August 2009 Archives
August 26, 2009 @ 19:38
Michelle Pfeiffer, bad backs and Teddy Kennedy.
August 25, 2009 @ 13:02
Team Canada, big malls and turkey on the bar-b.
Today With Jeff McArthur
August 24, 2009 @ 10:57
Suaad is all about the money and the CNE.
Today With Craig And Matt
August 19, 2009 @ 08:42
Brett Favre and garbage strikes.
The Trailer - Week Fifteen - August 14-16
August 16, 2009 @ 22:19
Wouldn't you know it, the best weekend of the summer and I wasn't at the trailer. I've been bitchin' about the weather all year and when the heat finally hits, I have my ass parked in East York on Saturday.
But it was worth it. My good pal and former CFNY colleague Ivar Hamilton hosted his 50th birthday party in his backyard and we had a great time. Another friend of ours, Frank Tamprile also celebrated his 50th.
Like most houses in the city, Ivar doesn't have a big lot, but that didn't stop him from inviting about 100 people to his house for a bash that featured a couple of live bands.
To be honest, I don't know what the name of the first band was, but the second band was the Slime Dogs, or, as we used to refer to them back in the 80's, the Slime Dogs from Hell.
I have a bit of a history with this band because they were the guys I used to perform Snow Removal Machine with at CFNY Christmas parties...... and I did again on Saturday.
Admittedly, I forgot some the lines, and my timing was a bit off, but it's amazing what you can pull off when you just scream words into a microphone and most of the audience is hammered.
I saw some good old friends at Ivar's. Like David Marsden (picture to the left), Kevin O'Leary, Jim Reid and his wife Pauline. Freddie Ball and Pete Griffin's son Dylan. I saw the sweet Leanne Baumann and my American buddy John Elleffson.
Darren Wasylyk and Dan Duran were there as well, but I see those fuckers all the time.
Good food, good booze, good friends, good fun and good weather. It made for a great day.
CFNY boys - Kevin O'Leary, Ivar Hamilton, David Marsden, Jim Reid, Me and Darren Wasylyk.
Performing with the Slime Dogs.
Today With Neil Morrison
August 16, 2009 @ 22:06
Wedding plans and such.
Comments We Like - Hamilton Spectator
August 14, 2009 @ 08:06
August 13, 2009 @ 08:55
I think it's wonderful that Jim Balsillie has now set his sights on Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, because you can bet your ass they are the driving force behind keeping Balsillie out of the NHL.
Balsillie has requested a deposition from MLSE President Richard Peddie through the court proceedings in Phoenix. Under oath, he wants Peddie to answer some questions about territorial rights and motives.
Of course Peddie remains deathly quiet and the NHL rejects the request by claiming the Leafs and Peddie have had very little to do with any of this.
As much of a skunk that Gary Bettman has become, you know the Leafs are the background cheering him on to prevent a team from coming to Hamilton.
And make no mistake about it. This has very little to do with money, and just about everything to do with image from a Leaf standpoint.
A team in Hamilton will not affect the Leafs in any way monetarily. The ACC will still be full and the Leafs will still be the focus Hockey Night in Canada and they'll still sell just as many souvenirs. They will continue to be the area's heritage team and a lavish cash cow.
What the Leafs are most concerned with is this - they don't want a team in Hamilton
The last thing the Leafs want is a team 30 miles down the road with a better players and better record than they have. The last thing they need is a team 30 miles down the road making the playoffs while they don't.
In a nutshell, the Leafs don't want a team in Hamilton because Leaf management has no balls.
They don't look at Jim Balsillie as a challenge; they look at him as a threat. They realize Basillie has a history of hiring good people and creating a successful business, and that scares the livin' shit out of them.
The last thing they want is for Jim Balsillie to come into the market and do within a couple of years, what they've failed to do in forty-plus years. It's all about ego.
The Leafs have nothing to worry about from a financial stand-point, five million people in the GTA guarantee enough fans for both teams and to think a team in Hamilton would cause a reduction in Leaf ticket prices is a farfetched fantasy.
The Leafs don't want a team in Hamilton for one reason and one reason only. They don't want a Hamilton team to win more than they do.
Today With Craig And Matt
August 12, 2009 @ 08:58
Wedding plans and Balsillie.