The MSG Broadcast Is Unwatchable (And It’s Part of the Problem)

The on-ice issues plaguing the New York Rangers have truly come to a head, with the team playing listless hockey and getting blown out on a regular basis.  Everyone knows why this is happening, and it’s useless to discuss it further.  Once the dust settles on the impending sell-off, we’ll begin to assess what lies ahead.

Perhaps more concerning than the terrible hockey is the culture of the Rangers, which appears to be completely broken.

The Rangers are a stodgy, conservative organization which over-rewards loyalty and is terrible at self-evaluation.  Even though I’ve not spent a day “in the room” with the players, coaching staff or management, the MSG broadcast is the perfect public representation of this hockey club.  The commentary is never critical, asks few questions of any substance, and opens up no new pathways for intelligent discussion.  It’s infuriating to watch, acting as state-sponsored TV for a flawed operation that is clearly trending in the wrong direction.

Now, the obvious counter-argument is: the MSG broadcast is state-sponsored TV.  The same company that owns the Rangers owns the network (kind of).  This is true, though it’s true of most sports teams nowadays.  And yes, of course a home broadcast is going to be somewhat biased.  But in the halls of 4 Penn Plaza, the Knicks also put on a local broadcast, which delivers a much more nuanced and balanced discussion of the team.

Here’s an example: on Friday night, the Knicks lost a heartbreaker to the Milwaukee Bucks, 92-90 on a last-second shot by Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.  On the decisive play, the Knicks executed poorly on defense (sound familiar?), allowing the rangy forward to get to the rim for an easy lay-up.  As soon as the post-game show began, Knicks analyst Alan Hahn laced into coach Jeff Hornacek, questioning why he had forward Lance Thomas on the bench in crunch time, since Thomas had ably defended Antetokounmpo earlier in the game.  It was thoughtful and impassioned criticism, and it was wholly justified.

On the Ranger broadcast, these types of moments occur rarely, if at all.  Of course, there are some positives: Steve Valiquette’s stats-based analysis is very insightful, John Giannone is a top-class reporter and Dave Maloney’s unvarnished takes are always welcome.  Sam Rosen is an entertaining play-by-play announcer with incredible passion for the Rangers, but between him and Joe Micheletti, the rose-colored glasses are always on, lending each broadcast an air of absurdity given how bad the current team is.

Micheletti’s “analysis” is particularly useless.  He never disagrees, or even bothers to question the decisions made by the coaches.  His insight usually amounts to “the Rangers want to skate fast and play in the other team’s end”, but he is either unwilling or unable to explain why they fail to do that.

This era of Rangers hockey reached a low point when Cody McLeod made his debut on Thursday.  On several occasions, Sam and Joe intimated that McLeod was providing value when, of course, he was not.  With the Rangers trailing 4-0, Sam excitedly declared, “Cody McLeod leads the Rangers with five hits; that’s a big number!”  Micheletti made the case that McLeod could bring intangible value, having been on a Nashville team that finished as an 8th seed and made a run to the Stanley Cup Final.  Yes, as if the Rangers could achieve something similar, because of McLeod’s presence and experience.  At that point, the Rangers were being run off the rink by the Maple Leafs (they really didn’t seem to care very much) and barely a negative word was said.

And then there’s Ron Duguay.  Rather than rehash his thoughtless, sexist comments from a couple of weeks back, I’ll say just this about Duguay: he knows next to nothing about the sport he played professionally.  He is unprepared for each broadcast, and can barely describe the nuts and bolts of a basic hockey play.  Duguay is a prime example of the Rangers being overly loyal to former (and in many cases, current) players, and is living proof of the institutional rot which has set in across the entire operation.

There is also the larger issue of the current stable of beat reporters who cover the Rangers, a group made up predominantly of men, that either refuses to or doesn’t know how to ask the coach difficult questions.  After Thursday night’s blowout, Alain Vigneault’s press conference lasted all of two minutes, which is par for the course.  Would a coach in Montreal or Toronto escape so easily after his team had been thoroughly embarrassed?

The Rangers have shown no ability to properly evaluate themselves, and the media apparatus around them does a poor job of holding them accountable.  What occurs instead is an echo-chamber effect, similar to what liberals experience when they watch MSNBC or conservatives Fox News.  Nothing constructive; just the things you want to hear (and believe) fed back to you.

