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Early Leafs Observations

TORONTO (Oct. 21) — Nine days ago, hours before the 2016–17 National Hockey League season, I wrote a blog in this corner entitled LEAFS WILL SIZZLE… THEN FIZZLE. It was my contention that the young, talented and energetic team assembled… Read More

Wendel’s Book a Revelation

TORONTO (Oct. 19) — The Wendel Clark that hockey fans have known for the past 31 years is not the Wendel Clark they will come to know in his surprisingly–blunt autobiography, written with my former colleague at The FAN–590, Jim… Read More

Leafs Finally Get It Right

TORONTO (Oct. 16) — After 23 years of stubborn irrationality, the Toronto Maple Leafs have chosen to truly honor their past. And, Dave Keon’s No. 14 banner finally hangs from a steel beam in the Air Canada Centre. As Darryl… Read More

October Manna From Heaven

TORONTO (Oct. 13) — In a city that continues to hunger for sports accomplishment, October of 2016 has been quite remarkable. And, we still have 18 days before Halloween. It began for baseball fans, with the Toronto Blue Jays winning… Read More

Leafs Will Sizzle… Then Fizzle

TORONTO (Oct. 12) — Six months and three days after last watching the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game that counted, a new season begins with curiosity and bridled excitement. A 5–1 defeat at New Jersey on Apr. 9 enabled… Read More

Brooms Out, Brooms Away

TORONTO (Oct. 10) — The first sweep in Toronto Blue Jays playoff history resulted from one of the most gripping and entertaining games ever contested by the ball club. Sunday night’s 10–inning thriller at Rogers Centre proved again that the… Read More

Toronto Out–Gonading Texas Again

TORONTO (Oct. 7) — Perhaps it is no coincidence the Texas Rangers wear the same team–colors as the Washington Capitals. Scarlet–red trimmed in blue and white has stood for perennial underachievement in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “Gutless” may be a… Read More

Generation 2 Getting Its Fill

TORONTO (Oct. 5) — The moments are beginning to pile up for second–generation fans of the Toronto Blue Jays. Primarily, the Millennials that experienced an initial pennant race and playoff run by the long–dormant club last Autumn. Such first–generation observers… Read More

Oh Jeez, Boston Again

TORONTO (Sep. 30) — We will find out this weekend whether Boston is, once again, a place where a Toronto professional sports team comes to die. For the first time since the fateful, gut-churning night of May 13, 2013, one… Read More

Bob Cole: “Let’s Do It”

TORONTO (Sep. 28) — The date of this blog is coincidental, yet rather poignant. Forty–four years ago today — in Moscow — Paul Henderson scored the most famous goal in Canadian hockey history. Foster Hewitt and Brian Conacher immortalized the… Read More

Leafs, Lupul Go Hollywood

TORONTO (Sep. 23) — Let me begin this blog with a political disclaimer: Perhaps everything we learned about the Toronto Maple Leafs and Joffrey Lupul on Thursday was believable, above–board and trustworthy. That nearly seven months after undergoing sports–hernia surgery,… Read More

Canada–USA Rivalry Dormant

TORONTO (Sep. 21) — For a time earlier in the millennium, it appeared as if Canada would have a hockey rival capable of usurping the Russians in parity and malice. The Salt Lake City (2002) and Vancouver (2010) Winter Olympics… Read More

Blue Jays Have Lost Their Mojo

TORONTO (Sep. 19) — A year ago at this time, the Toronto Blue Jays were enjoying one of the most prolific runs in franchise history while obliterating a seven–game deficit in the American League East. On Sep. 19, 2015, the… Read More

Can It Get Uglier?

TORONTO (Sep. 15) — John Gibbons, manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, believes his club hit “rock–bottom” on Wednesday afternoon while being dismantled by the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre — a plausible claim given the 8–1 final score… Read More

Blue Jays Walking a Tightrope

TORONTO (Sep. 12) — As they careen through their most untimely slump in 29 years, the Toronto Blue Jays are saying all the right things and doing all the wrong things. Not since 1987 have the Blue Jays engendered such… Read More

The Boomer Is 80

TORONTO (Sep. 9) — In the realm of longevity, those Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup teams from the 1960’s will not go away. And, we thank the good Lord for that. The latest in the group to join Club Octogenarian… Read More

Leafs Summer Eerily Quiet

Toronto, Canada - September 21  - Toronto Maple Leafs' coach Mike Babcock behind the bench during NHL Pre-season hockey action against the Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on  September 21, 2015.
 Cole Burston/Toronto Star
TORONTO (Sep. 6) — News over the Labor Day weekend that goalie Frederik Anderson would miss roughly four weeks with an “upper–body” injury generated barely a ripple in this hockey–crazed market. Which thoroughly jibed with one of the quietest Maple… Read More

Hey, Remember When The Leafs?

TORONTO (Sep. 2) — As the Toronto Maple Leafs prepare to open training camp for their one–hundredth year in the National Hockey League, I thought I’d remind you about the last time the club… WON THE STANLEY CUP: May 2,… Read More
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