Posts Tagged ‘MSG’

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Pullen..Drives..to the bucket…GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 26, 2010

Intensity, passion and a love for the game of basketball. No, I’m not talking about Xavier or Kansas Sate, I’m talking Gus Johnson babaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! Whenever he is commentating for the lowly Knicks on the radio or TV, Gus makes every game exciting. I hope NBC is watching because if they let Gus announce curling in the Olympics, it may turn into the most exciting sport ever. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Home, not so sweet home-Rangers drop 3 in a row at the Garden

November 22, 2009

Rangers are 4-9-1 in their last 14 games

The Rangers entered last nights game against the Florida Panthers with a 4-8-1 record in their last 13 games.  With Florida playing 3 games in 4 nights, one would think that this is the perfect time to rout the ship, but the truth of the matter is that the Rangers just are not very good.

From the drop of the puck, the first 10 minutes belonged to the Panthers as the Rangers were getting out skated and outplayed from the get go.  Truthfully, they looked like a team who had a few days between games because they were a step behind the quicker and younger Panther squad.

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Official Excuses from The Garden

November 20, 2009

I was forwarded an e-mail from a MSG staff member friend (who shall remain anonymous). He and other staff recieved this e-mail with the following statements (said to be from Donnie Walsh). This is apparently their “official position” regarding Allen Iverson, and what the staff is supposed to tell any concerned parties: Read the rest of this entry ?

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Reenergizing the Garden

November 10, 2009

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These are not your typical Rangers of years past.   Besides their recent success over the last few seasons, the Rangers are changing their demeanor as a hockey club.

Coach John Tortorella is a fiery coach; the complete antithesis of former Ranger coach Tom Renney.  We all remember during the Washington series Tortorella attempting to hop over into the stands with a stick in his hand going after an obnoxious fan.  Yes, this may have been too much, and he was reprimanded for his actions;  however, this is exactly the kind of intensity that his players need to bring to the ice every night.

The Rangers over these first 18 games are mean, physical, and constantly pushing the action in turn creating turnovers and scoring opportunities. Dictate the tempo!  By doing this, the opposing team will play on their toes and this is exactly what creates opportunities.

Fans don’t get excited for ‘reaction’.  Good teams act, and force the opposition to react.  As fundamental as it sounds, it is a trait that is overlooked and why teams such as the Red Wings are in the playoff picture year after year.  When you play in Detroit, the fans are amped for hockey because they know their team is going to come out and perform, and perform well.  You can’t say the same for the Rangers in the place once referred to as ‘Mecca’.

What happened to when opposing teams feared coming into the Garden when players like Anthony Mason for the most part ran sh*t?

One factor  that is extremely neglected in many arguments pertaining to why our New York Teams that call Madison Square Garden home are a constant disappointment year in and year out is the fact the Garden is not an intimidating place to play; but rather a place for teams to come and embarrass our beloved teams and showcase themselves on the world’s biggest sporting stage (cough, Lebron, cough) .  Why can’t GM’s realize that this is New York, and regardless of what Mayor Giuliani did to clean up the streets of New York, we need to bring back the ‘nasty’ that those competitive teams had that drove fear into their opponents every time they dared to step foot into the garden.  Truthfully, I think New York has lost it’s ‘gangsterness’ if you will.  The hardest state in the US should have the badest nastiest dudes playing for us.  Like Bart Scott, Antonio Pierce and David Lee.  Wait, David Lee is the toughest dude on the Knicks. 

Thats a problem.

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A recent list came out talking about the most hated people in pro sports.  Sean Avery was at the top of the list.  Granted the list was alphabetical, but it is fair to say that if it wasn’t that he would be in the top 10.  Sean Avery is the kind of guy that can even annoy his own teammates (a reason why after his “sloppy seconds” comment got him shipped out of Dallas before he returned from his suspension).  But having Avery on the ice represents something.  It tells the opposing team that you will be in for night of hard-hitting, taunting, and aggravation whenever he is on the ice.  This psychological factor will some nights simply force teams to not play their style of play and stray from whatever their game plan was on that particular night.

So if the Rangers come out and play hard everynight and show heart, the crowd will respond and the Garden can become a factor again. With the additions of Avery and Donald Brashear, there will be a ton of physicality. Brashear guarantees one punch to be thrown during the night and Avery increases those odds even more giving the fans something they can go apeshit over.

In more Rangers team news,  x-rays came back positive for RW Brandon Dubinsky indicating that he in fact had suffered a broken hand that will sideline him for 4 to 6 weeks.   This is disappointing after a lengthy offseason back and forth with Rangers management about contract negotiations.  After a promising start, Dubinsky  will not be able to show he is worth the money he demanded.

Over the next few days, it is imperative that the Rangers take advantage of the elongated time off between games because in the following week, the Rangers starting Saturday play five games in seven nights. Albeit these games are against mediocre teams, playing that amount of hockey in a short period of time can cause trouble.

The Rangers next game is Thursday at the Garden versus the Atlanta Thrashers.  After a disappointing 3-1 loss to Calgary, the Rangers need to turn it around. The Rangers will be able to do this with aggressive play and with the help of the Ranger faithful.

Free Pick: Under 5 1/2 Flames/Canadians

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Gus Johnson Apologizes for Comment

November 4, 2009
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Work for the Knicks?? hahahahaha!

Gus Johnson for those who are not familiar is a play by play sportscaster for CBS Sports, Showtime, The MSG Network, The Big Ten Network and Strikeforce mixed martial arts. He is well known for his loud screaming during March Madness and T.O.N.Y Sports loves him including myself!

Gus recently apologized for making a controversial comment about Titans running back Chris Johnson this past Sunday as he broke for a 52 yard TD run.

“He’s got getting away from the cops speed!!” Gus excitedly yelled while making the call for the Titans Jaguars game on CBS.  Gus who is of African American descent gave this statement to USA Today yesterday:

“If there is a perception of  racism in this analogy, it is not coming from me. People of all races have run from the law. However to those offended , I apologize.”

The apology is more than likely coming off the heels of Bob Griese’s recent suspension by ESPN when he had the following to say about race car driver Juan Pablo Montoya,

“he’s out having a taco”

WOW, that was pretty ignorant on Bob’s part being that Juan is Colombian and not Mexican but Gus, I’m not mad at you and neither is anyone from T.O.N.Y Sports homie, keep yelling at those games and tell MSG that you need to replace Mike Breen for all home Knick games!

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Knicks versus Pacers @ Madison Square Garden

November 4, 2009

New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers tonight @ 7:30PM New-York-Knicks-Logo-new-york-knicks-37351_400_300

TV- MSG

Radio- 1050 AM

Indiana Pacers Projected Starting Lineup

PG- T.J. Ford

SG- Brandon Rush

SF- Danny Granger

PF- Troy Murphy Damon Dahntay Jones (thanks Al Trautwig)

C- Roy Hibbert

New York Knicks Projected Starting Lineup

PG- Chris Duhon

SG- Larry Hughes

SF- Danilo Gallinari

PF- Wilson Chandler

C- David Lee

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Knicks versus Hornets @ Madison Square Garden

November 2, 2009

Home TeamHey basketball fans, make sure to stay tuned tonight for game 4 of New York Knicks Basketball.

TV- MSG

Radio- 1050AM

Projected Starting 5

New Orleans Hornets

PG- Chris Paul

SG- Morris Peterson

SF- Julian Wright

PF- David West

C- Emeka Okafor

 

 

 

New York Knicks

PG- Chris Duhon

SG- Wilson Chandler

SF- Danilo Gallinari

PF- Jared Jefferies

C- David Lee