Seeing Marty Brodeur’s tantrum the other night (I know you guys liked that one) and Sean Avery’s meltdown Wednesday got some of us to talking about players famously losing it. And it immediately transported me to one incident.
In the 1980s, Tony Granato was one of the great pests in the game. He could spear you and he could accurately do so to various, ahem, body parts. Well, this one night he was giving it to Marty McSorley (not one of the most level-headed players in history) of the L.A. Kings.
Finally, Granato caught him in the, uh, especially painful and annoying area, and McSorley, who was about twice Granato’s height and weight, with an NHL suspension rap sheet to match, predictably flipped. It took both linesmen to wrestle him across the ice and into the penalty box. They finally got the door closed and McSorley grabbed the top of the glass and began shaking the entire glass and sideboards until he was finally ejected from the game. Then, on the way to the exit doors, McSorley decided to make one more attempt to get at Granato, tossing the linesmen (I think Kevin Collins was one of them) like a ragdoll in the process. Eventually all three officials got McSorley to the door, but he hugged the side of the door and they had to pry him off it before they could close it. He was still going nuts once they got him safely off the rink.
That’s not the story, though. This is: A year or two later, Granato was traded to the Kings. His wife, upon learning the news, said to him — with her eyes wide open — “You can’t go there. That man is there and he is going to kill you.”
Do we live in Bizarro World? The Devils sell out their first three home playoff games and the Yankees don’t sell out the first homestand in their brand new palace?
The Rangers will host four viewing parties tonight, with special guests and giveaways. Here are the basics, or for more you can click here.
WHAT: New York Rangers viewing party to watch Rangers vs. Capitals
live coverage on MSG Network at 6:30 p.m.
WHO: Glenn Anderson at Black Bear Bar & Grill
Jeff Beukeboom at the Brazen Fox
Nick Fotiu at the Blue Moon Mexican Café
Pete Stemkowski at Stout
WHERE: Stout, across from Madison Square Garden: 133 West 33rd Street, New York, NY.
Black Bear Bar & Grill: 205 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ
The Brazen Fox: 175 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY
Blue Moon Mexican Café: 1444 1st Ave. (corner of 75th St.) New York, NY
WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 6:30 p.m.
Hey, guys, if the wife/girlfriend makes you shave, why not snap a photo first and then later on you can send it as your “after” shot. You never know how the vote will go. Plus, if you entered you might as well stay in the contest for the duration.
We’ll be back with any updates that happen later, including the NHL’s awards finalists. Then a pre-game post for your commenting pleasure, as usual.
MORNING UPDATE, 11:33 A.M.: Looking to kill some time before Game 5 faceoff? Jane McManus and Ernie Palladino are doing a live video chat on the NFL draft today at noon. Access it here.
You can read their blogs, also, at: http://jets.lohudblogs.com and http://giants.lohudblogs.com. I recommend both.
NOON UPDATE, 12:03 P.M.: Every year I used to write “who cares?” instead of giving my vote or opinion on the Lady Byng Trophy candidates. Why? Because, while I appreciate sportsmanship, I don’t think you want a “gentlemanly” player on your team. Anyway, here are the NHL’s finalists for the award: Zach Parise, Martin St. Louis and Pavel Datsyuk.