Of course, the MSG Network problem is a small one in the grand scheme of things.  But it is indicative of the more serious cracks in the foundation of the Rangers.  It’s becoming increasingly clear that this franchise – and not just the players – needs a total makeover.

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71 thoughts on “The MSG Broadcast Is Unwatchable (And It’s Part of the Problem)

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 9:28 am

    First off let’s be honest here. The Rangers were not playing well long before Cody McLeod arrived. Things started falling apart when they got hit with the injury bug. The organization simply does not have enough ready for primetime players in their system.

    They have thrown away their first and second rounds picks for years and that has caught up with them. The Ranger broadcasters do try to gloss over this and yes they are homers. But watch the other teams broadcast and they are all the same. Analysis who are critical of their team don’t last. Many fans can’t handle the truth.

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Agree with you here. Organizations handle the truth even less well than people.

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 10:28 am

      In fact other broadcasters are way way more homers

      Ron Duguay’s comments were not sexist….I will end that there

      • Feb 4, 2018 at 1:33 pm

        No, they were just plain stupid and unnecessary. Either way he should not continuously be expected to provide anything insightful, because after all these years he has yet to offer anything of value other than a reminder that the ’70s were a style best left in a time capsule.

      • Feb 4, 2018 at 7:55 pm

        Also, up is down.

        • Feb 5, 2018 at 9:21 am

          And Down is up

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      i can relate to rosen & micheletti, i’ve hated their broadcasts for years. especially when i’ve already watched what their describing. they both want to make me GAG ! they make me almost as sick as mike emrick, who is the absolute worst. why does television think we’re so stupid ? i agree about gianonne, maloney & vally and duguay is sometimes interesting but know what is meant. OH WELL, my answer, unfortunatley is to just turn off the damn sound.

      • Feb 5, 2018 at 9:25 am

        Most of the time I have to listen to the games on the radio in my car. Dave Maloney and is always honest and critical of the team when deserved. So when I am home to see a game I have begun to turn off the sound. Then I carefully sync the radio broadcast with the TV. I do have great respect for Rosen and what he’s meant to the Rangers and the fans. Unfortunately he is often behind the play and frequently going off on a tangent about something completely unrelated and suddenly the puck is in our net or the Rangers have scored. This is extremely frustrating. I do realize that they are paid to promote Rangers hockey but I also remember the days when Phil Esposito (!) would say something like, “ John VanBiesbrook had no business going behind the net for that puck!!!” It was cathartic to hear the color guy say out loud what all the fans where thinking. Forget about Micheletti. No insight there.

        Regarding the team,
        the previous 2 seasons they were regarded as one of the fastest in the league with short accurate passes etc. Since the beginning of the season (before the injuries) they were slow and couldn’t pass the puck. How does that happen?
        Also is anyone afraid they will make an awful trade at the deadline instead of addressing the coaching staff, etc?
        Lastly how does Scott Arniel still have a job? Isn’t he the offence/power play guy? The power play has been atrocious since he’s been on the bench. Please respond. I am always willing to see things from a different perspective and learn something.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 9:38 am

    With everything going on with the Rangers you signal out the commentators? Every teams broadcasters are homers. Listen to the Devils or Islanders and you have the same thing. Try listening to the Bruins or Penguins if you really want to listen to homer commentators.The Rangers commentators aren’t the best, but they are far from the worst and the least of the Rangers problems.

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      I agree this has zero cause & effect on the NYR play on the ice, although it might raise the accountability factor. However if you watch any game on TV the announcers become unbearable during losses. This makes them beyond unbearable during losing streaks & what this team is going through now. I don’t know about you BUT there is only one way to sit through these games lately and that is with the sound OFF.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 9:38 am

    At times, especially with Micheletti’s “analysis”, it reminds me of MSG=Pravda, such bull shit! Now having said that, I get to see the Flyers, and Pens on TV quite a bit, and their broadcast teams are just as bad, if not worse in Jim Jackson’s case…It has got to be hard to bad mouth your employer’s team, it’s job security we’re talking about! All we can do is consider the source, and go from there………

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 9:41 am


      Dave Maloney is the only honest one out there, and at times I’ll listen to the game on the computer. He and Kenny Albert do a very good job of it………

      • Feb 4, 2018 at 11:21 am


    • Feb 4, 2018 at 9:42 am

      For sure Walt, but like I mention above, the Knicks broadcast (which I watch a lot of) is much more intelligent and critical than the Rangers broadcast. Same employer!

