TDR is a working professional in entertainment and is obsessed with the game of hockey. More four years ago, this site emerged as a means (or an outlet) to tell some truth'isms about the game post-lockout, rather than the crud fed to us through knuckleheads like Jimmy Dolan and his lemmings universe. Today, there are a hundred Rangers sites and is thankful and grateful to all those that have come after him, but honorable thanks go to his fellow Dark-writers, Graying Mantis and J_Undisputed. And "Let's Go Rangers!"
Bio of Graying Mantis
Graying Mantis is in fact a graying legal practitioner by day (and sometimes, alas, by night). In the cobwebs of his memory, he recalls starting to follow the Blueshirts in 1970 and remembers watching pivotal playoff games against the Blackhawks on a snow-covered Hartford t.v. channel in their 1972 march to the Finals. Giacomin, Gilbert, Ratelle, and Hadfield seen skating on a small B&W TV screens always will be among his first Ranger memories. He is grateful beyond words for the opportunity to work with his colleagues here in their never ending battle to inform and entertain. Most of all, he appreciates the chance to engage with fellow hockey fans.
Bio of J_Undisputed
"J_Undisputed is an Information Tech Professional; a student, and on and off in his dreams, Mike Richter. He caught his first glimpse of Rangers Hockey when an overtime preempted his favorite pro wrestling broadcast on WWOR-9 one late saturday night when he was 5 and he's been hooked ever since. He's been watching the Rangers for 30 years despite family attempts to make him an Islander Fan (Rest easy...they're out of the will). What started as a minor annoyance has become a life long passion (and at times, a frustration...But he wouldn't trade it for anything). Lets Go Rangers!"
Bio of General Ganz
General Ganz is a cynical yet well-informed student of the human spirit. He's a professional of sorts, with a post-graduate education, some experience working in real companies, and some limited athletic ability. The total small package. He got picked on a fair bit as a kid, and he experienced his first human-non-relation kiss in his teens. He also grew up on the other side of the tracks, thereby helping to cultivate a healthy contempt for dreamers and optimists whose rosy upbringing gave them something to smile about, even when "life produced lemons." Like it or not, his only mission is to point out the potholes you're lucky enough to miss on your drive to work. To find the blemish on your daughter's carefully-stitched (and not-yet-paid-for) wedding dress. To take that little smidgen of hope that your favorite hockey teams fill you with, and pour orange paint on it. Oh, and he is a Blueshirts fan, and takes most of his fashion direction from Ron Duguay (whose name he dropped as a way to close the deal on that first kiss).
Isn't it exhausting reading about what the Blueshirts need to do now, now that they dropped a pivotal-playoff-contending game to the equally struggling Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon?
Well, if you haven't read anything about the loss, then please go here for the vanilla-induced recap of the game in Boston. Or if you are a reader or fan of DARK hockey, then perhaps if you were to Google the following keywords on any Rangers site: consistency, overpaid, underachieving, 'Fire Sather', lacking desperation', 'lacking heart' - you would find not only a recap describing yesterday's loss to the Bruins, but it is fair to say that you would find recaps of games throughout the 2009-2010 season.
As an avid follower of my dear Blueshirts, there are only so many angles in the loss (reading or writing), and every time you think we've been here before, you were right. Boston was no exception to this rule. The consistency we've been looking for all season is right there in front of us.
A bad loss.
From a fan point of view, the above keywords could also accurately describe our own experiences this season:
Consistency - the fans are consistent. Why not the players? Overpaid - the fans are overpaying for what they are getting. Underachieving - a losing home-game record! Wow. 'Fire Sather' - more press for the bastard. He's not going anywhere, kids. Lacking Desperation - the fans not wanting the Rangers to embarrass themselves in the playoffs against The Caps. Lacking heart - this team has been breaking our hearts all season. Enough already. It's like break-up sex without an emotional connection.
So as much as we criticize the management, big dollar Dolan, the Captain, the rookies, The Coach, we continue to talk with great passion about the organization that we love -- which obviously points out that we, as consumers of good hockey, want good hockey. It was/is a bad year at The Garden and you can see the cracks in the place, the team and, most importantly, the fans. This is the first year I can remember that so many fans of the Rangers are this vocal and angry.
I suppose it's like an abusive relationship, a dependency --- but we can all count on one thing, we'll keep coming back for more. The good, the bad, and even the shitty seasons. They can raise the ticket prices when we don't make the playoffs. Will it piss us off? You bet - and we'll complain. But we'll be there at The Garden and The MAN knows it.
Do you want an entirely new experience this season? Enjoy the playoffs and watch those 'heart-filled' teams that earn the colors, earn the fans and work to make the Cup theirs on every level. Let's look at the Phoenix Coyotes. Watch the little bankrupt team in the desert ride high in passion and consistency, willing to lay it on the line every friggin game TO PROVE TO THE SMALL DEVOTED FANS AND THE NAYSAYERS, TO THE EXILED QUITTER ALL-STAR COACH, THAT THEY ARE A TEAM THAT DESERVES THE CUP..... Watch the desperation and see 'em get damn far in the standings --- because they will have earned it. Will they win the Cup? Probably not and the fans never expected it. But there is pride in your team. That's why you buy the tickets for the season. That's why you follow the team when they suck. Because they try.
So pay up suckers. Keep your checkbook in hand because before you know it, the renewal notice arrives in the mail in a fancy '$20 dollar worth' disposable Rangers folder with promises of new, not old - and a promise of rebuilding, collaboration and The Brotherhood. Ching, ching, ching, as the re-telling of a dream gets older and older every season.
See you at The Garden on Wednesday. Big rival game. Remember? The Islanders! Potvin Sucks!!?
(Pssst....we used to hate them)
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