A tease that will pump Rangers fans up


Let’s be honest. How cool was the old video montage and music MSG once used for the New York Rangers in the 90’s?

If you’re a classic fan of the Blueshirts, there was nothing better than that tease featuring highlights of the championship team in ’93-94. The Garden brought it back for the special 25 Year Anniversary in which they honored that memorable Stanley Cup team.

Nostalgia is fun. Especially for the older generation, who identify with what MSG Network used to be. No disrespect to any of the splendid employees they currently have such as John Giannone, who does a wonderful job of reporting what’s going on between the benches along with other unique stuff.

I’m merely referring to how much CEO James Dolan changed MSG. The classic Sports Desk was one of my favorites. Who didn’t love no nonsense Smirk Meister Bob Page? Was there a better host, who captured the pulse of sports news going on? He was as hard hitting as it got.

You had the old reliable Mike Crispino, who was a pro’s pro in whatever role he had. Knicks games were better with him on the radio. Ditto that funny call of Marek Malik in the wild 15 round shootout against the Caps. Crispino got so excited that he screeched before yelling, “Malik Went Between His Legs!!!!!” We were there for that, but I always smile when I watch the video on YouTube and hear his crazy Rangers call. Plus JD was chuckling too. Oh Baby! It’s good to have him back.

I guess MSG just isn’t the same. Thankfully, we still have Sam Rosen and hopefully Al Trautwig, who’s out right now due to something they haven’t revealed. Hopefully, it’s not too serious. I always joke about Al, but he’s one of the pillars of MSG’s coverage. It’s hard to believe he and Rosen have been there so long.

So, what will pump up Rangers fans for tonight’s home opener against Winnipeg? Try this ultra cool tease with the same awesome production music using the current Blueshirts!

A terrific job of production and editing. If only they kept that music and used the same video montage for the New Era of Rangers hockey. Artemiy Panarin, Kaapo Kakko, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich, Chris Kreider and Jacob Trouba are ready to produce some new highlights. That includes Henrik Lundqvist, who is still being banked on to deliver the clutch saves when he starts. Ditto for Alexandar Georgiev as long as he’s here before Igor Shesterkin eventually sticks around Manhattan for good.

My family is about to leave now for the game. Let’s root for a win and kickoff the new season the right way.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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