Blue Jays A Small Potato at Rogers

Rogers is pretty big — it’s a multi–billion–dollar cable and cellphone company that just happens to dabble in sports. That can be hard to accept as you sit there in your official jersey while wearing your giant foam finger, but Read More

Clarkson a Convenient Scapegoat

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 10) — After “guiding” the Maple Leafs to 11 consecutive losses, interim coach Peter Horachek figured it was time to get tough. He removed $4.75–million of payroll and $5.25–million of salary cap from his degenerate… Read More

Phaneuf Absence Good Test For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 26) — To illustrate how goofy it has once again become with hockey in this town, the news of Dion Phaneuf’s “upper–body” injury (or fractured hand) brought to mind that scene late in the Wizard 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

Personnel Still Matters Most

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 22) – As Hall-of-Fame executive Cliff Fletcher might say: “Analytics Shmanalytics.” Time of course will tell, but the hiring of Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager would seem to be a progressive move by the… Read More

Boyle More of a Closer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 18) – The Maple Leafs have some interest in pending free agent defenseman Dan Boyle – whose rights currently belong to the New York Islanders. But, it’s a scenario that makes minimal sense for the… Read More

Measured Leaf Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 31) – Understandably, people who subscribe to the Toronto Maple Leafs as one would a religion are ticked off right now – and, therefore, emotional rather than rational.  This is found in the number of… Read More

Memo to Leafs Nation: Try and Relax

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 4) – I saw it on Facebook this morning. To avoid probable humiliation, I will leave the contributor unidentified. Here was the post (edited for English): “If I’m David Nonis, I let it be known… Read More

Berger Bytes Photos – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 1) – As I come toward the third anniversary of this (ahem) vaunted website, it’s time to pour through the images of my trusty Nikon and share with you my favorites. These photos were taken… Read More

Leafs Have Rescued Their Season

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 31) – Many times, in this corner, I have talked about how streaks become so critical in the National Hockey League of the 2000’s, where just more than half of 30 teams qualify for the… Read More

Opportunity Lost

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 17) – Late yesterday afternoon, I posted a blog here looking ahead at the Maple Leafs game in Pittsburgh a few hours later. “IF SKATING, LEAFS WILL DEFEAT PENGUINS” insisted the headline. Turns out I… Read More

Early Yuletide For Leafs Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 15) – I remember the game as if it were yesterday, but I still had to look up the date (I’m only so much a hockey savant). Though merely 15 years old, I somehow felt… Read More

So THAT’S What It Feels Like

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 12) – Oh, it’s a time-worn cliche alright. But, rarely has it so dovetailed with a game involving the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, folks, the Leafs indeed got a “taste of their own medicine” here… Read More

Experiment Time For Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 10) – As my crystal ball from yesterday’s blog so accurately predicted, Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was handed a two-game suspension for his hit-from-behind on Boston rookie Kevan Miller late in Sunday’s game at… Read More

Firing Coach Not Advocated Here

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 29) – So, now I have a “vendetta” against Randy Carlyle. Yup, it’s right there on my Facebook page: a couple of “Friends” – Ted Barton and David Rubenstein – suggesting I’m out to get… Read More

Respect For Phaneuf Long Overdue

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 24) – Hey, guess what? In the past couple of days, I have actually heard, and read, that Dion Phaneuf is capable of playing defense in the National Hockey League. Which is evidence that miracles… Read More

Would Leafs Trade Their Captain?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 18) – Undoubtedly, some fans of the Maple Leafs are bound to cringe at this suggestion, but here goes: If the hockey club is to make the playoffs over a full, 82-game schedule for the Read More

All Leafs Can Do is Learn

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 14) – It should never have happened. Never. But, it did. And, it does. Now, it’s exam time for the Toronto Maple Leafs. You are waking up today as you went to bed last night. Read More
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