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 hour off the journey and we made it from Toronto to San Francisco Friday night […]

Leafs Are Un–frickin’–stopable

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 17) — It is almost scary how the Maple Leafs are hording wins right now. Not necessarily performing commensurate to their results but still piling up points in the Eastern Conference — currency that will come in handy as the season progresses. Leafs have been pounding the opposition on the […]

Carlyle Due Much Credit

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 16) — It hardly taxes the memory to recall that Randy Carlyle was a near–unanimous choice by pundits to be the first National Hockey League coach fired in 2014–15. I made it clear, in this corner, that Carlyle should have been replaced after last season. Wrong (Paul MacLean / Dallas Eakins). And, […]

TV Stations, Raptors Hung Bernier

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 10) — I wasn’t on hand when Jonathan Bernier mistook Nelson Mandela for a professional athlete last Friday night. But, enough accredited “journalists” apparently did surround Bernier for at least one of them to speak up and correct the Toronto Maple Leafs goalie. For the record, here’s what Bernier said: “Well […]

A Truly Golden State

By HOWARD BERGER SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 9) — As the old saying goes: Life’s a beach, but someone has to live it. So, why not me? And, why not in beautiful southern California? After a wonderful weekend with my ex–wife Susan’s family in Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo (both part of Orange County), I […]

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 in California, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Beach

Now Le Gros Bill is Gone

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 3) — When might there be a pause? A dreadful fortnight in the hockey world continued late Tuesday when word came from Montreal that Hall–of–Famer and Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau had died. He was 83. This, after the deaths last week of Pat Quinn, Murray Oliver and Beliveau’s former teammate, […]

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