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Burke Puts Moore in the Penalty Box

Posted By: Moore in the morning · 3/6/2012 6:35:00 AM

What made Brian Burke hang up on John Moore?

If you missed Moore in the Morning's interview with Leafs GM Brian Burke just before 6:30 this morning, you can listen to the full interview right here.

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  1. JimH_9599 posted on 03/06/2012 08:02 AM
    Isn't it ironic, an organization that, in order to be successful, must operate as a team, is headed by a person who quite clearly is the antithesis of a 'team member'.

    Woe the person that would disagree with Burke. A man who gives a strong impression that only his opinion matters. A bully and little else.

    Perhaps the terrible performances of the 'team' during his tenure is not a surprise.

    The general manager should have been the one who was fired. He is the one who supplied the players for the coach.
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 08:51 AM
      @JimH_9599 You obviously do not follow hockey or understand hockey so I will help you out. The TML were in complete and utter disarray when Burke walked in the door and took the reigns. We had no decent young players coming through the farm system. We had no identifiable star on the team to lead the troops. He had 9 dead weight players with No Trade Clauses to get rid of. Basically he started from scratch.

      In 4 short or long years for any Leaf fan Burke has:

      1) 2 players in the top 10 in LEAGUE scoring.
      2) Leafs closer to the playoffs than the have been in years.
      3) The Marlies stocked with upcoming prospects and talent and leading the AHL.

      A rebuild takes time - No coach dead or alive would have lasted in this rebuild with the fickleness of Leaf nation and the media.

      You need to stop watching curling and pay attention to the game of hockey.
    2. Sandy posted on 03/06/2012 09:07 AM
      @JimH_9599 What a baby you are burke when you don't get yourcwat
  2. peter posted on 03/06/2012 08:11 AM
    Funny that a 'B' station like CFRB with a 'C' sports guy like Toth talks a big game. Toth can't fall any farther in broadcasting unless he goes and helps out at the Zoo with the previous sorts guy.

    Toth couldn't handle a Burke interview as he might start crying.
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 08:44 AM
      @peter Classic Peter - Tooth's insights into what Brian Burke is thinking was hilarious. "I am most likely guessing here...but I am a self proclaimed hockey sports authority..." <--------- ahahahahah

      Tooth talking about Burke wishing he made the big show was just hi-lighting the fact that Tooth was in the big show but nobody wanted him. So off to radio deadlands you go....
  3. I_BE_LEAF_TML posted on 03/06/2012 08:13 AM
    Love what Burke had to say.

    Cherry used 10 minutes of research to rant and make himself look old and out of touch. Pretty sad to continually watch him spiral.

    Also agree with Burke on the final question: simply ignorant. Why not ask "Someone told me they don't like you. What do you think about that?"

    Save that style of jouranlism for class and pass a note like all the other kids.
    Terrible.
    1. steve posted on 03/06/2012 08:49 AM
      @I_BE_LEAF_TML Burks team hasn't seen a playoff game in 4 years - yet you feel it is ignorant to ask him if he feels his job should be secure?

      Remember,this is the 'genius' who just gave a 1 year contract extension (bonus) to a guy he fired 6 weeks later...

      but it's ignorant to ask him if he thinks he's done enough to keep his job?!
    2. ExpectationCoach posted on 03/06/2012 09:17 AM
      @I_BE_LEAF_TML The gutless thing to do is snap at the interviewer and hang up, for Pete’s sake. The question: perfectly fine, I’d have asked the same. His response: over-reactive, prickly, mean-spirited. I watched him talk to Ron McLean the other night and his body language screamed “I don’t wanna be here!” Bet it was same here. He wants to be out of the limelight and winning!!!! (to quote Charlie S.)
  4. Bobby posted on 03/06/2012 08:21 AM
    Perhaps someone should tell Brian Burke that sports teams don't exist in a vacuum. They get media coverage: in fact, teams rely on media coverage to exist - the leadership is asked tough questions if the team is losing.

    My seven year old son could have handled that question better.

    He's like the kid on the playground who calls everyone names, but then cries when someone calls him a "meanie".

    What a baby. Hope the Leafs go into a tail spin and people start chanting "Fire Burke!"

    ...might be the only thing to save the leafs in the long run.
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 08:42 AM
      @Bobby Tough questions 'Bobby'???? You call that a tough question? When Burke comes on a non-sports related talk show to discuss Gays in Sport and the anchor who admittedly is not a sports guy decides to 'drive't the conversation into 'Do you think you should be fired'??

      Give your head a shake - any TML fan would understand that stability in a franchise is key. Send Burke out the door now??

