First things first. Sather isn’t getting fired tonight or tomorrow or any time soon. I will be flabbergasted if he does.
Next, for those just joining the Festivus universe for the first time today, Tortorella’s tough-guy action was wishy-washy at best. He is prucha-ing Redden and Kotalik tonight, and inserting Sanguinetti and Christensen.
That sends a message, but not nearly enough of a message in my opinion. Then again, if he wins with it tonight, he’s right and maybe he got their attention and maybe Redden and Kotalik play better when they come back. If he loses, then he’s got to go deeper — Drury, Rozsival — for the next game or else he has to stop this macho b.s. act.
I would have de-prucha’d Voros to give the Rangers a fourth line with some — in Tortorella’s word — jam, maybe let them have a couple of synchronized fights early in the game, establish a little “we’re not gonna take it” identity.
I think there’s a good chance the Rangers come back and win tonight, because A) the Islanders aren’t very good; B) I thought the “effort” was pretty good in four of the previous five games (good enough to win most nights); and C) bad as they were, they still could have won last night at MSG. I also think there was a fair amount of humiliation after that game, and nothing creates focus and determination better than that.
But if they don’t, then we will certainly have a lot to discuss — Dolan, Sather, Torts, Drury, Rozsival, Redden — in the coming days, won’t we?
I just watched the Yankees lose Game 5 to the Mariners in 1995 on MLB Network. Alex Rodriguez was so young that they weren’t even calling him A-Rod yet. And Jeter was just a callup on the bench.
Here are tonight’s pregame notes. Stop by early and often. Enjoy.