Loyal blog reader and Section 316 season-ticket holder Dave was in attendance Friday night as Sean Avery opened his new Tribeca nightspot, Warren 77. I would have been on hand, too, except I wound up assigned to the Yankee game against the Twins that night. Dave was nice enough to e-mail his experiences of that night so I thought it might be something of interest.
Before I get to that, though, random quick thought. I was re-watching "Mystery, Alaska" the other night and I noticed at the end, after the fictional Rangers beat the Mystery pond-hockey team, 5-4, and the at-first-silent home crowd starts cheering for the upstarts, the Russell Crowe-led players skate by their bench, then salute their fans by raising their sticks, as the Rangers do now at center ice after home wins. That movie was made in 1999, the real Rangers started doing their European-styled salute in 2006. Hmmm.
Anyway, click below to read Dave's account of the Warren 77 opening. And my thanks to Dave for taking the time.
Me again. Again, thanks to Dave for supplying that account, it was a fun read.
It's funny that he mentioned how Lundqvist was not noticed. I had a similar experience during the season in Nashville, a rare instance in which the team stayed the night in the town they played in. Me and a couple of other media types were at a bar listening to music when some of the Rangers wandered in, Avery and Lundqvist included. Nobody in the bar really seemed to notice them, even though there were several fans walking around in Ranger jerseys. In fact, at one point, I was chatting with Henrik at the bar while a guy with a Lundqvist jersey was right next to us with his back turned to us.