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Sorry folks up to my eyeballs in kids hockey. This quote to be best tells the story of why Brian Burke was fired. It’s from Damien Cox’s article. Nimble on that until I get away from the rink:

“He said he was unaware of any noteworthy clash with the new ownership alliance of Rogers and Bell. He did say that Tanenbaum asked him last season to “tone it down” in terms of his public utterances.
“I said, ‘Larry, I can’t do that. I am who I am. But I can back away a bit,’ ” said Burke. “And that’s what I’ve done the last six months.”

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mike in boston
mike in boston
January 13, 2013 8:18 am

weekend poll question: which phrases in sports writing or sports radio bother you?

here’s mine: necessarily. As in “i’m not saying they’re necessarily going to win this weekend.”

Here’s why it’s an idiotic thing to say. No team has ever “necessarily” won any game ever in the history of sports.

“Necessarily” implies that the thing in question cannot not happen. And obviously in pro sports there’s always a chance that something can go awry. So saying “i’m not saying that is going to happen necessarily” adds absolutely nothing to what you’re asserting.
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Sports talking-heads often use this as a way of qualifying their predictions and assertions so that they can say later on “i never said that was necessarily going to happen!” If you want to have some fun with this one try listening to any Jonah Keri interview. Someone should send him Introduction to Logical Reasoning.

mike in boston
mike in boston
January 13, 2013 8:25 am

a few observations after being partially caught up on the week’s events:

Anselmi being interviewed on PTS

– very classy to hear Cox snickering at Anselmi’s answers to Bob’s questions.

– Bob clearly wanted Anselmi to say certain things and became frustrated when he wouldn’t. At some point Bob implied that Anselmi was being dishonest, and to his credit Anselmi defused it very nicely. Bob needs to work on keeping his frustration in check. Not a very professional moment

– Cox is blight on toronto journalism, but he rightly challenged Bob to explain why he thinks Nonis will just be a copy of Burke. Bob clearly assumed this was the case and both Cox and Shannon mocked him for not knowing what he’s talking about. I can’t imagine that being mocked on your own show by those two felt very good.

– Bob claimed he is 100% convinced that this has to do with Burke refusing to include Gardiner with Kadri in a deal for Luongo. He implied that he has insider information from the executive level about this. Let’s see how that plays out …

mike in boston
mike in boston
January 13, 2013 8:32 am

last one for now: watched the Burke press conference. WOW!

he was very measured and very careful but a few details slipped out:

– he was told that this has nothing to do with anything other than team performance. If true, then there are a lot of false reports out there about personal issues.

– he was not given a satisfactory explanation for the timing.

– in response to a question by Steve Simmons — “i don’t ever have to talk to you again … go ask the board if you want an answer to that question.” As much good as he does in the community, Burke’s thin skin is clearly responsible for a lot of the mess in which he finds himself.

drumanchor
drumanchor
January 13, 2013 9:38 am
Reply to  mike in boston

Mine is “Thrown Under the Bus”. Enough, already!!

Robert
Robert
January 13, 2013 10:57 am
Reply to  mike in boston

How about “Are you kidding me?” after every great play. We know it was a great play, that’s why these guys make all that money.

Kamlesh
Kamlesh
January 13, 2013 11:11 am
Reply to  mike in boston

1)Using “literally”, as in “He literally hit the cover off the ball.”
No actually the cover is still on the ball.
Anyway, great NFL games yesterday, except when the running backs:
2)Zigged when they should have zagged

Sam
Sam
January 13, 2013 11:30 am
Reply to  mike in boston

As I read this I’m thinking why does Bob feel the need to gather and divulge “insider info”. I wish he’d put that energy into properly interviewing people. If its true that Cope / whoever don’t like Burke, I can’t wait to see what happens if Bob really starts to bang the whole “ownership won’t come in for an interview” drum, considering Bob’s an employee of that ownership.

Sam in Scarb
Sam in Scarb
January 13, 2013 12:22 pm

@disqus_EEwfrJhnwb:disqus Mine is “X team just burned a time-out”
As recently as Balt/Denver game yesterday,Baltimore challenged a play,the announcer said “good call they should challenge that call” They lost the challenge and then less than three minutes late the same announcer said “Baltimore only has 2 timeouts left as they Burned one timeout on a challenge”

Lee (Oakville)
Lee (Oakville)
January 13, 2013 12:39 pm
Reply to  mike in boston

It appears that Damien Cox and Rosie DiManno are the two biggest Burke fluffers in the media ( a good fit, IMO) judging by their recent columns. DiManno indicates in her Sunday column that Burke was offered a paid personal leave-of-absence by MLSE and that he turned it down. If the firing was strictly about poor hockey results I doubt that a leave-of-absence would have been offered and that other Burke acolytes (Nonis, Poulin, etc.) would have been retained. If DiManno’s sources are correct, it points more and more towards a Steve Simmons scenario and less of a McCown/Cox Bell Media conspiracy.

Kamlesh
Kamlesh
January 13, 2013 3:40 pm
Reply to  mike in boston

How soon before Burke has a book deal to be co-authored by Cox?

Lance D.
Lance D.
January 13, 2013 6:47 pm

Sam in Scarb – Would that announcer be Dan Dierdorf – the master of pointing out the obvious and exaggerating every single thing he calls? If not, Dierdorf certainly fits the bill. The guy is painful to listen to. It’s a darn good thing Greg Gumbel is his partner so the booth has at least one good broadcaster.

Mike S
Mike S
January 15, 2013 12:47 am
Reply to  Lance D.

Dierdorf was tough to listen to……………but not as tough as Brian Billick yesterday on the Seattle-Atlanta game…………..his analysis in the 4th quarter was a train wreck

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