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
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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
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, 1986By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (Nov. 18) — Oh, it was just what he needed.… Read More
By HOWARD BERGERBUFFALO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
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).