I am drained, emotionally and physically, after that miraculous New York Rangers win last night over the Washington Capitals.
And it was miraculous. Down 2-1 with 22 seconds to go, Washington’s Joel Ward accidentally high-sticks the Rangers’ Carl Hagelin, giving the Rangers a four-minute power play.
I didn’t think this would matter, since the Rangers power play had been beyond awful all night.
But sometimes miracles happen in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Brad Richards scored to tie the game with 6.6 left and send Madison Square Garden into bedlam.
Then, with the power play again in overtime, Marc Staal scored and the Rangers won.
SO huge. To be seven ticks away from going down 3-2 in the series, to tying it, winning in OT, and now only needing one more win to advance to the conference finals? Amazing how fast that game turned.
Couple more hockey thoughts on the game, if you’ll indulge me:
— Richards got signed to a $9 million per year contract last summer. He deserves it after tonight. Huge game for him.
— Rangers deserved to win after dominating most of the game, but in the words of Snoop from “The Wire,” “Deserve ain’t got nothing to do with it.” I was giving up hope with a minute left.
— I love him when he’s not playing the Rangers, so it’s great to see Caps star Alex Ovechkin finally playing defense and buying in. I just hope he doesn’t score any more this year.
— Please, Blueshirts, get this done Wednesday night and win it in 6. I can’t take another Game 7.
I love people who never let go of their dreams, no matter how improbable they start to seem.
Meet Sharon Simmons, a 55-year-old grandmother of two who lives in Texas.
All her life, Sharon wanted to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. She wanted to try out when she was 22, but life got in the way (bills to pay, kids to feed, that sort of thing).
Still, she didn’t give up her ambition, and last weekend attended tryouts for the world famous squad. We don’t know yet if she made the team (she said she forgot part of her routine partway through, which could happen to anyone, 5 or 55), but I love what she said afterward.
“For me, it has been about the journey.”
So true. I hope Sharon makes it and becomes the oldest Cowboy cheerleader ever.
**Finally, every once in a while a Fox News anchor lets his or her guard down and says something we’re all thinking. Shep Smith has always seemed like one of the rare “free thinkers” at Fox News; I’ve heard him call out anti-gay bigots, and his rant here about Newt Gingrich after the Egomaniacal One dropped out of the race was highly entertaining.
But he saved his best bit on Gingrich for after that, when Mitt Romney announced that he and Newt were best pals again. Click on the video above to see what Smith had to say at the end.