Gonna tell you, I finally got to see the finale of “24/7” and I thought that episode and the whole series were, by and large, pretty fabulous. I’m really, really going to miss the between-periods talks by John Tortorella — who has a knack for firing up his boys. Heck, I don’t even root for the Rangers or care if they win, and I was ready to go through a wall for Torts a couple of times.
I’ll also miss the audio on the ice, some really funny stuff, some hard-to-believe stuff, some really dumb stuff.
We’re not going to get to see any of that for a long time. Maybe ever.
A couple of things about the coming week — home games Tuesday and Thursday (Phoenix and Ottawa, the official mid-season point) then road games Saturday in Toronto and Sunday in Montreal:
One, we’re hoping to do a live chat. We sure have a lot to talk about. Maybe it will be Monday in the afternoon. Otherwise, Wednesday looks like a possibility. Depends on my “other job” and a few things I have to get done.
Two, we will have another ticket contest … probably on the weekend. I’ll let youse know.
Finally, want to say again that you guys have been awesome with the traffic this first week of 2012. Not surprising, with the Winter Classic, “24/7” and the Presidents’ Trophy leaders streaking again. But nevertheless impressive and appreciated. And a lot of hockey talk; not much j(g)ibberish. Not that I mind the j(g)ibberish.
Boy, people outside of NY and Rangerland are really standing up and taking notice of the Rangers. Not the record, because it’s too early to base it all on record. But on the way this team plays, the way it competes, the way you’d better be willing to battle if you want to hang in there with the Rangers, and the things they can take away from you. Plus, Henrik Lundqvist is really getting recognized as the top goalie in the NHL, or at least in the top two or three, and maybe the MVP at this point.
AP photo, above.