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@Hotfreak Anything for you brother!  You can get it from my ex-wife's attorney. 

8 hours, 15 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@johnAMIRANTESrug @Say my Name PED's    (which means Scotch and Adderall)  LOL

13 hours, 23 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@gravey94 @Say my Name dammit!....and all that research!!  I need you to vet these guys for me.  I should've known they would start with the cart vendors.  These friggin guys are cunning!  


btw - boonswaggled....that is a word that deserves to be back in rotation.  It sounds like a sex act to my juvenile mind.  At first I thought...I was?....I barely felt anything....

14 hours, 5 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Gravey: I had some time so I caught up with Ray Paxton, who is getting ready for the season.  As you all know, Ray is the number one hot dog vendor who works in front of MSG; a title he seems hellbent on keeping given his arduous pre-season training regime.  I managed to grab a few minutes between his sets.


SMN: So Ray, I notice that you just finished screaming at a wall.
Ray:....yeah...you...see...(winded) you gotta bring it here in the show.  I've gotta have my voice reach that old lady with the hearing aid getting out of a cab over 50 yards away.  Plus...there are VIPS's in this crowd.  You've gotta project if you want to get the attention of a congressman who may be uploading pictures of his junk to his administrative assistant.  Ain't easy....
SMN: And I can't help but notice that you're wearing a wetsuit...
Ray:  Oh yeah...sure....this thing is priceless; offers resistance, plus the build up of sweat and heat mimics almost exactly the stifling and stagnant desperation that hangs over the area when the Rangers are 0-20 on the power play.
SMN: Hmm...nicely put....pretty lofty language for a hot dog vendor
Ray:  Hey WHAT THE FUCK does that mean??  I have my doctorate you prejudiced piece of... ....Have you been paying attention to this fucking economy???....I ought to...
SMN: okay..sorry, sorry...I was just kidding.  Anyway...I heard some of your practice techniques got you in some trouble some time back.
Ray:  Well...yeah...sigh....well I was practicing near a public school and I was run off by the police.  Turns out that when you don't have a cart that asking kid after kid if they want a hot dog takes on an entirely different meaning...go figure.  Anyway, live and learn.   
SMN:  So what was your fondest memory last season?
Ray:  Last season?  No question, it was hanging out with Rick Nash every game night.
SMN:  But shouldn't he have been...I mean...wasn't he..??
Ray:  HAHAHA....Yeah..(wipes away tears)...HAHAHA...everyone thought he was, but nope....he was hanging here with me every game.  He hired someone from Craigslist to take his place.  I think the ad read "Need someone to gently coast around on skates, but who can do 'the little things'".  Pretty smart, huh?? 
So there you have it.  Ray is ready for the new season.  Let's hope he can beat his record of three cases of e-coli in one night.  Dare to dream.  Next week...Tommy Manfrangansanten, the men's room janitor, shows us the secret to his spin-o-rama mop technique and goes on record as to why he thinks banning the move will reduce the level of entertainment currently found in the rest rooms.   

14 hours, 28 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Lol!! Order 20...size drunk!

14 hours, 51 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Awesome!!

14 hours, 53 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IcyCup There is no way any blog makers, or blog readers compare.  I dare anyone to find one.  If they do...we're gonna attack with a true Westside Story dance off!!  

17 hours, 48 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@LE_SQUIRREL LOL...We need shirts.  Squirrel with a W on his chest.  Get on it creative ones!  

17 hours, 50 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@AnnoyingJoe @genetics73 @johnAMIRANTESrug YEAH!  Let's not make fun of the druggie....let's make fun of the moralizing, pedantic dude!!!  Hey...btw gene pool you "take" a cheap shot....you "make" a comment.  ...just saying..LOL.  Aww..fuck...now I'm HIM!!!   Somebody kick my ass!  FIGHT CLUB!!  


disclaimer....I have nothing against people who have done drugs - though I'm surprised there were any left, as I thought we got rid of all of them in the late '70s.  

17 hours, 56 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG @Say my Name LOL....  Waiter!!!   How did you escape mention...the LEADER of the Group W Bench???   ...damned adder....oooh...shiny.

