Leafs Nation Too Bitter

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 24) – Yes, Leaf fan, I get it. You’d rather have hemorrhoids than watch the Montreal Canadiens knife through the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Especially when “Stanley Cup playoffs” is such a foreign term. But, c’mon. A small amount of courtesy toward les Habitants is hardly too […]

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 in 2011/2012 Season
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For Howard Starkman

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 22) – We share a given name and we shared (more than 20 years ago) – he as the Blue Jays media relations director; me as a reporter for The FAN-590 – several of the greatest moments in Toronto sports history. That’s why I’m writing today about Howard Starkman, shortly after his unexpected retirement from […]

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 in 2011/2012 Season

Leafs Fans Watching REAL Hockey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 20) – If you aren’t altogether sure of the immense gulf that exists between the Maple Leafs and any of the Stanley Cup contenders, watch Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. After two minutes, you’ll have an answer. You may, of course, consider that one of the great “well d’uh!” […]

Comparing Notes With David Shoalts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 16) – The first time I met David Shoalts, he looked at me disdainfully and said I was too big for my britches. That was more than three decades ago (in February 1982) when we worked together, ever-so briefly, at the Calgary Sun. I was 23 years old and homesick; […]

Carlyle Deserves Respectful Departure

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 16) – I am of two minds when it comes to the Maple Leafs muddled coaching situation. On one hand, I think Brendan Shanahan has already made his first mistake as president of the club by dithering – if even for 72 hours. Barry Trotz is available and probably not […]

Shanahan: Good First Impression

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) – It required roughly 15 seconds to gauge the difference between presidential introductions – from Brian Burke’s inauguration with the Maple Leafs on Nov. 29, 2008 to Brendan Shanahan’s official crowning earlier today. It would be simple and not particularly fair to dump on Burke with the benefit of […]

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