Personnel Still Matters Most

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 22) – As Hall-of-Fame executive Cliff Fletcher might say: “Analytics Shmanalytics.” Time of course will tell, but the hiring of Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager would seem to be a progressive move by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dubas is young (28) and was highly touted as a junior hockey […]

Leafs Still Need Franson

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 22) – There’s a lot of flippant chatter about how the Maple Leafs have signed Cody Franson to a one-year contract as a matter of convenience. As if the club is so indisputably deep on the blue line it can afford to play games with a 6-foot-5 inch defenseman still just […]

The “Toronto Collapse” – Part 3

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 21) – Frankly, it is difficult to include the baseball Blue Jays as part of the now-famed “Toronto Collapse.” After all, the team provided our city its most exhilarating moments of the past 50 years – vaulting into contention in the 1985 season and winning consecutive World Series titles in […]

The “Toronto Collapse” – Part 2

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 20) – Having provided background in my Friday blog (, it is now time to offer hard evidence as to why Toronto has richly earned its place among the most inept cities in professional sport. No criterion better exemplifies incompetence than allowing prosperity to slip away. The euphemism “choking” is often […]

The “Toronto Collapse” – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 18) – “Wait.” For more than a few years, the above-mentioned word – by itself – has become an habitual reply among sports fans in this city. Hey, the Blue Jays are the hottest team in baseball – winning 20 of 24 games. Edwin Encarnacion is unstoppable. “Wait.” How about […]

Internet Mania is Tragically an Epidemic

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 17) – Do I think the Leafs should trade Dion Phaneuf? At some point, absolutely. Not because the team’s most recent collapse was his fault alone but rather because the other two elements of a failed nucleus – Randy Carlyle and Phil Kessel – appear to be going nowhere. Ultimately, […]

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