It’s Optimus Reim or Bust

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 17) – Here is a word to the wise, and an encouraging one, for fans of the Maple Leafs: Do not give up on James Reimer. The upstart netminder that stole the heart of… Read More

Leafs Without Energy on Troops Night

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 15) – It is difficult to decide which was more predictable: the Maple Leafs losing in Buffalo on Friday, or getting swamped by the New York Rangers at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Given… Read More

Where Else Would Leafs Streak End?

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Jan. 14) – Friday the 13th and a game at First Niagara Center wasn’t exactly a prime combination for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who wore their new alternate jerseys on the road for the first time Read More

An Ode to Buffalo

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Jan. 13) – If I didn’t like this city and its people so damned much, I might have difficulty crafting this blog. But, I figure the folks down here have developed an innate sense of humor Read More

Welcome to the Blizzard of 2012

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Jan. 13) – This could be a very long day. Having slept for maybe 90 minutes overnight, as a raging blizzard developed out of a Monsoon rain-storm here in the Queen City, an afternoon nap is Read More

Bobby Hull Perspective Long Overdue

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 12) – A good book almost always begins with a great idea. Sure, the subject matter has to be compelling, but a gripping cover-photo; a catchy title and a splendid scheme are invaluable in the… Read More

Protecting Bowen and Watters From Ron Caron

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 10) – Every person involved with the National Hockey League over the past half-a-century almost surely has a story about Ron Caron, the legendary former executive with Montreal and St. Louis – known as… Read More

Leslie Loves LSU

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 9) – The mother-lode of football parties will occur tonight – likely all night – in a region of the southeastern United States. New Orleans is a given… revelling in the “Big Easy” all but… Read More

Leafs Love Home-stands

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 8th) – Give the Maple Leafs a wayward home game in the middle of a cold January week, and fans will often be treated to an exercise in futility. Provide this year’s team an extendedRead More

Burke Went Too Far – Needlessly

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 7) – Brian Burke has always been a fascinating study, but the intrigue surrounding the Maple Leafs general manager hit a new level this week. Burke’s lament over evolving strategy in the National Hockey League… Read More

Leafs Coverage “Stuff”

***CONTINUING A REVIEW OF MATERIAL POSTED ON BLOGSPOT EARLY IN THE FALL, THIS IS A LOOK BACK AT MY FIRST SEASON COVERING THE MAPLE LEAFS, HOME AND AWAY, FOR THE FAN-590***   By HOWARD BERGER  TORONTO (Sep. 30) –… Read More

More of My Sports “Stuff”

***THIS WAS PART 2 OF A SERIES ON SPORTS PUBLICATIONS IN MY PERSONAL COLLECTION, ORIGINALLY POSTED ON BLOGSPOT IN THE FALL*** By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 13) – This part of my collection is Toronto-centric… it begins with one of… Read More

Gilmour Anniversary and My Favorite Pics of 2011

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 3) – Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the largest trade ever in the National Hockey League, and the most significant in modern Leafs history. Any rabid follower of the Blue and White – regardless… Read More

January Looms Critically For Ron Wilson

By HOWARD BERGER WINNIPEG (Jan. 1) – Let us begin by getting the important stuff out of the way: Here’s hoping that 2012 brings you; your loved ones and your friends nothing but health, happiness, prosperity… and lots of belly-laughing.… Read More
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