19 hours, 41 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@johnAMIRANTESrug LOL!! Too funny.   and yes, I am pretty sure that during Zucc's physical you would hear as he stepped on the scale "...er...yes...if you could please place your testicles on this other scale over here."  

19 hours, 43 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Can we just start a Fight Club until the season starts so we have something interesting to discuss??  I would love to see us all throwing down...and then commenting on it.  I will go first....I'll take all comers.  Bring one, or three...I don't care.  Lift my bloodied body off the mat and then rip me on the boards "SMN should've heard Bob Dunne rambling to himself as he walked up behind him!  How was he not ready for that??"

Of course we would all love to see stranger fan in there so there will have to be a deli ticket number machine for that action.  I want to see Snotty and AJ going toe to toe with whoever wins earning the right to memorialize the event with a squirrel victory gif!!  I want to see Josh sporting a ripped, torn, and bloodied Kreider jersey!  I wan't Icy Cup and Obivously to match up to see who gets to pose like Zucc after that awesome goal last year!!  Of course...Hotfreak is on the microphone with his best "Let's Get Ready To Rumble" voiceover!!  I want all of the awesome regulars (Worlds, EH, Callaqvuist....) too many to mention in it to wiin it!  I want blood and gore...and veins in my teeth!!!  I wanna kill...killl...all of us on the Group W bench!!!  Kill


Oh....and remember....the first rule of Alzheimer's Club,

is you don't talk about Chess Club!


(I hereby petition that our blog regulars from this day forward be recognized officially as "The Group W Bench")


#I'lltakeadouble,black,12sugars


20 hours, 12 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I am stoked.  There is nothing like having competition to keep the fire lit under these cream puffs.  Last year there really were no players who were in the minors but should've been playing in the NHL.  If you have guys who SHOULD be in the NHL playing in the minors your entire NHL club is on notice...and feels it...everyday.  Keep this club hungry!  Plus...some of these guys fighting for spots are BIG boys who play a physical game.  Never a bad thing to have them going all out.  Imagine going into Boston, or LA, or San Jose, and NOT worrying about being run out of the building!!!  The Rangers may becoming a team that can force themselves into the upper echelon, rather than depend on breaks to get there.  They are developing a nice blend of skill, size, and competition!  Drop the effing puck!!!  

1 day, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Repercussions of the terrible contract given Girardi.  That contract should've been earmarked for Staal, as he is the much better player (and investment), but now it only serves as the bar in which Staal rightfully has his eyes set upon.  Sather may be finally showing improvement (after what 15 years!!!???) but he still has trouble with assigning a value to a given player.   ..And before we go too far extolling the virtues of Sather's moves lately, let's not forget the timeframe he has had to get better at his job!  Egad....you could probably have trained a simple bi-valve to do Sather's job in the same time period.  Yes, THANK YOU Glen for your recent upswing, but....damn!

1 day, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG @Say my Name @omnishambles You were invited!  You were just too busy running around the woods howling at the moon to check your mailbox.  

3 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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*as   (jesus....wtf...)

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@omnishambles @Say my Name ....dude......I think I have been at some of your parties.  


3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Hey....most athletes today are entitled, pampered children.  Along with everything else, professional sports has changed.  Consider the climate in which athletes have been raised over the past 30 years.  These are not men!  I would rather share company with almost anyone else before a professional athlete.

That said, it doesn't mean that they can not become men, just that their profession won't provide the road...but life can.  

Crashing your life into a bridge embankment can get your attention.  I'll take a guy who has made some tragic mistake and is hellbent on redemption...and reclaiming his life EVERY time, over some kid who has been suckling on the teet of privilege his entire life.  And believe me....gone are the days where kids playing hockey came from hard-scrabble, blue-collar backgrounds.  This is a sport of privilege now....and expensive to play at ANY level.  

Malone has answered every question in a way that I respect, seems genuinely contrite, and by all appearances looks like maybe, just maybe he has indeed become, or is on his way to becoming a man.  

If all is at it seems....I would want him on my team.  

3 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@brian2686 @Say my Name Rex Ryan's teams...ugh.  What good is passion without brains.....

