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Leafs fans to blame for Toronto's rut?

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08:29 AM ET 04.06 | The public has spoken in Toronto, with their boos, but perhaps not fully. They spoke as one when they chanted for coach Ron Wilson's dismissal -- and [Brian Burke] listened. Now his name will be next if things don't start improving next autumn. But should Leaf fans be looking in the mirror instead of the executive suite? They'd never consider themselves part of the problem, but they're hardly forcing dramatic change upon MLSE. They populate the most expensive seats in the NHL 41 nights a year and fill the Leafs' coffers with purchase of team gear. There are long lineups at the subscribers entrance at the ACC -- and it isn't because they want to return tickets or seat licenses.

Toronto Sun

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April 6, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Odd, I'd blame the players and management first. Yes, they are going to sell-out every night, but it isn't like that they are in the middle of the pack in payroll, they are always near the cap. If they were trying to be like the Islanders and have a payroll barely above the league minimum, then fine.

Burke is terrible and the players are vastly overrated. It really is pretty simple.

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April 6, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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Burke is terrible and the players are vastly overrated. It really is pretty simple.

Amen.

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April 6, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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You can't "blame" the fans for being loyal to their team. Hockey is a religion in Canada. They did what they're supposed to do: Show up and boo. As the article stated, it worked to get rid of Wilson, and it will work to get rid of Burke.

well, that guy in Sec. 113 really should have made a few more saves, and Sec 321 could have scored more often on the Power Play.
what is this drivel?
I call shenanigans on the Toronto Sun

April 6, 2012  09:31 AM ET

Monty Python was right......it's society's fault.

"Right we'll be charging them too."

April 6, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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well, that guy in Sec. 113 really should have made a few more saves, and Sec 321 could have scored more often on the Power Play.

LOL!!!

April 6, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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Monty Python was right......it's society's fault."Right we'll be charging them too."

(more from "the boys")

"I'm up to here with bleedin' ppsychiatric reports"
I'm going down to S.A. and get some decent sentencing done!

April 6, 2012  10:04 AM ET

'Brian Burke is an idiot. A village idiot. Tonight we look at the idiot in society.'

April 6, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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'Brian Burke is an idiot. A village idiot. Tonight we look at the idiot in society.'

ooh aahh, ooh aah....nobody does that anymore....

April 6, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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'Brian Burke is an idiot. A village idiot. Tonight we look at the idiot in society.'

and Toronto is a rather large village!

April 6, 2012  10:18 AM ET

Whoever wrote this article is a certifiable moron. Come on interns, we want more Burke being irked articles.

April 6, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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'Brian Burke is an idiot. A village idiot. Tonight we look at the idiot in society.'

but 3+ million a year?

April 6, 2012  10:46 AM ET
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Whoever wrote this article is a certifiable moron. Come on interns, we want more Burke being irked articles.

Irkie at his finest.

April 6, 2012  10:47 AM ET
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and Toronto is a rather large village!

They have a lot of idiots.

April 6, 2012  10:52 AM ET

Boy that is one dumb article... First off, Burke listening to the fans and appeasing them by firing Wilson shows how idiotic he is, the fans shouldnt be making the calls, but Burke fired him because he knew the next name being called would have been his own, when in reality the name being called should have been Burkes in the first place. He built this losing team and he never gave Wilson enough horses to get to the dance and I thought Wilson had them playing above their level for most of the season and they just ran out of gas. Take a look at some of his moves and how big of blunders they have become and you can see how much he should be blammed but for some reason he gets a free pass.
His trade for kessel, thought he was good this year long term was a bad move. Connelly-seriously, komisarek, goaltenders???? horrible and obviously the list goes on and on.

April 6, 2012  11:08 AM ET

Rotten Ron is cashing cheques and laughing at the mess

April 6, 2012  11:13 AM ET
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Rotten Ron is cashing cheques and laughing at the mess.

Said the guy with the team that's hiring Ted Kaczynski as their new GM.

April 6, 2012  11:15 AM ET
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Boy that is one dumb article... First off, Burke listening to the fans and appeasing them by firing Wilson shows how idiotic he is, the fans shouldnt be making the calls, but Burke fired him because he knew the next name being called would have been his own, when in reality the name being called should have been Burkes in the first place. He built this losing team and he never gave Wilson enough horses to get to the dance and I thought Wilson had them playing above their level for most of the season and they just ran out of gas. Take a look at some of his moves and how big of blunders they have become and you can see how much he should be blammed but for some reason he gets a free pass. His trade for kessel, thought he was good this year long term was a bad move. Connelly-seriously, komisarek, goaltenders???? horrible and obviously the list goes on and on.

Good luck to your Team in the playoffs !!! Many Calgary Fans will be pulling for them !

 
April 6, 2012  11:15 AM ET
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Said the guy with the team that's hiring Ted Kaczynski as their new GM.

It gets better- theidiot ownership group that tied Feasters hands on any rebuilding is now operating my beloved Stampeders of the CFL . I fart in their general direction

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