Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Potvin...Well, You Know...

Photo: Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times
Thanks to Richie Spezzano for pointing this out via Facebook.  An explanation of why, THIRTY-TWO YEARS LATER, Rangers fans continue doing this

Here's a further explanation, courtesy of a 2009 article from George Vecsey in the Times.

The fans were off their game last night, by the way.  It took nearly ten minutes of game time for some stooge to start the whistle.  But that matched the mood of the evening.  I thought the whole crowd was off, and so were the Rangers for that matter.  For my money, it was an ugly 3-2 loss to the Sabres.  I'll grant you that the first Buffalo goal was the result of a highly-questionable penalty (the second one wasn't much better).  But even the Rangers' goals were strange - almost like the crowd didn't know the puck was in the net on either one.

Oh, and when did Sabres fans become so, um, obnoxious?  Granted, I know we're talking about Buffalo, and the only thing to celebrate there is the Bills (yeah...about that...), so we get it.  But there's still such a thing as class.  Some of that was lacking.  Not to paint them all with the same brush (there was a father and son - not much more than five years-old - that sat behind us and couldn't have been better) but there was plenty of other stupidity ringing around the Garden.

Like I said, it was an off night.

Incidentally, if I haven't said it before, I'll say it now.  Give Ryan Callahan the "C" - now.  No disrespect intended to Chris Drury.  He's a great guy, and we all like him, but it's time for Tortorella (err, Coach John) to take a bold off-ice step.  Callahan has been playing like few have all season, and has shown the best leadership on the team.  And he's a native of Rochester, so a true New Yorker!  He's in my discussion for Rangers' MVP this year.

Anyway, I don't think I'll be seeing the inside of MSG for about a month.  We'll see if the Rangers are still in the playoff hunt by then, or if Carolina, Buffalo, Toronto (!), Atlanta, Florida, and even the Devils pass them.

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