Merry Christmas, Boneheads!

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Good morning and Merry, Merry, Merry to everyone. Hope you all got what you wanted under your tree (sorry, Orr. I know you didn’t). More importantly, I hope you all are happy and in good health and able to spend today with family or friends.

No hockey today as the NHL does what the NBA and the NFL can’t do: The right thing. Players and fans should not be taken away from loved ones on this day.

But … I know you still crave hockey, and MSG Network is taking care of some of that craving with five special episodes of Rangers in 60 tonight starting at 5:30.

Now here comes the skeptical Carp (even on Christmas). They are selling this programming as Brian Leetch’s favorites. Well, I love Leetch as much as anybody, as a person and a player, but I’m not buying for one second that these are his five favorite moments or games or anything else … certainly not the last two. I mean, if Leetch could have actually picked his top five, they would all have come from his playing career, and probably all from the ’93-94 season. But even if he went outside that season, they wouldn’t include a 2-1 first-round playoff victory in a series the Rangers lost last spring, and they absolutely would not include a regular-season game this year, against Columbus for Byfuglien’s sake.

And how about one of those episodes being about him: Maybe his Game 7 against the Devils, with that unbelievable first goal? Or the game in Vancouver when he set up the winner (and pulled down Pavel Bure for the penalty shot)? Or something from his rookie year or anything from one of his Norris years, or his Conn Smythe Trophy? Or one of his postseason hat tricks? How about Gretzky’s last game?

Be that as it may, I know Brian wasn’t involved in the choosing of the episodes, but he will help narrate them, so that should be interesting. Here’s the schedule.

5:30 p.m.: Rangers at Edmonton — Graves Scores #50 and #51 (3/23/94).
6:30 p.m.: ’94 Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 Rangers at Devils — Messier’s “Guarantee” (5/25/94).
7:30 p.m.: Toronto at Rangers  — Richter passes Giacomin for all-time Rangers wins (1/18/01).
8:30 p.m.: 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 4 — Rangers at Washington: Lundqvist 2-1 victory (4/22/09).
9:30 p.m.: Columbus at Rangers –  Gaborik 4-point game (11/23/09).

Have a great, great holiday.

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  1. How appropriate, you guys let me be first on my birthday.

    Of course, Carp didn’t fail to carp me first, but all is forgiven, it’s holidays after all.

    Carp, thanks again from the heads to you, Laurel and all the supporting staff behind the scene for keeping this place the way we all like it!

  2. reposted(carped)

    orr- i havent got presents since i was your age too. maybe a few times i got some ciggarettes, new socks, crap like that. but my dad recently started giving me some of his old valuable family heirloom type things, i think hes goin through a midlife crisis even though hes 55, and he thinks hes gonna die soon or is worried he might die and his wife get all his valuable collector item stuff. he gave me his whole knife collection,which consisted of some Case knives issued during the vietnam war only on 1 aircraft carrier and one sitting in pearl harbor right now. bunch of other really nice knives, german swords in ww1 and other old stuff like old signed baseballs from the 60’s(yankees), umm, other stuff not worth anything monetarily, but dont worry, once u get a girl, she’ll get some nice stuff for you and christmas for me right now, is all about giving. i love watchin my kid open up all the presents i get her and no matter how many times ur mother, or sister, and especially gf or wife, say they dont want anything, they always do, and if its your gf, then u better get some nice jewelry man. what i do, is after christmas, i go out and buy myself my own present(s). its the way to go orr. u always know what u want anyway. lol

  3. Exactly, im getting me a laptop and an Aaron Voros jersey !!

    ( – Voros jersey )

    Ill only have a total of aboot $1,200 if im lucky. I don’t know if i can squeeze in a Rangers jersey. I would like a Del Z jersey, that would be sweet.

