Not much new here at MSG, where I can already hear John Amirante rehearsing his national anthem at 4:45 p.m. I’m sure I won’t be able to hear it very well at 7:05 or so, when the balloons start falling from the “Blue Seats.”
On Saturday I stepped out of character and praised Mike Milbury for taking the NHL to task for its “wimpification of the game” and for putting Darren Pang on the spot with a question about the Capitals’ switch of goalies after one game. I thought Milbury was good throughout, and I say that as someone who has always been criticial of him (particularly as a GM) and as someone who also knows how much Milbury has always hated the Rangers — as a player, as a coach, as a GM, and as a broadcatser.
But I must share this, which occured last week. During a network broadcasters conference call with media members, Milbury was hit with this question:
“Why didn’t you pick Zach Parise when you had the chance (as Islanders GM)?
Milbury’s answer: “Can I say ‘go (expletive deleted) yourself’ on the air?”
He was laughing, as was everybody else, when he said it. Then he answered the question.
The Rangers are doing a Playoff Beard thing for charity, and I don’t see any reason you guys can’t do both. I think with the Rangers’ you get pledges from people for growing a beard. I’ll put up our new slideshow in the morning post tomorrow. Here’s the info from the Rangers:
BLUESHIRTS BEARD-A-THON TO BENEFIT GARDEN OF DREAMS FOUNDATION
Rangers Fans Invited to Grow Beards for 2009 Playoffs to Benefit Kids in Crisis by Visiting NewYorkRangers.com.
New York, April 20, 2009 – This playoff season, New York Rangers fans are invited to join Rangers legends Adam Graves and Rod Gilbert to participate in the Blueshirt Beard-a-thon. Fans have the opportunity to grow their own playoff beard and raise money to benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation – helping to make dreams come true for kids in crisis.
Participants in the Blueshirt Beard-a-thon can invite family and friends to pledge their playoff beards for the duration of the Rangers playoff run. Net proceeds from the Beard-a- thon will help the Garden of Dreams Foundation continue to fulfill its mission by creating unique and unforgettable events and activities for special children and their families. For more information, or to enroll in the Blueshirt Beard-a-thon, please visit newyorkrangers.com.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment and Fuse to “make dreams come true for kids in crisis”. Garden of Dreams partners with local children’s hospitals, “wish” organizations and community-based organizations to build on-going, unforgettable programs for children in the tri-state area who are suffering from devastating illness, homelessness, abuse, hunger, extreme poverty and tragedy.
Don’t forget the live video chat tomorrow at noon.
I’d like to hit 1,000 comments tonight, but I don’t know if that can happen with a home game because some of you guys will be in the building, not in front of your computers. But let’s give it a shot. Jane and I will be butting in with comments throughout. Enjoy.
EVENING UPDATE, 5:23 P.M. FROM MSG: Just found out I’m going to be the intermission guest on the radiocast (1050-AM) between the first and second periods. Guess I really do have a face for radio. So who are you going to choose, me or Doogie?