What does first place mean for the Rangers?
From “the players to the coaches, not much”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071116/SPORTS01/711160397/1046/RSS0905.
Of course, it would be troubling if the Rangers were ecstatic at this point, don’t you think?
We did it! We’re here! Now we can shut it down for a few weeks and coast! Hey Gomer, pass the pork rinds!
But like I mentioned earlier, where the Rangers are in the standings is at least a reflection of how far they’ve come since their will-they-ever-score-a-goal start. Moreover, it’s indicative that right now, the pieces are in place: outstanding goaltending, balanced scoring, stingy defense, and the right, as Tom Renney likes to say, “esprit de corps.”
Plus, they have one of the sexiest men alive in their dressing room, and as much as my wife would say that’s me (actually who am I kidding, no she wouldn’t), it’s “actually Sean Avery”:http://www.people.com/people/package/video/0,,20154290_20154496_20159873,00.html, who had the honor bestowed upon him by People Magazine.
The “video interview”:http://www.people.com/people/package/video/0,,20154290_20154496_20159873,00.html that accompanies the honor is somewhat disappointing. Avery talks about where he got his scars, who his first kiss was, and what he looks for in a woman. Here I was thinking they were going to ask about ways to generate more shots on the power play, and his thoughts on tag-up offsides.
And speaking of the confluence of beauty and hockey, there was a fairly comical scene in the Rangers dressing room post-game when Marc Staal was being interviewed by former Miss New Jersey Julie Robenhymer, who is actually “a blogger for hockeybuzz.com”:rhttp://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?blogger_id=99.
Now, before we go any further, let’s be clear that this is in no way a commentary on female sports journalists, since I think we’re past the days of distinguishing between the two (and reading Robenhymer’s stuff, she clearly knows hockey). But let’s also be honest that to a 20-year-old rookie, there’s a little bit of a difference between being interviewed by a former beauty contestant, and some rumpled yahoo like me. And while Staal was perfectly professional, his expression was telling.
More on Staal, sort of, can be read in “this mock interview at rangerland.net”:http://rangerland.net/. Great stuff..