      • Feb 4, 2018 at 9:47 am


        Good point paisan, maybe I should be more critical of Joe alone? In any case, he is one of the worst color men out there. Too bad we can’t get an honest assessment of the game from people like Dan Maloney……..

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Spot on article here. My Dad and I have started calling Micheletti “Propaganda Joe” because of some of the nonsense he says. Then, Duguay is the reason I never watch the pre/post game shows. All he ever talks about is confidence and grit because that’s as far as his hockey knowledge goes.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Complete shills: Sam, Duguay
    Sometimes they surprise you with critics: Joe M.
    What to know where the Rangers stand?: Dave M. and Steve V.
    John G is just a reporter and very rarely is in the position to critique.

    I wish that Duguay would get his boney ass and horrible wardrobe off the set and allow Stevie V. talk more. What a useless POS.

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 10:19 am

      I see the Duguay Family has checked in, lol.

      Memo to his family: He effing sucks.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Wow…. don’t really agree…. there are many teams that have FAR worse tv announcers….
    Unfair article and you come across as a huge CRY BABY WHO JUST CANT FIND ANYTHING ELSE TO CRY ABOUT.
    Yes it’s be a frustrating season at MSG.
    But this is a sad pathetic whiney article that belongs in DC or Philly coverage.

    Good move not posting your last name Rob…. or is it because you’re only 8 years old??

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      is Tooth your first, middle, or last name?

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Rob with all due respect, this article is a waste of time. Every home broadcast team in every sport on every continent is home-brewed, and staffed by permanent homers. I mean really- hammering Sam Rosen? Grow up, man- he’s one of the best long-time professional broadcasters in the business. I’ll take Sam any day over the circus clowns from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

    Let’s concentrate on the total failures of these pitiful players, who couldn’t score in a whorehouse. In my opinion, the failure is in the front office, not the coach. You may disagree, but the word is if the Rangers let Vigneault go he would have a job tomorrow. I will agree with you, he will probably be let go if this continues. For whatever reason, the players just look disinterested and lost. If that falls on the coach, so be it. Again, just my opinion, but the players are just not good enough. But- just be aware, if wholesale roster changes are coming, all of my friends on this board should be prepared for a year or two, or three, of young players and Buffalo-type finishes. Those ice-level seats at MSG are expensive; that’s the reality of the Rangers’ (and Knicks, for that matter) situation. It’s very difficult to totally rebuild a team in New York.

    Enjoy the Super Bowl, guys. The sun will probably come up tomorrow. Regards- orange

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 10:12 am

    LOL @ John Giannone being a top-class reporter.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Sam used to do a good broadcast back in the JD days …. They gave insight on everyone on the other team and were homers but still didn’t give you all of that feeling . Joe M I think does more games all over then ranger games but still is clueless .
    Put Steve V in with Sam … He can’t do any worse then Joe

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Have you ever heard Sam called a giveaway by ant Ranger player a giveaway? Nope, it is always an interception!!! They both are clowns.

      • Feb 4, 2018 at 11:31 am

        and I just watched a replay of the last 2 min of yesterday’s game.
        Sam: “Ranger had some positive moments, but not enough. And every time they score Nashville answered right back”. That is classic! D is never a problem.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 10:13 am

    I think the key point here is about culture. And what it takes to create a culture of winning. A team with a culture that confronts the brutal truths and is fearless to address them has a greater chance to win. Teams that rationalize or hope or cloak themselves in an” us vs them, we know more than anyone” blanket are doomed. The whole operation stinks. Just stinks. Everything about DOLAN has an odor. Isn’t informing that Belichik would not even entertain the Jets as it was rumored either Woody Johnson ( a moron who could not sell papers if his family did not give him his money) or worse…Dolan were going to be the owners. I dont know who runs this rat ship but its a pathetic mess. You take Hank out of here…and really…this is a 300 team and worse….will remain one. And after last night I dont even want to watch any more let alone EVER buy a ticket for this crap. If they dont dump all of these guys; DUMP AV; get another on Ice leader and load up on prospects and youth…then they dont deserve my loyalty any longer.

