable, inexplicable reason they let him go. How regrettable!
I don't know what's happened lately; maybe the management at 640 has decided to let Stafford go for it and step outside the usual boring Canadian talk radio box, but he's been on fire lately.
Telling it like it is, and putting it in clearest, most eloquent way
I direct you to Mike's blog comment from today. An example of his work, and example of his willingness to show some balls and say what has to be said.
He's simply the best.
E-mail - Mike From Lowville
May 29, 2008 @ 09:55
Part of the reason I created CanadianThinker.com was because of people like “Mike from Lowville.”
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that Mike is a frequent reader and contributor to FreddieP.ca, and CanadianThinker, but that doesn’t mean I agree with the guy, or that his damaging political correctness escapes me.
Guys like Mike are why Canada is going where its going. Guys like Mike, in his quest to prove whatever to whomever, like to squash the opinions of others by making outlandish statements designed to silence them.
Yesterday was a great example.
I posted a piece called “The Mayor is Stupid”. I talked about the David Millers plan to close a couple of shooting ranges in Toronto as a bizarre way of helping to battle gun violence in the city.
I went on to say the Mayor refuses to confront the root problem of gun violence in the city, which is mostly committed by a small portion of a small group in the city. A fact that can’t be disputed, a fact that’s been well documented and a fact that’s been validated by people within the actual community.
But what does Mike say? Mike from Lowville, in his ongoing to mission to sound like the smart guy comes out with this.
"There has to be some way to get this lunatic out of office A.S.A.P. before he really does some permanent damage."
There is. All you people, (including Fred) are alluding to it. Get someone from the islands to do it. Put a cap in his ass. Then arrest tall the coloured folks that come from that island and throw away the key. That will solve everything....... How moronic!!
To be honest Mike, the only thing on this page that’s moronic is your response.
Today With Matt And Craig
May 28, 2008 @ 10:54
Hockey, cell phones and big boobs.
The Mayor Is Stupid
May 28, 2008 @ 09:45
If anyone had any question about how far David Miller has his head shoved up his naïve asshole, it should be crystal clear now.
Miller’s call for a national hand gun ban was futile enough, but this is way over the top. Now the mayor has called for the closure of two target shooting ranges on city property.
It’s absolutely unbelievable how Miller runs around the city pointing fingers at everything but the root cause of so-called gun violence in the city.
I don’t know where he gets his nerve. I don’t know how he can actually do these things and then show his face in public. I don’t know how he comes up with this crap.
He’s more than willing to close down a couple of shooting ranges denying law abiding citizens of some recreation, but he refuses to identify the thug element from a certain cultural group that’s responsible for most of the “gun violence” in the city.
Does the man who was given the responsibility of running the city really believe that closing these ranges will do “anything” to stop crime?
If he does, if that what he really thinks, then he’s not fit to be mayor.
This guy has to grow some big balls and tackle the real problem. Go after the actual perpetrators and once and for all get it through his thick pinko skull that guns don’t kill people, people kill people.