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There’s a media war brewing in Toronto

Dec 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Ron Wilson’s pants are on fire. Because, you see, he’s a liar.

That’s what the Toronto media is saying after the Leafs’ coach told reporters Friday he was starting goalie Jonas Gustavsson Saturday in Boston, then went ahead and started James Reimer. And while a coach is free to change his mind, when asked when he made the decision to start Reimer, he said, “about three days ago.”

Lovable scamp that he is, Wilson decided to have some fun with the whole incident, tweeting, “Favorite movies: Liar,Liar; The Invention of Lying; Big Fat Liar. HaHa!”

But did Wilson really lie?

Not according to general manager Brian Burke, who tweeted late Sunday night, “Our coach told the media the starter. He told me as well. James says he feels good and our coach makes the switch. Making a goalie switch is not just our coach’s prerogative, it is his duty. And of course, the media grand jury weighs in.”

Burke wasn’t done, tweeting, “I love the quote about the liars in sports. Many gainfully employed in the media.” (Not sure which quote he was referring to, but you get the point.)

At least one member of the Toronto media isn’t impressed with the Leafs, who are coming off back-to-back losses to the Boston Bruins.

“Even better than the lies are the over-compensating explanations afterwards. As previously said, these guys are consumed with the media,” tweeted the Toronto Star’s Damien Cox. “You might think after having their asses handed to them twice by the champs they’d have more pressing matters on their minds. Guess not.”


  1. davebabychreturns - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Damian Cox is mad that Brian Burke wasn’t trying to pull a trade or something to improve his team at 11:33 PM on a Sunday?

    Well, either that or trying to hold onto his position as the biggest blowhard in Canadian sports journalism.

  2. cshearing - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Damian Cox has never “snapped” anyone. He just acts all indignant when people in Toronto sports do not say what he wants them to say.

  3. thedon506 - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Sounds to me what Mr. Cox is saying is common sense, why are you cracking jokes and laughing about something meaningless when you should be concentrating on winning games & focusing on how to improve after being beat. Burke feels the need to tweet because of a rumor in the media, and same with this coach. They are obsessed.

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