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Amen Joe!!!!!!!!

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      You speak the truth, this team is unwatchable. I have watched, nearly, every Ranger game for the last 12 years and have followed them for 40. I have’nt watched many this year.

      • Feb 6, 2018 at 3:51 pm

        They are getting real hard to watch lately. Been watching since they were on channel 9 WOR with Elliott, in the days of Camille the eel Bathgate Hebenton Popien Prentice Bones Raliegh The Gump they didn’t win much but they were fun to watch . Remember Leapen Lou going against Gordie in that Saturday game when Gordie left the ice with his ear hanging off only to come back and beat the S%%t out of Louie

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      well done

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Rob, you should get out of your NY bubble and watch some other teams’ home broadcasts. I haven’t live in NY for decades so I watch the Rangers on the Center Ice package which means I often get the opposition’s broadcast. If you watched some of those, especially from some of those Sun Belt teams (thanks again Gary Butt-head) you would have a real understanding of homer-ism and unwatchable.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 11:27 am

    So now we gotta get rid of Nash , McD , Grabner , Zuc , Holden , Staal , Hank , the coaching Staff and the broadcast booth … Lmao

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Don’t forget to include yourself on the list of things NYR needs to be rid of. And your playmates too.

      • Feb 4, 2018 at 4:29 pm

        You would probably wanna keep Hank and his two lovers … Seeing in their eyes he’s never let a stink goal in … Kinda like when they made it 3-2 and what was it 16 seconds later and Waaa Laa another weak one … Leather would say bad goal at a bad time which he’s absolutely right ? … Oh I forgot , the other team is not supposed to get any shots … We do that and then we have a great chance of winning

      • Feb 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm

        I actually think you are the one that should exit stage left Mancun

        • Feb 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm

          Wow, you 2 guys get closer every day, huh? So nice to see! It’s almost as if you share the same mind. Or computer, after creating a fake IP address. I think it’s true love though, I’m not a cynic. Some people use Tinder, while you guys found each other through the NY Rangers.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I totally agree! The Ranger’s broadcast has been terrible since JD left. And it all stems from the top man, Dolan. I rember reading that Dolan wanted a more positive approach to be taken by the broadcast team. So even when you have player like Rick Nash being paid nearly 8 million dollars a year sticking up the ice because he can’t score a goal if his life depended upon it, what you hear from the booth is how hard he drives to the net and how much of a “two way player” he’s become. Who cares? Nash was brought he to score goals! He’s being paid a fortune, for what? Mechiletti is the absolute worst. Who wants to hear his trivial nonsense! Sam used to be great! He’s gone down hill lately, maybe it’s time for him to retire. He calls the wrong players time and again. The entire organization needs a makeover. Management is terrible, the coaching is atrocious! I’ve been a for over 50 years,and I have never remembered so many poor decisions being made by the coaches. Send AV back to Montreal. Get a head coach who can help develop young players. And, please get rid of these so called core players who are just going through the motions and bring in some players with enthusiasm that can make whiting a game exciting instead of a bore!

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Well done article Rob……Steve Valiquette is a terrific listen and breaks down the plays/game wonderfully!!!! Michelitti and Sam….tough listen! Accd to them, Hank has never given up a bad goal and no ranger commits a turnover, just other team steals it!
    Ron Duguay, at times is very good, at times not so…..although last night he did explain why the rangers get pummeled….”’they are soft / non physical”’ which was honest!!!

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 11:49 am

    That’s it; I’m done with this site. You start talking mess about Sam Rosen, you might as well be talking mess about the whole fan base. You leave Sam out of this. Yeah, Micheletti is awful, but Sam is a legend. I like that Sam is just passionate and ecstatic to be seeing the Rangers play. There’s enough negativity surrounding this team. Rangers fans are notorious for complaining regardless of how good the team is. Even when we were dominating the last few seasons, this blog and others like it were trashing the team. I feel like we could win the Cup, and Dave would still whine in an article entitled, “Don’t Be Fooled by Cup Win, Rangers Defense is a Liability.”

