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 […]

The “Toronto Collapse” – Part 4

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 15) – If you live in this city and look up the word “collapse” in the dictionary, the subliminal mind imagines a blue-and-white Maple Leafs logo. The reason is simple: While other Toronto teams suffer acute collapses – during the span of a week or in a particularly important game […]

Leafs Have Talked Enough

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 4) – Understand that Phil Kessel was merely and graciously answering a question put to him in early-August. It came from Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press, who chatted with Fast Phil during an event leading up to the Rogers Cup men’s tennis tournament at York University. Whyno asked Kessel about […]

Blue Jays Fail to Capitalize

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 3) – The baseball pundits were unanimous in their appraisal of the Blue Jays coming out of the All-Star break. Seventeen games against American League also-ran teams from July 18 to Aug. 3 would determine, they said and wrote, whether the Jays were a contender or pretender. It was time […]

Inside Maple Leaf Gardens

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 31) – Having posted a blog Wednesday with exterior images of old, wonderfully-worn Maple Leaf Gardens, I was asked – quite logically – how it looks from the inside. At BergerBytes.ca, you never have to wait long for an answer. No, I did not return to the Gardens on Thursday. […]

Gardens Still Looking Like Old

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 30) – I suppose it will always be a bit comforting to know that Maple Leaf Gardens hasn’t changed much. At least on the outside. The inside has undergone a complete makeover as an athletic home for Ryerson University and an unparalleled Loblaws grocery outlet – easily the best I’ve […]

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