Division The Leafs Biggest Obstacle

TORONTO (Oct. 3) — In my last blog, I wrote that the Maple Leafs are “deep and talented enough” to play in the Stanley Cup semifinals next spring. What I didn’t write is that Round 2 could be their biggest… 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

Leafs Will Sizzle… Then Fizzle

TORONTO (Oct. 12) — Six months and three days after last watching the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game that counted, a new season begins with curiosity and bridled excitement. A 5–1 defeat at New Jersey on Apr. 9 enabled… Read More

Killer Instinct Must Prevail

TORONTO (Oct. 16) — This is a cautionary blog for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays. While the events of 30 years ago this month bear no relation to today, there is remarkable synonymy in the fact the Jays are… 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

It Won’t Be Long

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 3) — Baseball fans, get ready for some magic. Or, in the case of the Toronto Blue Jays, some more magic. Within two weeks — barring the unforeseen and for the first time in 22… Read More

Now, Jays Must Avoid Let–Down

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 17) — With an entire generation of greenhorns sitting shiva for the Blue Jays after consecutive losses to the New York Yankees on the weekend, there is suddenly an afterlife. There reallyis. No, our… Read More

The Toronto Six

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 8) — In my last blog, I recalled a difficult juncture in the spring and summer of 1970 that included the Kent State shootings and the crash of a DC–8 jetliner northeast of Toronto Pearson… 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

Sports Worm Here Could Easily Turn

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 8th) – There is no better time than the 37th anniversary (yesterday) of the first Blue Jays game to remember that Toronto hasn’t always been a hockey-first city. Anyone attuned to sports in this region… Read More
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