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      If you are satisfied with one cup in seventy six years then It’s OK. but if you are like Me and many other fans who is not satisfied with just making the playoffs then we have a right to criticize the team and I’ m sure is hell one of them.
      I do not question Sam’s loyalty to the team but frankly he is getting old and just makes too many mistakes. It is time for a change int he telecast booth and I can not think of a better choice then Dave Maloney and Kenny Albert.
      New York is the biggest sports viewing area and deserves nothing but the best.

      • Feb 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm

        Obviously, our fandom is based upon different things: you clearly want results. I just like watching and following the boys. Win or lose, I bleed blue, baby. Yeah, it’s harder to be proud of the team when they’re losing, but I don’t base my enjoyment of the New York Rangers by wins and losses. To me, it’s the charm and prestige (which has a separate definition than success). Part of that charm is the uniforms, another is the Garden, another still is Sam Rosen. Yeah, he’s older and not the most thorough or detailed announcer. But tell me this, is it really gonna be Rangers hockey if Sam doesn’t proudly announce “It’s a powerplay goal!” Remember how perfectly fitting “this one will last a lifetime” was, remember that. None of it would be the same without Sam.

        • Feb 5, 2018 at 10:19 am

          Well said!!

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      yeah, legend in his own mind. and i bet he uses a lot of chapstick.

      • Feb 4, 2018 at 2:25 pm

        “and i bet he uses a lot of chapstick.”

        No, that’s Joe Kennedy.

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      This, “I feel like we could win the Cup, and Dave would still whine in an article entitled, “Don’t Be Fooled by Cup Win, Rangers Defense is a Liability.” is an incredibly funny line, and oh so true! LMAO

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      “Don’t Be Fooled By The Byline, Dave Actually Wrote This Post”

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Good and honest article. Joe Micheletti have never met a hockey player he didn’t like.He is unable to criticize any one. I disagree on John Giannone,he ask the same questions during his enterviews with the players. To Me he is very annoying and I get upset everytime he is on.
    I think the telecast duo should be replaced with Kenny Albert and Dave Maloney.Joe sucks and Sam is getting old. He need to retire. I really miss J.D. he was the best.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Joe M is the worst! I never thought he would last more than one season, but here he is so many years later making games almost unbearable. How Maloney is not in the tv broadcast booth is beyond me.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I give Dave and all the contributors of the Blog a lot of credit. They take a fair amount of heat based on their opinions but they put out something everyday so that we can have an outlet for our frustration. And, as I was reminded this week, they do have day jobs.

    With all the swirl around the team going into last night’s game and…given the thorough butt kicking that ensued, the likely concussions of two more team members, as well as the much anticipated return of Cody McLeod (seriously?) to Nashville, I just would have expected a different lead story.

    So the MSG broadcasts are part of the problem? Which problem exactly?

    The problem with team’s play?
    The problem with the coach’s deployment?
    The problem with the Sather-led front office talent evaluation/trade decisions that left the team bereft of 1st/2nd round picks for years, while solid contributors like Stralman walk in favor of Dan Boyle, and true heart and soul guys with real intangible value like Brian Boyle leave without even a discussion?

    Uh….NO – they are not part of those problems.

    Every team of broadcasters are different in their approach but they are all the same in one respect. They are paid by the team they cover to provide insight to fans of that team. How many of these broadcast teams in any of the major sports are not ‘homers”???? And every now and then, when one of the dares to provide some critical insight, the David Price’s of the world cry like a $25 Million dollar bay.

    I watch two teams regularly – the Bolt and the Rangers, and I like bits and pieces of both telecasts.

    The bottom line for me is that Sam and Joe are homers. And outside of the legendary “shoot the puck Barry” critique, they are no more homers than Jim Gordon and the Big Whistle” Chadwick were. And I know that before I turn on the TV and it does not stop me from watching.

    Quite honestly from an entertainment value perspective we are lucky to have their upbeat approach rather than some of the monotone broadcasters that i have heard throughout the league.

    Now that this is out of the way – do you think it would be possible to send Cody McLeod to the Stockton Heat of the AHL for Tanner Glass????

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I Think the Rangers should hire Sean Avery to
    work on the post game show, now that would be entertaining and a must

    • Feb 5, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Having read both of Sean’s books I absolutely agree!

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Wow Rob! Well written and well-reasoned and on the money. I could not agree more.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Sam and Joe are bland, loyal company men, sure. And the analyses of the MSG broadcasts leave much to be desired aside from Valiquette. True.

