The good guys and the best guys


The Yankees’ recent homestand was also their annual HOPE Week, a wonderful week in which they do good deeds for people in need, and good for them. It’s a wonderful concept and a noble undertaking.

And I am certainly not taking anything away from the Yankees whatsoever, or being disparaging in any way at all.

But I just wanted to point out that with the Rangers, every week is hope week, every day is hope day. With the Rangers, almost every home game there is something going on behind the scenes with people in need, people who need some help or some hope.

The Rangers do this all the time. All the time.

It is the one area where, over all these years, you have to just admire the organization top to bottom.

Yet the only time they tell anybody about it is when they need fans to get involved in the fund-raising. That’s it. They never publicize the stuff they do with the Garden of Dreams, or with Make-A-Wish or any other charities, or the hosting of kids with physical problems at home games or practices, or visits the make to hospitals.

When Sept. 11 struck us all, the Rangers were in NYC. They were the first New York sports team at Ground Zero and at the firehouses, etc. And without the cameras following, or reporters knowing about it. Without any fanfare.

Again, I’m not knocking the Yankees, or the teams that do/did good deeds and receive publicity for doing them. I am not.

To paraphrase the late owner of the Yankees, though, if somebody knows about a charitable act, then you’ve done it for the wrong reason.

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  1. bull dog line on

    the Rangers have become a well run organization in hockey related matters as well. this off season has gone perfectly for the Rangers. they had a plan, and executed it.

  2. Good morning, boneheads!

    Very well said, Carp! First class organization, been for years.
    The worst deeds are the best deeds done with the intention to show off.

  3. I agree with the comments “the worst deeds are the best deeds done with the intention to show off” and “..if somebody knows about a charitable act, then you’ve done it for the wrong reason.” I emphatically agree.

    However, if it comes down to “taking the glory” or “not giving” — please give (and take the glory). The needs still exist no matter what your reason for giving.

    End of preach.

    Morning, ‘heads!

  4. They do that very well! More teams should put in as much time as the Rangers do. I wish some athletes would understand their impact on people.

  5. And to think…just yesterday we were talking about the $1.19B (1,190,000,000,000.00) the taxpayers had to fork over for Yankee Stadium. You know, the new, completely unnecessary one.

    Although, the Yankees do a TON of Charity work behind the scenes donating to Sloan Kettering and other hospital centers. Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher especially do a lot with their individual charities. As does Joe Torre’s “Safe at Home” foundation. (Wouldn’t you think that one day they would run out of baseball analogies to name their charities?)

  6. You know, Carp, I was thinking the same thing the other day. The Yankees were in my neighborhood for Hope Week last week, and attended a lemonade stand run by a terrific 17-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy and scoliosis and is in a wheelchair. Her lemonade stand proceeds go to the Special Olympics. The Yankees, including Brian Cashman, came by, donated a whole lot of money and played games with the kids. Really, it was a terrific story.

    But while reading about this, I couldn’t help to think about the Rangers. With the Rangers, you hear about this kind of story all the time. And if you don’t hear about it, it’s still happening. It’s never just confined to a week. It made me think about Adam Graves. For every wonderful story about Adam and his extremely kind heart, there are hundreds of untold stories. I have more respect for that man then any professional athlete out there.

    But more than the Yankees organization vs. the Rangers organ-eye-zation, I believe this is more of a story about baseball players vs. hockey players. Hockey players are just different.

    I also think this is part of the reason why I feel such allegiance to this team. I feel like they make this BIG city feel like a small community. Whereas I am just a casual baseball fan, these Rangers feel like a part of me and my city.

  7. funny that tr-808 was brought up overnight. I was just talking to one of our ‘heads about him yesterday … wherezerman is he?

    and a few others, including Izzy?

    Good morning, Sally!

  8. Manny- you forgot about Derek Jeter’s “Turn Two” foundation. LOL the analogies never stop!

  9. And also let me say this- I am in PR and I find absolutely no fault in publicizing a good deed, because you hope that it helps spur more charitable contributions to whatever person/organization you helped. However, when you wait for the cameras to do the good deed, that’s where there’s a problem.

    Ok- I’ll stop now. lol

  10. Haha…good one Roe. That’s right! Turn Two! Safe at Home! I will do some research and find some more horribly named charities.

  11. I don’t think there’s been any player in recent memory in all of NY sports who is as dedicated to charity work than Adam Graves. Not only is Graves so dedicated, he loves every second of his work. Hats off to Adam Graves for being the model citizen and model hockey player…

  12. Eh, I decided not to criticize anyone. Any charity is good so please all you athletes and rich people and people who give what they can….keep on doing it! This world could be a better place if more people followed your examples.

