Don’t Blame Gibby, Jays Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 5) — Thoughts from a baseball road trip… It is normal for a rabid sports fan to develop chronic myopia. The most reasonable, intelligent person in other walks of life will turn to emotional blubber when responding to the misfortune of his or her favorite team. Foremost among reaction is […]

Remarkable Weather For Road Trip

By HOWARD BERGER CLEVELAND (May 3) — It was quite a sporting concoction on Saturday: The Kentucky Derby in Louisville; Pacquiao–Mayweather in Las Vegas; American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber staring down the Toronto Blue Jays here in Cleveland and (drumroll, please) the 48th anniversary of the night Toronto Maple Leafs last won […]

Friday Flashback Like None Other

By HOWARD BERGER CLEVELAND (May 2) — A 5½–hour journey here by car from Toronto on Friday quickly turned into a quarter–century–old deja vu. Hanging around the batting cage and the Blue Jays dugout two hours before a Major League Baseball game was once my professional life. I did it between 1988 and 1994 as […]

Habs Will Prevail, But With Difficulty

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 30) — In order to advance beyond the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens will have to quickly forget the regular season. An Eastern Conference semifinal clash with Tampa Bay (beginning Friday night at the Bell Centre) portents disaster for Montreal after the Lightning swept […]

Road Ice Advantage

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 29) — The lone remaining series in the first round of the Stanley Cup will conclude tonight and determine whether Detroit and Montreal will meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1978. If not, it will be Tampa Bay and Montreal for a second consecutive spring. Given that […]

“Loserville” Finds Another Level

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 27) — The Toronto Raptors yielded nearly 70 points in the first half of an elimination game Sunday night at Washington en route to a lurid beat–down by the Wizards. In the 2014–15 National Basketball Association regular season, only 11 of 30 teams averaged 101.5 points or more per game […]

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