Leafs Look Scared (But Don’t Fret)

TORONTO (Apr. 7) — For the first time this season, the young, brash Maple Leafs appear frightened. After rolling over the Sabres in Buffalo on Monday — and with a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference staring them in the… Read More

Leafs Have Earned Playoff Shot

TORONTO (Mar. 22) — The math will sort itself out over the next 18 days and nights, finally determining whether the Toronto Maple Leafs partake in the Stanley Cup tournament for the first time in 13 years after a full… Read More

Oliver Ekman–“Leafs”son?

TORONTO (Nov. 22) — In their interminable quest to secure a legitimate, No. 1 defenseman, the Maple Leafs could be eyeing Oliver Ekman–Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes. So says one of my Phoenix bird–dogs. “This is for later in the… Read More

This Is The Blue Jays Year

TORONTO (July 9) — What better time than the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Major League All–Star Game at SkyDome to make a proclamation about the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays? Here it is (mark it down and remember the date):… Read More

Blue Jays Aren’t Remotely The Same

TORONTO (May 19) — Baseball fans, it isn’t “early” anymore. Roughly one–fourth of the Major League season is in the books and the biggest disappointment at the quarter–pole — given buildup and expectation — is again the Toronto Blue Jays.… Read More

Lou’s Date With The Devil

TORONTO (Apr. 8) — Neither on his death–bed nor at gunpoint would Lou Lamoriello admit what is now certain — that he’d be content with a regulation–time loss against his former club in Newark on Saturday. One can only imagine… Read More

Anthopoulos Exit Began Last Winter

TORONTO (Oct. 29) — The departure today of Alex Anthopoulos as general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays will come as a shocking development to many across the country. But, the footprints were made last winter, when team owner Rogers Read More

October 1993 Like None Other

TORONTO (Oct. 2) — For more than two decades, Toronto baseball fans have been longing for “meaningful games” in September. There was never a request for a “meaningful October.” Until now. Having clinched their sixth American League East title —… 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

Jays Thinking Business Over Strategy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 28) — In the end, there really was no choice. While ferrying the longest playoff drought (21 seasons) of any team in the four major North American sports — and with more than two months… 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

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

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

Blue Jays, Leafs Providing Good Lesson

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 27) – Other than baseball observers employed by Rogers Communications, there is universal concession that the Blue Jays have long been out of the playoff hunt in the American League. Understandably, Rogers people (not named… Read More

Blue Jays Now a Fantasy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 18) – Though disheartening for baseball fans across Canada, the plight of the Toronto Blue Jays is not a mystery. When you get hammered by teams ahead of you and cannot beat clubs beneath you,… Read More
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