  4. MERRY CHRISTMAS MY GENTILE BONEHEADS!!! AND HAPPY CHAUNNAKA FELLOW JEWISH HEADS!! I SHOULDVE JUST SAID HAPPY CHRISTMAKA LOL. ANYWAY, NO MATTER WJHAT RELIGION,OR WHATEVER, HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY FOR ALL!! PLEASE JUST BE THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING ESPECIALLY GOOD HEALTH. ITS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING DURING THE HOLIDAYS, TRUST ME. AND BE HAPPY MR CLUTCH IS SCORING AGAIN! ITS A MIRACLE IN ITSELF TO BE SURE. 4 WGAME WIN STREAK AND THE BEST FANS AND PEOPLE IN TEH WORLD HERE, YOUR HEALTH, YOUR FAMILY,AND GOOD FOOD!! ALL OF U BONEHEADS THAT MAY BE GOING THROUGH A ROUGH TIME IN LIFE, I WISH YOU PEACE AND HAPPINESS. LOVE EACH OTHER AND TAKE CARE EVERYBODY!! NOW I GOT CARPED, SO IF U WANNA WATCH KREIDER,STEPAN AND BOURQUE PLAY ON THE JUNIOR U.S. TEAM TURN ON FOX SPORTS COLLEGE AT 3:30 AM TONIGHT/THIS MORNING AND THEY REPLAY IT. KREIDER GETS 2 GOALS AND STEPAN LOOKED GREAT TOO. CZECH IT OUT MATES!! DURING THIS TIME ID LIKE TO SAY MY PRAYER FOR KASPAR,4EVERRANGER,BEER ME,LI JOE,SOMERSET,AGRAVAINE,AND ALL THE OTHER HEADS WHO ARE M.I.A, SOMEWHERE SITTING IN A MEXICAN JAILCELL, OR JUST SOMEWHERE, WHEREVER THEY ARE(ESPECIALLY U KASPAR), WE’LL MISS U OLE BOY!

  5. THE PUCK DROPS HERE on

    Preach: If you are lucky enough to still have your parents, make sure you visit or call them today. This is my third Christmas without my parents and it is not one whit easier than the first. End of Preach.

    Merry Christmas to all of the boneheads, the Clutch Baker, plus Carp, Blogmamma and Josh, who is 26.

  6. orr- aww man dont be a front runner!! get a gabby jersey dude!! cmon. get a jersey not many people have!! ya know like that guy in washington called ovenchicken or something. if one of their fans actually bought his jersey, i might be able to know his name!! lol

  7. Orr, if money was no object you could get a Brashear jersey and use it to wash the car and change your oil.

  8. Merry Christmas to everyone that celebrates!

    I would love to get an MDZ jersey, but I can’t make my Hank jersey jealous lol

  9. Lets just say the Rangers did make the Cup (hypothetically speaking)…could you imagine it on here? I think personally I would just be in the city overnight not having any clue what to do

  10. Boy am I glad I didn’t buy that Drury jersey back in the summer of 07. That would have been a mistake.

    As far as a Brashit jersey goes. I wouldn’t spend more than $5 for it. I’d use it to clean my throw up which was caused by too much alchohol and staring at his ugly face.

  11. Oh, and happy b day ilb.

    Having. B day on Christmas must have been bad back then. I always imagined parents taking advantage obthe situation by only givin you Christmas presents and passing then off as b day presents too. Haha. My aunts and uncles do that to me when I see them. They give me a card that says “b day and christmas” and it has $30 in it. I should have $60!!!!

  12. Orr

    My bday is tomorrow and it happens all the time LOL and I don’t even celebrate Christmas, but I still get screwed with Chanukah

  13. REPOST:

    MAKO
    December 25th, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Hey Guy and Girls!
    I dont know if any of you are still up or have recovered from the food induced coma LOL But I wanted to jump on and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!!!! You all have made watching the game and being a Rangers fan THAT much more fun. And again thank you all for the warm wishes for my father. He is doing much better. Rick & Laurel – thank you for putting your heart & soul into this blog, keeping in going so all of us have a place to enjoy, joke & cheer for the best team in the NHL ;)
    Love all ya BONEHEADS!!!!!!!!