  13. NYR_FAN- I remember on September 11, through all the pain and heartache, that I missed Adam Graves. He had just been traded and my heart hurt thinking about all the people he would’ve helped following that tragedy. Strange? Not for anyone who has been in his presence.

  14. Yeah, Roe. We missed Gravey then. Seeing Mess with the fireman’s helmet, tearing his eyes out and Leetch too, it’s enough to make you choke up.

    But, Adam is here now. Doing all those wonderful things behind the scenes that Carp is talking about.

  15. Adam Graves is a tremendously tremendous human being! Hats off to him and all the Rangers for all they do.

  16. Said it before … Adam Graves is the finest, kindest, most generous person I have ever met … not just among athletes, but among all humans.

  17. …and we are talking about guy, who on the ice would never think twice before punching opponent in a face if situation needed

  18. Thanks for this great work of public acknowledgement, Carp.
    Absolutely adore Adam and all Ranger organization for that. As for publicity, yes it’s has to be known, but should be done by others, than participants in deeds. (thru media and Carps of the world, for example), to generate positive emotions as some balance or mostly negative news, to show human touch for your otherwise one-dimensional heroes and to serve for the cause by example to follow.

  19. Good morning all! Am I on the right blog? I don’t understand all this kindness and love! :)

    Carp, I’ve been in touch with TR. He is working his aasen off, but I do miss him here too.

  20. 4everranger – that’s what made him so great! Any shift he was on the ice, if someone so much as looked at Mark Messier (or any of his teammates for that matter) the wrong way, you’d see him fly across the ice. He never backed down, regardless of the situation.

  21. Carp – agreed. Adam was my idol growing up, finally had a chance to meet him randomly at the Mike and Mike food drive at like 6 AM in Penn Station. I went to go buy something to bring there since I just happened to be waiting for a train. Adam was chatting away with fans (not too many people) and I had the chance to talk with him for about 10 minutes.

    I felt like a little kid again (I was 22 at the time) and it was incredible just to have him ask me questions about what I do and where I was attending school and all that. Just the fact that he took his time out and was legitimately interested in the conversation made me truly realize how great of a human being he is. Between the charity work, the amount of time he spends with people in need, and his great interaction with the fans, I’ve seriously never met a person that genuinely nice in my entire life.

    That’s 10 minutes of my life I will never forget.

  22. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they play baseball. Which, as we all know, is an insufferably boring sport.

  23. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    morning ILB and all!!

    I echo what mama said about TR, chatted with him a couple of days ago and he is just busy as hell!!

    Of to work, later assens!!

  24. ilb – are you referring to the second title of Pearl Jam’s sophomore release or the network that shows odd sports and Hockey?

  25. What’s going on over there, Manny? A bunch of idiot, what else is new? I hope one of hose bears bites somebody’s MZA….

  26. So much talent, so much laziness, the worst atttiude, and he’s an alledged wife-beater. The complete opposite of the model citizen…

  27. Haha. I know! I think Del Zotto might be on the next plane over there to join the partying!

  28. One thing that has always bemused me about the relationship of Rangers, Islanders and Devils is their treatment by the media ( especially the NY Post).

    How does this strike you? When listing as a “local” team, they often name the Devils who operate from a different State, but omit this designation for Islanders who are part of greater New York City.

    Not that I care one way or the other, but it has always struck me as being odd.

  29. isnt it like a regular thing in the former USSR to give vodka to bears and other animals? I know this isn’t something to be proud of but my grandpa used to put bread in vodka and then feed it to our old dog (RIP) not all the time, but occasionally… and no… the dog didn’t die from eating bread and vodka!

  30. and i am proud to be a Ranger!

    Be a Ranger!

    Budu Ranger!

    Esi Ranger!

    Ole Ranger!

    Bud’ Ranger!

    Budem Ranger!

    B?k Ranger!

    Sei Ein Ranger!

    Va En Ranger!

  31. ilb

    i guess it is an Ukrainian thing lol

    for the record… i’ve never done anything like that! I love animals and would never harm them in any way!

  32. ORR

    The kid isn’t around!

    Someone has to answer business phone, and since I’m the only employee, i can’t leave to get it myself lol

    ill call pizza for lunch!

  33. I might have eaten some Cat. There was this Chinese Buffet, I used to go to, when I was a kid, that was shut down because they were apparently mixing “Cat meat” with their food. The place was shut down after that, then eventually new owners took over, but I still wont go there.

