Could Matthews Become Gaye?

TORONTO (Sep. 27) — Yes, the headline here is a play–on–words and, perhaps, marginally inappropriate. But, laugh along with me, folks. Recent events, south of the 49th parallel, have been all–too serious. What I’m asking, within the context of sport,… Read More

Just Imagine If…

TORONTO (July 24) — Only once in the modern history of the Maple Leafs has a coach changed the position of an established star in the National Hockey League. The result was four Stanley Cup championships in a six–year span.… Read More

The Nylander vs. Marner Argument

TORONTO (July 9) — It’s a subject that has the most fervid Leaf supporters in denial. Yet, there’s virtually no way around the fact that one of William Nylander or Mitch Marner will be traded before the hockey club can… Read More

Only Once — And Never Again

TORONTO (Mar. 15) — This website is blatantly hockey–centric, which belies the fervor with which I followed the National Football League during my teenage years in the 1970’s. What an era that was — with the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers,… Read More

A Perfect Day For “The Voice”

TORONTO (Jan. 2) — Joe Bowen should have bought a Lotto–Max ticket on Monday. The already filthy–rich voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs would have easily won the jackpot, adding to the multi–millions he has stashed away for generations of… Read More

It’s Bills over Leafs — By A Mile

TORONTO (Dec. 29) — A sports fan in this region should have no difficulty empathizing with his or her counterpart in the city of Buffalo, New York. And, it has little to do with the 175-kilometer (80–mile) proximity — much… Read More

The Boomer Is 80

TORONTO (Sep. 9) — In the realm of longevity, those Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup teams from the 1960’s will not go away. And, we thank the good Lord for that. The latest in the group to join Club Octogenarian… Read More

Leafs: Is The Magic Number 52?

TORONTO (June 20) — At 10:45 p.m. Eastern on Sunday night, Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association, stood center–court at Oracle Arena in Oakland; microphone in hand. “To northeast–Ohio and Cleveland,” Silver proclaimed, “the curse is over. The… Read More

Who Says The Leafs Aren’t Playing?

TORONTO (May 28) — Only one of our winter–sport teams has ever played in the month of June. That would be the 2012 Toronto Marlies, which lost to Norfolk in the Calder Cup final. The Leafs came closest in 1999,… Read More

Correlation Escapes Me

TORONTO (Jan. 25) — I have never played the game, so I will bow to my friend, Glenn Healy. As the Toronto Maple Leafs lollygagged about the ice at Air Canada Centre during the first period of Saturday’s encounter with… Read More

Opponents Revving Up For Leafs

TORONTO (Jan. 11) — We can stack on another reason, for now, why the Toronto Maple Leafs — after a 1–7–2 October — have no chance of making the playoffs. As evidenced in recent losses to the New York Islanders,… Read More

Leafs Need To Rehabilitate Bernier

TORONTO (Nov. 27) — It is a timeworn and chauvinistic axiom that repeatedly bears itself: “One man’s gain is another man’s loss.” Run it past either of Jonathan Bernier or James Reimer and he’ll nod heartily. This two–step tango has… Read More

Jays/Rangers Not A Best–of–Three

TORONTO (Oct. 10) — It is understandable that fans of the Toronto Blue Jays are forlorn after consecutive defeats at home in the American League Division Series. In less than 24 hours on Thursday and Friday, it seemed as if… Read More

Blue Jays Finally on U.S. National TV

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 31) — At first, I thought it was a misprint. Then, I checked MLB.com and found it was true. As of now, American networks FOX and TBS are going to risk showing a baseball team… Read More

Richard Peddie Was Right

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 14) — The words rang hollow from one of our city’s most shrewd and reviled executives — often accompanied by a smirk that people interpreted as wry and disingenuous. Years later, however, the Toronto Blue… Read More

How Much Can Bernier Prove?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 4) — Moments before a scheduled arbitration hearing this week, the Maple Leafs and No. 1 goalie Jonathan Bernier agreed on a two–year contract extension worth $8.3 million. It was promptly suggested that Bernier would… Read More

Why Blame the NHL?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 13) — I knew Steve Montador. And I liked Steve Montador. It was impossible not to. You simply had to meet the guy. I was accorded that opportunity in San Jose, Calif. on May 9,… Read More

Would Leafs Give Babcock Control?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 12) — In the National Football League, it’s called “Black Monday” — 24 hours after the final regular–season games in early–January when lousy teams jettison managers and coaching staffs. “Black Sunday” has occurred here in… Read More
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