  14. Linda the CLUTCH Christmas Elf says MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE on

    iPod touch baby!!! wooooo!! plus lotsa other goodies from the man!! REAL FUSILLI & magic bullet from my parents, the NY Rangers 1994 dvd collection from daughter and son in law. it’s been a pretty awesome day so far!

    hope you’re all enjoying your day, and your gifts. ORR, i’m sorry you got rocks, that stinks! I sent my daughter and son in law close to $500 worth of gifts! Maybe I’ll adopt you for next Christmas

  15. wicky229 (gabby, just get 29 more!!) on

    ilb
    Happy birthday!!! Your present will have to wait until march!!!

    Everyone
    Well, I would start listing everyone for individual wishes, but I would undoubtedly forget someone (damn concussions) so just so you all know you are a great group of human beings! Carp, despite all of the carping you lay on me, thank you so much for making this possible for the rest of us (rhymes with festivus), and to MAMA for being MAMA always!!

    For your holiday reading pleasure:
    http://sports.sympatico.ca/NHL/ContentPosting_TopShelf?newsitemid=31b56a31-e240-44a6-b9a5-8d030b0eb2ea&feedname=jeffmackie&show=False&number=0&showbyline=False&subtitle=&detect=&abc=abc&date=False

    Happy Julianuary!!! Happy X-mas!! and most importantly sincere thanks and safe and happy (as possible) wishes to all my brothers and sisters risking everything overseas so I can blog and spend the holidays with my family for once… Joyeux Noel a nos amis!!

  16. I’ve gotta tell you guys ( and gals), that for an old CT Yankee now residing in sunny FLa, it’s a pleasure being among you city crazies via this blog, and I feel a warm affection for all of you. Where else in the US would you find such a variety of boneheads??? Hmmm? NOt in Hartford…the old Whalers had a staunch following, and I was one of them, and they had their I-91 club ( which you’ll find out about in due time ( try Google…see if it’s there. Unfortunately most of you guys and gals don’t go back as far with the Rangers as I do………when I talk about Edgar Laprade, Bones Raleigh, Chuck Rayner, Emile (the cat) Francis, Pat Egan, Allen Stanley, Fred Shero, the eyes glaze over as tho I.m speaking in a foreign tongue. But they were the Rangers of my youth, and they were really good players. ………….and it was a different game then.

    A wonderful Christmas and a hopefully happy New Year to all of you and your loved ones.

  17. wicky229 (gabby, just get 29 more!!) on

    A side note, the article is not exactly accurate on some points, avery does not cost us 4 mil, redden is actually a d man, but you guys know all this, but the gist of the article is clear!

    If you are looking for a x-mas flick, I still suggest Joyeux Noel!! Fabulous!!!

  18. LINDA

    That would be great. I just need my own room, and you’ll have to accept my one hour showers.

    And don’t forget to jail break your iPod touch !! It allows you to get free apps instead of paying for them. Everyone says it’s a little illegal, but it’s like downloading. What are the odd you’ll get caught. Be a rebel !! Be an Avery !!

  19. Thank you all for bday wishes. I’m having a perfect bday. The house is full of my family and mrs ilb’s. 5 kids less than 6 years ( uhm none mine, I don’t think) and four dogs ( two are mine). Poor doggies are confused between Spanish and Russian. My dad, my brother, my son, my nephew are taking care of vodka. My wife is having some intellectual conversation with people, in Spanish, I think. Ahd the dogs are humping the hell out of each other. Life is good. Is anyone in SI at the moment? Let me know. Love you folks. Merry Christmas!

  20. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Four in a row , way to go!!! … says Greg L. on

    MERRY X-MAS !!! Yo ILB2001 , It’s yer birthday too!!!???
    WOW , yer special dude. Happy Birthday old timer!!! haha just yolking. My daughter wants me to eat supper at her moms(my ex) , ughh could be a crazy night!!

