Local Hospitals On Alert

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 12) — The nimrod that threw his Toronto Maple Leafs Winter Classic jersey onto the ice Saturday at Air Canada Center – and, yes, thank-you Nick Beverley for such an enduring term – couldn’t possibly Read More

Paralysis By Analysis

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 10) — Let’s see now… what have we learned about the Toronto Maple Leafs after one whole game of the 2014-15 season? Well… ? The top line of Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel and James van Read More

L.A. Kings One Step From a Dynasty

THE RIVALRY CONTINUES MAPLE LEAFS vs. CANADIENS, 7:00, AIR CANADA CENTRE – SPORTSNET By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 8) — It wasn’t supposed to be this way. A hard salary cap in the National Hockey League, most believed, would make Read More

Crunch Time Will Define Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 6) – The Maple Leafs have successfully completed their first mission of the new season – winning five of eight exhibition games while incorporating half-a-dozen new players. Add in $3.00 a man and the entire Read More

Oh Bobcat, Your Memory!

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 2) — Earlier this evening, a friend of mine – when referring to Bob McCown – said, “Bob is an outstanding host. As an historian, Bob is… an outstanding host.” It was a good summation.Read More

Prime Time Sports at 25

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 2) — As someone who was there at the start, it is mind-boggling for me to comprehend that Prime Time Sports – arguably the most iconic sports radio program in North America – debuted 25… Read More

The “Forgotten” Leafs Angle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 1) – If one were to rank media/fan chatter about the Maple Leafs during training camp and exhibition games, it would likely evolve something like this: 1) Factoring injury, how the revamped third and fourth-line… Read More

Can Leafs Break the Interminable Pattern?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 29) — Our city attained an unseemly hat-trick this past week when the Toronto Blue Jays were inevitably and officially eliminated from the Major League Baseball playoffs for a 20th consecutive season (21st year —… Read More

No Enforcer For Maple Leafs?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 22) – A fan of the Maple Leafs will notice quite a change in the hockey club this season if the 23-man roster evolves as projected. For the first time in 40 years, the team… Read More

A Prayer For the Mayor

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 17) – Divine intervention for Rob Ford is still necessary, as it would be for any person diagnosed with cancer. But, perhaps not to the extent that was feared prior to Dr. Zane Cohen’s medical… Read More

Camden Yards Looked Familiar

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 17) – It was deja vu in Baltimore Tuesday night. I can close my eyes and still recall the privilege of being at SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) working for The FAN-590 when the Toronto Blue… Read More

Leiweke Is Nobody’s Fool

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 15) – The dictionary draws a bold line between the definition of a “fool” and the act of being “foolish.” A fool is a “silly or stupid person.” A foolish individual “shows a lack of… Read More

Whoo! Did Leiweke Say a Mouthful

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 13) – You pretty much had to know the departure of Tim Leiweke from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment – no matter how protracted – would be, well… entertaining. And, without question, full of candor.… Read More

Leaves Are Turning – Leafs Are Chirping

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 10) – “Can we talk?” The late Joan Rivers would have been darned proud of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The answer to her signature, comedic question is a resounding “Yes!!” No team in the National… Read More

Leafs Nail It With Legends Row

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 7) – Of all the storied names in Toronto Maple Leafs history, an argument can be made that the two living players most beloved by fans of all ages were honored outside the Air Canada… Read More

Toronto Ownership Blahs – Part 2

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 6) – To be honest, I could have changed the headline on this blog altogether, or simply removed the word “blahs.” But, since Part 1 included the term, I thought I’d be consistent. In this… Read More

Toronto Ownership Blahs – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 4) – The tale of professional sporting woe in this city has continued unabated through the winter, spring and summer months of 2014 with a few different twists and turns, but the same result: Mediocrity… Read More

NHL Expansion Could Be a Hoot

In the middle of last week, National Hockey League deputy commissioner Bill Daly denied a report suggesting four expansion teams would be added for the NHL’s 100th anniversary season – 2016-17. Given the usual context of denial, this indicated expansion Read More
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