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Burke stands up to 'a disgrace' among Leafs fans

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08:36 AM ET 11.03 | Brian Burke would like Leafs fans to take it easy on Dion Phaneuf, who, before being injured Tuesday, was booed by the home crowd over the weekend. "All the time I worked in Vancouver I don't think I ever had a player booed," said Burkie, following the first period against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. "And I think it's really unfair to Dion because of the other things he's brought. ... I think he's given us solid defensive zone coverage. He's almost single-handedly changed the attitude of our team and the culture of our team. And I think it's unfair and frankly I think it's a disgrace."

Toronto Sun

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November 3, 2010  08:44 AM ET

Wow, if he's changed the attitude and culture, you've really got problems...

November 3, 2010  08:56 AM ET

Sorry to see Celine Dion go down with a lower body injury. He shouldn't be out long though as those yeast infections are pretty easy to clear up.

November 3, 2010  08:57 AM ET

uh-oh - Burkie, you should know better than to talk that smack about Leafs fans

November 3, 2010  09:02 AM ET

Why do they boo just one player, when the whole team stinks?

November 3, 2010  09:06 AM ET

They were saying Boo-urns!

November 3, 2010  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why do they boo just one player, when the whole team stinks?

actually they were booing at how high the beer prices are, and that paid hundreds of dollars to see the product on ice, too

November 3, 2010  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why do they boo just one player, when the whole team stinks?

I agree. I mean they lost to the Sens last night....the Sens.

November 3, 2010  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They were saying Boo-urns!

I was saying Boo-urns

November 3, 2010  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They were saying Boo-urns!

Classic.

November 3, 2010  09:34 AM ET

If Brian would just stand at center ice during the pre-game intros, the crowd would boo him so enthusiastically they'd be too tired to hassle the team. Go ahead Brian, take one for the team!

November 3, 2010  09:44 AM ET

It just seemed appropriate.

November 3, 2010  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They were saying Boo-urns!

Eeeeexxxxxcellent Smithers.

November 3, 2010  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

If Brian would just stand at center ice during the pre-game intros, the crowd would boo him so enthusiastically they'd be too tired to hassle the team. Go ahead Brian, take one for the team!

You might be onto something. Maybe the Pirates should try that with their worthless woners.

November 3, 2010  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I was saying Boo-urns

I was hoping someone would say that, my day has been made.

November 3, 2010  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They were saying Boo-urns!

The winner for today!

November 3, 2010  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

uh-oh - Burkie, you should know better than to talk that smack about Leafs fans

Nope I agree with him! This is one of the reasons I like him. Helways stands up for his players, when they are being wronged. I don't think Phaneuf is the proper scape goat for a struggling team....

That was weird..............using The Leafs, and struggling in the same sentence! ;)

November 3, 2010  10:28 AM ET

Dion is just a lot of hype and not much substance...that trade wasn't as lopsided as the Leaf's fans and media thought it would be...and to make this space case your captain??

November 3, 2010  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sorry to see Celine Dion go down with a lower body injury. He shouldn't be out long though as those yeast infections are pretty easy to clear up.

HA! Nice Avatar Canuck! Looks great, and the hearts are just wonderful!

November 3, 2010  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

The winner for today!

The best part is, it NEVER gets old....nicely done.

 
November 3, 2010  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Dion is just a lot of hype and not much substance...that trade wasn't as lopsided as the Leaf's fans and media thought it would be...and to make this space case your captain??

It was a good trade, unless you didn't see what ALL those players DIDN'T bring to the team daily. Phaneuf isn't the reason for T.O's slump. Booing him is ridiculous!!! IMO!

Don't kid yourself, Stajan, White, Mayers, etc etc etc were bad then, and have been no better now. Calgary won a couple of games, but in spite of last years Leaf pick-ups! Toskala, is.........gone, so he didn't last long in Calgary, nor should he.

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