TORONTO (Oct. 31) — The Shanaplan has run its course. With no tangible result.
What seemed like a good idea nearly a decade ago has morphed into a calamity. And, it bears little relation to how many points the Toronto… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 30) — No person amid the Leafs hierarchy will confess to the truth, but jobs were squarely on the line, in Chicago, one year ago this weekend. The 2–4–1 visitors, having been demolished in Pittsburgh (7–1) and Carolina… Read More
MY DEEPLY PERSONAL STORY (WRITTEN IN 2017) ABOUT BEING DIAGNOSED WITH CROHN’S DISEASE AS A TEENAGER, WITH A NOSTALGIC TWIST INVOLVING THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:PART 1
My story begins late in the summer of 1975. I was 16½ years… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 28) — Forget, for a moment, that the Toronto Maple Leafs are a pedestrian 4–3–1 after eight games and have lost to three of the most–feeble outfits (Montreal, Arizona, San Jose) in the National Hockey League. With 74… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 27) — In the third week of the seventh season since Auston Matthews scored four goals against the Ottawa Senators in his National Hockey League debut, joining franchise cornerstones William Nylander and Mitch Marner, the Toronto Maple Leafs… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 24) — At least the New York Yankees won a playoff round and made it to the American League Championship Series, whereupon they were humiliated in a four–game sweep by the Houston Astros. The league–record 62 home runs… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 22) — He has been retired for nearly a decade but there is no person with sports media credentials that continues to call it as straight as Dave Perkins. In fact, it’s almost too easy for me to… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 18) — The video, posted for all the world to see, was graphic and heartbreaking. Borje Salming, alongside Tim Horton as the greatest defenseman in Toronto Maple Leafs history, breaking down while his wife, Pia, discussed the horrific… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 14) — This is a delicate subject and I’m hoping you will carefully read what I am about to say.
Toronto Sun sports columnist Steve Simmons touched off a firestorm in his popular Sunday Notes page last week… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 10) — This blog isn’t about sports. It doesn’t have to be. It’s about the heartless, unconscionable jackals that operate our Big 3 media conglomerates: Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and Corus Entertainment. Nameless, faceless people with cash to… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 9) — The epic collapse by the Blue Jays on Saturday supplied the perfect prolog for the next six months of irrelevance involving our local shinny heroes. Not that anyone will pay heed to this warning when Auston… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 7) — The brave talk… the anticipation… the media cheerleading.
It all could be over. Seemingly before it begins.
Such is the nature of the Major League Baseball playoffs.
And, dare we say, professional sport here in the… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 6) — Believe it or not, I still have two vivid memories of 40 years ago tonight, when I sat down in my boyhood home to watch the Maple Leafs opening game of the 1982–83 National Hockey League… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 4) — Here we are in the first week of October. Amid Leafs Land, Nick Robertson is scoring at a Wayne Gretzky pace. Matt Murray is stopping pucks like Patrick Roy never did. And, fleet–a–foot Mitch Marner could… Read More
Hockey/baseball reporter at THE FAN-590 for 23 years (1988-2011), and original from September 1992 launch of Canada’s first all-sports radio station. Covered Toronto Blue Jays 1992 and 1993 World Series victories. Started with Leafs full time in 1994. Enjoying life with my family (kids Shane and Lauren).