Shanaplan Worked, But It’s Over

TORONTO (May 19) — I find it intriguing that the majority of Maple Leaf fans are so fervent about “trusting the process” — a virtual slogan as it pertains to the hockey club. The “process”, of course, is a synonym… Read More

Pillar’s Lamentable Choice

***UPDATE: The Toronto Blue Jays suspended Kevin Pillar for two games on Thursday afternoon.*** TORONTO (May 18) — Let me begin today by stressing that I have long admired Kevin Pillar. Until Wednesday night, there was nothing to not admire… Read More

Leafs Have Skill… Right?

TORONTO (Feb. 24) — It is the great paradox of the youthful, energetic and revitalized Toronto Maple Leafs: Provide the slick shooters gobs of open ice or a clean break on the opposition goalie. And then, far–more often than not,… Read More

Could Argos Give Hufnagel The Key?

TORONTO (Jan. 24) — I had a swirl of mixed emotion this morning when the Toronto Argonauts announced the firing of long–time general manager Jim Barker. Part of me was upset for one of the genuinely nicest people I came… Read More

Cancer Strikes The Booth — Again

TORONTO (Nov. 17) — God–friggin’ dammit! For the second time in just more than a decade, cancer has reared its despicable head in the Toronto Blue Jays radio booth. Only this time, we’re anticipating a far–better result. Eleven years–and–a–bit since… Read More

When is Joe Bowen’s Turn?

TORONTO (Nov. 14) — There is no arguing the merit of the two gentlemen inducted this year into the media wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Bob Verdi is the dean of sports columnists in Chicago and has covered… Read More

Blue Jays Walking a Tightrope

TORONTO (Sep. 12) — As they careen through their most untimely slump in 29 years, the Toronto Blue Jays are saying all the right things and doing all the wrong things. Not since 1987 have the Blue Jays engendered such… Read More

This Is The Blue Jays Year

TORONTO (July 9) — What better time than the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Major League All–Star Game at SkyDome to make a proclamation about the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays? Here it is (mark it down and remember the date):… Read More

Will “Demoted” Marlies Stay Hungry?

TORONTO (Apr. 6) — Once the Maple Leafs finish their National Hockey League schedule on Saturday in New Jersey, many eyes around here will focus on the American Hockey League Toronto Marlies. Freshly re–stocked with returning players from the NHL,… Read More

Shanahan Continues To Impress

TORONTO (Jan. 22) — Some years from now, the Brendan Shanahan regime will be distinguished by its pursuit of the Stanley Cup. In the interim — and if you’re inclined to gamble — plunk down a few pesos on the… Read More

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

Leafs Have Different Flavors

TORONTO (Nov. 4) — The challenge for a hockey reporter is monumental, whether he/she covers a winning team or one expected to have copious balls in the draft–lottery. In the absence of an obvious story (injury, emotional tirade, etc.), how… Read More

22 Years — Long Enough

TORONTO (Sep. 27) — Well, not exactly 22 years. More like 21 years and 364 days. From Sep. 27, 1993 to late Saturday afternoon. The longest playoff drought in any of the four major North American pro sports. Finally, it… Read More

Blue Jays Plight Cannot Be Addressed

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 19) — The success or failure of a business enterprise starts at the top. It always starts at the top. And, that’s why the Toronto Blue Jays are beyond salvation right now. The chief decision… Read More

Oh Bobcat, Your Memory!

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 2) — Earlier this evening, a friend of mine – when referring to Bob McCown – said, “Bob is an outstanding host. As an historian, Bob is… an outstanding host.” It was a good summation.Read More

Blue Jays Now a Fantasy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 18) – Though disheartening for baseball fans across Canada, the plight of the Toronto Blue Jays is not a mystery. When you get hammered by teams ahead of you and cannot beat clubs beneath you,… Read More

Reimer Won’t Cause Trouble

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 26) – Any reporter or columnist that plans to engender a fuss at training camp over the Maple Leafs’ goaltending situation ought to think twice. First of all, James Reimer is way too intelligent to… Read More

One Year Later, It’s the Raptors

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 28) – One thing we can say about teams that call Air Canada Centre home: When they make the playoffs, they tend to overachieve. Of course, it is all relative. Neither the Maple Leafs last… Read More
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