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So Long, and Thanks (from Pat)

I realize that writing this post may be moot, as I haven’t written anything here in a while anyways. Even so, despite my hereditary propensities, I hate leaving without saying some kind of goodbye, and in any event I think it’s appropriate to explain myself, and of course say a brief thank you.

I think often of what exactly it is that keeps me coming back to hockey, and there’s a few things. Chief among them is the visceral, unstoppable serotonin rush that comes in that split second between watching the puck leaving the stick of your favorite player and when it hits the back of the net. Very few things can snuff out the light in the lamp as it goes off in my head, or at least I thought. My other favorite thing about hockey, is or was (I’m not sure), the sense of community and belonging brought on by the common bonds of affection for the same team.

To me, this was part and parcel of the joy of hockey – being able to share that joy with others. I suppose it still exists, but as I continue observing the things I read, the things I overhear at games, the more and more I’m convinced that this community doesn’t exist anymore, or maybe never existed. Maybe it’s come to rot through from its core, and maybe I’ve contributed to that rot, which is an even more troubling thought I have a hard time shaking. Maybe we are just a dreadful den of thieves, bonded by nothing, where no one belongs, or at least where I don’t.

Discourse and community go hand in hand, and I think that’s where this is all coming from for me. There are of course good, kind people willing to exchange their happiness with others in good faith, and I certainly won’t forget them or leave them behind. Still though, I’ve realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, and that the competition of the market which governs the power of thought has grown too vicious for me to continue writing, or tweeting, or exposing myself in anyway. This too, at root, involves self-reflection and consideration of the notion that I may very well be a cause of this degradation, but one way or another the conclusion is the same. It’s time to stop, to take a step back, and to strip it all down to the studs in order to rewire the light in the lamp.

All of this is rather depressing, and I’m sorry for that, but I think honest despondence is always inherently more valuable than insincere reassurance that everything is fine. There’s another element though that I’d be remiss in ignoring, and that’s everything that you all have done for me. When I started writing here, when I entered the competition of that marketplace of ideas, I was deeply alone and unfulfilled, and I found something that kept me going. Whether or not that keeps me going now or hinders my ability to progress through these changing times, whether or not there’s retrospective legitimacy to that something, is all beside the point. That something existed then, and got me to where I am today. For that I’m eternally grateful, and if any of you would like build another something, feel free to reach out. I’ll catch you up in the Blue Seats.

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  • Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. The lack of civility, the disrespect toward one another and especially toward the players, coaches, and management is very sad to see. No better example than the hate spewed toward Henrik Lundqvist recently, a man who has given his all on and off the ice for 15 years. I have toyed with the idea of not visiting these hockey sites and actually dropped one Rangers site that was rife with racist and homophobic attitudes. I don’t see that here which is a relief but there is quite a bit of disrespect and I am guilty of that as well. Maybe your piece today will help us all take a step back and remember this is a game played for and with joy. I know I will try.

    • Here, here ! To you and to Pat. These sites are a disgrace with there continued negativity. I despise the fact that they pop up and pull me in. The criticism of Henrik and Marc Staal, make me sick. Happy that others agree. Will do my best not to allow myself to be pulled in.

  • So does this mean I can take over the site? Anyone interested in reviving a new and improved ny rangers article home ?

  • Hi Pat,

    thanks for an honest sharing of your thoughts.

    I often think about these things as well.. and what I believe is that hockey doesn’t change, community is still the same, readers are still the same.. but what’s changing is us… we get older and get exposed to a lot of different influences and sometimes we say it’s enough 🙂

  • Pat, thanks, and I truly appreciate your feelings. What used to be an entertaining way of discussing Rangers’ hockey with fellow NYR fans has turned into having to watch a continuous contest of small minded individuals trying to outdo each other in making mean spirited comments about the team, its management, a rotating cast of players designated as today’s whipping boy, and, above all, the coaches. It’s a sad commentary on the “evolution” of social media.

  • “On Monday, the Devils shipped their superstar left wing along with minor-leaguer Blake Speers to the Arizona Coyotes for a first-round draft pick in 2020, a conditional third-rounder in 2021 and prospects Nate Schnarr (center), Nick Merkley (right winger) and Kevin Bahl (defenseman), the team announced. The third-round pick becomes a second-rounder if the Coyotes win the Stanley Cup or Hall re-signs there.”

    Well the trade is made, and now we have an idea of what we can get for Kreider. It appears that the desert dogs are making a true run for the cup with this move.

    • I’m hoping we focus on less but higher quality. I would rather just get a 1st rounder for Chris or a top prospect, but anything less than a top prospect doesn’t interest me … and tacking on a 2nd or 3rd rounder doesn’t persuade me.

  • We could all use a little more civility — it’s a sign of the times that hopefully will switch back soon. Regardless though, this site is very TAME compared to others … very very very tame.

    • Agreed 100% that this site is milder than others, but, overall, the situation is still bad enough to drive Pat away, which is a shame.

    • Thanks for your contributions! Go back to just enjoying watching the team as a fan and not worry about what anyone else thinks, says or writes. I have often wished there was a NOT LIKE button on social media so I could veto / dislike what many knuckleheads write but I also am smart enough to know that would open me to criticism. What is missuing from society today, IMHO, is that we no longer just agree to disagree and leave it at that keeping our opinions to ourselves

  • George Washington: “Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.”
    So many folks don’t respect you, Pat, because they don’t respect themselves – that’s the true sadness in our culture today.

  • Thank you Pat for all that you have done for the site and the other BSB as well. Hopefully we can continue our friendship and I can still see you at the games.

    Social media has definitely taken “meanness” to another level. But that being said, I see zero problem with fans that complain AND can back up their words with facts and stats. Merely saying that any fan cannot say anything bad or critical about the team is ridiculous and outright wrong. That is part of the “fun” in following the team, to give opinions and to have reasonable discussion.

    The frustration comes in for a player like Henrik. Franchise and HOF player, that has elevated the franchise in his almost 15 years here. Arguably the best goalie of his era. Yeah, I get it, he lets in bad goals, but THEY ALL LET IN BAD GOALS, we just do not see it because we do not watch all the games that other teams play.

    Everyone’s “tolerance” level is different. And people step away from sites like this because of frustration. But I look at it globally, it’s an opportunity to talk Ranger hockey, my favorite thing to talk about. Even with the “bad” that comes with sites like this, it doesn’t suck, not by a long shot. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Thank you to David and the writers that put a lot of time into this.

    Au revoir Pat, see you soon my friend.

  • Here, here ! To you and to Pat. These sites are a disgrace with there continued negativity. I despise the fact that they pop up and pull me in. The criticism of Henrik and Marc Staal, make me sick. Happy that others agree. Will do my best not to allow myself to be pulled in.

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