      You are right, sort of, you should have let your 7 year old type your response I am sure he actually watches hockey.
  5. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 08:38 AM
    Don Cherry has become that Uncle that everyone has that embarrasses everyone at the family reunion or wedding.

    Mike Tooth chirps about Burke still wishing he had what it took to play professional hockey, calling him a bully and told us EXACTLY what Burke is thinking - give me a break Tooth. You don't know squat and listening to your 'insights' only screams that you wish you were still on TV buddy!!!

    Burke hears this crap every day - he was invited on to talk about the cause of Gays in Sports. Then the last question ticked him off - so what? All you did was alienate the GM of the Leafs from potentially coming back on your show.
  6. Tim posted on 03/06/2012 08:39 AM
    John asked a perfect question that really showed his character
    Burke showed his true colours.
    What a bully!

    He should be fired now!!!!!!
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 08:46 AM
      @Tim Yeah thats right Timmy - Burke should be fired after all the harm he has done to the TML. 2 players in the top 10 in scoring. Leafs closer to the playoffs than the have been in years. The Marlies stocked with upcoming prospects and talent and leading the AHL.

      Yeah Burke is terrible. Go back to TSN and catch up on curling b/c you obviously don't know hockey.
  7. peter crawford posted on 03/06/2012 08:55 AM
    Burke's an idiot. Fire the clown "post haste!."
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 08:59 AM
      @peter crawford Spoken like a true Habs fan. How's that working out for you?
  8. Tim posted on 03/06/2012 09:10 AM
    I would have to agree with Mr. Burke that this was a blind sided interview putting him (Mr. Burke) on the spot. It's a wonder why anyone from the Toronto sports scene speaks to these guys.
    1. ExpectationCoach posted on 03/06/2012 09:19 AM
      @Tim Since when is it "blindsiding" to ask a tough question that others are asking? The panel on the weekend brought it up, John passed it on, and Burkey could have used emotional intelligence and won people over...instead, be acts truculent...hey we finally have some truculence, too bad it's the wrong kind! Doh!
  9. Paul posted on 03/06/2012 09:19 AM
    Good interview but the last question was a low blow. Save it for Karen Stintz.
    1. Ted posted on 03/06/2012 12:40 PM
      @Paul Agreed, some JA asks you if you should be fired, wouldn't you be a little defensive??
  10. barry posted on 03/06/2012 09:20 AM
    Cheap Shot!
  11. johnny posted on 03/06/2012 09:26 AM
    You are a large news media organization. Acting naive is poor form. Own up to your questions and actions. You sometimes ask tough questions because it is your job!

    And Toth - calling him a bully over and over again is elementary school name calling. Show your age and maturity. Be more articulate and express yourself like the journalist you proclaim yourself to be!
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 09:29 AM
      @johnny Tooth is just upset that he is on Radio now and not TV - THAT is the root of Tooth's amazing insight into what Brian Burke is thinking and what his wife is telling him right now. Unbelievable that this guy is even on radio.
  12. Ken Rowan posted on 03/06/2012 09:34 AM
    I'm genrally not a fan of John Moore's political persuasion, but asking Burke if he thinks his job is in jeopardy is perfectly reasonable considering the usual lack of playoff contention the Leafs find themselves in. Plus, he is as coward and a bully when he goes behind to the CBC to demand that Don Cherry be fired. If Burke can't take the heat then he should get out of Dodge.
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 09:37 AM
      @Ken Rowan Where's the evidence that he went to CBC and asked Cherry to be fired?? Cherry is that uncle that embarrasses the family at a reunion or wedding. Cherry full on knows after taking on CBC with his contract hold out that he carries bigtime weight over there.

      Burke tried to get Cherry fired - if that is your stance then you had better have some evidence - otherwise you are a sheep like the rest of them.
    2. johnny posted on 03/06/2012 09:55 AM
      @Ken Rowan Justified - sure.

      The question was useless. Didn't offer any new information or perspective on the issue.

      We still don't know if his job is on the line. The only thing we're talking about is Moore and his "Me? I'm a nice guy who asks tough questions". Oh, and calling Burke names.

      Burke is a leader. Showing he's worried about losing his job is a sign of weakness. He's never going to publicly admit his fears - who would want him leading an organization if he's scared of losing his job? The question is foolish and full of shock value.

