NIKON Year 2014

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 31) — My cousin, (GregCollett68), has begun referring to me as “Sky King” — which I’ll happily take over many of the less–flattering monikers I’ve apparently earned through the years. Greg is a… Read More

Leafs Looking Ominously Familiar

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 28) — In hindsight, there was nothing transparently wrong with the Maple Leafs the last time, prior to Sunday evening, they coughed up a two–goal lead in the third period. It occurred on Oct. 17,… Read More

Wingin’ East From San Francisco

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 26) — Some friendly advice: If you have never been to San Francisco and you have the wherewithal to travel… go. Just go. You will not be disappointed. Between baseball, hockey and leisure travel, I… Read More

The Champions’ Den

By HOWARD BERGER SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 25) — After two of the most spectacular weather days here in the Bay Area, my son Shane and I toured AT&T Park on an afternoon in which baseball would likely have been postponed.… Read More

Eclectic City by the Bay

By HOWARD BERGER SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 24) — If you enjoy walking… and walking… and walking, then please come to San Francisco. Before you know it, three hours will have gone by and you’ll end up diametrically opposite from where… Read More

“I Left My Heart…”

By HOWARD BERGER SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 23) — Tony Bennett nailed it, didn’t he? My love waits there in San Francisco. Above the blue and windy sea. The old crooner must have had a day like Monday in mind when… Read More

Raiders/Leafs Nations Synonymous

By HOWARD BERGER SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 22) — Black and silver or blue and white, they are kindred spirits. Both are “Nations” and both have suffered for many a year. Neither places a condition on its love for team. I… Read More

Cows, Sharks and Charles Dickens

By HOWARD BERGER SAN JOSE (Dec. 21) — ‘Tis the season to be confused. Don’t feel badly if you haven’t a clue about the headline to this blog. Saturday here in the San Francisco Bay Area was quite the mixed… Read More

To No-Cal in No Time

By HOWARD BERGER SAN JOSE (Dec. 20) — I’m about to enjoy the shortest day of 2014 after what was supposed to be the longest flight of the year. Instead, “prevailing winds,” according to our captain, helped sever nearly an… Read More

Leafs Are Un–frickin’–stopable

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 17) — It is almost scary how the Maple Leafs are hording wins right now. Not necessarily performing commensurate to their results but still piling up points in the Eastern Conference — currency that will… Read More

Carlyle Due Much Credit

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 16) — It hardly taxes the memory to recall that Randy Carlyle was a near–unanimous choice by pundits to be the first National Hockey League coach fired in 2014–15. I made it clear, in this… Read More

TV Stations, Raptors Hung Bernier

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 10) — I wasn’t on hand when Jonathan Bernier mistook Nelson Mandela for a professional athlete last Friday night. But, enough accredited “journalists” apparently did surround Bernier for at least one of them to speak… Read More

A Truly Golden State

By HOWARD BERGER SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 9) — As the old saying goes: Life’s a beach, but someone has to live it. So, why not me? And, why not in beautiful southern California? After a wonderful weekend with my… Read More

Now Le Gros Bill is Gone

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 3) — When might there be a pause? A dreadful fortnight in the hockey world continued late Tuesday when word came from Montreal that Hall–of–Famer and Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau had died. He was 83.… Read More

Full Spectrum of Johnny Bower

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 2) — It seems like every day, Maple Leaf fans are treated to the smiling face of the club’s all–time most popular player. At 90, Johnny Bower is marvelously ubiquitous, showing up whenever and wherever… Read More
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