Blue Jays Now a Fantasy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 18) – Though disheartening for baseball fans across Canada, the plight of the Toronto Blue Jays is not a mystery. When you get hammered by teams ahead of you and cannot beat clubs beneath you, options become limited. For example: During their most recent visit to American League contenders out […]

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 […]

The Longest Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 11) – Back in the day, Major League Baseball teams used to play actual doubleheaders – not the day/night cash-grabs we have now. A fan would get two games for the price of one ticket. In the early Blue Jays era, the club played “twi-night” doubleheaders. The first game at […]

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 […]

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