Maple Leafs Fans Search For Tofu

Greetings from New Zealand. Many of you have emailed me and tweeted me asking for my take on Happy Howie’s latest blog entries. The first one, an apparent attempt at humour and the second one which apparently was needed to explain the humour in the first.

So, here is my response. I’ve decided to start the Maple Leafs fan search for TOFU.

You know what TOFU is right?

Berger replacement.

I’ve stopped reading his blog. I’ve taken his blog off my rss reader.

I now turn the radio station when I hear he is coming up.

640 Toronto has Jonas Siegel (no relation)

Is he our TOFU?

Who else would you like to see as the Maple Leafs insider???

Join The Maple Leafs TOFU Nation- go Berger free

Tofu is a healthy alternative, it’s good for the heart and helps lower cholesterol

More from New Zealand later



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October 28, 2010 5:47 am

I’ve been Berger free for a long time. He’s the Joan Rivers of hockey. Those “game day” reports that they used to have (at least I think they stopped them) were painful.

“Little is known as to the contents of Matts Sundin’s laundry basket, but sources tell me there MIGHT be skid marks visible on some of his underwear. Could these be the result of fear of going in the corner? Low fiber diet? We’ll have to wait and see….I’m Howard Berger!”

October 28, 2010 8:08 am

The problem is, TOFU sucks….awful consistency and tasteless. What I think we need is Angus or Wagyu beef berger instead of Howie grade d beef berger.

It’s likely a low paying entry level job so I don’t think there are any names that we would know of that would be candidates. Jonas Siegel seems like a nice kid but has no substance or depth in his reporting….Anyone can go to a Leafs practice and tell us who’s playing with who or who didn’t skate due to injury. My vote would be Down Goes Brown…at least the updates would be humorous. What about Marco Moro – don’t you miss him on Leafs TV? 🙂 How about one of the Leafs bloggers like Alex Tran or Alec Brownscombe?

October 28, 2010 8:38 am

I rarely ever read Berger’s blogs, as i grew tired of him about 10 years ago when i first heard him on the fan. Add to that, i had a room mate years ago who was a passionate Leaf fan. His family kept giving him Bergers books for Christmas, and he went nuts. They are such wastes of paper. The usual obvious statements repeated over and over.

I find it curious now, that when he gets an uproar for his ridiculous attempt at humour, that conveniently the blog which pissed everyone off at Hockeybuzz is no longer there to be read. I actually looked for it so i could understand the story better. Maybe instead of a blog with Oh Vay, he could have the hutzpah to leave his other blog on the web. If it is somewhere and i am mistaken please send the link someone. Otherwise coming from a Red Meat Lover, BRING ON THE TOFU!

October 28, 2010 9:53 am

I stopped reading and listening to Berger a long time ago. I honestly don’t understand why people who bitch about him *STILL* read and listen to the guy. I guess they like complaining.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
October 28, 2010 2:18 pm

Lister i think it’s because he’s “the leafs guy” on the biggest sports station in the city. you can’t help but come across his opinions and when you do you wonder how he holds on to the job. Jays fans suffer through this with Wilner. He’s a colossal douche and runs the call in program as if he were a grade school teacher, but if you want to talk Jays after the game then you have to put up with it.

now, if there were another full time sports radio station then we might not have this problem …

all that said, if you read Berger’s blog you know what you’re getting into. thankfully there are plenty of hockey blogs who delight in tearing apart his musings, and these people also provide better insights despite not having the same access to the dressing room or the press box.

October 28, 2010 2:35 pm

Berger used to be fine in the past. I think the new moronic leadership of the FAN is the cause of his latest blog. Ke kas been hanging around Krystal and Kollins too much. The station is going down in a blaze of glory!! Where is the alternative??

October 28, 2010 2:47 pm

Mike (in Boston): I totally disagree with the comments about Wilner. He’s one of the reasons that I enjoy the broadcast. He is opinionated, but I think his opinions are quite cogent and he will explain them; moreover, he doesn’t hesitate to call people out when they make ill-informed comments, which so many of his callers do. I really can’t stand a host who doesn’t understand his subject and will let ridiculous statements go through unchallenged.

Wilner knows his baseball and he doesn’t tolerate fools – nor should he.

As for Berger, I can’t comment (I’n not much of a hockey fan) – although his habitual silly quip that he adds to the end of all his reports is a bit tiring.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
October 28, 2010 2:57 pm

Steve — i credit Wilner with raising the bar for baseball discussion on JaysTalk. no question. i also think he was wronged by Rogers when they suspended him for doing his job and asking Cito tough questions.

i don’t at all enjoy his personality, but reasonable people can disagree about that. i find it very grating when he corrects pronunciation, or insists that people not use nicknames for players, or makes fun of people for using “we” to refer to the team, or niggles over small statistical imprecisions. he strikes me as someone who is more interested in being right than having a good discussion, and that is a turn off for me.

but, as i said. that’s just my opinion, and we’re supposed to be bashing on Berger in this thread.

October 28, 2010 3:04 pm

Mike – thanks. Your comments seem pretty fair to me.

October 29, 2010 11:27 am

Wow, Howie sure has you guys pegged! Too bad the Leafs’ audience hasn’t managed to get it yet – I’d say there’s always hope, but methinks I’d be lying, based on so many of the responses both to his blog and this one. Oh well, enjoy your insular, partisan, unreasoning lives, I hope I never meet you – seriously.

October 29, 2010 11:34 am

Oh, forgot to mention, due to the response to Howie’s blog from the sheeple and seals, I’ll make a point of checking it out from now on – if the sheeple hate it, I just know it’ll be informative and entertaining – unlike this site which seems to have nothing but line-ups (uh, we get those when watching the game, thanks for nothing) and bikini babes (uh, there’s a ton of porn that shows a LOT more), and the only positive, the once a week (or less) look at media which is turning into a Dowbiggin-bash most of the time – can you say boring?

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