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01-12-2006, 06:15 PM
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They said Kovy wasn't going to make it..nice to see him in town tonight.

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01-12-2006, 06:19 PM
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I'm going to preface this by saying I'm not a Messier fan by any stretch of the imagination. Lost respect for him after his work to get Neilson fired in 1993. I'm also a Canuck fan, and 1997-2000 left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth.

But congrats to him on this night. Regardless of what you think of him, we're talking about, at worst, a top-10 centre in NHL history, and one of the top 25 players. Nobody in the last 30 years has combined goals and hits like Messier.

The best leader ever? No. Beliveau, Richard, Esposito and Clarke were all better leaders. But he was money in the clutch, and capable of putting his team on his back and carrying them for extended periods of time.

He was a key player on six Stanley Cup champions. I can't give him bigger praise than that. He had several other great playoffs, too.

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01-12-2006, 07:01 PM
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This is so beautiful. I'm nowhere near a Rangers fan, but the crowd and Mess himself gives me goosebumps. Definately brings a tear to my eye.

What a great man.

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01-12-2006, 07:20 PM
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So, is there like an actual game today, or is the entire 3 hours dedicated to Mark? I know the Rangers are grateful to Mark for finally hanging them up so they could return to being an actual team, but still...

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They're only just now singing the national anthem...

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01-12-2006, 07:27 PM
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This is so beautiful. I'm nowhere near a Rangers fan, but the crowd and Mess himself gives me goosebumps. Definately brings a tear to my eye.

What a great man.
Same here, I hate the Rangers, but it was definitely a beautiful tribute to a great man.

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01-12-2006, 07:30 PM
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Im sorry to burst the bubble here, but that was an unbelivablely boring ceremoney. Cheesy and overdone, and WAY too long. I was dissapointed, but not before I was completley bored out of my mind.

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01-12-2006, 07:31 PM
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They're only just now singing the national anthem...
Boy,john amrerante has one of the worst hairpieces ever.It looks as though a black cat is sleeping on his head.

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01-12-2006, 07:37 PM
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Mike Richter seems like a really intelligent guy. I'm not sure if he wrote his speech or not, but it was exactly what a speech honouring somebody should sound like. Awesome job by Richter.

Nice honour for Messier. He has definitely earned it.

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01-12-2006, 07:38 PM
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Wow, the production of that ceremony was great! It lasted pretty damn long though, lol...a bit over an hour I believe. I loved it though...glad I was able to watch the Moose while he was still a player.

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01-12-2006, 07:40 PM
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Wow, the production of that ceremony was great! It lasted pretty damn long though, lol...a bit over an hour I believe.
The man deserves every minute of it too

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01-12-2006, 07:47 PM
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The man deserves every minute of it too
Totally agree. While he was huge with the Oilers, winning Smyth's and Stanley's...that 94 run was just so huge. I'm not saying it eclipsed his success with the Oilers, but he really solidified his standing as a sports legend with not only a great regular season, but with that Cup guaruntee, clinching goals, etc.

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01-12-2006, 07:48 PM
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Im sorry to burst the bubble here, but that was an unbelivablely boring ceremoney. Cheesy and overdone, and WAY too long. I was dissapointed, but not before I was completley bored out of my mind.
Sry that life has passed you by. If you didn't get that ceremony I feel sorry for you.

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The retirement ceremony was freakin ridiculous. Even Gretzky didnt get such a show.

And the Bethoven when they raised the jersey? Give me a break!

This thing had no class at all. It was a circus. No player in any sport has got anything like this before.

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01-12-2006, 07:49 PM
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They're only just now singing the national anthem...
That's my only gripe. I mean, congrats to him and all and the ceremony was nice, but an hour and a half?!?!

I was thinking maybe a 30-45 minute ceremony, but wow. Otherwise a very nice tribute to Messier.

Edit: Looks like a couple of people beat me to it!

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01-12-2006, 08:00 PM
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Did Messier ever kick someone? Somebody told me that he did.

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01-12-2006, 08:01 PM
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Did Messier ever kick someone? Somebody told me that he did.
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01-12-2006, 08:01 PM
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i wonder if he will cry when we retire his jersey...
and yea theres no chance in hell the one in edmonton is gonna be as impressive as this one

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01-12-2006, 08:02 PM
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Well that was well over 30 minutes too long...

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01-12-2006, 08:13 PM
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I don't get it. He wins one cup in NY, and they retire his jersey? I know the Rags went a long time without a cup, but is this an appropriate standard for retiring a jersey? First Bourque and now Messier. Count me out.

Messier's jersey should hang in Edmonton and nowhere else.
His stats in New York:

All-time team rank
698 games 11th
250 goals 7th
441 assists 6th
691 points 5th

Point per game, great captain, 54 year wait, etc.
Very deserving.

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Top moment of the night: On Sportsdesk (Cablevision's Sportscenter like show) before the ceremony the anchor referred to this game as "The most anticipated regular season game ever." He then went on to try and make me laugh myself to death by showing a picture of Mark Messier talking to a fan and saying "There's Captain Mark Messier--a man of the people"

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Wow, he gets a 75-minute ceremony for his accomplishments in New York...The one in Edmonton should last about three days...

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01-13-2006, 05:57 AM
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Lost respect for him after his work to get Neilson fired in 1993. I'm also a Canuck fan, and 1997-2000 left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth.
But congrats to him on this night.
I agree totally with this.

And he easily deserves an hour of air time. Click elsewhere if he hasn't given you hundreds of great hours of play to watch. Complaining about the length is uncool... think about it.

Way to go Messier! One of the most determined, fiercest, talented, successful athletes to compete in any sport.

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01-13-2006, 08:05 AM
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I got the free preview on center ice. Wonderful ceremony!

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