NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers is hit by Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on November 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
It's been about five days since the Flyers lost to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon, and in that time, I've noticed a lot of extra hate for our neighbors from up the Jersey Turnpike.
Maybe it has to do with the Winter Classic buildup and the anticipation of the HBO show, or maybe it has to do with the Rangers not totally looking like a complete pushover on the ice this year. Either way, I can't stop thinking about how much more I hate them recently.
Don't get me wrong: I've always hated the New York Rangers. Hell, they have Sean Avery on their team. It doesn't take much. But just the thought of that logo and those colors and that horribly gloomy arena they play in (seriously, you renovated the place but couldn't install a light or two?) always stirs up some kind of hate. Don't even get me started on those fans and those damn accents they wield.
That hate has just been elevated a whole lot more lately. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but I have a feeling it's only going to keep growing over the next month or so. And hopefully beyond. The Rangers have always been our chief rival, but in recent years, the Pittsburgh Penguins have certainly picked up a lot of the slack.
That's what playoff battles do, and it's been a really long time since we've faced the Rangers in a playoff series. Because of that, I think my Pittsburgh hate has definitely one-upped my New York hate recently. But that's not really the way it should be.
Pittsburgh is supposed to be our little brother, and yeah, we're supposed to be New York's little brother. The little brother that is bigger than them, because we played football in high school while they decided to row boats or something. And now we can beat them up whenever we want.
Finally, it feels like things are starting to fall back in order. We still hate Pittsburgh, obviously, but it's nice that the hate for the Rangers is finally coming back into focus a bit. Maybe we'll even get a playoff series this year to keep it all going.
In the meantime, let's share: What do you hate most about the New York Rangers?