Raiders/Leafs Nations Synonymous

By HOWARD BERGER SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 22) — Black and silver or blue and white, they are kindred spirits. Both are “Nations” and both have suffered for many a year. Neither places a condition on its love for team. I found that out yesterday in Oakland. Not that it was surprising. The Raiders of the […]

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 […]

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, […]

Full Spectrum of Johnny Bower

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 2) — It seems like every day, Maple Leaf fans are treated to the smiling face of the club’s all–time most popular player. At 90, Johnny Bower is marvelously ubiquitous, showing up whenever and wherever invited. Not often, though, will you see Bower smile, sing and cry in the same […]

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