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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
TORONTO (Aug. 31) — I remember saying to myself: “Howard, just watch Dave Perkins. Observe the way he comports himself around athletes and you will learn immeasurably.” So, that’s what I did.
It was Aug. 17, 1987. At Pearson International… Read More
TORONTO (Aug. 26) — As a mural above the security gate at Los Angeles International Airport encourages, it’s time to tell an L.A. story. Sadly, my L.A. story did not pan out as I had hoped.
In my previous blog,… Read More
ANAHEIM (Aug. 24) — As I write this blog from a hotel room two blocks south of Disneyland, I’m still rather incredulous about flying nearly five hours from Toronto to Los Angeles on Tuesday to deliver a small piece of… Read More
TORONTO (Aug. 15) — You may wonder why any person would mourn the demise of a strip–plaza. Such facilities aren’t normally the object of affection or sadness. In my case, however, I am somewhat disheartened over the gradual decay and… Read More
TORONTO (Aug. 7) — Random reflections on a summer Sunday…
I was rather delighted to learn that a Wayne Gretzky rookie card from the 1979–80 O–Pee–Chee Canada set fetched $465,000 (U.S. funds) at an auction in Atlantic City, N.J. this… Read More
TORONTO (Aug. 4) — The Toronto Maple Leafs will celebrate their 100th season in the National Hockey League 15 years after commemorating their 75th anniversary. Even a mathematical klutz like me can determine that a decade has somehow gone missing… Read More
“During the second half of last season, Mitchell Marner was the best player in
the world not yet in the NHL — including Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine.”
— Western Conference amateur scout
TORONTO (July 25) — In my normal… Read More
TORONTO (July 21) — As it turns out, Auston Matthews was “signed” all along.
Both Matthews’ agent, Pat Brisson, and Leafs’ tight–lipped general manager, Lou Lamoriello, said today that an agreement with the National Hockey League’s No. 1 draft pick… Read More
TORONTO (July 20) — When Phil Kessel told Sportsnet–590 on June 15 that he would likely bring the Stanley Cup to our city, many figured his incentive was to stick it up the old wahzoo of Leafs Nation.
The multitudes… Read More
TORONTO (July 15) — In professional sport, as elsewhere in commerce, meaningful negotiation requires perseverance. Under the current Toronto Maple Leafs administration, that may skew more decidedly.
No one involved, however, in the Auston Matthews entry–level talks are astonished, or… Read More
Hockey/baseball reporter at THE FAN-590 for 23 years (1988-2011), and original from September 1992 launch of Canada’s first all-sports radio station. Covered Toronto Blue Jays 1992 and 1993 World Series victories. Started with Leafs full time in 1994. Enjoying life with my family (kids Shane and Lauren).