All Together Now: “Poor Randy”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 11) – It was difficult for me to sleep Thursday night as I felt my heart bleeding for Randy Carlyle. Poor guy. His general manager gets him what appears to be the undisputed, front-line goalie… Read More

Carlyle Treading Perilously With Kadri

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 10) – Though it is theoretically possible for a young, gifted hockey player to modify habit, bidding to engender such change is often a waste of time. Innate, God-given talent must always be allowed to… Read More

Leafs Are Unlikely to Surprise

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 9) – It is not unusual for media covering – and fans following – the Toronto Maple Leafs to rapidly draw a conclusion. Such a penchant begins with the opening shift of the rookie tournament… Read More

Is NOW the Time For Stastny?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 8th) – Hey, folks, with Colorado Avalanche in town and Dave Nonis, according to motley speculation, evoking Jake Gardiner’s name around the league, perhaps the Leafs GM will find a quick way to land his… Read More

Leafs Perfect But Haven’t “Started”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 6) – It’s an old gripe on my part; familiar to those that regularly populate this corner. And, it was right there in one of the local dailies after the Maple Leafs defeated Montreal, 4-3,… Read More

Someone Else Will Have to Die

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 2) – At least the partisans of hockey violence have stopped insisting that “no one gets hurt in a fight.” Let us be thankful. For exactly four years and nine months, none of these pillars… Read More

Leafs Will Make Playoffs, 3rd in Atlantic

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 30) – With the reasonable development of young, promising chattels on defense and in goal, there will soon come a time when Toronto Maple Leafs are favored to win the newly formed Atlantic Division. Just… Read More

Dion’s Last Stand

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 26) – Looking not-too-distantly into the future, it appears that mathematics are working against Dion Phaneuf. Though the proud captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs – a player I contend has been unjustly assailed in… Read More

For Leafs, a No. 1 Goalie Must Emerge

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 19) – Here is a bulletin: the Maple Leafs will go as far, this season, as goaltending permits. In other news, the sun is frequently bright; Barack Obama wants to paddle Syria, and Canadians are… Read More

Blue Jays Fully Embracing Garbage Time

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 9) – Ah, those lovable, loathsome Leafs of Matt Stajan, Alex Steen, Ian White, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov. Bumblers and stumblers from October to March. Dragon slayers from March to April. Remember them guys?… Read More

Burke’s New Role Hauntingly Familiar

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 5) – Of all the challenges Brian Burke has undertaken in his tumultuous career, the current one is not even remotely alien. For the second time in less than half-a-decade, Burke will oversee an “expansion”… Read More

Sky Wonders

By HOWARD BERGER Toronto (Aug. 28) – Alright, so maybe this weather/sunset photography thing is becoming a bit of an obsession. But, what can I do? Look at the images below and tell me what you would do if you… Read More

Argos Are Cheating Their Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 27) – We are nicely into our fourth day since the best player in the Canadian Football League went down with an injury at Rogers Centre. And, we still cannot tell you what has befallen… Read More

Balcony Weather: My Photos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 26) – For more than six weeks, I have developed something of a cottage industry with my trusty Nikon: Snapping photographs of sunrises, sunsets and various weather patterns from the balcony of my north-facing, mid-town… Read More

Maple Leafs Still Have Lots to Prove

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 24) – Let’s see… where were did we leave off? Oh yes, it was May 13th and the Maple Leafs were on their merry way to a second-round playoff clash with New York Rangers –… Read More

My Travel Photography

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 22) – Given that many of you have spoiled me rotten with comments about my alleged photograpy skill, I thought I might spend some time “feeding the beast.” Once upon a time, I was known… Read More


By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 19) – At last, it is over. All this business of moving from one residence to another – annoying and interminable beyond any project you can imagine – thankfully turned up a few pleasant surprises.… Read More
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