Habs Will Prevail, But With Difficulty

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 30) — In order to advance beyond the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens will have to quickly forget the regular season. An Eastern Conference semifinal clash with Tampa Bay… Read More

Road Ice Advantage

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 29) — The lone remaining series in the first round of the Stanley Cup will conclude tonight and determine whether Detroit and Montreal will meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1978. If… Read More

“Loserville” Finds Another Level

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 27) — The Toronto Raptors yielded nearly 70 points in the first half of an elimination game Sunday night at Washington en route to a lurid beat–down by the Wizards. In the 2014–15 National Basketball… Read More

Vintage NHL Jerseys

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 25) — With only eight shopping months remaining until Christmas, here’s a wonderful idea for the old fart in your life: Buy him a vintage National Hockey League jersey. I’m serious. He’ll wear it to… Read More

Hey Mike: Edmonton? Buffalo? Toronto?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 24) — For the sake of argument, let’s assume that Mike Babcock will not return next season as coach of the Detroit Red Wings. This has been pure speculation since October, when Babcock’s self–imposed deadline… Read More

Leafs Need an Ice Magnet

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 21) — Let’s not be mistaken. The Toronto Maple Leafs will ultimately succeed in their hunt for a new general manager and coach. There are only 60–such jobs available in the National Hockey League, and… Read More

Toronto Wishful… Buffalo Paranoid

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 18) — For eons, it has required minimal effort to stir the delusion of hockey fanatics in this city. Every year, all available players through trade or free agency are headed to the Maple Leafs.… Read More

Rangers/Ducks Will Play For Stanley Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) — Start spreadin’ the news. For the second consecutive spring, the New York Rangers will encounter a team from southern–California in their quest to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1994… Read More

Would Leafs Give Babcock Control?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 12) — In the National Football League, it’s called “Black Monday” — 24 hours after the final regular–season games in early–January when lousy teams jettison managers and coaching staffs. “Black Sunday” has occurred here in… Read More

Leafs Catastrophe Finally in the Books

By HOWARD BERGER ***BREAKING NEWS (Noon Sunday): Leafs have fired GM David Nonis and head coach Peter Horachek. News conference Monday.*** TORONTO (Apr. 12) — It was like watching the final hour of the 2011 federal election here in Canada.… Read More

Ballard Anniversary Rather Apropos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 11) — This is a silver anniversary in need of much polish. The 2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs will mercifully expire tonight against Montreal at the Air Canada Centre — 25 years (and several hours) after… Read More

Road Kings Authored Their Demise

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 8) — How remarkable that the Los Angeles Kings — one of the truly clutch and prolific road teams of this era in the National Hockey League — may have blown their chance for a… Read More

Being Jewish on April 7, 1977

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 7) — You don’t have to be Jewish to remember the first–ever Toronto Blue Jays game. But, it doesn’t hurt. It’s amazing how many friends of mine recall feeling so desperately cold and hungry 38… Read More

Hoarding the Blue Jays

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 6) — The Toronto Blue Jays began their 39th season Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, vying — now infamously — to end the longest playoff drought among teams in the four major professional sports in… Read More

The Wildest Finish

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 5) — I’ve been known, through the years, for a savant–like memory with respect to dates and sporting events. It helps to have vivid recollection when writing so frequently on your own website. But, even… Read More

Can You Imagine?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 1) — Given that it’s April Fools Day, why not take a dive into pure fantasy? As a tortured Toronto Maple Leafs zealot, how would you like to read this somewhere down the road? DROUGHT… Read More
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