So word got out last week that I am going to be leaving the paper, and Carp was generous enough to let me say goodbye to you guys, so here goes.
Sam took me to my first practice and said if I could just blog about line changes, many of you would be happy. That’s when I thought about what it meant to be part of this blog. Sam had played hockey in utero, I never did, and roller derby is played on a totally different kind of skate — one with wheels.
I had a lot to learn.
I remember when Aaron Voros was waived and a few days later he was in the locker room. I was a little puzzled, since in the NFL if they waive you, 10 minutes earlier you’d been hustled out a back door by armed guards.
I asked him and he explained to me that it was different in the NHL, why he thought the Rangers did it, and that he expected to stay on the roster.
Darn human of him. And that’s what it was like for the most part, people wanting to talk about a sport they really love.
This blog is such a terrific community. I love the way you guys stick around and talk hockey, bust on Josh and make progressively obscure Seinfeld references.
And reading your comments helped me in the job as well. If I knew you guys were looking for an answer on something, I’d try to find out and throw some audio in there so you’d get a sense of how it was said. I consider myself the straight man to Carp, with his 79 years on the beat. (Sorry, Carp…)
I certainly expect to be back covering sports, and I hope that means more playoff hockey at Madison Square Garden. In the meantime, please follow me on Twitter.com/janesports and I’ll still be following Tortorella and his antics, and probably starting a roller derby blog. (See above pic, that’s the sneer I’ve been working on!) It’s been fun reading you guys there as well, like Sally, Nasty and @LadyBlueICU.
And now I must return to my first job, as an architect (OSR).