The Morgan Mystery

TORONTO (Mar. 8) — An off year. A bad season. That has to be it. How else can one explain the plight of Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly? As the team plummeted toward the National Hockey League basement in the… Read More

Perky’s Yarns Are Overdue

TORONTO (Aug. 31) — I remember saying to myself: “Howard, just watch Dave Perkins. Observe the way he comports himself around athletes and you will learn immeasurably.” So, that’s what I did. It was Aug. 17, 1987. At Pearson International… 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

Stamkos Affair Requires Logic

TORONTO (Dec. 11) — The circus is coming to Air Canada Centre Tuesday on the same night the arena is booked for a hockey game. That’s because the Tampa Bay Lightning — with cause celebre, Steven Stamkos — visits Toronto… 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

Blue Jays Should Secure A.A./Gibbons

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 3) — There will come a time one day when Alex Anthopoulos isn’t quite as popular as he appears to be right now. Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays are loving their general manager after… Read More

Babcock Wants “Immediate Gratification”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 16) — It pales in comparison to an interview Darren Dreger could be conducting one year from now if Steven Stamkos hasn’t inked a contract extension with Tampa Bay. For the moment, however, there is… Read More

Wingin’ East From San Francisco

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 26) — Some friendly advice: If you have never been to San Francisco and you have the wherewithal to travel… go. Just go. You will not be disappointed. Between baseball, hockey and leisure travel, I… Read More

The Champions’ Den

By HOWARD BERGER SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 25) — After two of the most spectacular weather days here in the Bay Area, my son Shane and I toured AT&T Park on an afternoon in which baseball would likely have been postponed.… Read More

Eclectic City by the Bay

By HOWARD BERGER SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 24) — If you enjoy walking… and walking… and walking, then please come to San Francisco. Before you know it, three hours will have gone by and you’ll end up diametrically opposite from where… Read More

“I Left My Heart…”

By HOWARD BERGER SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 23) — Tony Bennett nailed it, didn’t he? My love waits there in San Francisco. Above the blue and windy sea. The old crooner must have had a day like Monday in mind when… Read More

Raiders/Leafs Nations Synonymous

By HOWARD BERGER SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 22) — Black and silver or blue and white, they are kindred spirits. Both are “Nations” and both have suffered for many a year. Neither places a condition on its love for team. I… Read More

Cows, Sharks and Charles Dickens

By HOWARD BERGER SAN JOSE (Dec. 21) — ‘Tis the season to be confused. Don’t feel badly if you haven’t a clue about the headline to this blog. Saturday here in the San Francisco Bay Area was quite the mixed… Read More

To No-Cal in No Time

By HOWARD BERGER SAN JOSE (Dec. 20) — I’m about to enjoy the shortest day of 2014 after what was supposed to be the longest flight of the year. Instead, “prevailing winds,” according to our captain, helped sever nearly an… Read More

Prime Time Sports at 25

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 2) — As someone who was there at the start, it is mind-boggling for me to comprehend that Prime Time Sports – arguably the most iconic sports radio program in North America – debuted 25… Read More
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