4 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@brian2686 @Say my Name Sorry to confuse you.  I thought it was all pretty clear.  And nope....less than zero hand-wringing about this on my side.  And over speculating?...when did I speculate about anything at all?  And nope, not trolling.  I just made a comment about how most if not all leaders don't actually refer to themselves as "go to guys".  That distinction is for others to make.  You don't find that fucking comical???  You see....I'm guessing you're a fan and criticism of a favorite just irks you - to the point of actually responding to my comment.  I sure didn't invite this conversation.  You could've just ignored it.  I don't dislike McD, but I also don't care enough to not see and point out the cartoon nature of some of these athletes.   

Hey...I like the Rangers.  I want them to be good, so I can be entertained.  They did a great job last year and I hope they do even better this year.  Still...the modern athlete is no sacred cow to me.  Most of them sure as shit SEEM to be a bunch of pampered and entitled babies.  

Hey....you caught me on a bad day....the Jets and Giants just shit the bed and they are the only games in town these days.  Ugh...    

4 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@brian2686 @Say my Name Yum...quotes.  I have no idea where from, but they sure look pretty.  I have less of an idea of what your point is, but I assume it is something to do with McD??  Look, no one here has any idea of what these dudes are like in person, so all the speculation and hand-wringing over character is just bullshit.  I submit that leadership isn't all that important in this game of millionaires anyway.  LOL...c'mon....there are no real stakes here - they are imputed by the fans and the media.  It is a fucking game.  Fans like to ascribe all sorts of things to what constitutes a winning team.  In the end it is just talent....the rest barely even moves the needle on the margins.  This is JUST a children's game.  It happens that adults play it, but it is just a game.  C'mon Brian...let's get real here.  Who cares who the captain is?  Just start the damned season so I can watch a game!

4 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Dante8496 Dead on.  A leader is not made by a "C" sewn on to his jersey.  People will follow a person...not a title.  This is all mostly fodder for the silly fans, who like to wring their hands over things like this.   

4 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@brian2686 @Say my Name Doesn't bother me a bit Brian...not one bit.  I've never met a leader who says he is a leader....just saying.    I'm just commenting on what we all can see from the cheap seats.  I am sure you have a better view from on your knees directly in front of McD.  LOL  Just kidding son....I'm just fulfilling my obligation as biggest hater on the planet!  (Do I get to sew a letter on my uniform for that??  I'm so fucking excited!!!)

4 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Josh-CK @Say my Name His play after that broken jaw was inspiring.  Hey....unless there is a speed requirement, Step could be in the running.  ;)


4 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Hey...I'm old school.  I don't believe that true leaders ever say that they're leaders.  "I consider myself a go to guy....someone teammates can look up to..."  That is fucking comical.  EVEN if he was simply responding to a question there are about a billion ways to deflect that question without falling into that trap.  Actually...in this day and age being able to handle questions like that properly would be one of the requisite skills of a captain.  Fail for McD in that respect.  

This has nothing to do with farm raised, or age.  You put the C on the guy best suited to do the job.  Whoever carries that weight in the locker room, he gets the C.  If he is here one year, or ten; for one more year, or ten more years....it makes no difference.  If Patton walks in the room for a minute, or a year....he is the leader.....until he leaves.  

I have no idea of how that team works on the inside, but from the cheap seats Zucc looks like he has the natural God-given stones, heart, and character of a leader...C...or not.  Put the C on anyone you damned please, but come game time, I want to be on his line bc he is going to give 100% and have my back for the entire game.  ....just like Girardi  (hahahahahahahahaha....whew....tears in eyes......)    

4 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Stars 4, Rangers 3 OT  

That's good right? It's been so fucking long since I've seen a hockey game that I forgot how it's scored.  It's like golf, right?  

DROP THE PUUUUUCCCKKKK!!!!!!

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Sorry for vomiting all over the blog this AM.  I obviously miss the game feeds.  Have fun everyone!  I'm out!

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @Say my Name I like it.  Less clicks.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is not a victimless crime.  (LOL....I don't even know what the hell that means!!  WTH is wrong with me...LOL)

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@gravey94 "Blaming 2 guys that enabled the last nail in the coffin is a joke.  People are dying because sports leagues and teams don't want to acknowledge that concussions can kill.  But I guess a few deaths every few years is a small price to pay for all the revenues that can be generated by bone-crushing hits or fights or pile-drivers."


