The word from the other Rangers writers was that the three New York area press boxes—at the Garden, Continental Airlines, and the Mausoleum—are three of the best in the NHL. Now I know what they’re talking about. The press box here is so high, I’m pretty sure I’m outside the... Read More →
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Greetings from the Wachovia Center, where I made a wrong turn while walking in this afternoon, and nearly got swept up in a sea of vendors clocking in before their shifts. Hence, if I don’t file any reports after this one, it’s because I’ll be making $5.25 an hour tonight... Read More →
Between various legal thrillers on CD and the panic-stricken Yankees fans filling the airwaves, I won’t be starving for entertainment on the drive. I’ll check in pregame….
Thanks to a reader for a link “to this story from the Glens Falls Post-Star”:http://www.poststar.com/articles/2006/10/04/news/doc452389f2ac519576203678.txt about the Rangers’ random act of kindness in Lake George. I had heard the story but I’m glad someone had the good sense to remind me of it. In it, a young boy who had... Read More →
I just did some quick math. At this rate, the Rangers would finish 82-0, which, although I’m not certain, is probably a record. Also, Brendan Shanahan would finish with 164 goals. Again, I’d have to check, but I think that’s also pretty good. Seriously, as I alluded to last night,... Read More →
Really, if you’re a Ranger fan, what more can you ask for? Balloons from the ceilings? Exotic dancers behind the goals? The sudden reincarnation of Andy Bathgate as the team’s new third line right wing? Seriously, I want to thank the Rangers for providing such riveting material for my first... Read More →
Alexander Ovechkin is not currently in the Witness Protection Program. That said, he’s wearing a dark visor that completely obscures his face. Even so, pretty good player. I’d keep my eye on him. I think he’s going to make a living in this game….
I’m still reeling from that goal by Jagr. Talk about theatrics. You know, a mere wave to the crowd would have probably been fine, too. Other than that, a pretty good first period by the Rangers—maybe a little bit sloppy, but certainly featuring the sort of intensity you’d expect on... Read More →
Twenty-nine seconds into the game, the team’s new captain has the first goal of the season. Apparently the “C” isn’t too much of a burden…
Tremendous vibe for pre-game introductions, with every Ranger skating out to a thunderous applause. If you’re one of the team’s most recent additions, from Cullen to Ward to Shanahan, how pumped are you to be calling this place your home ice? But, naturally, the biggest cheer was for Jagr, who,... Read More →
UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Jagr is on the ice for warm-ups but is not wearing the “C”. Maybe it’s going to Colton Orr after all! Greetings from the Garden, where the efforts to avoid divulging Jaromir Jagr will be named the team’s next captain in a pre-game ceremony have reached comical... Read More →
I suppose that sounds fairly juvenile, but it’s at least in line with the rest of my character. Nevertheless, here we are: Game 1 of 82, and maybe beyond. I can’t believe it. It seems like only yesterday that training camp was just starting and I felt utterly clueless on... Read More →
I never claimed to be all that bright, and today serves as the latest example. It turns out the infamous pairing of Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan that “we all debated ad nauseum yesterday”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/10/04/68/ is not going to happen after all—or at least not for tonight’s season opener against the... Read More →
In my long distinguished career on the Rangers beat—now at three weeks and counting—today might go down as the oddest. I knew something was awry when Cindy Adams, the longtime New York Post gossip columnist, meandered into the MSG Training Center, and sat down to watch practice. Just a hunch... Read More →
I just went for a run in near-80 degree temperatures, which means either: A) I am currently in Ecuador, or.. B) The hockey season is set to open in most un-hockey-like conditions. I suppose this is only fitting given that baseball is dominating the sports dialogue these days anyway, but... Read More →