Toronto Mike

A Whipping Boy No More


Toronto Maple Leaf defenseman Aki Berg has signed with TPS Turku of Finland's SM-liiga.  I, for one, am  really going to miss having him around.  I'm not going to miss him because he was particularly valuable or skilled, but because he was always there when blame needed to be applied.

Every time he handled the puck I was on turn-over alert, watching every Aki Berg play under a microscope.  When we lost, it was easy to blame it on Berg.  Berg was our official whipping boy and he excelled at the role.

With Berg gone, who will I blame for our losses, the lousy weather, my car troubles and the rising property taxes?

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