It’s hard to believe we’ve spent all this time talking about whether Jaromir Jagr’s shoulder is completely healed—not to mention whether the Rangers are doing enough to protect him—and it turns out what the team really needs to do is make sure no one hurts his feelings.
I’m not sure I’m entirely kidding. How else do you explain the Rangers’ captain playing to little effect when he was booed incessantly in Pittsburgh, and yet flying up and down to cheers last night at the Garden? Is that all it takes? And if so, where’s Dr. Phil when you need him?
Amazing. Jagr gets half his teeth knocked out in a game a few weeks back, and he doesn’t miss a beat. And yet give an insurance salesman a few too many beers in Section 39, and he can render the right wing useless. You tell me which is worse.
Still, “an impressive effort last night at the Garden”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061120/SPORTS01/611200351/1034/SPORTS, further maddening the Rangers faithful who can’t make sense of this team from one night to the next. I wish I had an answer for you. I know “I joked last night that this team seems to take its lead from Jagr”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/wp-admin/edit.php, and to a great extent, I still think that’s true. But there are other factors in there that I can’t place my finger on.
The good news is the team can skate with any team in the league. The bad news is they can look hapless against any of them as well.
At least it makes my job interesting.
Anyway, a few other responses on what is actually an off day for the Rangers:
OK, that’s all for now. One last thing: Congratulations to my big brother Josh (himself a former center man), who ran the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday in an impressive 4:00:22. Alas, it could have been better, but word is that nature called one too many times, costing him precious time on the clock. The sports writer side of me says I don’t want to hear his excuses. The little brother knows better…