The Rangers have been infuriating fans with their play on the ice this season, so apparently today the team decided to do the same off it.
For reason's unknown, the Rangers felt they needed to educate their female audience on the nuances of the game, so they decided to post a "Girls' Guide to Watching the Rangers" on their blog Blueshirts United. Included in this Pulitzer Prize winning piece is that there are replays if you're confused, learning players' names will help you connect with the game and asking questions is ok.
No you di'int, Rangers. As you can imagine the reaction among women Rangers fans was not positive. In fact, it got so bad the Rangers actually took the piece down.
Here's one reaction I particularly enjoyed...
If you've ever had dreams of working for the Rangers, dust off that resume because I'm assuming there will be a job opening by the end of the day. No women applicants though. Unless you've read the guide of course.
While the Rangers have taken the guide down, they have yet to apologize for what was a very insulting piece to the most intelligent female fans in the NHL.
Not to mention the sexiest.
If you missed it, Sarah Kwak at SI.com screen grabbed it. So enjoy...
I have Been a RANGERS fan since before Birth ...My whole Family is New York Rangers all the way...This Post was DISGUSTING and Berating to all WOMEN ...How Dare they is all I say...Maybe the RANGERS and STAFF should follow this GUIDE cause all I have seen so far this season is The Rangers WATCHING the Game from the BENCH ....
Damnit, Vagina! Not only am I forced into always sitting down when I pee because of you, but now you've forced us into Rangers fan school!
Words, words, words 70% off Sale! Where?! Words, words, words.
Nope. This is too complicated for my vagina to follow. I'll just wait until key moments during the game to jump up and down and scream, "WHAT IS HAPPENING?!" Don't worry guys I watch the games with, I will always make sure to jiggle alluringly while doing so.
Biggest thing to me is how this article even sees the light of day on BSU to begin with. Big time lapse in judgement.
Sure, open up the official Rangers blog to anyone who wants to write a story. What could possibly go wrong? I think this might be Isaiah Thomas in disguise.
Wow... Just wow. So. Much. Rage. And sadness. I've been a passionate hockey fan for my entire life and this is sexist, condescending, infuriating... I won't even get into the compositional issues or my head might explode. I think this hurts as much as the lockout - maybe more in some ways.
I don't even know what to say. I'm insulted as a woman. I'm insulted as a Rangers fan. I'm insulted as someone who was an English student. The author needs to come to terms with the fact that she is not Carrie Bradshaw from Sex In The City, she is clearly not qualified to "educate" us little ladies on how to make our men happy by participating in sports banter. There is no accounting for ignorance however I would have thought that whomever is in charge of posting items like this for The Rangers wouldn't have their head so far up their ass as to hit the launch button on this little masterpiece.
OK, so I'm just catching the outrage train now. My pretty little self has been at work all day chairing the trademarks dept at a major law firm. Whoa, what, women can be law firm partners?! I digress. I should be griping about how I can out match any man I know, including my husband, about anything Rangers, indeed, anything hockey. I can even manage to recall stats, but wait, girls can't do math! And to think I'm raising my kids (my son AND my daughter) "the right way" by taking them to Rangers games and teaching them the fantastic sport of hockey. I wouldn't give a crap if this were in Cosmo and I get it that the Rangers organization didn't author this piece, but what a major miscue to publish it on their site. Hey, Dolan, last I knew, there was no salary cap on your website staff. Get someone with better judgment.
What a week! We have to endure the atrocious play of our beloved Rangers and then be insulted with a guide to understanding the game of hockey? Perhaps when I am done scrubbing the clothes on the washboard, baking bread in the fireplace and preparing my husband's scotch and soda, I should read it! Then I might understand what all you guys on nyrangersblog.com have been discussing these past few years!
But hey...on the plus side of things, us "little ladies" have the vote, and we don't have to wear dresses all the time, either. Things are looking up! Must go burn my bra now...
Well, that was one of the most pathetic things I've read today. That's five minutes of my life I am never going to get back! (The guide, not the blog). Five minutes that could have been better spent cleaning the house and making my hubby a sandwich.
