Media Bloodletting: A Personal Story

TORONTO (Sep. 1) — Spend now. Flee the premises. Strip later. Ruin countless careers and reputations beneath upper–management personnel, all of which are handsomely rewarded with bonuses for paring salary. This is not solely the domain of Rogers Communications. Many… Read More

Nylander Trade Too Logical

TORONTO (July 20) — Were he to retract his vow from last December and trade the anvil–contract of William Nylander, it would be one small step for Kyle Dubas, one giant leap for salary–cap maintenance. Okay, how better to start… Read More

Why Even Go There?

TORONTO (June 1) — Predictably, it took no time at all for the most–sophomoric angle to emerge from the Toronto Raptors brilliant playoff run: Has basketball become more popular in Toronto than hockey? Such a challenging question on the day… Read More

Let’s Temper Babcock Hostility

TORONTO (Apr. 10) — Though I was very–likely the first local observer to write (on Jan. 28) that Mike Babcock needs an opening–round playoff victory to ensure he remains as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the animus toward Babcock… Read More

To Gregg Zaun and Others: Why?

TORONTO (Dec. 2) — As long as I live, I will never understand talented people with enviable public profiles sabotaging their own careers. There’s more than enough malice in our world today for others to try and take down these… Read More

Leafs Have Skill… Right?

TORONTO (Feb. 24) — It is the great paradox of the youthful, energetic and revitalized Toronto Maple Leafs: Provide the slick shooters gobs of open ice or a clean break on the opposition goalie. And then, far–more often than not,… Read More

Canada–USA Rivalry Dormant

TORONTO (Sep. 21) — For a time earlier in the millennium, it appeared as if Canada would have a hockey rival capable of usurping the Russians in parity and malice. The Salt Lake City (2002) and Vancouver (2010) Winter Olympics… Read More

Losing Will Torment Babcock

TORONTO (Oct. 6) — The off–season chatter has ended. It is now time for pain. If he’s lucky, Mike Babcock will land on his pocketbook during nights in which he’s bouncing off the walls. That front–loaded contract — reportedly worth… Read More

Gold Medal Game Anti-Climactic

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (9:20 a.m. EST FEB. 23) – Alright Canada, you can go back to bed. Ho-hum, just another gold medal. Well, maybe not, but the championship game of the 2014 Winter Olympics was over less than an… Read More

Olympics a Reminder of Burke’s Courage

“I may not have a lot to give but what I’ve got I’ll give to you.” – The Beatles [All My Loving] By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 29) – As I watched the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Read More

Leafs/Canucks on Different Planets

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 19) – If it weren’t so utterly predictable, it might be appropriate to express alarm over the Maple Leafs total capitulation at Rogers Arena on Saturday. But, why waste our time? Even the most rabid Read More

Two Solitudes of Leafs and Canucks

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 18) – Achievement in professional sport is all about perspective – a rather extreme correlation when considering the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, opponents at Rogers Arena here late Saturday afternoon. The disparity in… Read More

Olympic City With Leafs – Two Years Later

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 17) – Can it possibly be 24 months since the Winter Olympic Games of 2010 were dominating every inch of this city and surrounding area? I can remember when two years had commensurate value in Read More
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