Guest blogger: eddie eddie eddie


Many of us have our favorite memories of Ranger lore. The Cup run in ’94 obviously ranks as everyone’s favorite.   For me, that two-month stretch was heaven on earth, as I’m sure it was for most Ranger fans.

This, however, is not a walk down that lane. Instead, I want to discuss a game I attended that holds a special place for me for other reasons. The date: Sunday, Dec. 23, 1979. The Don Cherry-less big bad Bruins were the opponents.  I arrived outside the Garden around 4 p.m. from my grandmother’s apartment in Ridgewood, Queens.  I scalped tickets back then from the same guy I always did…an older scruffy guy who was mute but easy to communicate with. He always had a variety of seats in all colors and his prices, while a little high, were never outrageous.  He offered me two orange seats, just above the reds, opposite the players’ benches right on the red line for $80/pair. Not in a mood to negotiate, I snapped them up.   I got looks from bystanders like I was insane. I didn’t care. Best seats I ever had (aside from sneaking down late in the third period from the yellow and green seats). The atmosphere was already electric and I sensed this was going to be a memorable game.

There were high hopes for the Rangers that 79-80 season, as the previous year saw them losing in the Stanley Cup finals in 5 to Montreal.  In fact, that final began with the hope that 39 years of despair were going to end. The Rangers, as you recall, won Game 1 and were up 2-0 early in Game 2 before losing in five.

The semifinal victory over the Islanders that year was one of their greatest playoff victories to date.  Carp has gone on record several times indicating that the Garden crowd that spring was the loudest he has heard. I cannot disagree as I wasn’t there but watching on TV had ME screaming with joy.  The heavily favored Islanders were expected to compete for the cup, and that six game series helped wash away the pain that Ranger fans experienced after the ‘75 Ranger/Islanders playoff loss. Sadly, that playoff debacle signaled the tragic end to those great 70’s Ranger teams.

After the first period, I headed up to partake in some herbal enjoyment and I turned and BANG…there was Cheryl Tiegs and Peter Beard. Dressed in a lovely purple dress and much tanner than the average Ranger fan at that game, I was blown away. Long an admirer, she was absolutely stunning. I carried her fish-net stocking bikini photo around in my wallet for alone time…….and I wanted to pull it out (the picture that is) and show her, but quickly realized how puerile that would have looked. A guy in front of me wanted an autograph while I had more nefarious thoughts in mind.

I asked for a handshake, and she pointed at my Ranger jersey and said “Rrraaangers”, as if she was just learning to read. I looked in her eyes and said “well, we’re at a Rangers game,” and I realized that beauty doesn’t always correlate with intelligence. Then again, I was the one carrying her picture in my wallet… I asked her who her favorite player was, and she said she loved the whole team.  At that moment, I so wanted to be Ron Duguay.

The game itself was incredible—physical and hard hitting, close throughout. I think Anders Hedberg may have scored for the Rangers. With 10 seconds remaining in the third, and the Rangers trailing 4-3, Carol Vadnais hit Esposito with a beautiful pass inside his blue line for a breakaway against Gerry Cheevers.  As Esposito crossed the blue line, a tennis ball magically appeared right next to the puck.  Esposito, puck on stick, was clearly distracted by the tennis ball. He tried to go over Cheevers left shoulder, but didn’t elevate the puck.  Cheevers made the save, the game soon ended, and then the carcillo hit the fan.

JD was P.O’d about something.  The Bruins had been bumping into him in the crease the whole game, and he motored down the other end of the rink and was clearly irate. Espo stormed off the ice while the remainder of the Rangers and Bruins gathered at the far boards.  Pushing and shoving escalated until a Ranger fan reached over and grabbed Terry O’Reilly’s stick, and all of the sudden McNab, O’Reilly and Milbury climbed over the boards and started fighting Ranger fans.  The rest of the Bruins joined the fracas.  Either Milbury, Secord, or McNab famously wacked a Ranger fan over the head with his own shoe. (editor’s note: it was Milbury).

YouTube 12/23/79 Bruins/Rangers game to see the footage. I think there’s at least one where you can see the tennis ball.  It was a great game with an insane ending.  And I got to meet the lovely Cheryl Tiegs.

