Monday, December 24, 2018

We Remember Michael A. Savino

We Remember …

Michael A. Savino
AKA The Ranger Pundit
December 21, 1930 – December 16, 2018

The Family of Michael A. Savino share the news of his passing with those who frequented this site, that of The Ranger Pundit.

Deteriorating health over the past couple of seasons hindered his ability, and enthusiasm, to post his views and opinions. But his loyalty to the Rangers never wavered. To that end, family and friends paid tribute to Mike by wearing Ranger jerseys to his wake.

We appreciate the flowers sent by members of the Madison Square Garden marketing group @TheGarden, as well as the touching tribute shared on the WFAN Morning Show @WFAN660. During his lifetime, the Rangers won three Stanley Cups, and he was an active fan during the latter two.

Beginning in the late 90s, he spent over 15 years joining with his two sons as a season-ticket-holder attendee, once participating in a last game on-ice jersey ceremony—receiving the jersey of Michael Nylander. His favorite player during the 70s was Rod Gilbert, and Andy Bathgate stood atop his list of all-time favorite Rangers. He was speechless when a few years back, after successful triple-bypass surgery, he received a get-well message from Adam Graves, and was thrilled to share his 80th birthday spotlight with Sean Avery.

In the end, The Pundit was pretty much like all Ranger fans: whoever won the game was his favorite at that moment. And when things were going south, he wanted a coaching change and a major trade. If Heaven is what they say it is, then the Rangers beat Detroit in Game 7 in 1950, win 4 straight against the Canadians in 1979, and the Islanders never win the Cup. Now that’s a hat trick that The Pundit would be happy to write about!
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Mike at Rangers game with son and grandson
Mike at Rangers game with grandson and granddaughter
Mike and Maryann

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