Blog Entry

Details forthcoming...

Posted on: December 27, 2008 8:25 pm
I wrote a couple weeks back about going on a bit of a hockey road trip... but then a snowstorm, lack of a reliable Internet connection and the flu kind of took me out of commission.

But to post a few thoughts about the trip so far:

- I'm clearly a bad luck charm for the New York Rangers. I've seen them play twice, both home and away, and they're 0-2. A friend who gave me tickets to Wednesday's Capitals-Rangers contest told me he's going to have me banned from MSG.

- Seeing the Canadiens play in Montreal was awe-inspiring. I imagine going to a hockey game in Montreal is the equivalent of seeing a mass at the Vatican. I didn't think the arena was anything special (in terms of modern amenities), but it definitely had the best hockey atmosphere you could ever come across.

- Rangers fans are by far the most entertaining in the league.  They definitely speak their mind when their team is doing poorly, and the choice words are a riot.  Coming out of Wednesday night's game (in which New York blew a 4-1 lead), one fan yelled at the top of his lungs, "HOW DO YOU BLOW A FOUR F------ GOAL LEAD?!"  Play poor defense and let Alex Ovechkin score a couple of times?  (No, I wasn't crazy enough to tell him this.)

- Oh, and finally, on the way to Montreal, my friend and I took a quick detour and visited Lake Placid. A women's team was practicing on the main rink at Herb Brooks Arena, but my friend noticed there were "boys" on a practice rink you could see from the stands. Those "boys" just happened to be members of the U.S. U20 team. They were getting in a practice before heading up to Ottawa for the World Junior Championship.

Good times...

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 9:52 am

Details forthcoming...

Nice work, i guess the double negatives canceled each other out ... and Prucha scored a goal, how about that? The Garden sounded like it was really rocking last night ... hope you had fun! Lets Go Rangers!!!!!

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:22 pm

Details forthcoming...

Seems I made a deal with the Devil tonight over today's Rangers game...

Not sure if you follow glogs, nyfan1982, but Mike Cercel is a co-worker and tends to glog a lot of Rangers games... he wanted to do tonight's game, but obviously, I was doing it from NY... so Mike ended up taking tonight's Canadiens-Panthers game. I usually do Panthers home games.

In the second period, I was chatting with Mike, a Rangers fan, and offered a deal -- I promised I'd deliver an Rangers win if he could deliver a Panthers win. He didn't hold up his end of the bargain. ::grumble::

But like I said, I'm headed back to SoFla now... far away from the Rangers (until they journey south again). You can breathe easy now.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 6:02 pm

Details forthcoming...

Uh-oh.  If se7en is chipping in his mojo, things are going south for Ranger fans in a hurry.  That'll teach ya to falsely accuse the NJ Devils of using a neutral zone trap, eh?

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 5:54 pm

Details forthcoming...

Wow, nyfan1982 is doubly hosed tonight 'cause I picked the Rangers in Leafs league.  I think the Rangers and the Leafs are both 0-fer whenever I pick 'em, so if the Rangers lose again tonight, I'll do my best to avoid jinxing them again this season.  Then again, it is the freaking Islanders, so even the bad mojo of Erin and I combined shouldn't be able to screw up a Rangers win tonight.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 5:48 pm

Details forthcoming...

Oh God NO!!!!! You are going and se7en picked them to win in the Leafs4life99 nightly thread! They are double doomed! Or maybe you guys will cancel each other out hahaha (crosses fingers)

yeah they won in a shootout the game you missed and then lost 4-0 the next game in the garden haha figures.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2008 5:10 pm

Details forthcoming...

Hi Warpy -- I'm with you on the arena naming. Sorry to switch sports, but the home of the Miami Dolphins, to me, will always be Joe Robbie Stadium. 

It was very cool to check out a game in Montreal. I can't say much about the building itself. Aside from all of the photos of the Canadiens dynasties and other historic relics, it is your run-of-the-mill arena. Don't get me wrong -- the Bell Center (or Centre, if you prefer it that way) is a nice arena, but it doesn't have the flair of some of the newer ones, like the Xcel Energy Center (I love the log cabin/forest theme in the lobby). The area we were sitting in (upper deck) seemed very dark.  It kind of reminded me in the scene in the movie "The Rocket" where Maurice Richard's brother in law always gets crappy seats to the Canadiens games -- which I guess is kind of fitting given the new arena had certain design elements retained from the Forum.  I loved the fact there were bars in front of the seats.  For a sport that is very edge-of-your-seat, it makes sense to have something to lean on throughout the game.

But in Montreal, the building doesn't mean a thing, really -- it is the atmosphere.  The Canadiens could be playing in an actual run down barn with the ceiling caving in, and it wouldn't matter as long as Les Habitants faithful were there... all 21,000 of them.  It really made me regret not keeping up with learning French, because I was curious about some of the "discussions" being held around us. 

This, I think is what I've enjoyed most about my trip -- the fans.  Now, I'll probably take some crap from anyone tied to the Panthers (and let me state, yes, Florida is my team), but this trip makes me realize how... boring? going to a Panthers game is.  There's no atmosphere. Panthers games have no personality. The whole cowbell thing they've got going feels contrived. It wasn't designed out of something that just happened (i.e. the rats). 

Everything I've seen in New Jersey, New York and Montreal is NATURAL. It FEELS real.  No one needs to prompt the fans to do certain cheers or chants. It doesn't come because someone said "we need a cheer for the sake of having a cheer." They're chants passed down from year to year... like the "Potvin Sucks!" chant at MSG, for instance.

Enough of my ranting... :)

BTW, nyfan1982 -- I have bad news for you. I'm at tonight's Isles-Rangers game.  But don't worry, aside from the one other trip the Rangers make to South Florida, this is it on my trip. (And come to think of it, yes, I think I am the curse... when the Rangers played in South Florida, I was still nursing a busted ankle and did not attend the game in person.  I think the Rangers won that one.)

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 2:48 pm

Details forthcoming...

Erin you are here by banned from Rangers games!!! Along with my roommate who is the biggest jinx of all time ... true story ... Prucha is on a tear his rookie season, he has like 30 goals and the Rangers are rolling ... my roommate goes to a game against the Flyers and before the game he decides to get a Prucha jersey. So what happens? Weeks allows the first shot on net to get passed him and the Rangers go on to lose the game in embarrassing fashion and then Prucha gets hurt a couple of games later and he has been Snake Bitten ever since. I told him if he gets a Lundy jersey i would shoot him on site haha.

And Warped it was a 4-0 lead at one point. We are not that dumb haha. And i also agree that the corp naming nonsense needs to stop.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 2:05 pm

Details forthcoming...

That must've been so cool to take in a hockey game at the Forum!  Or is it the Molson Centre these days?  Or is it the Banque du Canada Can We Get A Bailout Too Centre?  This corporate naming stuff has to go IMO: especially at the old, traditional arenas.  Montreal should always be the sacred Montreal Forum...

and Boston should always be the Baahstan Gaahden...

and New York should always be Madison Square Garden... even if fans there count 4-1 as a four goal lead (heck, most of the dummies at MSG probably work on Wall Street, where there's no math like fuzzy math, eh?)

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or