I used to tell folks that very little shocks me anymore, and when they ask me
why then I tell them it is because I am a Ranger's fan so nothing shocks me
anymore. All I can do these days is shake my head in wonder when I see the next
great move the genius who pretends to be the Ranger President/GM/Coach makes to
supposedly get the team going. To be honest the one thing that has driven me
crazy this season has been that nobody with the Rangers, the beat reporters or
even my fellow fans can ID the supposed system that the Rangers are using this
What I do know is that it sure isn't the Debbie Trap, it isn't the Red Wing
Lock and that it isn't the 1-2-2 trap used by many teams. Other than that I for
the life of me either don't see the system or the spin-doctors are pulling my
chain with their imaginary system. At least every time the Rangers get a couple
of days off someone associated with the team will tell the beat reporters that
the team is buying into said system and things are coming together.
Tom Renney was the last one to do it earlier this week and of course the
Rangers showed how they were coming together by losing to the Habs at home.
Maybe it is the "We don't like to work hard for 60 minutes" system
because that was the system I saw in place that night. I do wish to offer Coach
Renney a friendly suggestion though. Next time you want to tell Ranger fans that
the system is working and the team is coming together please do it when the team
is winning not while they have lost 3 out their 4 games (now of course 4 out of
5 losses) like you did. It doesn't help your credibility a whole lot when you
say one thing and the team takes a dump on you.
However I do wish to offer a suggestion for the kind of system I would like
to see the Rangers use. I call it the "Playing Young Kids who want to bust
their butt for 60 minutes every night" system. It is best used when you
have players (mostly young ones) who want to work hard and give 60 minutes of
effort every night.
Moving on to another rant of mine is the question: Has anyone seen Nedved or
Hlavac's game and if so would they be so kind to return it to them? In a way it
is sad to talk like this about the very popular players that they are but really
that both of them have seen their game go into the toilet like it has over the
last month. In Nedved's case to be honest it wasn't something I expected to see
happen, sure Nedved has this habit of being a slow starter for the season but he
has always still played a smart defensive game while waiting for his offense to
Not this season as Nedved has been making the kinds of boneheaded plays that
is so unlike him and for the life of me I can't point a finger as to what the
cause of it is. It is as if he has lost his desire to play but I don't think
that is it for if it is then he picked the wrong year to quit on himself. Hlavac
on the other hand though I hate to say this but I was against his signing
because I questioned how he could lose his game like he has since being traded
I could understand him not fitting in with the Flyers, as they don't play the
kind of game suited for his style of play. What doesn't make sense is that he
couldn't fit in with the Canucks or Canes, which are 2 teams that were ideal for
him. The red flag should have come up when he failed badly for Marc Crawford a
guy who will give you every possible chance to find a role on his team. Crawford
tried Hlavac on every line with every possible combination of players and still
failed to make it and played his way out of town. I have this feeling the way he
is going he will be playing his way out of North America after this season.
Perhaps the worst part of this season is watching the numbers of long time
Ranger fans giving up not only on this season but on the team itself. I post at
several places on the web and going back to the second half of last season I
have watched too many a Ranger fan get so disgusted that they announce they are
walking away and that is it. I am not talking about the casual fan either as I
am talking about long time Ranger fans who in some cases have been not only fans
but season ticket holders since before I was born. They cite their disgust with
the way the Dolans have run this franchise and how they have alienated the fans.
While I do understand and feel for their frustrations I won't allow the Dolans
to chase me away from a team I have rooted for since the day I was born. My
father and grandfather were Ranger fans and they got me addicted to this team.
As a kid the Rangers were a team that allowed 3 generations to bond together to
give us each something to bridge the generation gap with.
I will never allow the Dolans to chase me away, why you ask because even
though they claim ownership of the team for now the Rangers belongs to US FANS
not the Dolans or any other owner. Owners will come and go but the fans will
always be there (yea I too wish they would go yesterday too). I have seen the
Rangers being bought and sold several times in my 44 years of rooting for them
so I cling to the hope that the day will come when they will sell out. When that
days comes we Ranger fans will party for a long time but know this that day will
In the meantime I suggest that we the fans take our frustrations out not on
each other but in any possible way to embarrass the ownership. Whether it be
wearing bags over our heads at the Garden, calling all the sports talk radio
shows and ripping away or even refusing to put one dime directly into the CVC
coffers. Whatever we do we must keep the pressure up for if we walk away in
silence then we allow the Dolans to win and continue to screw up a proud
Finally one has to ask if there is such a thing as ethics in journalism
anymore for if there are could someone please send some over to Larry Brooks.
Brooks is someone who ask acknowledged in interviews that "He likes to stir
things up" and that "He doesn't care what people think of him just as
long as they spell his name right".
Give him credit for being able to turn himself into the most talked about
beat reporter covering the Rangers. Every time he writes one of his
"rumors" he is getting us to do what his bosses want which is to (a)
read what he writes, (b) talk about what he writes and most of all (c) generate
publicity good or bad for the Post.
Take for example his "Jagr to the Rangers" rumors and you see what
I mean. Just about every Ranger fan site has been talking about it whether it is
to discredit him or not. We are all falling into his trap which is to do all of
what I listed above and at the same time as mad as we get at him he doesn't give
So perhaps I will offer this suggestion as to how we should deal with Mr.
Brooks and try to put an end to his nonsense whether it be rumors that are so
out of this world that they won't ever happen or even his weekly Slapshot's
columns. I say we simply stop reading his nonsense and look elsewhere for our
doses of Ranger information. If we know that he has a writer has no credibility
then why bother reading him?
If we stop generating hits at the Post website or purchasing the Post
outright then we the fans can send a message that we are tired of
misinformation. If Brooks loses his audience then sooner or later he will be
replaced as the Post is in the business of making money. If Brooks isn't making
money or generating publicity then they have no need for him.
I for one am going to boycott the Post and stop reading the nonsense he
writes. It isn't as if I can't find other sources of Ranger information so I
will draw my line in the sand. I won't read him, won't post about him and after
this article write anything about him. Call it one person's fight to seek a
change in responsible reporting.
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