To say that the last 12 months in the life of Adam Burish
have been good (save a blow to the face the other night in Boston), is an understatement along the lines of“Wayne Gretzky scored a few points in his career” or “Scarlett Johansson is slightly attractive.” During the past year the gritty forward has won a Stanley Cup championship, signed with the Dallas Stars where he immediately became a key player on the Pacific Division-leading team and has become a fan favorite with his determined play on the ice and contagious attitude off it.
While Burish has proven he will do anything to help the Stars win hockey games, there is one other team he exudes the same type of passion, the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers.
“I’m fired up right now, I’ve been telling the guys all year the Packers are going to win the Super Bowl,” said Burish. “I’ve always wanted to go to a Super Bowl and was going to go anyway since the game is in Dallas. Now I get to go to the game and see my favorite team, it works out perfect for me.”
Growing up in Wisconsin, being a Cheesehead is not optional but rather mandatory. Burish cheered for the Pack long before the team returned to powerhouse form. During the BF era (Before Favre) Burish found a favorite player in number 7, the “Magic Man” Don Majkowski and has been hooked on the Green and Gold ever since.
“I lived in Green Bay the last two years before college when I played in the USHL and we used to go to five or six games a year. I lived with my aunt and uncle who had season tickets so we went whenever I had a day off. I also got a chance in college to play an outdoor game at Lambeau Field so I have a lot of great memories there.”
Burish’s presence in the locker room has been credited with helping create the chemistry that has become a trademark of the first place Stars. One area that the Madison native is not afraid to stir the pot is when it comes to his constant reminders of Packers success to fans of their arch-rival Minnesota Vikings.
“The one Super Bowl I get in my own back yard and the Green Bay Packers are coming?” said lifelong Vikings fan, Stars play-by-play announcer Ralph Strangis.” I’ve got to put up with two weeks of Cheeseheads walking around here, it’s pretty bad.”
”The Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game was a no-win situation for Vikings fans and the worst of two evils won as far as I’m concerned,” said winger Jamie Langenbrunner, a native of Cloquet, Minnesota. “I’ve had a side bet going with Adam for the past few weeks and it’s been pretty tough watching him smile every Monday.”
“What a pathetic way to live, they can’t even root for their own team, just root against mine. I’m happy to make their wallets lighter every week,” Burish chimed in.
Even teammates with no allegiances have noticed a difference in locker room demeanor. Defenseman Trevor Dailey’s locker at the AAC is just two stalls away from Packer Central.
“His head is so big right now I don’t know how he fits in the room,” said Daley. Between him and Richey (fellow Packers fan Brad Richards) I don’t know who has the bigger head. I’m rooting for Pittsburgh just for that reason.”
What his teammates think about the big game makes no difference to the Stars most optimistic player. His team is in the Super Bowl and the University of Wisconsin alum will be able to see his beloved Packers try to make history in person. If the championship game is anything like the past 12 months of Adam Burish
’s life, don’t bet against the Packers winning it all.