From where I sit it looks like media in Western Canada have a lot to look forward to this NHL season...
Add to Burke, John Tortorella in Vancouver and there's going to be plenty of one-liners this season. One quote jumped out at me from Burke: “I don't intend to be front and centre.” That would certainly be a first. Burke is a man who doesn't shy away from the media even at the best of times, never mind when he's trying to distract from a shitty hockey team. He does what he wants, when he wants to do it. Workers at GM Place (now Rodgers Arena) in Vancouver knew when Burke was in the building. You could smell his cigar. Add to that his delightful turn of a phrase and stage presence...
If Brian Burke is going to stay out of the spotlight in Calgary, there really won't be much to talk about for Flames fans.
The NFL season is finally underway...and Peyton Manning is just fine, thank you.
Manning had a 141.1 QB rating...27-42 for 462 yards and 7 touchdowns. He averaged 11 yards a throw, not per catch, per throw. Per catch, by the way, was 17. As for the 7 touchdowns. That equals an NFL record, last set in 1969 by Joe Kapp of the Vikings. Those are just numbers, the reality of dismantling the defending champs is impressive too. All this from a washed up QB. Manning was effectively dumped by the Colts following his neck surgery. This game was a return to form for a great QB. For one game. There's a long way to go before Super Bowl XLVIII. It's the Giants next week. In New York. Against Eli. It's a staggering start for Peyton Manning...but it's just that. A start.
At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.