I cant believe Jagr breaking the Rangers single season points record didnt make the front page of any of the top newspapers. I didnt expect the whole cover, after all Randy Johnsons love child is a much more interesting story, but at least a little blurb on the top or bottom. Same goes for the bumping of the Rangers off MSG, even when they are at home. The Knicks are a joke and the Rangers still couldnt get decent press during the winter. They are going to have to make some serious noise in the postseason to get coverage now that baseball is starting.
I know that hockey, at least now, is the red headed stepchild of sports, but come on...
while i was listening to espn radio last night, some guy called in to complain about the lack of coverage the rangers get (i believe it was the knicks post game show with brandon tierney). he went on about how the knicks suck, yet still get the main msg channel and espn radio station over NYR. Tierney basically acknowledged that the guy was right. He also said that after NYR lost to the flyers last week or so, he made a point to bring on LaGreca on the Knicks postgame show b/c he felt it was an important game and needed to be somewhat discussed. Tierney himself doesn't know much about hockey, but I think that's a nice idea.
He also said that no matter how good NYR is or how bad NYK is the fact that there is more general interest in basketball will mean more calls to the station about the basketball team. Also made the corrollary with baseball...if the Mets start incredibly strong and the Yanks are horrible, NYY will still get more coverage b/c they have more fans.
i don't really expect hockey to be a national news story once the playoffs start, or even a local one at that. however, when something groundbreaking happens like, i don't know, a franchise scoring record or something is broken, and its not on the back page cover, that kind of ticks me off.