Is NYC more Rangers or Knicks?
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11-07-2010, 05:37 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Long Island
Mike and the "Mad Dog" never talked hockey (Hofstra basketball would come before it). But the 2 of them just don't like the sport. I remember one day, a bunch of fans were calling up complaining. One guy in particular said their ratings would have gone up if they conversed more about the Rangers (and hockey in general). Can't speak for Mike, but Chris did acknowledge he didn't like hockey.
Now, I see the same thing with "Boomer" and Carton. I know Esiason likes the Rangers and goes to some games but idk about Carton.
Personally I think that although some of these sports show hosts don't mind sitting down and watching a hockey game, they can't talk about it on the air because they simply don't follow it enough.
I suppose it would get embarrassing engaging in talk around the NHL when you know there are going to be avid fans calling up and telling you you're clueless.
I know of people who would much rather watch hockey over basketball but they don't really understand the game (besides the basic fact that the objective is to score more goals than the opposition).
I don't hear anyone talking Knicks basketball out in Suffolk County. It's either football or Rangers/Isles hockey this time of year.
With far less traffic, I remember (growing up) kids playing just as much hockey in the streets than basketball.
And that's where it all boils down to. It's hard to grow up and enjoy playing hockey because (especially in the city) there's not enough room to play outdoors. With basketball, you only need 2 people (with just 1 ball and hoop) to have a game. For parents, the hockey equipment can get expensive, not to mention the fact they're at a higher risk of injury. Besides (kids) possibly having a chance to play the game in gym, I don't know of too many schools who offer JV and Varsity Ice Hockey on Long Island or any of the 5 boroughs.
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