Viagra tablet weight This edition of Ranger Ramblings represents my first blog entry since the June 2015 NHL Draft articles. Viagra tablet weight I am writing this entry with a heavy heart as it is dedicated to and in memory of the Rangers most diehard fan, viagra tablet weight my most ardent supporter and the love of life – my wife Roe who passed away in May 2016. Viagra tablet weight I want to take this opportunity to not only share Roe’s Rangers stories with you, viagra tablet weight but also explain my long absence from blogging.

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Viagra tablet weight After celebrating my 30-year anniversary working at Iona College – a feat that Roe was prouder of than I was – my world came crashing down when she got sick on the evening of April 28 – only eight days after the aforementioned work celebration.

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Viagra tablet weight Roe and I met online in September 2003 – yes online dating does pay off. Viagra tablet weight One of the first stories she told me was when her family would decorate the Christmas tree there would always be a Rangers game on the television.

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Viagra tablet weight Girardi was one of a handful of Roe’s Rangers favorites. Viagra tablet weight Henrik Lundqvist was at the top of the list and his jersey is one of two that I bought for Roe over the years. Viagra tablet weight The other is one that she stopped wearing in March 2014.

Viagra tablet weight She was a big Ryan Callahan fan until he was dealt to Tampa Bay. Viagra tablet weight She couldn’t understand why he was traded until I explained all of the free agency/salary cap machinations. Viagra tablet weight In time she came to understand and adopted the Rangers Report nickname of “Tax Free” for Cally.

Viagra tablet weight Another favorite of hers was Mats Zuccarello. Viagra tablet weight It was Roe who helped me coin the nickname that I still use for him today – LINK (Little Italian Norwegian Kid).

Viagra tablet weight As I mentioned that Roe became a DIEHARD Rangers fan after meeting me. Viagra tablet weight I think I can even pinpoint the exact day that became official. Viagra tablet weight It was May 4, viagra tablet weight 2007 when the Buffalo Sabres beat the Rangers in Game 5 in overtime. Viagra tablet weight That was the game when Chris Drury tied the game with about eight seconds left in regulation and then Maxim Afinogenov won it about four and a half minutes into overtime with a power play goal. Viagra tablet weight

Viagra tablet weight As soon as the Sabres scored, viagra tablet weight Roe got up from her chair in the living room and went straight into the bedroom without saying a word to me. Viagra tablet weight It was then that I knew she was one of us.

Viagra tablet weight As far as I am concerned, viagra tablet weight her special place in Rangers fan history was set during the Rangers Eastern Quarterfinals matchup against the Ottawa Senators in 2012. Viagra tablet weight That was the series that saw Carl Hagelin get suspended for three games for his hit on Daniel Alfredsson in Game 2.

Viagra tablet weight That was also the series where Brian Boyle got concussed on a cheap shot from Chris Neil in Game 5. Viagra tablet weight Then NHL dean of discipline Brendan Shanahan decided not to suspend Neil for the hit.

Viagra tablet weight Shanny was Roe’s first favorite Ranger. Viagra tablet weight So much so that one of the first Rangers items I gave to her was a Shanahan tee shirt.
Roe earned her stripes as a Hall of Fame Rangers fan after finding out that Shanahan was not suspending Neil after previously suspending Hagelin.

Viagra tablet weight She calmly took out a pair of scissors and methodically began cutting that shirt to shreds. Viagra tablet weight I must say that I was amazed at how coolly and calmly she cut that shirt up with the precision of a surgeon. Viagra tablet weight Needless to say, viagra tablet weight I slept with one eye open (gripping my pillow tight) that night ?
The only thing she did not cut to shreds was the Rangers wordmark on the front of the shirt because she was keeping that. Viagra tablet weight An interesting story so far, viagra tablet weight eh? Well, viagra tablet weight it is not over.

Viagra tablet weight Roe was not content with dismantling the shirt. Viagra tablet weight She had a higher method to her madness. Viagra tablet weight She sat down and wrote a letter to Brendan Shanahan expressing her displeasure over his actions and told him that she was sending him the shreds of his shirt. Viagra tablet weight She made sure to explain that she was not including the Rangers wordmark because “he did not deserve to wear the Rangers name”.

Viagra tablet weight She made me get his address at the NHL offices and packaged everything up. Viagra tablet weight I would love to be able to say that she mailed the package, viagra tablet weight but cooler heads prevailed and she did not. Viagra tablet weight I will let you know that package sat waiting to be mailed for a couple of months before she ended up throwing it out.

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Viagra tablet weight Oh, viagra tablet weight one final addendum to that story. Viagra tablet weight When Roe finished packing the tee shirt shreds, viagra tablet weight she placed the Rangers wordmark on the end table near her recliner. Viagra tablet weight I am happy to report that it has been there ever since and it will always remain there.

Viagra tablet weight That 2012 playoff season provided us with the biggest Rangers thrill we shared as a couple. Viagra tablet weight While the Stanley Cup Final run was special, viagra tablet weight Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Final marked the first and only playoff game Roe ever attended. Viagra tablet weight If you forgot that game, viagra tablet weight allow me to refresh your memory. Viagra tablet weight Henrik Lundqvist shut out Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils 3-0.

Viagra tablet weight It was poetic justice that night because Marty was one the players that Roe loved to hate. Viagra tablet weight Uncle Daddy (she got a big kick out that when I explained it to her) rivaled only Sidney Crosby when it came to her dislike for Rangers opponents.

