Remembering the Big Irishman

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 24) — I don’t mind telling you I’m pretty torn up today. As I was leaving my apartment for a doctor’s appointment, my BlackBerry came to life. It was 11:02 a.m. — a text from… Read More

Robidas Shows the Way

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 22) — Just a few quick paragraphs and some video evidence here before I call it a day. Dion Phaneuf, claiming the ridiculous snub of fans after Thursday night’s victory over Tampa Bay “helped his… Read More

Leafs Fan Snub Entirely Typical

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 21) — That the Maple Leafs petulantly slithered off the ice Thursday night at Air Canada Centre without the common stick–raising salute to their fans was typical of a team entirely devoid of character. In Read More

These Are… The Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 19) — Amid the Department of New Presidents; the Department of Analytics and the Department of New Third and Fourth Lines, the Leafs look an awful lot like the Department of Wreck–Creations. Which is a Read More

Don’cha Stop Nothing?

Going round and round… ’cause you can’t get on your feet; Going round and round… still taking all the heat. — Ric Ocasek, The Cars, 1986 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 18) — Oh, it was just what he needed.Read More

Um, We’ve Seen This Before

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Nov. 16) — The organist at First Niagara Center pounds out the beat to “Let’s Go Buffalo!” before virtually every face-off. Perhaps he might play Deja Vu — the old song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Read More

Burns’ Widow Has No Regret

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 15) — It was Hall of Fame Media Day on Friday afternoon and a couple of Pats were missing – both former coaches of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hall of Fame chairman Pat Quinn was Read More

Heady Times at MLSE

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 10) — After a glorious weekend in which the Maple Leafs and Raptors combined for four victories, you can bet there are plenty of smiles at 60 Bay St. today. Profits aside, Maple Leaf Sports Read More

Could YOUR Zaidi Be a GM?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 8) — The Los Angeles Dodgers, earlier this week, hired a 37-year-old Zaidi as their new general manager. Where I come from, that’s an awfully young Zaidi. You see, Zaidi (or Zaida) is a popular Read More

45 Degrees of Separation

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 3) — Tie Domi turned 45 on Saturday. Johnny Bower, please God, will turn 90 this coming Saturday. Which means that Domi was born one week before Bower’s 45th birthday (did that all by myself). Read More

Hasn’t It “Groan” Old?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 28) — If I had $100 for every groan from a Maple Leafs player about the unpalatable Air Canada Centre climate, my down-payment on the Bridle Path would have long ago been submitted. And, I’m Read More

Not Much For $180,926.83

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 26) — It was one game, still very early in the schedule, but it felt like a re-run of The Wizard of Oz. I never get tired, mind you, of watching Dorothy; the Scarecrow; the Read More

More Hockey Stories

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) — I was interviewed about my career in radio last week by @MikeInBoston of website TorontoSportsMedia.com (link here: http://bit.ly/1nuJFCm). It was enjoyable reflecting on the 23 years I spent, mostly covering hockey, at The Read More

Grief Has No Boundary

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) — I had a revealing conversation with my son late Wednesday afternoon. Shane called from the University of Guelph. We talked about the tragic events of the day in Ottawa and the Maple Leafs/Senators Read More

Babcock to Leafs? Why?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 20) — Amid the Week 2 hysteria in Leaf Land, I have a prediction: Mike Babcock will stay right where he is and re-sign with Detroit Red Wings. That won’t go over well here in Read More

Carlyle Pining For 2013

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 17) — I have finally determined why Randy Carlyle gave up on his No. 1 goalie after two games: Lockout Season Syndrome. It previously impacted the coach when Matt Frattin and Leo Komarov were re-acquired Read More

Burying a Local Legend

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) — I figured that if Ralph Platner made the effort to come to my Bar Mitzvah, I could go to his funeral. Invitations were sent to neither of us and the events were separated Read More

The Orr-Gretzky Debate

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 14) — For the past 30 years, veteran hockey people have delightfully quibbled over choosing between Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky as the greatest all-time player. I say delightfully because any person, such as myself, Read More
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