My name is Margaret Hurley and I am a Ranger blogger. Sounds like the beginning of a Rangers Anonymous meeting.
I have no interest in becoming credentialed by the New York Rangers. My whole blog is about writing what I feel. I do feel I provide a different perspective on the Rangers because I am outside the NHL's target demographic, being female and AARP eligible. I started the blog to vent my frustration as a season subscriber and lifelong suffering Ranger fan.
My blog is part of Joe McDonald's New York's Sportsday. Joe is credentialed by the Rangers. I have been writing my blog for over 4 years. I write what I want with the understanding that I do not say anything slanderous (like hinting that Glen Sather may have compromising photos of Jim Dolan with a boy scout troop). I am saying that in jest, BTW!
I went to the Fire Sather rally and was a vociferous participant. While there, I went over to Zipay, Gross and Brooks and introduced myself. Some of them knew the name mhurley, not the face. The "credentialed" reporters were standing against the building watching the protest. Jim and Mouth were by the "line" interviewing the participants. The next day the beat writers reported on it. Jim and Mouth did too but they had sound and video.
Brooks and the Rangers have a symbiotic relationship. Larry will stir the pot to draw in readers with rumors and speculation. Rumor has it that the Rangers have on occasion planted info so Larry will leak it. If true, surely that would call one's journalistic integrity into question. We all know what a bastion of fine journalism the NY Post is.
The truth of the matter is that the Rangers want any media personality or source, their own and others, to tow their line. At times I have looked into John Giannone's eyes and seen conflict. Sammy too. Micheletti not so much. What can you expect? It's their livelyhood. That's why I like the Hockey Night Live Program. Having Goring and Daneyko there cuts the bullcrap and koolaide spewing to a minimum.
The Islanders need their Blog Spot bloggers like Dee Carl. If they were winning Stanley Cups, those bloggers probably wouldn't be there. Newpapers are going the way of the horse and buggy. In fact, I think all printed matter will disappear in the next 10 years. If Larry Brooks' opinions are no longer in print, won't he then be just another blogger? What will be the access criteria then? Access will still come down to the discretion of the teams and the league. In the case of the Rangers, you tow the line or you're out.
John Peter Zenger is rolling over in his grave.
Nice to meet you Margaret (we have a lot in common--being female and AARP eligible, not to mention being long suffering Ranger and Met fans), glad to find your blog. Look forward to reading it.
I'm a blogger and I don't tow any line other than Henrik is a stud. I don't deserve any special NY Rangers news credentials. BUT there needs to be a way that fans can get questions answered that no other Ranger reporter is asking.
Fans know Hank has a certain pre game song list- what is it? What if fans want to play the same song list getting ready for the game? No 'genuine' reporter is going to ask that, but there are a lot of fans that want to know this. Therefore I think there needs to be someone at Rangers HQ that handles getting these questions to the players and the answers back to the blogger. It connects the fans to their favorite players. I don't see that as a bad thing.