Hasn’t It “Groan” Old?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 28) — If I had $100 for every groan from a Maple Leafs player about the unpalatable Air Canada Centre climate, my down-payment on the Bridle Path would have long ago been submitted.¬†And, I’m referring to groans merely in the past decade. For those unaware, the Bridle Path is a […]

Not Much For $180,926.83

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 26) — It was one game, still very early in the schedule, but it felt like a re-run of The Wizard of Oz. I never get tired, mind you, of watching Dorothy; the Scarecrow; the Wicked Witch et al; I’ve seen the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production often enough to recite the […]

Grief Has No Boundary

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) — I had a revealing conversation with my son late Wednesday afternoon. Shane called from the University of Guelph. We talked about the tragic events of the day in Ottawa and the Maple Leafs/Senators game being rightfully postponed. Just at the time we would normally say goodbye, Shane paused: […]

Babcock to Leafs? Why?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 20) — Amid the Week 2 hysteria in Leaf Land, I have a prediction: Mike Babcock will stay right where he is and re-sign with Detroit Red Wings. That won’t go over well here in the city of shattered dreams but it makes too much sense. Sorry, Toronto, for the […]

Carlyle Pining For 2013

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 17) — I have finally determined why Randy Carlyle gave up on his No. 1 goalie after two games: Lockout Season Syndrome. It previously impacted the coach when Matt Frattin and Leo Komarov were re-acquired in the summer and it indicates how dreadfully Frattin must have performed in training camp […]

Burying a Local Legend

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) — I figured that if Ralph Platner made the effort to come to my Bar Mitzvah, I could go to his funeral. Invitations were sent to neither of us and the events were separated by 42 years, eight months and ten days. But, we both showed up. And in […]

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