      Moore/1010 - now finish the job you started. Will you ask MLS, the guys that decide Burke's fate, if his job is on the line?
  13. Sid posted on 03/06/2012 09:40 AM
    Fire him now and hire Cherry .
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 09:55 AM
      @Sid Yeah that is the solution. Smart man!! or a$$....
  14. AndyL_5495 posted on 03/06/2012 09:43 AM
    the question was appropriate.

    burke, upon being hired as the GM, stated that he was not on a five year rebuild plan. four years since that statement the team has not made the playoffs. AND i should add i don't see them making the playoffs next year. they will be competing for the 8th spot with other non playoff teams such as buffalo, tampa, and the islanders - all of whome i deem to be more talented going into next year.

    burke traded for phil kessel for what has turned out to be tyler seguin, doug hamilton, and jordan knight (coincidently all three players are ontario lads).

    he has failed to build from the net out and the center position is perhaps the weakest in the league.

    the team is not very talented outside of kessel and i suspect lupul is having an outlier season and ideally is a very good second line player. going into next season the team has neither a first of second line center, it best defenceman is phaneauf is really a #3 or #4 defensemen and neither of their goalies seem to be true #1s. the teams best young player is jake gardiner whom was aquired in a trade. burke's draft record in toronto deserves an F.

    i will give burke credit for his job laying the foundation in vancouver and for his shrewd moves when he was in hartford (shannahan for pronger comes to mind). he inherited his cup winning team in anaheim. signing niedermayer was terrific and pronger fell into his lap since he demanded a trade out of edmonton and limited the number of teams he would consider.
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 09:57 AM
      @AndyL_5495 hahahahahahahaha wow, we should hire you as GM next NOT!!!! Where do you get your info Wikki?????
  15. ArtC posted on 03/06/2012 09:44 AM
    Usually i'm with John Moore on most things.
    Not today! Unprofessional ambush on his part.
    Especially being the last question he asked
  16. Ken Rowan posted on 03/06/2012 09:45 AM
    @Twiggs P: Are you calling Cherry a liar just because you have a hate-on for him? If it wasn't for Cherry nobody would watch the the CBC (Communist Broadcasting Corporation). And yes, I have a hate-on for the CBC.

    You didn't address if Moore's question was appropriate.
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 10:00 AM
      @Ken Rowan INAPPROPRIATE....do I have to spell it for you? This is not a sport radio show...so expecting that question was absolutely a blindside. Burke said it himself, if you had advised me that you would end the interview with that question....

      I love Don Cherry and am smart enough to know when he is in 'create a story' and controversy mode for HNIC - its called ratings just like these ding-dongs did this morning...nothing better to report so lets create a topic.

      Don't worry your Habs will come back to form in a few years and I am not the least bit worried about my Leafs or if Brian Burke is the man for the job.
  17. Dale Taylor posted on 03/06/2012 09:45 AM
    MLSE makes big puck bucks- win, lose or scratch! John Moore's question was not rude, aggressive or offside. Most cerebral two-leggeds could have had fun with it as it was legitimate, especially in the context of the Wilson wake...which was orchestrated well beyond the past few weeks. The fact that Burke is grumpy has nothing to do with Leafs play or the Moore question or Don Cherry's point on Ontario-born players being iced. It is all to do with ATTITUDE and ARROGANCE....and a very damning sense that he is entitled to be beyond the fray and above the people that actually pay his way.
    Perhaps "humour & humility therapy" for Burke might work - for it is obvious that crying does not help when it come to that organization.
  18. Dale Taylor posted on 03/06/2012 09:45 AM
    MLSE makes big puck bucks- win, lose or scratch! John Moore's question was not rude, aggressive or offside. Most cerebral two-leggeds could have had fun with it as it was legitimate, especially in the context of the Wilson wake...which was orchestrated well beyond the past few weeks. The fact that Burke is grumpy has nothing to do with Leafs play or the Moore question or Don Cherry's point on Ontario-born players being iced. It is all to do with ATTITUDE and ARROGANCE....and a very damning sense that he is entitled to be beyond the fray and above the people that actually pay his way.
    Perhaps "humour & humility therapy" for Burke might work - for it is obvious that crying does not help when it come to that organization.
  19. Dale Taylor posted on 03/06/2012 09:45 AM
    MLSE makes big puck bucks- win, lose or scratch! John Moore's question was not rude, aggressive or offside. Most cerebral two-leggeds could have had fun with it as it was legitimate, especially in the context of the Wilson wake...which was orchestrated well beyond the past few weeks. The fact that Burke is grumpy has nothing to do with Leafs play or the Moore question or Don Cherry's point on Ontario-born players being iced. It is all to do with ATTITUDE and ARROGANCE....and a very damning sense that he is entitled to be beyond the fray and above the people that actually pay his way.
    Perhaps "humour & humility therapy" for Burke might work - for it is obvious that crying does not help when it come to that organization.
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 02:54 PM
      @Dale Taylor Humor and humility therapy? Interesting, I guess you know what it is like to have your son killed and taken away from you. That would bring humour & humility out in someone, no doubt there.