Viagra tablet weight Speaking of Marty and the Devils, viagra tablet weight Roe and I went to one of those viewing parties at Foxwoods to watch the Rangers play the Devils – a game the Blueshirts would win. Viagra tablet weight Among the Rangers legends were my all-time favorite Eddie Giacomin and one of Roe’s all-time favorites Adam Graves.

Viagra tablet weight We saw Giacomin before the event and I called out “Eddie” and went over and talked to him for a few minutes. Viagra tablet weight Roe was surprised that I would just go over to him and talk to him as if we had known each other for years.

Viagra tablet weight Later in the evening Roe and hoped to get a picture with Graves. Viagra tablet weight She thought she had him lined up, viagra tablet weight but he ended up going to a private area to spend time with an elderly gentleman.

Viagra tablet weight After a few minutes he came out and one the young women working for Foxwoods was escorting him somewhere. Viagra tablet weight I told Roe we should go and get the picture. Viagra tablet weight Believe it or not, viagra tablet weight Roe was shy and didn’t want to do it. Viagra tablet weight For her family and friends, viagra tablet weight yes Roe was too shy to go over and ask for a picture.

Viagra tablet weight Anyway, viagra tablet weight I call out to Adam and ask if he would take a picture with my wife. Viagra tablet weight Of course, viagra tablet weight he agreed and the young women also ended up taking a picture of three of us.

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Viagra tablet weight Allow me one more Rangers story in Roe’s memory. Viagra tablet weight While I indoctrinated Roe into diehard Rangers fandom, viagra tablet weight she opened my horizons it terms of watching new TV shows. Viagra tablet weight One such show was “Third Watch”. Viagra tablet weight One of the characters on that show was Officer Maurice “Bosco” Boscorelli, viagra tablet weight portrayed by Jason Wiles – a character that often found himself getting in trouble for going over the line.

Viagra tablet weight If you are familiar with Jason Wiles you will realize that he bears a resemblance to Rangers bad boy Sean Avery. Viagra tablet weight It was not too much of a stretch to see that Avery soon became “Bosco” in our household.

Viagra tablet weight To make a short story long, viagra tablet weight we have two female cats – Vinnie and Frankie. Viagra tablet weight Yes, viagra tablet weight that is what happens when you pick out the names before you get the cats.

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Viagra tablet weight After one such session, viagra tablet weight I remarked that Frankie was acting like Sean Avery and presto, viagra tablet weight Frankie’s nickname of Bosco was born.

Viagra tablet weight I must admit that I kept putting off writing this article because I didn’t think I could do it without drowning my keyboard in tears. Viagra tablet weight While my eyes did get misty, viagra tablet weight it was not as bad as I anticipated. Viagra tablet weight It gave me a chance to reflect on some of the good times that Roe and I had. Viagra tablet weight For that I am thankful that I had her in my life – even though the time was waaay too short.

Viagra tablet weight I am also thankful for all of you who had to put up with reminiscing and for putting up with my 17 month absence. Viagra tablet weight I do promise to try and get back to writing. Viagra tablet weight I want to thank you for allowing me this insight into my life. Viagra tablet weight I am hoping that it will help provide me some form of closure, viagra tablet weight even though there will always be a hole in my heart.

Viagra tablet weight I am still fighting the doubts of whether Rangers hockey will ever mean the same to me again without my “linemate” being around. Viagra tablet weight I know she is staring down at me and giving me that look only a wife can give her husband, viagra tablet weight but there is still something missing in terms of enjoying the Rangers.

Viagra tablet weight Thankfully, viagra tablet weight the Blueshirts are providing me with some happier times. Viagra tablet weight Whether it lasts or not remains to be seen. Viagra tablet weight But if along the way, viagra tablet weight the Rangers get some “unexpected” breaks along the way this season – a post here and a lucky bounce there, viagra tablet weight we will know it will be because they have an angel on their right shoulder keeping an eye for them.

Viagra tablet weight Before I close, viagra tablet weight I want to get back to a pair of items I mentioned previously.

Viagra tablet weight This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ranger Ramblings, viagra tablet weight which began at Allsports.com before moving to NY Sport Day’s site. Viagra tablet weight After using some of the skills I have acquired during my 30+ years working in a library, viagra tablet weight I found that very ORIGINAL EDITION of Ranger Ramblings.

Viagra tablet weight I also mentioned Rick Carpiniello’s Rangers Report Blog that was housed on the Journal News web site. Viagra tablet weight As most, viagra tablet weight if not all, viagra tablet weight of you know Carp was fired as part of housecleaning/money purge at the Journal News. Viagra tablet weight I won’t comment any further because I don’t want to give that “newspaper” the time of day.

Viagra tablet weight Anyway, viagra tablet weight one of his loyal readers started up a web site to continue Carp’s legacy and Rangers talk. Viagra tablet weight I invite everyone to go to Rangers Report 2.0 – it is a place where we have serious (and sometimes not so serious) discussions on the Rangers and hockey.

Roe and Mr. Viagra tablet weight Graves

Roe and Mr. Viagra tablet weight Graves

Roe with "Ryan Callahan"

Roe with “Ryan Callahan”

Roe showing that she is a Ranger

Roe showing that she is a Ranger

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