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Mayor de Blasio Covers Randy Newman

The LA Kings’ Stanley Cup victory over the New York Rangers sparked a double-mayor-whammy on Monday.

As The Drudge Report and many others noted, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti dropped the F-bomb at the STAPLES Center portion of yesterday’s parade rally. A few hours later, with Garcetti watching from the Jimmy Kimmel Live couch (alongside Kings players Justin Williams and Alec Martinez), New York mayor Bill de Blasio beamed in from the losing coast to deliver a warbly version of “I Love LA.” All part of a friendly bet with Garcetti.

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Puck Headlines Abound After Hard-Fought Rangers Victory

FourthPeriodCoverUsually, it’s the players and coaches that get top billing in Stanley Cup Final summaries. But not today, thanks to not one but two heart-stopping Game 4 moments involving hockey pucks magically sitting on the Rangers’ goal line behind Henriq Lundqvist.

Puck Chooses Rangers in Game 4
[The Sporting News]

Pucks Finally Bounce (or Stop) in NY’s Favor, But LA Still in Control
[Fox Sports]

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Mike Francesca Gets to Know Julie Stewart-Binks

It started in April, when a caller to Mike Francesca‘s WFAN radio show that is simulcast on FoxSports 1 joked that his radio colleague, John Minko, had done a great job of magically transforming into an attractive blonde female TV reporter. Francesca stumbled a bit during the call and later apologized to the hockey reporter in question, Julie Stewart-Binks.

Today, Newsday sports media and sports business reporter Neil Best highlights more of what has transpired since. The Canadian-born Stewart-Binks subsequently appeared on Francesca’s show, during the Rangers-Canadiens series, and is hoping to be back in-studio next week when the Stanley Cup Final moves to Madison Square Garden:

Francesa can’t be blamed for not initially knowing Stewart-Binks. Few Americans did until recently.

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Governor Jerry Brown Wagers the Food Equivalent of a Hockey Puck

StanleyCupFinalLogoThe media are wasting no time calling a game misconduct on California Governor Jerry Brown for promising to shower his Empire State counterpart with rice cakes (and a book) should the Rangers win the Stanley Cup. Maybe it’s just Brown’s crafty way to de-incentivize the LA Kings’ 2014 opponents.

Jimmy Traina, who compiles the daily MSN/Fox Sports’ Big Buzz feature, headlines the Brown-Andrew Cuomo Stanley Cup wager as the “worst sports bet ever.” He links to a WSJ “Metropolis” item that, though not quite as emphatic, basically agrees that Brown’s response to Cuomo’s much richer half is egregious:

It wasn’t immediately clear why Cuomo agreed to such a lopsided wager, but perhaps he was convinced of the Rangers’ likely victory by that team’s super-fan, state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who not only regularly brings along fellow lawmakers to Rangers games but has been known to interject stories about his fondness for the team into question-and-answer sessions with reporters concerning legislative business.

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Yellow Cab Riders Can Hail Exclusive Ranger Recaps

As part of a larger broadcast power play, MSG Network is producing exclusive NHL playoffs content highlighting the New York Rangers’ quest for the Stanley Cup.

MSG Network Rangers and Knicks postgame shows

Game One against the Philadelphia Flyers airs Thursday at 7 p.m. And in approximately 7,500 Manhattan yellow cabs, there will also be this:

Each 45 to 60-second segment, which will be updated after every game, will feature MSG broadcasters Al Trautwig, Bill Pidto and former Ranger Ron Duguay as they recap the most recent action and look forward to the next game. Once patrons reach their destination, they can tune to MSG for extended post-game coverage following every Rangers playoff game this post-season.

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MSG Network to Debut NHL Season-Long Series

The NHL season is up the air. A lock out is greeting fans anticipating preseason play. With no end in sight, MSG Network is taking steps to ensure viewers don’t have to live without NHL programming.

MSG is launching a new series, The Essential Games, a “Best of” look back at Rangers and Devils games from last season. It premiers the first Rangers episode Monday at 8 p.m. The initial Devils’ installment is October 13.

The NHL “Plan B” will be shown throughout the entire 2012-13 season, whether or not games are played. It’s a 12-part retrospective for each team.

