To Gregg Zaun and Others: Why?

TORONTO (Dec. 2) — As long as I live, I will never understand talented people with enviable public profiles sabotaging their own careers. There’s more than enough malice in our world today for others to try and take down these… Read More

Opportunity in Arizona?

TORONTO (Oct. 26) — The worst team in the National Hockey League to begin the 2017–18 season has some colossal number–crunching on the horizon. And you have to think that a rival general manager — at some point — will… Read More

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

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

A Question Ignored

TORONTO (July 31) — With Leafs Nation ominously assuring itself that all draft components will remain in place beyond 2019, and media wondering if the addition of Patrick Marleau indicates the club is “going for it” now, here’s a question… Read More

Generation 2 Getting Its Fill

TORONTO (Oct. 5) — The moments are beginning to pile up for second–generation fans of the Toronto Blue Jays. Primarily, the Millennials that experienced an initial pennant race and playoff run by the long–dormant club last Autumn. Such first–generation observers… Read More

Kessel Fooled Leafs Nation

TORONTO (July 20) — When Phil Kessel told Sportsnet–590 on June 15 that he would likely bring the Stanley Cup to our city, many figured his incentive was to stick it up the old wahzoo of Leafs Nation. The multitudes… Read More

Maple Leafs Are A Balancing Act

NOTE: My dearth of blogging in the past week is owed to a battle with a kidney stone, which has prevailed over me on several occasions. It is said that the pain of renal colic is akin to child–birth. And, 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

Blue Jays Can’t Be Satisfied

TORONTO (Oct. 24) — Parting is such sweet sorrow, particularly if you’ve gone steady for three months — as have people in this city with the Toronto Blue Jays. In the blink of an eye, an every–day relationship ends, only… Read More

“All Aboard!”

TORONTO (Oct. 13) — That loud, hammering noise you heard throughout the weekend was methodical re–construction of the Toronto Blue Jays’ bandwagon. Big surprise, huh? My goodness how quickly people run white flags up the pole around here. Yes, the… Read More

Brilliance Is About Team

TORONTO (Sep. 28) — It was the greatest moment by the greatest player of the greatest Toronto Blue Jays team in nearly a quarter–century. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have mattered. The bottom–of–the–ninth, walk–off home run by Josh Donaldson on Sunday that… 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

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

Blue Jays Roll Another 11

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 13) — What is it about the Toronto Blue Jays and eleven–game win streaks? On five occasions in the past 28 years, the ball club has strung together 11 victories. Not once, has it captured… Read More

Looking Ahead at the Blue Jays Rotation

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 11) — In the short term, the Toronto Blue Jays are marvelously equipped to compete in a best–of–five or best–of–seven playoff series. To obtain that privilege, Alex Anthopoulos shredded the farm system he developed as… 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

Blue Jays at the Crossroad

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 27) — Four days. Ninety–six hours. That’s all we have left to determine whether the Toronto Blue Jays will maintain a bright future beyond the current Major League season. The earmark for potential calamity is… Read More
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