But.. But.. You've got to explain it to me, 'cause I'm a woman and I'm stupid, duh!! So ok there is ice, I totally get this.. But what about these circles, and dots and lines and stuff, like OMG! What are they for?? And what's going on in the game? These people falling in the glass fence thing, on the side, like, they got to be drunk right?? And what's with the players skating backwards? Like they must be retarded, huh? And when that light and that terrible sound goes on and the crowd is cheering, it's cause everyone in the audience wins a prize, right?? Don't they??
1) Clearly, this was the wrong outlet for the Rangers to put this out. I can understand offense being taken in that regard.2) Terrible title. Straight stupidity on their part, and they deserve the flak they are taking for its sexism.
Overall reaction: Facepalm so hard my forehead hurts.Underneath its guise of stupidity, though, the article is just commentary. From the first page, it is apparent that Ms. Mandil is not talking to anyone who would read Blueshirts United, this fine blog, or any other hockey outlet. She doesn't know what football looks like on TV, so I'm guessing sports isn't her bag, but she has a column on Saks Fifth Avenue's page about how to select the proper pair of mid height heels to your wardrobe, so I'm guessing fashion and retail is her bag (and hence, the "70% off sale" line on the first page). She and her female friends didn't understand why the 20 male friends were so enthralled by the game, so clearly she doesn't have the privilege of dealing with any of the numerous female hockey fans I do, nor that anyone else on this blog does. The Rangers asked for "HER PERSPECTIVE" (citing the bolded line at the very beginning of the column), and they got it. They probably didn't ask for "A guide to dating a Rangers fan if you yourself don't like hockey", but that's what Ms. Mandil wrote, and from the female perspective, no less. I can't believe the Rangers released it, either, but simply because their target audience doesn't need it, and won't want to read it. And shame on them for it. But remove the gendered title, put it in Cosmo (instead of their "Who is the hottest NHLer from each team" column perhaps), and I don't know that it comes off so offensively.
Geez, everybody knows that we ladies don't care about the GAME. We just want to watch the cute players.
(Sound of head smashing on desk.)
P.S. They can't even proofread what their "outside contributors" send in before they post it? Slats better trade for a competent social media manager fast -- he can throw in Bikel. No, wait, he's too cute....
Thats fucking insulting. I know more about hockey and the New York Rangers than most supposed "fans" out there. How dare you insinuate that I don't know hockey just because of my gender.
Hmmmm. Obviously this female Rangers fan was too busy watching the workmen tear apart her house (due to damage from Sandy) to see this wonderful literary misstep. Meh. Score already damn it!
How do you or anyone else know who went back and who didn't? This article was written by a Neanderthal and it's a disgrace to FANS, period! Male or female! They can't afford to lose any more fans...this was ignorant and like a bad read out of 1950s sitcom script! If you're not a woman, you don't/won't get it
Suppose I should be happy that we womenfolk got some special attention - lord knows we can be expected to learn things all by our pretty little selves.
hey here's a clue, if you want to learn about the sport... GOOGLE IT YOURSELF. impress your man with something YOU looked up. there's lots of information out there. or go to a game. watch Beginnings on MSG. hell, just check NHL.com once or twice a week and you'll be all caught up. or my personal fave - READ THIS BLOG! (yeah guys, i may be kissing a little ass but i read this religiously). well girls, maybe some day when you realize how awesome the sport of hockey is, and how amazing our Blueshirts are, you'll become a passionate, devoted, FEMALE hockey fan like myself, who is willing to spend hundreds of dollars to fly from California to MSG, and who never misses a game. Let's Go Rangers!
that was written by a women not the rangers,listen DOLAN and the RANGERS dont care about any fan male or female so really get over it this wont change anything you all went right back after the lockout and you all will go right back after this who care the storie should be why the rangers pp still suck not anything about the fans they dont care about
@craig_atherton Maybe you passed out in a Delorean.
@Dminor7 Agreed. It was framed completely wrong.
@Herman_NYRBlog I thought it was a nice touch.
@Herman_NYRBlog Expect the unexpected with The NYR Blog. Always.
@SGrumet Thank you for your readership! I'm still stunned by the Rangers lack of judgement.
@AnnoyingJoe he's a sweet boy..