Do’s and Dont’s of a hockey-less quarantine

Hockey isn’t starting up for a while. Even our guess of resuming in June proved to be too optimistic, as Toronto has just banned public gatherings through June 30. So it looks like we are going to be on hold for quite some time. The quarantine is at least through April 30, which means there’s another month of this. But luckily we have discussed some do’s and dont’s of this hockey-less quarantine.

DO: Seek out highlights on social media and YouTube. There are plenty of accounts tweeting Rangers highlights, and a quick search on YouTube gets you some good results.

DON’T: Ask for highlights from the Devils or Kings.

DO: Shave regularly. The Gandolf look isn’t good.

DON’T: Give yourself a haircut. Just don’t do it.

DO: Support your local bloggers and podcasts. Read their stuff. Listen to their podcasts.

DON’T: Listen to the podcast with a stranger using the same headphones.

DO: Find a way to improve your health routines. You’re home, for the most part, and there are plenty of ways for you to get 15 minutes of exercise per day.

DON’T: Invite people over and start your own home gym for cash.

DO: Watch MSG for old Rangers games. They will be playing some good ones.

DON’T: Rely on the NHL Network for this.

DO: Try on jeans and suits regularly. Sweatpants are deceiving.

DON’T: Drink and online shop.

DO: Remember the good old days when Gary Thorne called hockey.

DON’T: Remember the good old days when the NHL landed on the Outdoor Life Network, later rebranded as Versus.

DO: Draft research and speculate about what the Rangers will do this offseason.

DON’T: Look ahead to the 2021 offseason when the CBA expires, the TV deal expires, and the NHL expands.

DO: Find something to binge on.

DON’T: Try to buy a tiger.

DO: Search out videos and gifs of Mika Zibanejad being happy.

DON’T: Try the Artemi Panarin leg kick at home.

DO: Find a new hobby.

DON’T: Name your kid “Quarantine”.

DO: Watch The Price Is Right.

DON’T: Get irrationally frustrated at bad price guesses.

DO: Stay inside and thank your essential workers.

DON’T: Shake their hands, hug them, or kiss them.

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  • The Toronto order doesn’t mean anything because if the rest of the cities start things up in middle to late May , Toronto will follow. Worst case is the Leafs play their home games without fans.

    Mark Cuban thinks the NBA restarts on June 1. I believe the NHL will do so too

  • re: Gary Thorne: Gary Thorne was a great hockey broadcaster. My memory is fading, but didn’t he call Game 7 of the 94 finals for ESPN? I swear I have a videotape somewhere of his version, as well the MSG version.

    Idea: how about an article with ratings on all the announcers used by the Rangers for the last – well, as far back as you can remember?

    I always thought Mike Crispino was a great hockey announcer too. Love his voice. I remember he called what at the time was the game with the longest shoot-out ever, Caps vs Rangers, which finished with the Marek Malik between the legs goal.

    • Tim Ryan, Marv Albert, and Ken Albert have to be rated up there…….Sal Messina, Bill “The Big Whistle” Chadwick in the color commentary category……………

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