Did Brian Burke Go Behind Anyone’s Back?


The Toronto Sun it appears wants to hang on to the Don Cherry / Brian Burke story for dear life. Burke must love it. Instead of talking about his tanking hockey club they are talking about him and Abe Simpson.

Is it just me or in order for someone to be accused of going behind someone’s back doesn’t that person otherwise have a duty to be up front and honest about the issue they went behind the back about first? Where does the duty to tell someone you are going to do something start and end?

I ask because several members of the MSM have said something similar to this about Burke going to the CBC to complain about Abe and Flanders:

“When Burke went behind Cherry’s back and made it clear to his NHL brethren that he no longer wanted Cherry on the large Hockey Night stage he found he had surprising support for the concept. He wasn’t alone in wanting the outspoken Cherry silenced. There is a sense within the NHL that Hockey Night, and in particular host Ron MacLean and Cherry, are too combative, too critical, too agenda driven for the NHL’s liking.”

That from Steve Simmons

The question I have for you is, if you say Burke went behind their backs, what was the appropriate action? Is he supposed to call them up and say, um hey guys, I am pissed at how you treat my team and I am going to tell your bosses that I am asking that you be fired?

I mean does anyone think that’s reasonable?

If you want to say Burke went to far, I get it. If you want to say he is too thin skinned, I get it. Accusing him of going behind their backs? Sorry, don’t buy it.

I am not sure why anyone is stil talking about this story, but so be it.

The radio ratings came out today. I will try to get an update for you.

Yes, I know Damien Cox writes about the Toronto Maple Leafs. I know he writes about Tennis, but he’s down at spring training covering the Blue Jays. I know he’s written about them before, but wow he’s really becoming the sports generalist isn’t he. Good stuff. I am a fan of Damien’s work and his article today on Kyle Drabek was good reading.

A bunch of you have asked what happened to the readers poll for MSM of the year. Problem is not enough people actually gave a top 10 response. I got a name here and there. If you want to do it properly we need to do another post.

Reading the Star is hit or miss for me on a given day as depending on the way the wind blows, Rosie could be writing a sports story, and yes I trying not to read her any more regardless of the topic (unless she falls off the bus again, that I’ll read) but is there a more disappointing scribe these days than Cathal Kelly? I am not sure what is going on but the quality of his work in my opinion has dropped like the leafs performance this season.

Greg Brady has gone on the record in the past as saying that if Brian Burke didn’t make the playoffs this season he should be fired. I wonder if he will ask Burke that the next time he interviews him.

It’s taken a while but I think James Mirtle’s finally got it:

“There’s a silver lining beyond that, too.

Because of the NHL’s draft lottery system, the Leafs would have an 8.1-per-cent chance of picking first overall if they finish with the league’s fifth-worst record. That rises to a 10.7-per-cent chance if they finish with the fourth-worst record.

Which is right about how high their playoff chances are these days.”

The hell with chicken little, lets aim for as many ping pong balls as we absolutely can get. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades. If your out, may as well be at the bottom.

More importantly, the late drive Maple Leafs of yester-year gave a false impression of how good they actually were. Truth is they are no fewer than 6 good players away from being an upper level team. Yes, I know one awesome one changes that but…….

The team wasn’t as good as they looked early and they aren’t this bad either. Truth is they just aren’t very good and until the talent is upgraded they won’t be either. Whether Burke admits it or not, it is a long process to rebuild this sucker. I have no problem with being patient as long as their is evidence of improvement.

Ahhh being back in the USA, as I strolled around my office today laptop screens has NCAA basketball on them. Canadians just don’t appreciate the level of support and interest in the tournament, or should I say gambling on it.

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