  34. I think that animals enjoy Vodka. I wouldn’t sweat it @CCCP@ . It’s more the caging bears and abusing them that bothers me.

  35. Yea i have had the same problems, ORR. I apparently ate Swan meat or something like that in chinese food. I was vegetarian for 8 years and vegan for nearly 2 but I honestly don’t really care. It’s all personal choices. I will eat pretty much any kind of meat on earth.

  36. If anyone has read “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer (who is an AWESOME author) it’s pretty amazing. He makes a really compelling argument for eating dogs. I know…they are cute and all…but basically 500 Tons of dog meat is just thrown away each year when we euthanize our animals. That meat could be eaten and is supposedly delicious and would save other animals lives and cut down on pollution and blah blah blah

    It’s like Jonathan Swift recommending we eat babies.

  37. Jonathan Safran Foer (a resident of Park Slope, Brooklyn) wrote a book about Ukraine. “Everything is illuminated.” It’s great.

  38. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    I think the Rangers community social conscience really gained momentum with their admirable support for Stephen McDonald and their ongoing recognition of the inspirational role he continues to play in our society, to this day.

  39. Yeah, it’s hypocritical to eat all the “normal meat”, but make a big fuss over people who eat “not so normal meat”, like Bear, Seal, Horse etc.

    That being said, I’m not chomping on horse weeny!

  40. Sharp re-signs? Good thing we got Richards this year cuz lots of people on here were counting on Sharp to sign with he Rangers next year :)

  41. FWIW, I am eating “street meat” right now. Best $3.50 I’ve ever spent!! :)

    Grilled lamb and chicken, lettuce, tomato, white sauce on a pita…

  42. Good deal for Sharp and the Hawks!

    Where’s Olga? He…errr..She/it hasn’t been around in a while…

  43. I wouldn’t be so sure it’s lamb or chicken, NYR_FAN :-)

    Not surprised about Sharp at all…That’s why you grab what you can and don’t wait for something that may not become available. Good teams tend to resign their assets.

  44. Wow NYR. You are so close. I usually hit up Fahima Hallal on 45th and 6th. I will have to venture East!

  45. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Carp what a wonderful post you brought tears to my eyes just remembering everything that happened on 9/11 and all that the Rangers did on that day & afterwards I remember crying at the 1st home game after that horrible day Messier isn’t the only one who gets emotional

  46. Indeed my friend. Indeed!

    If you noticed, I usually hit up the cart nearest the NHL store….

  47. Haha! Nice…I used to work over there (near Bryant Park) years ago before coming to the East side…

  48. I work at Pendant Publishing on 40th and 6th.

    The building I work in is literally the building they show on Seinfeld when they show Elaine at Pendant Publishing.

  49. Yea – he’s a real slave driver. Invited me to his son’s bar mitzvah…

    Actually I did go to my boss’s daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. No one tried to make out with me though.

  50. Hawks offloading Campbell and Brouwer all but assured Sharp was staying in Chicago.

  51. Manny, Orr- you’re so getting newspapered when mama sees all this pet eating BC….

  52. Oh crap! ilb! That is a great point. I didn’t even think about it. Let’s hope she’s having another busy day! I better hide!

  53. Thinking about it, Julie….If it’s still predicting to be a rainy one by Friday, staying in NY.

  54. He will go through another arbitration next year. Meantime, he is protected from roll-back by getting that much money. What was the purpose of a team elected arbitration again?

  55. I find it very odd that Nashville couldn’t just offer him a $7.5m for a few years…

  56. Julie, I just got done chomping on half of it. It’s pretty good. Now I have a stomach ache!!

    I miss the Orchard Chicken Salad sub. I don’t like that they only sell it for two months every year. Bush league!

  57. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Wow! Weber got $7.5 in his arbitration hearing?!?

    I bet his arb case went a bit like the movie Liar Liar:

    ” So the Predators agree that Mr. Weber is pretty much the most important player on the team right? And you’ve presented no evidence that he doesn’t deserve a large salary…. so I award him $7.5 million this coming season. ”

    ” Your honor I object! ”

    ” On what grounds? ”

    ” That it’s detrimental to my case! “

  58. I love the story of Dahmer’s dad finding a little box, and Dahmer flipped out, saying it was his nudie magazine stash, and pleading with his dad not to open it up, and promised him that he’d throw it away.

    LOL! Turns out it was a human weeny.

  59. There’s always Casey Anthony too. She likes dead babies! Or maybe I shouldn’t bring her up, because then the “T” word might come back, and defend her.

    Colin White to the Sharks! That team is stacked!!

