Pat Burns is dead. That was announced at around 11:00 AM Friday. Pat Burns isn’t dead. That announcement came around noon.

Pat Burns

Former NHL head coach Pat Burns must have been shocked to learn that, according to TSN, he'd passed away

What the heck is going on? How did Pat Burns feel? Why was everyone so hell-bent on being the very first Canadian sports media outlet to announce Pat Burns’ demise? That’s easy. It’s because the narrow-thinking, myopic individuals who inhabit sports directors’ and executive producers’ offices across this nation think that the most important thing in sports television these days is to get it first – no matter what “it” is. And, until that ridiculous train of thought is broken, we’re going to have to endure more and more of exactly what happened Friday. (more…)

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Put Pat Burns in the HHOF…Now!

Pat Burns as Bruins' head coach

Pat Burns as Bruins' head coach

So, there’s a movement on Facebook to have former NHL coach Pat Burns, about to turn 58 and who is gravely ill with lung cancer, fast-tracked into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

When informed of this, my better half said, “That’s disgusting.”

How, exactly is that “disgusting?”

Clearly, what she meant is that it shouldn’t take a life-threatening illness to kick-start a HHOF induction campaign. Sometimes it does. (more…)

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