Leafs Looking Ominously Familiar

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 28) — In hindsight, there was nothing transparently wrong with the Maple Leafs the last time, prior to Sunday evening, they coughed up a two–goal lead in the third period. It occurred on Oct. 17, 2013 when Ryan Murphy, Eric Staal and Ron Hainsey scored unanswered for Carolina at the Air […]

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 […]

To No-Cal in No Time

By HOWARD BERGER SAN JOSE (Dec. 20) — I’m about to enjoy the shortest day of 2014 after what was supposed to be the longest flight of the year. Instead, “prevailing winds,” according to our captain, helped sever nearly an hour off the journey and we made it from Toronto to San Francisco Friday night […]

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 […]

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