Babcock Needs a Trump Card

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 21) — It has been unmistakable during Mike Babcock’s 13–season career as a coach in the National Hockey League: You play the way he commands¬†or you watch others play. This will not change in Year 14. Ominously for Mike, however, he will soon encounter an 82–game schedule in which 18 […]

Leafs Deserve Full, Unconditional Credit

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 21) — For reasons that aren’t difficult to comprehend, the Toronto Maple Leafs and skepticism have long–been intertwined. When you hold the existing record for lengthiest championship drought in a professional league, distrust and apprehension are unavoidable by–products. But, let’s pause for a moment and recognize what the Maple Leafs […]

Maple Leafs’ $$$ Lands Babcock

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 20) — As I reported courtesy a Detroit radio station around 1:15 p.m. today, it required a front–loaded contract worth $8 million in Years 1 and 2, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have won the Mike Babcock sweepstakes. Babcock has agreed to an eight–year contract to coach the Leafs that […]

Blue Jays Plight Cannot Be Addressed

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 19) — The success or failure of a business enterprise starts at the top. It always starts at the top. And, that’s why the Toronto Blue Jays are beyond salvation right now. The chief decision makers are about to move on. There are no apparent descendants — to the fan–base […]

Leafs Should Sign American Pharoah

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 17) — Forget Mike Babcock. What the Maple Leafs need is a leader on the ice. A real horse. Someone with killer instinct who can play in all conditions and has no fear of being whipped by whomever is standing behind the bench. A warrior that can explode from the […]

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