  60. Ha! ORR!! How could you say that about that beautiful woman! That was clearly an incident of child suicide! It’s the only explanation!

  61. Orr – actually, I think it was a human head…

    NYR_FAN – How about this deal: We both chip in and buy Christensen a ticket to Russia. Money well spent.

  62. Broduer could have eaten her. Staring at Mike Ricci’s face could have killed her. There’s a number of ways she could have died.

    A Sean Avery wrist shot gone wide could have also killed her.

    Speaking of Casey Anthony, she finally was photographed since her release. She kind of looks….pregnant!! Ruh roh!

  63. Looking at those pictures I wonder:

    a. Who she is txting;
    b. How upset Ohio State is that she is wearing that hat;
    c. Where did she get the money to buy clothing?; and finally
    d. Who could get mad at that face!?

  64. A) Maybe she’s texting Jeff Carter??

    B) Apparently Ohio State doesn’t care. Here’s what they said…

    “We are never surprised to see Buckeye pride displayed across the world. Buckeye hoodies and hats have traditionally been spotted across the world, and we understand that as a result, our logo will be seen in a wide range of news situations, whether positive or negative.”

    C) As for the money, crazy fans sent her money while she was in jail.

    D) Who can get mad at that face?? John Torterella! He gets mad at every face!!

  65. So my wife and I are “getting married” in front of our friends and family on New Year’s Eve. I told her what ORR!! said about people sending Casey Anthony money while she was in prison and her response (because nothing has disappeared from our registry yet):

    Manny’s Wife: “and no one sends us s–*”

  66. “I saw a lady on T.V. She was born without arms. Literally, she was born with her hands attached to her shoulders… and that was sad, but then they said, “Lola does not know the meaning of the word ‘can’t.'” And that to me was kinda worse… in a way… ya know? Not only does she not have arms, but she doesn’t understand simple contractions. It’s very simple, Lola, you just take two words, you put them together, then you take out the middle letter, you put a comma in there and you raise it up!”

  67. Dr. Evil: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my submarine lair. It’s long, hard and full of seamen!
    [laughs, then notices he isn’t getting any laughs from his submarine crew]

    Dr. Evil: No? Nothing? Not even a titter? Tough sub…

  68. When I see “Butt-Man” typed out I think of the Batman theme song but with “Butt-Man” replacing the words.

  69. What a strange off season: blog goes in inverse proportion – the higher are numbers of posts, the lower is the content. All this cute things eating contests, lunches with serial killers, insane wives, monstriparity and other freakery, where participants are trying to catch a flying puke, make someone feel like this blog is running by Kafka and Poe. What a training for sharpening even a vividiest imagination. Where is Blogmama with wet, Sunday NY Times?

  70. LOL! I love the guy’s face that’s next to Torts when he tells Brooks to “get the fugg out”. He looks so nervous.

    But, the second Brooks vs Torts was the best. “You were probably beat up at the bus stop”

    Torts is the best.

  71. “Well, get the fork outta here, then”

    “I am”

    “Ok see ya!”

    Torts for President!


  72. Haha! Billy, the best part of the video is when someone laughs at Torts’ joke and Brooksie completely flips out and looks around to see who’s laughing! The look on his face! Aha!! Classic!

  73. Gift of GAB-orik on

    So Gaborik scored 18% of his goals last season in one game? Weird.

    Funny blurb from puck daddy about Zherdev/Kovalev,

    • Nikolay Zherdev returns to Russia, signing with Atlant of the KHL. He may plan on a line with Alex Kovalev there, on which they’ll score 20 goals in one game and then not be heard from for three weeks. [

  74. Gift of GAB-orik on

    ” This is a nice limo ”

    ” Yes it is…. now suck my ” well those of you who have seen the movie know the rest.

  75. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Larry Brooks interviewed Jesus once. Jesus told him to leave too. Weird.

    Larry Brooks is so old, his social security number is 1.

    Ok i’m done now!

  76. No, Brooksie is so old, social security wasn’t invented yet and few on earth, who knew to write, did it by goose feathers.

  77. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Watch that clip… Gionta doesn’t come close to hitting him in the head… and Crosby crumples like the sorry sack of crap he is.

  78. Hey Orr, how’s your stomach after that Subway pulled pork? Was it worth eating it? ( :

  79. Good to hear Orr.
    I love Subway. I might have to get me one of those pulled pork things tomorrow!

  80. konchilos’ terpenie! :)

    Firefox no more! That thing’s been crushing on me way too much lately! Google Chrome seems pretty nice…

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