Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!

It was 15 years ago today, when Stephane Matteau scored one of the greatest goals in Rangers history.

It is a nice memory.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Warren 77: Sean Avery's Tribeca bar/restaurant

Sean Avery's new bar and restaurant in Tribeca has been getting a lot of attention. Here is a round-up of some views and reviews of his new establishment, Warren 77, starting with a nice one from UrbanDaddy.

The Art of Warr, Tribeca's Non-Sports Bar Sports Bar --

It's rare that a sports bar can sneak up on you.

But when the TVs are hidden behind chalkboards, a Diane Arbus photo hangs on the wall and the gents from Smith & Mills are curating a vintage-industrial-locker-room vibe, we may be entering a bold new era in sports bars...
Sean Avery's TriBeCa bar/restaurant, Warren 77, New York City----
Sean Avery's TriBeCa bar/restaurant, Warren 77, New York City----
Sean Avery's TriBeCa bar/restaurant, Warren 77, New York City----
Sean Avery's TriBeCa bar/restaurant, Warren 77, New York City----
Sean Avery's TriBeCa bar/restaurant, Warren 77, New York City----
Sean Avery gives us a tour of Warren 77:

related [updated]:
Rare Daily:
First Night at Warren 77 --
perhaps the city’s first hipster sports bar...

an old-school cross between Peter Luger – with dark wood walls and an imposing oak bar – and the basement rec-room from an ’80s teen flick, furnished by a set designer with very good taste. Think weathered grandpa chairs and Howard Cosell-era CBS klieg lights salvaged from the network’s old Chicago studio...
Not your father's sports bar --
no neon here. There is an arcade of sorts (4 Pac-Man tables, offering a variety of classic eighties games) up front, followed by a series of booths. (Seated in one during my visit: the unlikely quartet of tattoo artist Scott Campbell, Dan Colen, Batali protégée and Food Network chef Anne Burrell, and John McEnroe.) ...
New York Observer:
Hockey Star Sean Avery Drops the Puck for Boozy Offseason at New Tribeca Bar --
"How do you say 'cheers' in the Jewish language?" the flashy forward asked guests at the opening of his new Tribeca bar and restaurant Warren 77 on Friday, May 15.

"L'chaim!" the crowd replied.

"There ya go," said Mr. Avery, who further encouraged attendees to "just keep buying drinks because I didn't open a f#%&*#* bar for nothing." ...
Chicago Sun-Times:
Ain't no party like a Sean Avery party --
Add 'restaurateur' to the list of words we can use to describe New York Rangers Sean Avery...
Ball Hype:
Sean Avery's New Restaurant Upstages Phoenix Coyotes Rally --
The opening of Sean Avery's new restaurant in Manhattan got more media attention than the rally to save the Phoenix Coyotes at the Native New Yorker restaurant in Arizona. The rally in Phoenix attracted 200 Coyotes fans...
Who Is Sean Avery, Anyway? 21 Views --

Sean Avery

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Hats Off

Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, leaps against the glass after scoring his third goal of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of Game 2The Russian hurls himself against the glass
after scoring his 3rd goal against Pittsburgh


Crosby wasn't happy about the long celebration
(Caps fans throwing caps)

What a game. Caps win 4-3.

Puck Daddy:
Monday's Three Stars: Alex, Sidney in classic confrontation

Crosby, ever the competitor, had seen enough of the celebration, and skated to the referee as head gear hit the ice.

"People kept throwing hats. I was just asking if he could make an announcement to ask them to stop. The first wave came, and then I think they were all pretty much picked up, and more started coming," Crosby said after the game. "I just wanted to make sure that we kept kind of moving, kept the game going while we tried to get back into it. Wasn't complaining about anything." ...
Game Photo Gallery

Ovechkin jumps into the arms of fellow countrymen Sergei Fedorov (91) after scoring his third goal of the gameOvechkin jumps into the arms of fellow countrymen Sergei Fedorov (91) after scoring his 3rd goal
Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins are separated during a Feb. 22 game.Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby are separated during a Feb. 22, 2009 game

Saturday, May 02, 2009

A Ranger Pundit Twitter Thingamajigger for the Blueshirts

Ranger Pundit signs up for twitterSo this Twitter thingamajigger is popping up everywhere. Oprah, Larry King, and Shaq are all twittering away.

There's also a bunch of NHL and Rangers twitterers. Sean Avery and Marty Brodeur have tried Twitter, but aren't very active at the moment. Not surprised that they don't follow each other's tweets.

You can learn some interesting things on Twitter, such as, Patrick Elias gets his hair cut at the Roy Teeluck salon in NYC. Note to self: next time you need a basic $100+ hair cut you'll have to drop in at Roy's and check it out.

So anyway, thought we'd try Twitter out before that haircut at Roy's. A Ranger Pundit Twittter has been set up and the Ranger Pundit will be twittering at aka Mike's Blueshirts. This whole tweeting, twittering, and tweets vocabulary will need some work here. Forgive our new-bee-ness as we learn our way around the nest.

FYI, here's the full background and scoop on Twitter.

Jess Rubenstein at TheProspectpark has been twittering for awhile and already has over 580 tweets. He had a funny take on comparing the Rangers players to Muppets. Lundqvist as Grover, Mara as Crazy Harry, Freddie as Link Hogthrob, Valley as Big Bird. etc.

It's hard to get excited about keeping Big Bird around for another year. Scotty gave him a grade of C for the year. Can't disagree on that one.

Anyway, some of the other twitterers the Ranger Pundit is following:

Checked out, but are not following these faker twits (some are pretty funny):

more interesting twittering going on at:

New York Rangers (@NYRangers) | Twitter

NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) | Twitter

NHL on TNT (@NHL_On_TNT) | Twitter

The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) | Twitter

Blueshirt Banter (@BlueshirtBanter) | Twitter

NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) | Twitter

Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) | Twitter

NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) | Twitter

Stephen Valiquette (@VallysView) | Twitter