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Burke fired Wilson to save him from being embarrassed at home again

Mar 3, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

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Apparently being a fan means you wield a lot of power with your voices.

After hearing fans calling for the firing of Ron Wilson after the Leafs last brutal loss at home to Florida, Leafs GM Brian Burke thought it was time to let Wilson go, dumping his friend in favor of former Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle. The team wasn’t playing well and with a home game against the Bruins coming up next week, Burke wanted to save his friend the trouble of being serenaded one more time.

“After the last home game, it was clear to me that it would be cruel and unusual punishment to let Ron coach another game in the Air Canada Centre. I wasn’t gonna put him through that,” Burke said.

“I wasn’t going to be put through that again. It was hard to listen to. Hard to watch. But it was clear at that point that the team wasn’t listening, watching the bench. They weren’t paying attention. They weren’t buying it. It was time.”

Not only was it the Leafs’ poor play and tuning Wilson out but it was the fans who helped bring about his ouster. Perhaps Leafs fans might want to work on chanting for other things they’d like. For example:

“Bring us Rick Nash!”

“Cheap-er Tick-ets!”

“We want waff-les!”

No, wait, that’s been done before.

  1. kitshky - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I ‘spose if I’ve gotten on your case for NOT liking some of your articles I gotta give ya props for when I do.

    This one made me laugh a little out loud, well done.

  2. chiadam - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Tp recap, Burke thinks Leafs fans are cruel and unusual. That should renew some season tickets.

  3. velocirapist - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Maybe fans in the pricier markets should all get together and start yelling “CHEAP-ER TICK-ETS” at games. You might be on to something here.

    • chiadam - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      I yell that all the time in the 300 level of the United Center, but only my fellow poor people can hear me.

      • pone27 - Mar 3, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        If you think 300s are expensive at the Madhouse, try MSG. Being a Hawks fan I travel from NY to see them play every year, and besides flight, I almost save money lol. Regardless, they are both expensive.

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