Blue Jays, Leafs Providing Good Lesson

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 27) – Other than baseball observers employed by Rogers Communications, there is universal concession that the Blue Jays have long been out of the playoff hunt in the American League. Understandably, Rogers people (not named Gregg Zaun) are being stubborn – their bosses own the baseball club. But, they aren’t […]

The Carlyle-Analytics Conundrum

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 25) – Were he to be perfectly honest, new Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas would probably say that Randy Carlyle is among the last coaches he would employ in the National Hockey League. Perhaps he’s already made that known to Brendan Shanahan. Or, perhaps there is no need to. […]

What Happens After Leiweke?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 22) – So, Tim Leiweke hangs around long enough as CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to oversee structural and cultural change in the hockey department. He bids adieu, ideally in his mind, with the Leafs positioned to move forward in the way of the 2010′s. Hall-of-Fame player-turned-executive Brendan […]

Leafs Undergoing Enormous Change

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 21) – As training camp for the 2014-15 National Hockey League season approaches, the Toronto Maple Leafs are changing in an unprecedented way. Any such transformation on the ice would naturally be welcomed by fans of the club after eight playoff misses in the past nine years, though I might […]

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, options become limited. For example: During their most recent visit to American League contenders out […]

Leafs Parallel Confusing

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 16) – Though cynical minds have long dominated Leafs Nation – and with reason – the parallel drawn between current and former regimes is confusing. This anomaly came to light again with the upbeat announcement of a monument to be constructed on the west plaza of Air Canada Centre commemorating […]

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