Quality sure will last you

Don mentioned in the After Hours tonight that he’s had this particular three-piece suit since he was coaching in Boston, and praised its quality for having lasted him so long. I have no reason to doubt this, as it’s somewhat more sedate and less garish than most of the jackets it has been his wont to wear since.

His tie, on the other hand, was his usual crazy—and this time has words. From a distance, it looked a bit like a pit bull with leaves, but on closer inspection is revealed to be a parrot. The writing on the tie says “Lil Burkie” (presumably referring to Leafs GM Brian Burke) and “Lil Blue” (which refers to the pit bull somehow? I guess?), and the main sentence says “This tie has special value if you own a puppy or a parakeet” (which is odd, since the bird is a parrot, not a parakeet). Whatever. Some things mere mortals like me were plainly not meant to understand.


6 Responses to “Quality sure will last you”

  1. 1 Al K 14 November 2010 at 9:49 am

    Brian Burke’s quote from Oct. 5, 2010 (“The Sun has great value if you own a puppy or a parakeet” ) led to the introduction of Lil’ Burkie, a quick-witted parakeet who appears daily in The Sun. The Toronto Sun is a tabloid style daily newspaper (Part of the Sun Media national newspaper chain and Burkie was giving his opinion of it.

  2. 2 Sherry 14 November 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Blue is the name of Don Cherry’s dog. So that part at least makes sense.

  3. 3 Shannon 23 December 2010 at 7:15 pm

    The bird on the tie is known as an Indian Ringneck Parakeet.

  4. 4 torontosportster 20 February 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I wonder if Mario is going to put a hit on lil blue afte Don called him a hypocrite.

  5. 5 Alberta 28 April 2011 at 12:10 pm

    As far as Grapes’ track record goes in the “fashion” (or lack there of) department. This is quite tame.

    Just an FYI. Blue isn’t a Pit Bull. Rather, a Bull Terrier (BIG difference, Ignoring breed characteristics… Pit Bulls are illegal to own in Ontario, Bull Terriers are legal).

  6. 6 stephiloo 3 March 2012 at 7:00 pm


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