Leafs Will Be the Same With Carlyle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 5) – Methinks the Toronto Raptors stole some hearts the past couple of weeks – and not by accident. For a brief time, this was an all-basketball city. With the Maple Leafs golfing (as usual);… Read More

Deja Vu in Beantown

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 3) – One year minus ten days and a hockey game at TD Garden had an awfully familiar look to it. Ever since the Maple Leafs gut-twisting loss to the Bruins in Game 7 last… 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

Leafs Fans Watching REAL Hockey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 20) – If you aren’t altogether sure of the immense gulf that exists between the Maple Leafs and any of the Stanley Cup contenders, watch Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. After two minutes, you’ll… Read More

Leafs Desperately Need First Wild-Card

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 22) – Welcome to spring, when the leaves bloom and the Leafs often wither. Three weeks remain in the 2013-14 National Hockey League schedule and only one team has clinched a spot in the Stanley… Read More

Sad Tale of Bry(i)ans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 21) – Somehow, I don’t think this was the plan. Amid much anticipation, celebration and glorification, the two Bry(i)ans came to town – one with a ‘y’; the other with an ‘i’. Both planning, ultimately, Read More

Maple Leafs Cushioning Blue Jays

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 18) – If the Maple Leafs are the most pleasant surprise for hungry sports fans in this city, the Blue Jays have provided the most abject disappointment. So far. After a winter of unprecedented hype, Read More

Casey Sounding Like Burke

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) – It is forever lost in semantics – the blurred line between objective and expectation – and is apparently unique to the pro sporting landscape in this city. We take you to Sep. 8, Read More

Leafs Real Test is Thursday

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 6) – Tonight marks another installment of the Battle of Ontario, as Ottawa Senators invade Air Canada Centre for the second time this season. Ben Scrivens blanked the injury riddled Sens, 3-0, on Feb. 16 Read More

Don’t Give Up on NHL Season

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 10) – Despite the impassioned breakdown of talks on Thursday between the NHL and the NHL Players Association, signs continue to point toward a potential truce. Though an official resumption of collective bargaining has yet Read More

No Shame in Rooting For Argos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 26) – Oddly enough, in a city where champions come to die, there is life today. The first major-league conquest in Toronto since 2004 may not have been captured by the most popular team in Read More

NHL, NHLPA Long Ago Hit V-1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 22) – I always enjoy the insight of my friend and mentor, Pierre McGuire, who has forgotten more about hockey than most will ever know. And, I agreed entirely with Pierre when he told viewers Read More

How Low Can Toronto Sink?

 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 23) – No person – least of all, Brian Burke – requires ESPN The Magazine to determine that our city is the absolute worst in major professional sports right now. It is there for all Read More

When Toronto Reigned

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 16) – An avid sports fan in this city is clearly living through the worst of times. Four of five major professional teams are entrenched near the basement of their respective leagues: Maple Leafs in Read More
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