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180 Second Humble And Fred Re-union

December 21, 2009 @ 09:51

My phone rang just before seven o'clock this morning and it was Humble Howard calling me live and direct from the EZ Rock studios in downtown Toronto.

He wanted me to come on for a break just after 8:30 to talk about some old Humble and Fred memories, of which this season is rich.

It was the first we've actually been on the air together since August of 2005.

Thanks Howard!

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Today With Jeff McArthur

December 21, 2009 @ 09:50

Sayin' Merry Christmas, Copenhagen and patriotism.

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Doing What's Right

December 19, 2009 @ 10:38

I guess it's a tough day for all those bleeding heart Liberals who like to link Stephen Harper to George Bush Jr. and make him out to be some kind of a horrible beast.

Harper jumped into bed with Barack Obama in Copenhagen yesterday, and to that I say good on ya.

I've said all along that Stephen Harper is the "rational man" and he proved again over the past few days by not getting sucked into some damaging climate change deal with the world's flakiest countries.

Harper puts jobs, families, the economy and Canada's future ahead of questionable scientific reports about the world heading towards climatic disaster, and when you get right down to it, that's his job.

What can the bleeding hearts say now? Barrack Obama, the world's saviour who represents everything that's right and just in the world is on the same side as our Prime Minister.

The reasoning is simple. Because the countries that are pushing for extreme measures have the least to lose, and before anybody with half a brain jumps into that pool they better make bloody sure it makes sense.

That's why Obama and Harper have taken the route they have by reaching a compromised deal, and to some degree it's actually pushed things ahead faster. China and India jumped on board and will sign the deal.

There's still a long way to go, but It's a sensible beginning.

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Today With Neil Morrison

December 18, 2009 @ 17:44

The Olympic torch and other things for '09.

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Kind Of A Drag

December 18, 2009 @ 08:53

Due to a last minute scheduling change, the entire Dean Blundell Show will be on holiday next week, which means I won't be filling in for Jason on Monday and Tuesday.

Instead, it will be "best of"

Son of bitch! I was looking forward to it!

Maybe next year!

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Slimedogs From Hell

December 18, 2009 @ 08:52

My buddy Grant Ivens sent me this photo. It's a promo shot from a CFNY Christmas party from way back in the late 80's.

The Slimedogs From Hell were the 'NY house band that played for a few of us who'd get up and perform at listener parties. Every year I'd do "Snow Removal" and "Santa Claus is comin' to town."

The picture features l to r, Mike, Jo Jo and Grant from the band, and then Alan Cross, Captain Phil, me and Hal Harbour from the radio station... the dog is Alan's but I can't remember its name.

...a fun photo on one freezing day out by Alan's old house near Orangeville...

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Today With Craig And Matt

December 16, 2009 @ 08:41

The Blue Jays are done.

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December 15, 2009 @ 16:49

Liberals apologize for fake photo of Harper assassination..

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Adios Blue Jays

December 15, 2009 @ 16:47

This is going to be huge. The Roy Halladay trade could prove to the largest most impactful trade in the history of Toronto professional sports.

That may sound a little dramatic, but I truly believe that this trade could mean the end of the Blue Jays in Toronto. It sends the wrong message at the wrong time and the results will be disastrous.

Even with Halladay in the lineup the Jays had trouble drawing fans. What's it going to be like now that Jay fans have been told the franchise really isn't interested in winning for the next few years and they aren't interested in competing for top notch talent while playing in baseball's toughest division?

Toronto doesn't have baseball fans, it never has. Toronto used to have Blue Jay fans but that was back in the glory days of the late 80's and early 90's, when the Skydome was full of people who loved the Blue Jays who just happened to play baseball.

It was a feel good thing back then. The Jays were relatively new and they were competing and beating some of the biggest names in pro sports like the Yankees and Red Sox and Braves and Phillies. Torontonians considered this pretty heady stuff. We were making a statement right across North America and we enjoyed the spotlight.

Then as you know, the light became dim and the teams became timid and people fell out of love with the Blue Jays and therefore stopped watching baseball because they really didn't care for it to begin with.

This coming summer will be ugly. Crowds of ten and eleven thousand that were the exception last year will become the norm this year. There will be absolutely no reason for a Blue Jay fan to pay for tickets, parking and exorbitantly priced food next year.

There will be no upside, there will be no payoff. There will be nothing more than a faceless team playing in an outdated stadium in a city that offers many more attractive things to do and the break point won't be that far down the road.

No fans will mean a small payroll and a small payroll will mean no wins and that will take us back to no fans and with no fans there won't be much use continuing in Toronto.

Yes my friends this trade is huge because the trading one body will ultimately mean the demise of an entire franchise.

The Blue Jays are done. Thanks for the memories.

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Today With Bruce Barker

December 15, 2009 @ 16:06

Sayin' Merry Christmas and stew with booze.

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