Priceless.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG @Say my Name LOL!!  Nice!  hey...who am I to judge?  Does remind me of a trip I took in college where after driving in silence for hours through field after field, some filled with sheep, my college roommate broke the silence by saying "...you know....some of them are cuter than others."   and then right back to silence for hours.  It was fucking comically Kafkaesque  (if that is even possible)


1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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"Arrests in Boogard Death; Stralman is Pissed; No Traverse TV Coverage; Stepan Hurts Foot"


Haha...I love it!  Talk about your one stop shopping for news Kevin.  It reminds me of every podunk town I have ever driven through where you see those store fronts with signs:

DELI / LEGAL ADVICE / LIVE BAIT / TANNING SALON


...and yes, I have driven through a lot.  Life on the lam ain't all glory.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@stRangers fan C'mon dude....be a real troll.  I understand that you really have no game, but my god, this feigned pessimism and moroseness is just so unsatisfying.  You're like Eeyore on quaaludes. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@KevinMccarthy @EugenePlaksienko A to Z ?  ...has a nice ring to it. ;)


1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG @Say my Name great idea...except then we would have traded away the very player who was so suited to wear it.

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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What took Nash so long to report?  Traffic?  We all know how much he hates to move through traffic.  Should have sent someone out to the perimeter to find him.  He has probably been circling around aimlessly.

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@betweentheworlds @BobDunne @pkh33 @IcyCup @AnnoyingJoe @Say my Name @KevinTheNYRBlog @ObviouslyItsANewSeason I have complete sympathy for people with PCS, but from the cheap seats it sure as hell doesn't add up for Nash.  He has shown flashes of high energy, drive to the net play.  You say that this may bc the symptoms ebb and flow.  However, in all of the games where he has been a huge black hole of suck on the ice, Nash apologists were exalting the "little things" he did...and indeed he did.  These "little things" though still did require huge amounts of energy and burst....all of which would not be available to him were he on an "ebb" cycle due to PCS.  Can't have it both ways.  Nash is NOT a player.  

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Is the fact that he was invited by four current Rangers a reflection of him being a good clubhouse guy, OR that those four guys are coke hounds too?  Hard to tell without the audio.  If it was "Yeah...Ryan...great dude....love to have him here.." I think we're alright.  If it was  "RYAN??? RYANMALONE??? ILOVETHATGUY!! GETHIMINHERE! DEFINITELY! GETHIMHERENOW! ISHEHERE? NOW? WHERE?? ILOVETHATFUCKINGGUY!!!"....we may be in a little trouble.  

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Great article.  You guys sure must have to dig deep to get info on some of these kids.  Just want to let you know that the effort is appreciated.  ....now can you do something about getting the hockey season started....but without racing time through late summer, which is the best time of year?  Can you work out the details of that little conundrum please?  

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/daniel-walcotts-unlikely-path-to-becoming-a-new-york-rangers-draft-pick.html

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@RSLTrueBlue Dude....great, great points all.  Good job.  (golf clap).   Im with you.  

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@EHBIGAPPLE @Say my Name I have to laugh.  Worlds is right, this is all mostly approached with joviality.  I laugh when I read my own posts, as they make me seem like such a mean-spirited prick.  In truth, whether Rick Nash or the Rangers perform or not doesn't really matter that much to me.  Neither move the needle much on my happiness/unhappiness meter.  Still, the sentiment I express is always exactly as I believe - if not a bit more curmudgeonly than it has to be presented.  That may be because I am always nursing a scotch when I check in on my friends here.  In truth, the people here are far more entertaining than the team, or the games - I guess it's all about people as I get older.  The only downside is me fat-fingering a bit, or typing "to" instead of "too"...you know, the perils of the drink; and the bane of the perfectionist miscreant.  Ugh!  Gonna need me sum games soon though.  This chasing my tail in circles is getting old.  As usual - you guys rock!

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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LMFAO...sure, what part of this offends my sensibilities more?  Is it the notion that fans somehow believe that they contribute to an athletes success?  Or, is it because that perhaps they do and the athletes are now so fucking paper-mache that they need fan support in order to perform to their job description??  What a fucking joke!  How many of you out there when you hit a rough spot in your respective professional fields get the cajoling of the masses to see you through it?  Sorry, but I think most people who underperform have their asses chewed out and either shape up, or are shown the door.  But pardon me...perhaps athletes need more coddling given the pressure they are under.  LMAO!   Oh wait....that guy feeding a family of 4 living paycheck to paycheck has no pressure.