Interestingly enough, I sat behind Carol Alt when she was Mrs. Ron Greschner on 11/26/89 when the Rangers played the Quebec Nordiques. She sat about 6 or so rows behind the Rangers  1st and 3rd period defended goal (7th Avenue) and I was directly behind her. I turned to my friend during the early part of the game and said something like “I remember Gresch was he was just a kid playing for the Rangers, one of my favorite players…”…..she turned and said “hi that’s my husband” …..She had without a doubt, the bluest eyes I have ever seen…..Like ocean water…..that game also featured Lindy Ruff scoring on a penalty shot for the Rangers who won 3-1. Second-year players Brian Leetch, for the Rangers and Joe Sakic, for Quebec, played in that game….perhaps you may have heard of them.  Quite a few former and future Rangers players were on the Quebec roster too: Joe Cirella, Guy Lafleur, Michel Petit, Lucien DeBlois, and Mario Marois.

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  1. Good morning, boneheads!

    Great post, Eddie3! Good times, eh?
    Wow, I thought you were 26. :-)

  2. My belief is that the Devils-Rangers game seven in 1994 eclipsed the ’79-game six vs the Isles as the loudest Rangers game…& is the loudest game of any kind in MSG history.

    I’ll also never forget the pall that fell over the entire building after the Devils tied the game in the final seconds. People were walking around like zombies between periods while others were openly weeping. It was a horrible feeling.

  3. Eddie! You wrote something serious that wasn’t about math! Proud of you Young Jedi, Am I.

  4. great post eddie! loved it brutha!. you had me crackin up last night bro

    hey carp, i just linked to the post back in 07 when we signed gomer n dru and there was a whopping 256 comments!! thats it??? we have that on days where the biggest news is latona had a pb n j for lunch instead of ham n cheese. and i as looking at all teh commenst and holy carillo everyone was sooo damn happy with dru n gomer an predicting cup winners nd praising sather!! its too funny. orr was even happy about drury!! idk but unless alot of people changed their handles, theres not many of the same people here now except orr, stuart, and the long lost li joe, maybe some othrs. oh and btw, how is jane doing?? really miss her and the live chats you n her had every few months.

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    not sure you can compare noise in a building. I can compare 79 to 94, and I will tell you 79 was as emotional as 94. that 79 Islanders series was a great series. the 2 games the Isles won were in overtime, and the Rangers won game 5 on a very late goal by Anders Hedberg. great series. tons of emotion.

  6. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Those late 70’s ranger team were much different from the Emile Francis teams, but special nonetheless. Pat hickey, Donnie Murdoch, Dave and don maloney, Eddie Johnston, Nilsson and hedberg, duguay, espo, greschner. JD, et al. While the rangers were clearly not expected to win that cup against Montreal, ot was a lot of fun watching go as deep as they did…

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    Jpg – when the devils tied game 7 against richter with 7 seconds left, I swear I almost cried… I couldn’t believe it….. It was “oh no here go again” ranger fans never have it easy and seemingly we never will have it easy.

  8. eddie

    Great post, man! Funny, well written and really made me feel like i was there with you! Cheryl Tiegs was a babe!

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    Does anyone remember the scruffy mute guy that used to scalp tickets outside the Garden back in those days?

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    Thx ilb, grabby, manny, Julie and cccp…. I really enjoy guest blogging… Thx to carp for letting me…

  11. Eddie, I remember those 7.7 seconds like it was yesterday. I thought I was going to die when those Devils tied it up.

  12. Valeri Zelepukin tied it….I played tennis against him a couple of years after in West Orange and, according to Izzy, missed my chance to smack him with a ball….

  13. Great post, brutha!!! Well written and awesome!

    Haha! Ridgewood? I’m so close to there!!

    LMAO! “After the first period, I headed up to partake in some herbal enjoyment…”

  14. eddie, that night might have been the Greatest Festivus Ever …

    I still say the building has never been as loud as it was in ’79 … and that it was regularly louder in the ’70s than in the ’90s or now. Knicks playoff games in the ’70s used to shake the roof, too.

    Good morning, Sally!

  15. Not sure if you guys heard, but Pashnin will NOT be playing in North America this year. He just re-upped with CSKA Moscow… He probably didn’t want to play in the AHL to start… Europansy!

