Hey, I just want to check in because I’m sick of this whole Sidney Crosby thing already … and I just arrived at MSG.
But before I tell you how sick, for those of you who actually, you know, give a carp, here’s some audio from Sid the Skid this morning (hope this works). Acutally, I don’t give a carp if it does.
Tonight is a big game for your boys, who go in undermanned. So that’s on what I’m focusing. I’m treating this like another important game, not the return of the saviour.
I honestly don’t get the draw that has pulled the masses of media apostles to New York — other than the chance to get their outlets to pay for them to have a free night or two in the Big Apple, on their companies’ dime, in decent weather.
OK, “He” is coming back. He’s done it before, you know? Lots of superstars have come back from injuries. I don’t know why this one is more important. I’m being honest. I don’t get it.
This is how I’m looking at it. If Skid was coming back in New Jersey or Long Island or Philly, would I be there? Answer: Absolutely not. Or, if the state basketball final four was tonight instead of tomorrow, would I be here? Nope.
Another question, does anybody outside of Canada and Pittsburgh and NHL headquarters and NBC Sports give a rat’s tail?
So I’m treating it like a big Rangers game, in which the opponent is a red-hot team (nine-game winning streak) right on their heels, with its best player coming back, making it a formidable Stanley Cup contender, if not favorite in the East. And, frankly, I’m more concerned about Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto and Henrik Lundqvist than I am about the saviour.
The Skid will be mentioned in my game story, and if he has a big game, that will be prominent. But this, here, is going to be about the Rangers.
Also, if I may say, I rather enjoyed hearing that John Tortorella was his usual self after the morning skate, ticking off all the foofs by sticking to his policy and refusing to talk about the opponent. Loved it, actually.