Thursday, September 04, 2008

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tom cheek
The Torontoist points to the guys at Drunk Jays Fans, who are
kick-starting a grassroots campaign to have former Blue Jays play-by-play man Tom Cheek awarded the Ford C. Frick Award. The award, which is given annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame for "career excellence in baseball broadcasting," is the equivalent of being inducted into Cooperstown. Throughout September, fans can pick their top three broadcasters from a huge list of nominees, and the top vote-getter will be included on the final ballot voted on by the Hall of Fame selection committee.

Cheek's most famous call—"Touch 'em all'll never hit a bigger home run in your life" [mp3]—from the 1993 World Series cemented his place as a Toronto institution. Already a member of the Level of Excellence at the Rogers Centre, Cheek called every game from the Blue Jays' first game on April 7, 1977 until his father's death—and his own ill-health—forced him from the booth on June 3, 2004. That's an astonishing streak of 4,306 consecutive games (and 41 playoff games). He succumbed to cancer in October 2005.

Cheek has been a finalist for the Frick Award in every year since polling fans for nominations began in 2004, but his elevation to baseball's highest honour for broadcasters is long overdue. When voting, you'll find plenty of candidates with Toronto affiliations—including Cheek's long-time partner in the booth, Jerry Howarth—to fill out your top three.

i'd never heard of this brand before
via Roger von Oech

10 million
Jerry Seinfeld is getting paid $10million for this? You can catch the full ad here. It almost makes me want to buy a mac!

frog light
Many of us have been replacing our energy-sucking incandescent light bulbs with the new CFLs. But, they are not the best for several reasons: 1/ they are ugly; 2/ their life isn't as long as projected; 3/ they are not enviromentally friendly re recycling. TEDblog h As part highlights the green design program of frog design. They have conceptualized this lovely light bulb around a high-output LED. The frogLight bulb fits in a standard socket and can be dimmed - an important ability for both energy-saving and mood-setting that CFLs can't yet manage. And it's projected to last for 30 years.

high-speed skateboarding

live leak

cassette tapes
Finally, a use for all those cassette tapes you have lying around: check it out

what more can i say
exploding banana mask

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