      REGARDING CHERRY: At some point, I’ve got to ask him what set him off. But let’s look at a few facts. I’ve run three drafts here, and in those three drafts that I’ve been here, we lead the league with eight Ontario-born players drafted. The next teams have seven — that’s Boston, Florida and Winnipeg — so since I got here, we’ve drafted more Ontario-born players than anybody else. We’ve selected 10 players during that time from the Ontario Hockey League, so a couple of kids who weren’t born in Ontario, but play in the OHL. That, again, is the most by any team. The next is eight. So the notion that we don’t like Ontario kids, that’s garbage. But why would the CBC let facts get in the way of an interesting rant. And we have 10 Western Canadian players on our team. Somehow in Canada, have we started differentiating between Western Canadians and Ontario boys or Quebec boys? Because I don’t draw that distinction.”
  20. Dale Taylor posted on 03/06/2012 09:45 AM
    MLSE makes big puck bucks- win, lose or scratch! John Moore's question was not rude, aggressive or offside. Most cerebral two-leggeds could have had fun with it as it was legitimate, especially in the context of the Wilson wake...which was orchestrated well beyond the past few weeks. The fact that Burke is grumpy has nothing to do with Leafs play or the Moore question or Don Cherry's point on Ontario-born players being iced. It is all to do with ATTITUDE and ARROGANCE....and a very damning sense that he is entitled to be beyond the fray and above the people that actually pay his way.
    Perhaps "humour & humility therapy" for Burke might work - for it is obvious that crying does not help when it come to that organization.
  21. Dale Taylor posted on 03/06/2012 09:46 AM
    MLSE makes big puck bucks- win, lose or scratch! John Moore's question was not rude, aggressive or offside. Most cerebral two-leggeds could have had fun with it as it was legitimate, especially in the context of the Wilson wake...which was orchestrated well beyond the past few weeks. The fact that Burke is grumpy has nothing to do with Leafs play or the Moore question or Don Cherry's point on Ontario-born players being iced. It is all to do with ATTITUDE and ARROGANCE....and a very damning sense that he is entitled to be beyond the fray and above the people that actually pay his way.
    Perhaps "humour & humility therapy" for Burke might work - for it is obvious that crying does not help when it come to that organization.
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 10:33 AM
      @Dale Taylor Good thing you posted this 10 times...you obviously didn't listen to this mornings interview with Burke. Time to do so, then chew on some crow.
  22. Ron Cameron posted on 03/06/2012 09:53 AM
    The true measure of success is the Leafs track record relative to previous years and the fact is they are absolutely no better than past years. All this time under Burke and yet they still can’t make the playoffs. I’m reminded of the children’s story about the “ emperor that wore no clothes ‘. The truth is people are starting to point and Burke can’t take the heat. John More asked a legitimate question and Burke choked on the truth…
    1. TwiggsP posted on 03/06/2012 10:01 AM
      @Ron Cameron Yeah, the Leafs are no better than past years - spoken like a true Hab fan. How's Gauthier working out for you??
  23. len wright posted on 03/06/2012 09:58 AM
    Burke handled the Don Cherry rebuttal with with facts about the drafted Canadian players and prospects. It probably set Moore back on his heels to hear the real facts laid out by someone that didn't stumble and fumble for words like that relic in a clown suit on HNIC. John Moore got the last word as you guys always do but Burke answered all the questions except for the dumb one. I don't reaaly like Burkes gruff facade any more than the media does but this shows what he has to deal with. The interview started out sweet as pie and at the end the knife comes out.
  24. James posted on 03/06/2012 10:50 AM
    Can we all chant "BURKE MUST GO"", "BURKE MUST GO"", "BURKE MUST DO"...overdevelopped "super ego", "narcissistic", ....feelings of inferiority to wife's professionalism? What is it with this guy? He has never been the man for the Leafs. Anaheim was a result of a variety of factors meeting to create the "perfect storm", all of his making and not because he created a "Miracle in Anaheim", as he calls it.
    It's time for Burke to go!!
    1. James posted on 03/06/2012 10:54 AM
      @James "BURKE MUST GO" and Anaheim was "NOT all of his making".
  25. ChristaK posted on 03/06/2012 11:21 AM
    It is just possible,the question could have been phrased with a little more sensitivity,but it should not have been unexpected.It's on everybody's mind.
    1. James posted on 03/06/2012 11:49 AM
      @ChristaK Sensitivity!!---my, my, what are we doing here...playing Barbie?
      Christa, please, please...listen to the interview---sensitivity, my, my.
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