Burke to whiners: Shut up
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
Team USA's general manager Brian Burke says he has no complaints about the Vancouver Games, or the ice conditions at the men's hockey tourney. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)
VANCOUVER ó Brian Burke has got two words for the people who are complaining these are the Glitch Games:
ďI think thatís (B.S.),Ē said Team USAís general manager. ďIíve been to four Winter Olympics, this is the best one Iíve been to in terms of organization. Youíre going to have glitches in an event this size, this many people, logistical things, with multiple venues. Youíre going to have glitches.
ďI donít know why people are whining about it. I think itís been extraordinarily well run. This is my fourth one, itís not like Iím a novice. I think theyíve done a marvelous job here. I wish people would quit bitching about it.Ē
The Americans and the Canadians will faceoff at 4:30 p.m. local time Sunday, the first time in the preliminary schedule the Americans will not have to play in the first game of the day at noon.
The schedule hasnít sat well with Burke, but he has adopted the same policy here as he has with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
ďI think playing at noon sucks,Ē he said. ďI think it is very hard for NHL players to play at noon. But, weíve played two games at noon and you havenít heard a word about our team. Not one player has complained about it and we wonít because our theory is no complaints, no excuses. Thatís our team motto in Toronto. A complaint is a prelude to an excuse, and an excuse is a prelude to losing, and so itís no complaints and no excuses.
ďNow that we played the two games, I will say that I donít like playing at noon. We didnít complain about it.Ē
No matter what time Sundayís game is played, it going to be a sea of Canadian red inside GM Place and it will be interesting to see how the young American team ó 16 of its players are 25 years of age or younger ó handles the environment.
ďWeíre the enemy tomorrow. We know that. Itís going to be a hostile crazy crowd on behalf of Canada and thatís the way it ought to be. The games are in Canada, thatís the way it ought to be. It was like that in Salt Lake for the U.S. team, a good U.S. crowd. It ought to be, thatís what hockey is about, passion,Ē said Burke.
ďItíll be a passionate. Itíll be a zoo in here. Again, thatís an important part of being successful in a tournament like this, is for our team to manage that.Ē