The FAN–590 is 25 today

TORONTO (Sep. 4) — The names have changed with ownership and the unquestioned priority of television over radio — from CJCL AM–1430 to The Fan–1430; The FAN–590; Sportsnet Radio The FAN–590 and, today, Sportsnet–590 The FAN. What will never change… Read More

The Bozak–JVR Enigma

TORONTO (July 18) — It is rather puzzling that people who observe the Leafs for a living, and those that root for the club with their entire soul, have lost appreciation for veterans Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk. Particularly… Read More

Shanaplan Worked, But It’s Over

TORONTO (May 19) — I find it intriguing that the majority of Maple Leaf fans are so fervent about “trusting the process” — a virtual slogan as it pertains to the hockey club. The “process”, of course, is a synonym… Read More

Cancer Strikes The Booth — Again

TORONTO (Nov. 17) — God–friggin’ dammit! For the second time in just more than a decade, cancer has reared its despicable head in the Toronto Blue Jays radio booth. Only this time, we’re anticipating a far–better result. Eleven years–and–a–bit since… Read More

Who Saw Blue Jays–Rangers Flip Flap?

TORONTO (May 15) — A confluence of adventure just before 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday would suggest the majority of TV watchers in this city — perhaps nationwide — missed the fallout from last October’s playoff struggle between the Toronto… Read More

Centers of Attention

Busted flat in Baton Rouge; waiting for a train… And I’s feelin’ near as faded as my jeans. TORONTO (May 7) — I was cruising along a highway north of the city the other night when Janis Joplin’s 1971 anthem,… Read More

Price Not Yet a Big–Gamer

TORONTO (Oct. 18) — A mistake by Ryan Goins and a bunch of people saying “… until the seventh inning.” Each will dominate reaction to Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. Neither will hold much water. A championship–caliber… Read More

I’m Fine With Gibbons/Buehrle Decision

TORONTO (Oct. 5) — It turned out disastrously, but I have no issue at all with John Gibbons allowing Mark Buehrle to start on 1½–days rest in order to extend his career pattern of 200 innings pitched. The reason, to… Read More

Blue Jays Clinch — How It Looked on TV

TORONTO (Sep. 30) — Appropriately enough, the Toronto Blue Jays chose to avoid sneaking in through the back–door of the American League East. The highest–scoring team in Major League Baseball laid some whup–ass on the Baltimore Orioles in a 15–2… Read More

22 Years — Long Enough

TORONTO (Sep. 27) — Well, not exactly 22 years. More like 21 years and 364 days. From Sep. 27, 1993 to late Saturday afternoon. The longest playoff drought in any of the four major North American pro sports. Finally, it… Read More

Sparks Fly on Blue Jays Sunday Telecast

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 12) — The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals hooked up in one of the most ineptly played games of the Major League Baseball season on Sunday at Kaufman Stadium. A total of 21… Read More

Blue Jays Plight Cannot Be Addressed

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 19) — The success or failure of a business enterprise starts at the top. It always starts at the top. And, that’s why the Toronto Blue Jays are beyond salvation right now. The chief decision… Read More

Babcock Wants “Immediate Gratification”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 16) — It pales in comparison to an interview Darren Dreger could be conducting one year from now if Steven Stamkos hasn’t inked a contract extension with Tampa Bay. For the moment, however, there is… Read More

Don’t Blame Gibby, Jays Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 5) — Thoughts from a baseball road trip… It is normal for a rabid sports fan to develop chronic myopia. The most reasonable, intelligent person in other walks of life will turn to emotional blubber… 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

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

The Carlyle-Analytics Conundrum

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 25) – Were he to be perfectly honest, new Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas would probably say that Randy Carlyle is among the last coaches he would employ in the National Hockey League. Perhaps… Read More

The Longest Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 11) – Back in the day, Major League Baseball teams used to play actual doubleheaders – not the day/night cash-grabs we have now. A fan would get two games for the price of one ticket.… Read More
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