Hard Hits Podcast: Cool Rangers stories, Yankees classic photos, sportscards and NHL 94


In the third episode of my new Hard Hits Podcast on YouTube, I get into a few different topics. With all the COVID-19 pandemic news, I give it an appropriate nickname while trying to keep things light with some cool stuff I’ve collected over the years.

That includes plenty of Rangers with almost everything over the past 24 years saved. From classic media guides to Rangers pennants and playoff towels, I got you covered during this quiet time without hockey or any live sports.

That includes baseball. Believe it or not, Opening Day has come and gone for both the Yankees and Mets. Will we see baseball? Maybe by July or August. While sad, there are many things sadder when you take a closer look at the nearly 1,000 total deaths to the deadly Coronavirus that’s had more cases in the United States than elsewhere. My parents know a childhood friend whose current husband is in the ICU and critical. It doesn’t sound good.

I’m doing these new Vlogs on my YouTube channel to keep things busy and anyone who needs a welcome distraction occupied. There are plenty of things to talk about these days. From hockey to classic Yankees photos from the franchise’s inception as the New York Highlanders in a book I featured, Episode Three is a fun mixed bag of interesting stuff.

That includes some of the sportscards I’ve collected over time. I could probably have my own store. That includes two Joe Thornton Upper Deck rookies in good condition. Plus some throwbacks that’ll make you laugh.

I also touch on Mark Messier, whose return to the Rangers didn’t go as planned. Plus a cool story on meeting John Davidson after a Flyers game. And some of the illustrious Rangers Stanley Cup past that has been forgotten by Madison Square Garden. Honoring original stars like Frank Boucher, Bill and Bun Cook, Lorne Chabot, Lester Patrick, Bryan Hextall, Ching Johnson and Dave Kerr should be mandatory. Just recognizing their contributions would be a step in the right direction.

I also played NHL 94. I still got it. All this is covered below. Please check out my video blog from last night. Like, share or subscribe if you want.

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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