No Leaf experience complete without one of Burkie's dogs

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

The west-side expansion at the Air Canada Centre has created space for some new eateries, including Burkie's Dog House.

Burkie's -- named for Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke -- will offer "11 new hotdog creations."

In keeping with Burke's nature as a hockey exec, let's assume:

a) the meat will be tough;

b) the buns will be crusty;

c) there will be no room for any brats.

Asked yesterday which hotdog was his favourite, Burke replied: "Bacon wrapped with cheese!"

Early prediction: Leafs will be winners this season ... not just wieners.

Second that emotion

Like her or not, Serena Williams sure has some spunk.

Williams apologized yesterday for her "inappropriate outburst" at a lineswoman after a controversial call at the U.S. Open on Saturday.

Williams was fined $10,000 for her tirade, as well as $500 for giving her racquet a grand slam.

Response was mainly harsh.

Even on her website, Williams took some heat, with one e-mailer suggesting she be fined $1 million, while others questioned the sincerity of her apology or chastised her for not apologizing sooner.

Others sent their love while one writer said: I just joined your fan club ... you went up two notches on my belt. Everyone is dissing you and I think they need to get off of their high horse. Is there any way I could get a T-shirt with you shaking your racquet?"

Just can't win

It's tough being a sports star sometimes.

Golfers often get criticized for being bland automatons, then Tiger Woods gets ripped for showing emotion.

Ditto for Serena Williams.

There's certainly some entertainment value when stars lose it -- the Williams tirade had more than 1.5 million hits on YouTube as of yesterday evening.

When golfer Woody Austin, in a fit of rage, broke his putter on his head, that was funny.

Men's tennis was staggeringly popular during the days when John McEnroe was loudly berating officials.

Meantime, slumping Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells takes heat for seeming complacent. I've heard a few fans say they'd like to see Wells get angry enough to break his bat over a knee.

Circus shots

Calling it the best shot of his life, Roger Federer, with his back to the net, hit the ball through his legs for a crosscourt winner in a U.S. Open semi-final.

The remarkable manoeuvre rekindled memories of a once-in-a-lifetime golf shot by a rival Toronto journalist.

After lining up his approach from the fairway, he took a mighty swing and made perfect contact ... with the heel of his club. The ball whistled sideways, going right between his legs before coming to rest in a pond, directly behind him.

GARY.LOEWEN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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