Happy New Year!
OK, I am going to admit I enjoyed the alumni game to a degree, even if it was a celebration of the city of Philadelphia, of Ed Snider (apparently everybody in Philly calls him Mr. Snider, because pretty much everybody works for him), and of all things Comcast.
How about Bobby Clarke, that old humble gentleman, saying he didn’t think an event like this could happen in any other city. Huh?
Versus completely fouled up the intros by showing way, way, way too many crowd shots and didn’t have a camera on the, you know, rink, where the introductees were gathering and no doubt slapping hands, joking around, goofing off … we don’t know, because we didn’t get to see it.
And even though we complain about the Versus telecasts, how bad is it when Versus goes to its Philly affiliated scrubs instead of Doc, Edzo and Pierre?
A positive, in addition to seeing some favorite old Rangers (and yes, favorite old Flyers, too, especially Bernie Parent), is that it will be the last time we have to say Versus. It’s changing names tomorrow. Hopefully it changes a lot more than its name.
A source told Rangers Report that the Steinbrenner family was so touched by this whole Winter Classic being a tribute to Mr. Snider and the city of Philly, that after games this season, it will play a re-worked version of Frank Sinatra’s song, sung by Al Coates: “It’s up to you, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”
As a matter of fact, we’re hearing that Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Billy Joel are all recording “A Philadelphia State of Mind.”
And the city of New York, which loves Philly so much and just wants to pay tribute to the city to the South so much for graciously hosting the Winter Classic and allowing the Rangers to play a minor role, will do the same when the Yankees play the Red Sox in coming seasons. On those occasions, half the Empire State Building will be lit up in red lights.
I’m not 100 percent sure about this, but I thought I saw that MSG is going to broadcast the Rangers practice from the Phillies ballpark today. Also not 100 percent sure you can see anything on MSG as of today if you have Time Warner Cable.
And finally, to get the 2012 blog traffic off to a good start, two words: Sean. Avery.