It was three years ago today that Brendan Burke, the 21-year-old son of Edina native (sort of) Brian Burke, died in a car crash in Indiana, and one wonders how the culture of sports might have changed — at least in the National Hockey League — had he lived.
Brendan was gay. Had he not followed his dad’s footsteps and gone into sports team management, he probably would have become a politician.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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