Look...the fact of the matter is that every athlete enters a tacit agreement the moment he starts cashing paychecks as part of the ENTERTAINMENT industry:  you perform, we cheer;  you don't we jeer.  In my not so humble opinion, anyone who disagrees with this notion is elevating sports to a much more personal level.  These aren't our kids out there.  They are entertainers....doing a job....for which they are RICHLY rewarded, with money that we earned by trading the very finite time of our lives into currency, ergo...they are paid with the minutes of our lives.  COMPOUNDED by the fact that  beyond PAYING them, we then spend even more of our precious time looking for them to provide us entertainment.

Sorry...but if this fucker can't manage to give the effort that he promised then I am sure as shit not going to laud him with praise per CHANCE that beyond everything else that I have given him that he now needs me to be his mommy for him to fulfill his obligation.

This is a damned job, as we are all to frequently reminded by both players and owners.  Why the hell are fans so stupid to believe otherwise and think there is some sort of noble cause in cheering failing corporations, or below average employees?  Let me ask you this, when you invest heavily in a stock do you exhibit similar blind love and adulation when it underperforms???  Didn't think so.   Fucking laughable.  

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Does anyone know how good a skater this kid is?  Watching him in the beginning of that video (especially around the 27 sec and on) he not only doesn't look fluid, but looks like a big, stiff, lumbering doofus.  Then you see Kreider and Zucc move and it looks like they...well...like they know how to skate.  

I understand that it is a short clip and a small sample size, but someone in the knowing please allay my fears that the Rangers just signed Lurch.  

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I already do all that....why am I not a professional hockey player??  Is it the drinking along with it?  The endless whoring?  The doing lines of crystal meth off of the shaved stomachs of any barnyard animal which bears the resemblance to Nancy Kerrigan?  I have to know!   #perplexed.  

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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So...a Hollywood film mogul wants to start a team in Las Vegas.  I can't see how anything could go wrong with this.    What team names are they bandying about?  The Silicone Bombers?  The Hair Plugs?  The Slot Sluts?   Oh...and I can't wait for the charity events:

With every goal the Las Vegas Speculums will donate 100 dollars to a teenage methadone mom!  

Every shot on net will yield a shot for Annete, (or whatever name she is going by tonight) our local sex worker who is battling Hepatitis A, B, AND C.  Hope you're watching tonight Annette!  You look great...less yellow every day!  

And speaking of clearing the crease, please remember to wipe down between clients everyone.  Let's keep Las Vegas glimmering!   So...back to the action...the Speculums are doing a good job tonight of forcing it in deep which is really opening up things in front...


(I. Can't. Wait.)



3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@IcyCup @AnnoyingJoe no way....he would trip over a syllable and let a two on one go the other direction.  "Bozhe Moi!"

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@SmellyKisio Yeah...with no games I have no choice but to look at the real world.  It makes me actually long to watch Rick Nash play again...(sigh)

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@gravey94 Dude....that sounds like it came straight from the mouth of Cliff Clavin on Cheers!  I love it.  I have no idea if any of that is true, but damn if I am not sold on it 100%.  LOL...if you need your hook, line, or sinker back...you know where to find 'em.  

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Hey...if this guy was in trouble with the law we better get him out on the ice where he is safe.  I don't want any of our players choked out and killed for selling loose cigarettes, or shot for walking in the middle of the street.  Say....come to think of it, why don't the Rangers just get some cops to play on the team.  Talk about adding toughness and enforcers.  HA! It would be a perpetual power play with the other team dropping like flies.  "Whaaatttt???? He went for his water bottle and I swear it looked like a gun, so I shot him....57 times."


Oh...right....damn it...we can't do that.  They would shoot Nash for loitering.  

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Josh-CK @Say my Name @ObviouslyItsANewSeason I totally agree....but still...Nash has to be on the committee.  So far it seems he hasn't gotten the memo.  He has to score AND do the little things. He can't just coast around like he did during the regular season.  

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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