Steven McDonald Feted, Classy NY Rangers, NFL Hypocrisy, Free NFL Picks

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MARLBORO, NY – There are two topics that need to be addressed here at MTM of which I’d like to fit in at the five hundred word threshold. So without further adieu…

The Life of Steven McDonald was celebrated on Friday throughout the city by his police brethren, firefighters and citizens. His story is remarkable, to say the least, and what was equally remarkable was what the New York Rangers did before and during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in capping off a busy day for the McDonald family.

Family. It is what the McDonalds mean to the New York Rangers organization. Madison Square Garden is the venue where Steven McDonald and son Conor, now a NYPD Sergeant himself, would bond since his son’s childhood. As a result of the fateful July day in 1986 that left the elder McDonald paralyzed, and his undying resolve in dealing with his situation, the Rangers created an award in McDonald’s honor to the player who goes above and beyond the call of duty as voted on by the Rangers fans.

The Rangers went above and beyond in their honoring of the hero officer. Pre-game warmups saw all Rangers donning jerseys with his shield number 104, Conor and his mom dropped the first puck, a standing ovation in place of a moment of silence resonated within the building, and there was a video tribute encapsulating McDonald’s life.  It was a first class production from start to finish and that’s high praise coming from a Boston Bruins fan.  And if you need further proof of what the Rangers and the McDonalds mean to each other, watch the first intermission interview between Al Trautwig and Conor McDonald.

It doesn’t get better than this.

Item two is just that…a steaming pile of #2.  The NFL has moved today’s AFC Divisional Round in Kansas City back to an 8:15 start, due to inclement weather citing fan safety in getting to the event. Don’t believe this sh!t for a minute, coming from the league that did everything it could to cover up its liability regarding the concussion controversy among retired players.  And now they’re trying to watch out for the fan?  Last I checked, driving in the daylight tends to be safer than at night, regardless of adverse weather.

How about it having everything to do with television rating$?  Instead of a 1:00 start – a time when people are out doing something with the family or otherwise weekend obligation – now we get a prime time game that the NFL love$.  Television ratings usually spike on Sunday nights (see 60 Minutes all these years) and best of all, the NFL gets the Packers-Cowboys game as a lead-in for Pittsburgh-Kansas City. Anybody out there remember a time when fans sat through thunder, lightning, fog, snow, sleet and frigid temperatures while the game played on?  So when the NFL says they are putting the best interest of the fans first, don’t be foolish enough to believe them.

Okay… Let’s switch from pontificating to prognosticating.

Cheesy Bruin’s Free NFL PICKS:
Dallas -4 over Green Bay AND Under 52.

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A man amongst men. Cheesy Bruin kicked cancer to the curb – twice. The Cheese Man’s a big, tough teddy-bear who survived the Bronx despite being an unabashed Boston Bruins fan and Sargent-At-Arms for Angry Ward’s Urban Spur Posse. Nuff said. Doctors have taken most of this throat and had to make him a new tongue from thigh-meat (his own) and still he won’t shut up about the Bruins, Cowboys, Pirates and Cleveland Cavaliers. And yes, his kids do love him.

  • Junoir Blaber

    McDonald was a class act and a symbol of forgiveness and understanding. The fact that you followed him with the NFL which is the direct opposite is not lost on us.

    • GrindingAx

      I can’t believe that it was over thirty years since Steven McDonald was shot, Junoir.
      The Rangers OrganIzation has shown through the years to be a class act when it comes to giving back to good causes. They just can’t deliver us too many Cups.

  • Junoir Blaber

    Oh and Ward, you are right, it’s ain’t to proud bed in the Big Chill. Btw, here is a list of the 23 most overplayed songs in movies.

    http://www.billboard.com/photos/6450981/most-overplayed-songs-in-movies/23

  • jgclancy

    Okayyyy? Where’s the Pittsburgh/Chiefs picks? C’mon Cheeseman put down that flask and pay attention.Two games today!–you have to make picks for both of them!
    Having a nice cup of coffee and a BLT no L, of course……sun is shining and deciding what to do until football starts is my only concern…life is good –until Jan.20th , of course and then the wheels will be flying off but until then I’ll root for Green Bay yes I hate GB but we all love to see that Jerry Jones Skeletor look when he loses. I’ll root for the Chiefs but don’t think they can beat New England(which is all that matters really)–and by they I mean Andy Reid who can’t coach well in the playoffs
    Have a Nice Day………

    • Cheesybruin

      Point about Andy Reid well taken…gun to the head I’ll take Pittsburgh +2.5 and the OVER 44.5. I like the over more than the side itself. I hope there’s mayo on that B, minus the L, T!

      • jgclancy

        I looked on Wikipedia just to see….it says “sometimes” there are dressings like mayonnaise. NO mayo means it’s NOT a BLT to me! And none of that low fat mayo or heavens to murgatroid Miracle Whip!
        45 points seems doable for the game so yes to the over

  • GrindingAx

    Cheese, I hope that Dak finds Written more than usual today. Would love to see them run over Repunzel, as well.

  • jgclancy

    Bet of the day –Will Romo play a down at QB today? If he does they’re doomed of course…

    • GrindingAx

      No chance unless Prescott gets knocked out.

      • jgclancy

        I like your thinking here 😉 – but think outside the box like a blowout too.You’ll learn ….

        • GrindingAx

          “Dak will be the first rookie QB to win the Super Bowl”….

          • jgclancy

            You been drinking from Cheesybruin’s magic whiskey flask?

          • GrindingAx

            Sounded good before the game started.

  • benwhit

    Love the over on the Steel/Chefs game. Do it.

  • Great piece Cheese Man. The Rangers showed their class but so did you, as a Bruins fan penning this.

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