1. If the Rangers are going leave the metropolitan area to play in their first Winter Classic, Philadelphia's the best place to do it. For those willing to brave the cold and see the thing in person, it's an easy drive down the New Jersey Turnpike — closer than Washington or any other city with a chance of hosting the annual game. Granted, the Phillies' ballpark holds almost 24,000 fewer people than the Eagles' stadium — fewer tickets surely equals higher prices, at least on the secondary market — but getting in isn't going to be cheap no matter where they hold the thing. And as far as opponents go, with the NHL unlikely to want a second team from the New York market to play against the Rangers, the Flyers are as good a rival as any.
2. Without overanalyzing the pros and cons of having cameras follow a team around for a month, we really, really want to see John Tortorella on HBO's 24/7. The whole thing would be fascinating — seeing how the Rangers operate, on and off the ice — but an uncensored Tortorella is the most intriguing character of the bunch.
3. It gives the NHL a chance to see what happens with the Pinstripe Bowl. We've advocated in the past for a game at Citi Field, but we'll admit that's a bit shortsighted: Yankee Stadium — which currently hosts the Pinstripe Bowl in late December — remains the best New York venue for the Rangers. The key words there are "currently hosts."
...you had me at hello. Don't need any reasons. I'm so excited!!!! Actually, I think I'm more pumped for HBO's 24/7 than the game. Torts is going to be phenomenal.
I can't wait to see Torts in the 24/7....I just watched NHL on the Fly and they had the best highlights of the playoffs...very little Rangers moments...but they had about 5 excerpts of Torts' press conferences and him getting fiery with Brooksy. Classic.
yea... no known cause yet, all i hear is he was found in his apartment today. best wishes to him and his family. the boogy man lives on. RIP derek
Because this game is run by the NHL similar to the All Star game I might be eligible for credentials. Going to check into that big time.
Holy crap, I didn't even think of 24/7 when I read about this earlier. God I hope Avery's on the team, can you imagine the on-ice and end-of-the-bench dialogue unedited? Television Gold.