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The Brian Burke Show

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

If there’s one thing you can be sure of when Brian Burke comes to town, it’s that you don’t want to miss him.

Burke, now the president of the Calgary Flames, co-hosted the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference on Monday, what’s become a can’t-miss media event tied into the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies....

But it was really the Burke show.

Just as when he was president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, Burke appears to say the first thing that pops into his head, followed quickly by the second thing. Sometimes those two things seem contradictory, but no matter, they are insightful, often memorable if not outright entertaining.

Take the fact Burke himself moderated the conference’s symposium on analytics in sports, with guest speakers like Kyle Dubas, the assistant general manager of the Maple Leafs, who is famed for his use of advanced statistics.

As it was pointed out by a few on Twitter, Burke running an analytics symposium is a lot like a Creationist moderating a conference on evolution.

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Slumpy's avatar

I can’t stand burke but calling hockey and “eyeball sport” referring to spotting talent and how a player is doing I agree with. Give me the basic stats and you can throw all the fancy advanced stat crap out the window that I need to brush up on my algebra to understand.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 11/18/14 at 09:04 AM ET

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