That’s a tough question.
Historically (we’ve been doing this for all of three months, Bourne), age has been a big factor in beerability. Older dudes simply have more stories to tell, more experience to pull from, and tend to give far less damns (especially if they’re retired). I can’t wait to be that age where I decide everyone but the people closest to me can get lost so I can turn into either Statler or Waldorf.
So, it’d be tough for Patrick Burke to surpass his barn-fighting, truculent father.
But consider his week:
He showed the type of character he has by spear-heading the You Can Play program in honour of his late brother Brendan, which aims to demonstrate to LBGT athletes that the hockey community is more than ready to support an openly gay athlete.
So y’know, he’s kind of a good guy.
The hockey world finally got to hear him speak too, which led to the realization that “Holy hell, he sounds exactly like his Dad.” That means if you’re out for beers with him, it’d be like having a gruff radio DJ tell you stories. Which is awesome.
Then he did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, which is exactly what it sounds like, in which he revealed himself to be boatloads of hilarious. He respectfully asked not to be quoted from there (it is sort of rapid-fire answering, which can be tough), but go check it out for yourself. He was, as it was described, hockey’s version of Louis CK.
He works in hockey as a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, which means he has inside scoops on projects and plans for an NHL team. Maybe if you got good and loaded you could mine the guy for some insider info?
Any way you cut it, his beerability is through the roof. So back to our main question – does he have more beerability than his Dad, Brian Burke?
No he does not.
No offense to Patrick – he’s right up there, and I’m a big fan of his. But surpassing the big man is far from an easy chore.
Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like if I could sit down with anyone in hockey at a pub its gotta be Big Burke in a landslide. From his playing days to Anaheim to Vancouver and beyond, to his inability to put on a face other than his own, and the fact that he looks like he could put back a solid case in a few hours, I figure he’s just a wealth of unabashed awesome.
One other name we have to mention who increased their beerability this week is the man I wrote about yesterday, Marty Turco.
Any guy who’s willing to span the globe in search of a hockey team that’ll let him play has a passion for the sport that’s tough to match, and that’d make for some good pub discussions.
We’ve seen him on TV, so we know he’s a well-spoken guy, but he has to have his filter on in that setting. He can’t rip ex-teammates or current coaches or….anyone, for that matter. After all, he was still trying work his way back into the NHL. But bellied up at the bar he’d be free to let you in on whatever you felt like discussing.
Turco: Did you know Darryl Sydor has webbed feet?
Bourne: I DID NOT.
His career path has been crazy interesting, and him being unwilling to give up on it is worthy of a beerability bump in my books.
Last – and you can discuss this in the comment section - media. Who in the media has beerability?
I started to put my thoughts on that together and realized I’d piss off a lot of my media member buddies, and a list that reads T1 – EVERYONE! is a pretty short and disingenuous post.
So I’ll let you bat it around: who from print/TV/internet media do you see yourself having the most laughs and sharing the most stories with at a pub?
(s/t to @Majupra for the Patrick Burke suggestion)