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Tim-bids on old Horton house

Taking "Tim-bids"

According to a recent article in the Toronto Star, the modest Scarborough, Ont., bungalow first purchased more than 50 years ago by Toronto Maple Leafs legend Tim Horton is on the market.

Horton, who played 24 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1950-74, is, perhaps, better known on this side of the international border for the chain of coffee and doughnut shops that carry his name. If one could afford the nearly $700,000 asking price, who wouldn’t want to own a piece of Tim Horton lore? Granted, it may not be as lucrative an investment as owning an actual Tim Hortons franchise and selling loads of coffee, cream-filled doughnuts and Timbits.

Of course, we admire the clever headline that went with the story in the Toronto Star: “Horton house is accepting Tim-bids.”

A fumbled analogy

You never know where a Buffalo Bills analogy is going to pop up, or if it’s even apt.

A rather confusing one appeared on Good Morning America this week when ABC political analyst Matthew Dowd sized up Donald Trump’s odds of overcoming his deficit in the polls this late in the race.

For Dowd, Trump’s plight brought to mind the Bills’ storied 1993 comeback playoff win over the Houston Oilers, a game in which the Bills trailed 35-3 at one point. A nice memory, but then Dowd fumbled.

Trump, he said, is “going to have to channel his inner Doug Flutie, and he’s going to need more than one Hail Mary. He’s going to need a few Hail Marys, and probably a couple of Our Fathers.”

Hold on. It looks like Dowd messed up there, “bigly.”

As Bills fans know, Frank Reich was the quarterback who engineered that comeback. Flutie didn’t join the Bills until 1998.

Upon further review, it seems Dowd conflated the Bills’ stirring victory in the Oilers matchup with Flutie’s famed Hail Mary pass that won a 1984 game for Boston College over the University of Miami.

We know the Bills haven’t made the playoffs in a long time, but is it too much to ask that our fleeting moments of glory at least be remembered correctly?

Potayto, potahto

On the heels of hosting the cast of the new “Marshall” movie, earlier this week, a few City Hall types got to rub elbows with TV and film actress Vivica A. Fox.

The star of the hit Fox TV Network series “Empire” was in town to film scenes for the sci-fi thriller “CrossBreed,” with fellow thespian Daniel Baldwin. Local elbow-rubbers included Councilmen Ulysees O. Wingo and Rasheed Wyatt, who posted photos on Facebook that they took with the stars. Mayor Byron Brown posted his own a photo with Fox on Instagram that prompted a comment in response from the actress: “Thanks for the love and support dawling.”

Dawling? What happened to the old Hollywood pronunciation of darling? “Dahling,” was favored by the likes of Zsa Zsa Gabor?

Well, it appears to have been supplanted. Turns out, the online Urban Dictionary even has an entry for “dawling.”


To the Bat cave

In the satiric 1960s TV show, “Batman,” the lead character was always exhorting his sidekick, Robin, “to the Bat cave!”

Well, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has recently put out a warning to not go there. Why? Because it may trigger a disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has killed more than 90 percent of hibernating bats in New York.

“Even a single, seemingly quiet visit can kill bats that would otherwise survive the winter. If you see hibernating bats, assume you are doing harm and leave immediately,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

Off Main Street is written by Harold McNeil, with contributions by Matt Glynn and Susan Schulman. email:

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