Michael Grange has a fantastic column on the firing on John Tortorella.
News that he was fired as head coach of the New York Rangers Wednesday was an excellent excuse to collect â€˜best-of packagesâ€™ of his worst moments. They are fun in their own way.
But they tend not to capture some of the quieter moments such as when heâ€™d look to a guy making a miniscule fraction of his salary and needing a clip for the news about â€¦ anything â€¦ and respond by using the power of his pulpit and his status as the head coach of the mighty Rangers to make whoever it might be feel about two inches tall for doing his job.
Cut â€˜em down, smirk, do it again. Up close it wasnâ€™t fun or funny at all.
Heâ€™s been the subject of a Steve Porter remix. His explosive rants about the â€˜whiny Pittsburgh Penguins starsâ€™ or his battles with Larry Brooks of the New York Post are YouTube classics.
Good for him and undoubtedly good for fans who enjoy a little pepper with what is normally a pretty bland soup.
But from where I sat during the Rangers-Senators series last season, when Tortorella took his obstinacy to a new â€” low â€” level that he carried through the playoffs, he was a bully who enjoyed turning convention on its head for no apparent reason â€” like a kid picking legs off a spider.
Make sure you read the entire thing.
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The NFL season is almost here and I am coming to grips with my ongoing addiction to NFL football. Since it is a changing addiction, I thought I would offer up where I am at this year.
- I am planning to take Thursday and Friday of the NFL draft in 2010 as vacation days.
- I can only follow about 300 people on Twitter without missing Tweets all over the place (hint if someone says they are following 3,000 people, that arenâ€™t following anyone). I have had to make some tough choices on who to cut since I am following @richeisen, @OGochocinco, @YahooSportsNFL @Adam_Schefter, @RealMikeSilver, @SI_PeterKing, @tim_micallef, @Denver_Broncos, and @jamiedukes. Sadly it meant that there were some cuts that had to be made. Iâ€™ll follow @wendycooper, @coopermark, and @mcgrowl in the off season.
- I have recently made a couple of dinner reservations under Steve DeBerg and one under Ron Mexico. Speaking of Mr. Mexico, every time I have ever prepared a sermon, I have looked for an appropriate place to make a Ron Mexico reference and after years of study, I have concluded, there is no appropriate place. That being said, I do think that would make a worthy topic of a Masters thesis.
- I recently re-read Instant Replay by Green Bay Packer great, Jerry Kramer. If you havenâ€™t read it, it is one of the great sports biographies of all time and shows how close those Green Bay Packerâ€™s teams under Vince Lombardi really were.
- I bought Wendy some Denver Broncos ear rings last year for our anniversary (actually she picked them out).
- We woke up to Mark watching the NFL Network last week. I cried a tear of joy.
- Not only did the original pre-season game with Kyle Orton throwing all of those touchdowns make me upset but so did both times I watched the rerun of the game.
- Speaking of Kyle Orton, I am thinking of growing a really bad neck beard as a sign of solidarity.
- Today I got out my combination of John Elway cards, including the 1989 Pro-Set John Elway card, which I count as my favorite card of all time, dusted them off and displayed them in a tacky place to drive Wendy crazy until the Super Bowl is over or she threatens me with a divorce.
- I tried to convince Wendy that we name Oliver, Thurston Goal Cooper. That didnâ€™t go over well either.
Maybe I do need some professional helpâ€¦ at least until the Kyle Orton neck beard grows in.