Let me first thank Carp for the opportunity to do a guest blog. This is my second time (the first was a belated thank you letter to Jaromir Jagr) and it’s tough to follow all the recently great and well-written entries. Consider the posts before me like a bunch of episodes of “Lost” and this to be something a little easier on the brain…a “Jersey Shore” episode if you will (more on that later). Anyway, let’s get to it…
If some of you are like me, when you are bored, you fire up YouTube and randomly search for entertaining Rangers clips for some quick entertainment. Well, while some Boneheads like to post links in the comments every now and again, I thought I would use this opportunity to list my favorite Rangers-related clips with a little blurb on why I like the clip.
(DISCLAIMER: None of these clips will have any connection to 1994. If you’re starving for clips from 1994, that means you: (1) aren’t a big fan; (2) don’t have MSG Network in your cable package; and/or (3) don’t know how to use YouTube too well.)
There is really not too much to dissect from this clip. Simply put, and I don’t think I’m biased, the Rangers goal horn and song is at the top of the NHL. Granted, you barely hear it these days (insert rim shot here). But, when you’re at MSG and if you’re lucky enough to see a goal, there’s nothing better than joining the other fans: “WHOOOOOA OHHH OHHH! WHOOOOOA OHHH OHHH! WHOOOOOA OHHH OHHH! WHOOOOOA OHHH OHHH! HEY! HEY! HEY HEY HEY!” I’m getting pumped up just thinking about it. Is it October yet?
There is simply no way not to group these three clips together. The first clip is the highlights of Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Devils, a game the Rangers won 5-3 to clinch the series. The second clip is the handshake line following the game. The final clip is Sean Avery’s postgame interview.
One of my favorite parts of the game highlights is the guy in the first row giving the Devils the double middle finger while they were celebrating Gionta’s goal that opened the scoring. LOVE IT. But, there are several other reasons to love the game highlights: (1) the sheer amount of Rangers fans at the Rock (or Pebble, if you will) that night was mind-numbing; (2) the game itself was crazy entertaining…the Devils score first, the Rangers reel off four unanswered goals, the Devils score two back (including a shot that somehow found its way home from center ice), and John Madden has a penalty shot to tie the game only to be stopped by Henrik; and (3) it was sweet, sweet redemption from the first round sweep by the Devils two years prior.
As you obviously recognize, the game feed used for the clip was TSN. And, as we all discovered, Devils color commentator Chico Resch, on the MSG Plus feed, unleashed an epic whiny, homer rant during the handshake line. So, the second clip is the MSG Plus feed. It contains the final seconds of Game 5 and the handshake line. Resch maintained an optimistic disposition until around 3:01 of the clip. I love that he admits to being a homer during the rant as if this was breaking news to anyone.
Now, what is interesting about the MSG Plus feed is that they actually showed Brodeur and Avery not shaking hands. But, the camera angle they used did not make it evident at the time. So neither Emrick nor Resch picked up on it at the time, which is understandable since it was hard to recognize it at the time.
But, the MSG feed did capture it as it happened. So, it was automatic that Avery would be brought in for a postgame interview. And no write-up can really do it justice. Just watch and enjoy and remember a time when Avery actually was able to play like himself and not the watered down version of himself that Tortorella is forcing upon him.
Ahh yes…when Rozsival had his most value. If it wasn’t for Chris Drury in Game 5, this game might have been looked at as the turning point of the Rangers as an organization. I remember screaming louder than I have ever screamed before when Rozsival buried that goal in double overtime. The highlights of the game don’t even do the game justice as it was nerve-wracking, nip-and-tuck, back-and-forth, low scoring affair (a.k.a. just another day at the office for Tom Renney). Still, I still find myself watching it all the time.
A tribute to a Rangers Report favorite and cult hero. Seriously, who doesn’t miss this guy?
The reason I chose these three clips is that I happened to be at all three of those games. I will never forget Orr-Fedoruk. I was given a seat a few rows behind the visitor’s penalty box so I had an incredible view of the fight from the other side. After Orr knocked Fedoruk out of commission, everyone around me was going wild and I was in shock. The way Fedoruk went down, I thought he died. It was really scary to see and, as much as I despise everything there is to do with the Flyers, it was a relief to see that he was okay…and it made me feel better about watching the clip of the fight over and over again.
Orr-Rupp happened at the Rock while the Rangers were enduring a miserable losing streak. After Orr roundhoused Rupp to the ground, I thought that would breathe some life into the team and maybe turn things around. They lost 3-0. Sigh.
Orr-Brashear was an instant classic. They went for nearly a full minute and, to me, it was mostly a draw…though, Orr got some great licks in there, which, years later, is even sweeter than it was back then. The combination of great love for Orr and extreme hatred for Brashear makes this matchup fun for everyone.
(And now…just for fun…)
(banging head on desk)
That is all. Hope you guys enjoy the clips (except for the last one). If any of you love “Jersey Shore” as much as I do (don’t judge me), check out my latest “Jersey Shore” power rankings here: http://www.bingbongsports.com/2010/08/insert-obligatory-im-back-because.html.
Hi, kids. It’s Carp.
Thirty-seven days until the Opener.
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