    Ummmm Linda , Orr sounds like a nightmare , tell him ya hubby wont let him come over. 1 hour showers!!!??? talk about murder on the bills!!

    * GOOO RANGERS!!!!!!!!! BTW Merry x-mas to Gaborik ,Dubinsky ,Fanta and Hank…Staalsie ,delzotto and Cally.

  21. wicky229 (gabby, just get 29 more!!) on

    orr is more than welcome to come over and spend x mas with us, problem is we have a 360!!

  22. Linda the CLUTCH Christmas Elf says MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE on

    i pay the utility bill, and water’s pretty cheap here in da south, so that would not be a problem.

    OH YEA, before I forget, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO OUR BLUESHIRTS! They are the reason we gather here, every single day, whether its mid season or the dead of summer. We all bleed blue, and even though the owners and gm rub it in our faces how much they despise us, its really all about the boys on the ice! Hope they all have/had a Merry Christmas/ Happy Boxing Day! I’d send em cookies if i could LMAO!!!

  23. I don’t remember the crowd being that loud for this game they are showing on MSG right now against the Caps…wish MSG could be like that every night lol

  24. Wow…is it sad that I jump up and get excited when they score…even though I know what happens and they end up blowing the series big time? Lol

  25. Thanks for the honesty haha.

    It’s amazing how memories are in sports…it seems like forever ago that Gomez, Mara, Sjostrom, etc had Ranger jerseys on and yet it was only 8 months ago

  26. Sienna Gladstone on

    B-o-r-i-n-g day at Blog Central. Thinking about tomorrow’s game against the Fishsticks. Our guys better be ready to play.

  27. NYRGuy,

    I was there for that Caps game. It was definitely that loud. And it’s amazing looking back at how overmatched the Rangers were in that series. Without Three-or-more starting Game 1, that series might have been totally different.

  28. Chris from Buffalo on

    I don’t post here too often, but I read the blog everyday. I just wanted to wish all you guys and gals a Merry Christmas (or at least whats left of it anyway).

  29. whoa…what a day!! Who said Jews don’t get presents for Christmas?! How aboot brand new 46″ BRAVIA XBR10! One of those really thin TV’s… I LOVE HOLIDAYS! (i gave that present to myself with my own money though…but, WHO CARES! LOL)

    Merry belated Christmas!

    Happy belated Birthday, ilb2001!

    LET’S GO RANGERS!

  30. For the folks who wish we’d get an early draft choice…think about it….with Sather as GM?

    You must remember who this guy is. He meditates before drafting…first he checks the lunar cycle, then he goes to a swami and gets his palm read, then spends three days chanting Ooom mah pahd mee hoom then picks Jessiman ( by psssing Getzlaff and Parise, and a couple other really stalwart players…so…what’s the point?

  31. Kris (changing it to Krisy) on

    Hi all!
    A little late but here we start celebrating/opening gifts on christmas eve and then it all about family. Going straight from christmas breakfast to dinners that last all night so, this is my first time at the computer in a while. Just want to wish you all a merry christmas and of course a Lets go rangers!
    Not shirtless! Laurel and girls but he still has a cute smile.. heres Averys christmas greeting :-) http://www.seanavery.com/blog

    PS. I saw that someone else was using Kris so I changed my name to Krisy.

  32. Linda the CLUTCH Christmas Elf says MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE on

    Krisy, very nice photo first thing in the morning!

  33. Kinda disagree I love getting around with my Uncles and cousins and watching football on the Holidays. Brings us close if anything

  34. Sienna Gladstone on

    I read this blog daily. Just want to say Happy Holidays to all of the Boneheads. LGR. I hope the guys don’t let us down and play a stupid game against the Fishsticks. We need to win ALL of our home games, especially against teams in our division. Maybe that annoying Isles fan at the game the other night got tix to the wrong game? lol

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