Burris opens mouth, inserts foot… again

Henry Burris is back at it again.

By “it,” of course, I mean taking shots at the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It seems that any time Burris has a mic in front of his face he can’t help but bury the Ticats. His latest comments has him questioning whether the Ticats coaching staff can co-exist. He wonders whether there are “too many chiefs in the tent” and if “stuff could hit the fan” if the team isn’t successful out of the gate.

And speaking of gates, Burris already has a (not-so) catchy name for the Ticats potential problems: Jerry Glanville gate.

Head meet desk.

Burris using the media to grind an axe against the Ticats is nothing new. It happened in the lead up to the 2015 Grey Cup, again during Ottawa’s post-game celebrations after winning the 2016 Grey Cup, and most recently when he released a list of his top CFL quarterbacks. But his latest barbed aimed at Hamilton take things to a different level by basically dooming the Ticats to failure before even a single practice has taken place.

I get that Burris is now in the business of opinion giving, and I know that Glanville’s hiring was not exactly met with streamers and a ticker-tape parade by the Ticats faithful, but for a guy who played the game at a high level for two decades and was, shall we say, less that receptive to any criticism levelled against him late in his career, you would think he would be a little more measured in his analysis.

I will never claim to know the game better than Henry Burris, and because of that I hold him to a higher standard of analysis than I do someone who didn’t excel at the game’s highest level for two decades. But yet Burris, who could use his position in the media to truly educate fans, fires off the same lame “HOT TAEKS” we get from trolls on social media. And most of them are usually aimed squarely at the team that dumped him following the 2013 season.

I’m not saying Henry Burris can’t be critical of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. I’ve said my fair share of negative things about the organization over the years. But I can’t think of a single instance where Burris said something positive about the Ticats, and that makes you wonder if he is being genuine in his critiques or if he is just using his platform to grind that axe because he is still biter about how his time in Steeltown ended.

Burris has claimed to have “let go of the past,” but I think his spoken words seem to contradict his written ones.

It is clear that Burris’ exit from Hamilton is still a sore spot, but if he truly wants to move on — and believe me, no one would be happier if he moved on than me — then he needs to do just that.

What’s the old saying again, “the best revenge is living a good life” or something along those lines? Maybe someone should give Hank that little piece of advice.

Josh Smith has been writing about the Ticats and the CFL since 2010 and was sporting his beard way before it was cool. Will be long after, too.