    I can’t read Russian but somebody I follow on Twitter said he signed with CSKA Moscow:

  16. Good morning all!

    E3, bravo on an outstanding post! Oh boy, did that bring back memories….colored and affordable seats, “herbal refreshment…” LMAO! The TV guys then loved showing Carol in her seat behind the goal. Oh yeah, they were also some heady days for hockey :)

  17. “Defenders Michael Pashnin and Vyacheslav gimlet to extend the contract with HC CSKA. Both hockey players signed areements for two years. Last season the 22-year Pashnin held in the regular season CHL 42 matches and scored four (2 +2) points. He also won the Cup Kharlamov in the ‘Red Army.'”

    No big surprise there. The Russians were leaning on him heavily to stay in the K. Career-wise, it was probably a wash for him to play in the AHL(no way he was making the team out of camp). This way he ensures at least he’ll get a fair shake with the national team. He would have been blackballed if he bailed for the US.

  18. I don’t believe they were serving Tazo in those stairwells …but I could be wrong.

    great job, e3. … even though you confuse me with your upper case/lower case E.

  19. LMFAO @ Gimlet! His name is Buravchikov, which is Russian for gimlet….Got to love Google translation….

  20. If i was Pashinin i would’ve done the same thing. We are loaded on D! Why would i want to play at the AHL and have virtually no chance to get called up, when i can stay home (where i just won Minor League championship) and play for the CSKA club? Screw Sather!

  21. LMAO @ I don’t believe they were serving Tazo in those stairwells …but I could be wrong.

    And “Screw Sather” came out sort of naturally :)

  22. I guess we need to suggest something Controversial to talk about. Here are some suggestions:

    1. Who is better: Ryan Callahan or Brandon Dubinsky?

    2. Who will fill the final slot on the first line?

    3. Caber?

    4. What is the best Ben & Jerry’s flavor?

  23. It’s ok Eddie. I am at work with really nothing to do. It makes work so much worse than actually getting stuff done.

  24. OLD AGE TEXT CODES: ATD – at the doctor. BFF – best friend fell. BTW -bring the wheelchair . BYOT – bring your own teeth. FWIW – forgot where I was. GGPBL – gotta go, pacemaker battery low. GHA – got heartburn again. IMHO – is my hearing aid on? LMDO -laughing my dentures out. OMMR – on my massage recliner. ROFLACGU – rolling on floor laughing and can’t get up

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    Manny – we are looking at ways to improve the success and retention rates for some of the lower level courses…. Btw, my grandma lived on grove street in ridgewood …

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    Momma – I lurve you…. I am getting paid only $300 a day for next few days… to type on my iPhone… Not bad I guess

  27. I lived on Metropolitan and 60th. Loved that neighborhood.

    I was hoping you were learning about “Addition” or something I know a bit about.

  28. LOL! Grove street! Brutha, small world!!!

    Manny, you grew up on Metropolitan and 60th?!?!? I live right near there!!! I’m near 69th street!

  29. Oh I didn’t grow up there. Just lived there for a year. That’s awesome that you live around there. We work near each other and now this connection! There was some GREAT coffee in that neighborhood.

  30. Shoot the puck, Barry on


    Not only was the building loud in ’79, but the ferocity of the fans was so evident. I was a boy at that time, and learned my first curse words in the ’74-’75 time frame (first time my dad took me). But those late 70’s crowds were very, very intense. The smoke hanging over the top of the place, the fights in the blue seats, the chants, cursing and fights. Jerseys being burned. Then mix in that playoff run– unbelievable. Our family had a half share of seasons so we got one maybe two tickets for each round– my brother and I rotated to go along with my dad– he went to Game 6 vs. the Isles, and I saw Game 4 against the Canadiens (MTL won in OT– Larry Robinson backhand over JD’s shoulder.) But that place rocked. It was loud in ’94, but my other favorite memory is being there the game after the Flyers’ Dave Brown ran Beezer in the ’86 playoffs, and during the anthem the crowd rolled out a giant sign that said “Dave Brown— Eat S— and Die” over the scoreboard. The place went absolutely bezerk.

  31. eddie

    you and your dirty mind! :P


    i got some great Middle Eastern tea, man…very aromatic if you know what i mean ;)

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Thx wicky…… Nyr fan – I also have some delicious white frosted brownies…

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

    London?? Ontario??

    Cherry Garcia

    Sucks about Pashnin, but I understand the move from his point.

