According to a release from the Garden, TV ratings for Rangers games are up 85 percent. I have no way of verifying this other than randomly asking people if they’re watching hockey.
I know the readers of this blog are, because as much as I’d like to think they’re just fans of my (not-so) clever musings and updates on my household renovations, they are at heart Rangers fans.
It’s everyone else that matters — men and women who would normally be spending their nights watching “Wheel of Fortune” re-runs (are there “Wheel of Fortune” re-runs”?) but who are now entranced by the artistry of a Marek Malik outlet pass. If those are the people that start watching hockey, then the game really is on the upswing.
But I digress. In other news:
As I mentioned, no line-up changes are in store for the Rangers. As for Ryan Callahan’s proclamation that he was set to skate tomorrow, it apparently is news to Tom Renney, who didn’t think Callahan was ready. So stay tuned on that one.
Eric Lindros officially retired today, ending what would be an impressive career by most standards, but one that still fell short of what was expected of him. SI’s Michael Farber has a “great column on Lindros’ career”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/michael_farber/11/07/lindros/index.html.
There was a report in one of the Canadian papers saying Colton Orr was a candidate to be the next “Bachelor”. The Rangers are calling that report false. Too bad for Orr. I can’t imagine having 25 women jockeying for your attention is necessarily a bad thing. I would offer to step in, but I think the whole married with a kid thing might get in the way.