    However, that’s about where the criticism should end. The quality of the broadcast in no way, shape, or form has anything to do with the problems plaguing this team and it’s management. That’s just an absurd stretch.

    And to blast Joe and Sam as homers. I’m sorry, but these guys spend more time talking up the opposition than nearly any broadcast duo in the League. They’re the anti-homers, to a fault. Every time I tune in, I learn about the other team, their injuries, their trials and tribulations, what young talent they have either in the pipeline or fighting for a slot on the roster, sometimes when I should be getting commentary on the game itself, but they’re too lost talking about obscure issues on the opposing team. Compare this to watching opposing team’s broadcasters who don’t even know who JT Miller is. Those are the homers of the League, not Sam and Joe. Our guys are just bland. Hardly the worst thing one can be.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Micheletti is the worst and for me symbolizes a lot that is wrong with this team. God I miss JD.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I know how bad we’re playing. I don’t need Sam and Joe to re-state that over and over ad nauseum, thank u very much. I have no problem with them being supportive or finding the few positives that might be present out there. Sure beats them being endlessly critical of the team the way every social network post seems. That’s what’s unwatchable or unreadable. What I do have a problem with is when they commentate about innane drivel while play is going on the way Emrick
    annoyingly does. But I’ve always had an issue with that regardless of how we’re playing. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with MSGs telecasts.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I thought this is BSB. Where are the advanced stats on the MSG Broadcast team and media coverage? Do we have a thorough analysis of the AV squad on the way, also?

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Their SmartComments/60 is in the bottom third in the league.

      • Feb 4, 2018 at 11:05 pm

        well done.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    About time someone spoke up about this. When there is a choice, I always choose the opposition channel. There are some homers there too but none worse than Sam and Joe. If an alternative is not available, I turn down the sound and just watch the picture. We don’t need cheerleaders in the tv booth.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    My only real gripes with the broadcast are Joe, who can’t seem to blame the Rangers for anything, and Ron, who doesn’t add anything to the conversation.

    Fun exercise: Watch Steve’s facial expressions and body language when Ron talks. It’s funny.

    • Feb 4, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      It’s similar to when Joe Theissman death-stared Down Town Julie Brown when she came on the Monday Night Football telecasts, many moons ago.

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    this is a bad opinion. what a dumb hill to die on

  • Feb 4, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    All I know is I had 5 years living in buffalo. Rick Jeanneret is a Treasure

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Thank you!!! Thank you for posting this. It’s sooooooo honest and true about the NY Rangers. Thank you for someone finally coming out and saying this about our broadcast team.

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 9:09 am

    One great problem is that Ranger games are blacked out on COMCAST in Connecticut so we cannot watch them. How can this be corrected?

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 10:43 am

    A wannabe reporter being critical of the real reporters…..go figure. Sam is in the H of F and Joe is often chosen to do non NYR NATIONAL broadcasts when not covering the Rangers. They are both highly thought of OUTSIDE the ranger organization so your theory of the fact that the Rangers organization holding them highly is an example of what is wrong with the Rangers just makes no sense. They are certainly not perfect and we all know the team has plenty of issues but the two are only related when a “blogger” (code word for I want to be a real reporter when I grow up) draws the comparison so he can look smart which in this case just shows why he is still just a blogger.

    • Feb 5, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Wow, you’re a cool guy with some interesting thoughts. Do you have a pamphlet containing your belief structure, since you don’t seem to believe in this whole “INTERNET” thing?

      • Feb 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm

        The premise of the article is obsurd and an amateur critiquing professionals makes it more so. And you don’t think I believe in the internet because why?

        • Feb 5, 2018 at 3:03 pm

          Due to your distaste for the term blogger, and your lack of use of spellcheck in your posts.

          • Feb 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm

            Fat thumbs on an iPhone keyboard and no distaste for the term just for this article by this blogger. You must be a blogger.

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    How about the real problem on this team AV…will never win a cup, may get them close but thats it. other nite 2 players get serious injuries on very questionable non calls what does he say in post game?, I don’t want tget in trouble w/ league STAND UP FOR YOUR TEAM!!! you tell them to go out and give 100% and they do and get hurt AND YOUR AFRAID TO QUESTION SOME CALLS??? GET SOME GUTS FIRE AV ASAP

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