VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Team USA general manager Brian Burke has some history with the city of Vancouver, serving as a senior vice president (1987-92) and later the president and general manager (1998-2004) of the Vancouver Canucks.
So he doesn't take the accusations that the 2010 Winter Games have been problematic too kindly.
When asked Saturday if he felt the Games have been too "glitchy," Burke said:
"I think that's [expletive]. I've been to four Winter Olympics and this has been the best one I've been to in terms of organization. You're going to have glitches in an event this size: This many people, the logistical things with multiple venues. You're going to have glitches.
"I don't know why people are whining about it. I think they've been extraordinarily well-run. This is my fourth one, so it's not like I'm a novice. I think they've done a marvelous job here. I wish people would stop bitching about it."
Well, that was emphatic.
There seems to be a stark difference between feelings about the Olympics here in Vancouver and internationally, as the prevailing vibe's been a positive one for Canadian fans. Of course, that could change if Burke's team pulls an upset against the local favorites in their hockey showdown Sunday ...