The series includes both teams’ first round matchups from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In addition, there will be eight episodes of Islanders Best of 2011-12. Host Bill Pidto, analysts Butch Goring and Pat Flatley will review top games of the season. It debuts in October on MSG+.

Thom Morrera, Former WNEW-FM Jock, Passes Away

For a stretch from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, Thom Morrera was the overnight air personality at WNEW-FM. It was the height of WNEW’s and Morrera’s popularity.

Multiple sources confirm to FishbowlNY that Morrera died over the weekend. We’re told that Morrera died of complications from a massive heart attack last month.

Paul Cavalconte remembers his longtime friend and colleague, having worked with Morrera at three radio outfits, including Sirius.

“His many friends in the music and radio biz will miss him because he was so good at keeping up with people and being social and a gracious host,” Cavalconte tells FishbowlNY. “And also a committed mentor to many people. He earned the name ‘Father Thom’ as well.”

While playing the now-deemed “Classic Rock,” Morrera also spent time in management as the WNEW-FM music director. He returned for a brief weekend stint in the early 1990s.

Morrera’s voice was also familiar to New York Rangers fans as the team’s public address announcer for several years.

Cavalconte added on his Facebook page, “I will miss his candlelit holiday feasts, summer cocktail fetes, phone chats, e mail hits and most of all encouragement to take it all in stride.”

Morrera’s death marks the second passing of a WNEW personality this year. In April, Pete Fornatale died a short time after suffering from a brain hemorrhage.

Mets and Islanders Announcer Howie Rose Inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Howie Rose has a complete 12-month schedule as lead radio play-by-play broadcaster for the New York Mets on WFAN and the New York Islanders on MSG.

But he recently took some time to step away for an honor. Rose joined elite company as a member of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Among the announcers enshrined with Rose are Marv Albert, Marty Glickman, and Len Berman.

Rose became a full-time radio voice in the Mets broadcast booth in 2004 after the legendary Bob Murphy died. By 2006, Rose was named the team’s number one play-by-play man.

He has been calling Isles games since 1995. But the year before, Rose was at the mic for the New York Rangers. Arguably, his most well-known moment occured in the Eastern Conference Finals. Rose told listeners that the Rangers were in the Stanley Cup Finals after a riveting Game 7 double overtime win against the Devils and an all-time great call: ”Matteau! Matteau! Matteau! Stephane Matteau! And the Rangers have one more hill to climb, baby, but it’s Mount Vancouver!” (Hear it below)

A native New Yorker, Rose went to Cardoza High School in Bayside, and graduated from Queens College.

Rose has racked up several accolades during his career, including Emmy Awards for his work with the Mets and Islanders.

The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame is located at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack.

Game 7 Ratings: Rangers Best MSG Showing Since 1994 Stanley Cup Finals

Game 7–the two words are the most anticipated in sports, with the exception perhaps of the “Super Bowl.”

It’s just excitement for the fans, as executives at MSG Network must be thrilled. First off, their Rangers and Devils advanced. Secondly, the decisive opening round seventh games in the NHL playoffs were huge ratings winners.

The Blueshirts outlasted the Senators, and the Nielsen Household rating of 5.74 made it the highest-rated Rangers game since another Game 7 during the memorable 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.

As for the Devils/Panthers on MSG Plus, they scored the best since the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Time to move on to this year’s conference semis, as MSG produces post-game shows for all Rangers games, and all Devils home games.

Rangers Head to Game 7 with Ratings Surge

The New York Rangers are poised for a decisive seventh game tomorrow night in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with the Ottawa Senators.

And if Game 6 is any indication, it could a record setter.

Monday night’s action on MSG was the highest-rated Rangers game since the Eastern Semis on May 6, 1997.

Through the first six games of the first round series, MSG Network’s coverage is averaging a 3.52 HH rating. That’s up 52 percent from the Rangers last six game playoff appearance–2008-09. (Games 2 and 6 were telecast by NBC, all others were broadcast by MSG.)

Back to this season, Game 6 also marked wins for MSG in two key demographics.  The game garnered a 3.38 rating in the pivotal Male 25 to 54 group.  That helped the game become the highest-rated prime time program among broadcast and cable networks in New York.  Game 6 also scored well with Adults 25 to 54, enough to win the evening among cable sports networks.

Game 7 is tomorrow night at the Garden at 7 on MSG. “Game Night” starts an hour prior to the puck drop.

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