Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Oh Johnny boy, we shall miss you... until next season!
We're not sure what the genre would be but snarky perhaps best defines the emotional detachment that the head coach of the New York Rangers had towards the assembled media throng post and pre game over these past playoff days.
And now, it's all gone, silence has descended upon Gotham City, the Rangers eliminated, the coach now mute.
His quick and at times less than informative answers provided for much enjoyment for those far removed from the actual press conference room, where at times you could see frost forming on the camera lenses as the coach and his inquisitors square off for another session of Anger Management.
The coaches of the Kings and the Devils, while clearly hockey tacticians, don't have that Manhattan flair that Tortorella brought to our television screens, night after night.
The hockey will go on into June, four games more maybe seven, all of them without the occasional wit, sporadic wisdom, stony stares and glares of John Tortorella.
All we have are the memories, snippets of snark to hold us over until September.
And for added effect, a little music to go with our snark.
National Post-- Rangers coach John Tortorella is a master motivator
National Post-- There is a method to John Tortorella's madness
National Post-- The poetic stylings of Rangers coach John Tortorella
National Post-- Rangers coach John Tortorella is a man of few words
National Post-- John Tortorella's surly shtick just puts attention on Rangers
National Post-- Rangers coach John Tortorella is mild compared to Emile Francis
National Post-- Never a dull moment with Rangers coach John Tortorella
Globe and Mail-- Rangers, Tortorella look to the heavens for inspiration
Globe and Mail-- Dealing with John Tortorella is part of the job
Globe and Mail-- New series, same old John Tortorella
Globe and Mail-- The voluble Mr. Tortorella
Ottawa Citizen-- Is Tortorella a comedic genius or pompous buffoon?
Winnipeg Free Press-- Snippy, intolerant Tortorella disrespects NHL fans
Boston Herald-- John Tortorella rips Devils
NESN-- John Tortorella wasn't always so tight lipped..
New York Post-- Torts looks to future following Ranger loss
New York Post-- Tortorella's tactics can't rescue Rangers
New York Post-- Devils, Rangers coaches clearly don't like each other
New York Post-- Tortorella can be as cranky as he wants as long as Blueshirts win the Cup
New York Daily News-- John Tortorella breaks silence, says he has 'regret' over ban
New York Daily News-- Torts keeps it short
Hartford Courant-- No, John Tortorella hasn't mellowed
CBS NY-- Tortorella blasts Devils for Questionable Hits, flops
NBC Sports-- DeBoer, Tortorella deflect questions about yelling match
NBC NY-- Bad Blood Comes to the Eastern Conference finals
Newark Star Ledger-- John Tortorella is intense and resolute ...
The National-- New York Rangers coach comes up short in media interaction
CBC-- Torts vs. Marceau: Who would make the better mime?
Sportnset-- Man behind the mask
Sportsnet-- The Tortorella way
SI.com-- Rangers' Tortorella trades barbs with media
Fox Sports-- Tortorella trades barbs with media
USA Today-- Rangers coach John Tortorella not eager to open up