    So on a note that might interest some (gamers)…I break out NHL 11 yesterday and sim last season with last years roster and (gabby wins the richard with 55 goals, we win the presidents trophy with 55 wins. Gabby, WW [sorry carp] each have 96 points and AA and step both get 92. We lose in the first round of the playoffs to…you guessed it, the craps 4 games to 1)

    The best part is the offseason though. During the draft, actual players like ryan nugent hopkins and gabriel landeskogg are in it, but go really late, RNH goes in the 5th round and we (I) get landeskogg in the 6th round…HA. I have to trade for richards (but get him) and I sign parise (former devil) who can’t come to terms with NJ. And I know you guys are dying to find out, my top 7 d men are staal, mdz, mcilrath, vtank, sauer, mcdonut, and erixon. I accidentally signed bieksa as a free agent, but traded him for draft picks and brock beukeboom.

    Ok, I’m done!

  34. Well Pennington might suffer an injury in the booth. Someone might accidentally pour hot coffee on him and put him out for the season.

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

    Bushwick ave. the Bronx baby!!!

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

    less giayardgnome is always a plus!!

  37. Eddie x 3 – great post. That fight is why I cannot take Millbury criticizing anyone for anything! Carol Alt’s eyes were almost transparent – not like Biron’s though, his are kind of scary.

    I thought Clutterbuck was one of the 7 words too at some point.

  38. Madison and fresh pond road for me. Moved there from park slope. My grandparents lived in middle village so I used to go to coratos as a kid. In 2000 we moved from Brooklyn and lived in the neighborhood for four years. GreAt railroad flat great rent and great times eating curry chips and burgers at the glenlo. I actually miss that neighborhood except for my run ins with that whack job frank borzerllieri.

  39. That fight is why I cannot take Millbury criticizing anyone for anything! Carol Alt’s eyes were almost transparent – not like Biron’s though, his are kind of scary.

    I thought Clutterbuck was one of the 7 words too at some point. and burgers at the glenlo. I actually miss that neighborhood except for my run ins with that whack job frank borzerllieri.

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    Carp – I thought you were there… You made nearly every game I imagine… Lucky dog

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    Carp – getting paid to watch the rangers….. How can I sign up for that job :)

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    Carp – no doubt… The grass is always greener… Nothing is as it appears…

  43. JimboWoodside on

    *Great* blog post, Eddie3!!

    Cheryl and Carol were two of my absolute favorites – and Duguay’s wife, Kim Alexis, was a real hottie, too!

    Our boys had the best women to choose from……..

    I remember those games like they were just played last week!

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    “Puck Bunnies” – Ha!!! Great nickname!

    Mama, Duguay’s marriage to Kim Alexis lasted, though……..

  45. Jimbo, huh…I could have sworn they split…well, good for them! But then why isn’t Kim working on his wardrobe!

    eE3, I still lurve you too. But to you and Jimbo, I kinda hate the phrase puck bunnies…Yes, some women are, and I laugh at them, too….but it makes us serious puck rabbits look bad…:)

    hmmm. why is there no male equivalent term? Maybe, puck bunny bugger?

  46. So the horse Sean Avery won at Saratoga this weekend while my dad was visiting a friend who owns other horse. He saw the name on the tenth race, bet $6 and won about $56. What a weekend for Sean Averys!

  47. Oh hartnell….I noticed his shirt last night. Yet, glad it was NYI and not NYR…appropriate. Loser!!!

    carcillo, that’s a wicky or two…..

  48. Eddie x 3,
    Just came from PA countryside and got such a wonderful reading, flavored by undoubted literature talent. Hat off, (the one which is 1/3 of hattrick).
    Read Kovalev interview in Russian, my impression – he is kind of honest and definitely very bitter.
    Funny stuff about Carsillo talking byfuglien carsilo about another cooke carsillo.
    My eternal love to Mama, who stoically took another Avery’s flying carsillious adventures and as a Caesar’s wife is above all suspicions.

  49. The video started out with an Ice Cube Coors Light ad. I thought Malkin got himself into some kind of trouble.

    Best part of the video was the first few seconds. Once the blonde chick was gone, I lost interest quick.

  50. Great Post Eddie 3x 1979 is when I came aboard as a Ranger fan I was in the 6th grade.Awesome memory beating the islanders that year.Oh yeah I used to live on Metro ave&64 st next to Hess miller funeral home.

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    Hess-Miller! We buried one set of my grandparents at that funeral home……. :-(

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