Tortorella is a jerk

- May 13th, 2012

For once, I think people will agree with me.
John Tortorella is a jerk.
I mean, I understand he is a great guy away from hockey. And when he is a broadcaster wanting a coaching job, he is quotable and interesting. But his rudeness these days to the media – most recently his “I’m not going to tell you” reply to NBC’s Pierre McGuire, who had the audacity to ask the Rangers coach what he’s been working on to help the team’s struggling power play – is unacceptable.
We ask coaches and players questions on behalf of the fan base. And Tortorella, who is abrupt and ignorant unless he has just won a series, is basically telling the customers to mind their own business.
But his business is their business. He doesn’t have to reveal any secrets. He can be vague and even misleading if he wants. But don’t tell them to screw off either, which is basically what he is doing.
What a hypocrite this guy is.
Anyway, that said, I would love to see him lose to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern conference final. But I’m not so anxious to see Lou Lamoriello to succeed either. And the Devils bore me, still.
I’ll take the Rangers in seven, to keep with the trend, and pick the Kings to beat the Coyotes in seven.
As previously stated, I was 6-2 in the first round and 0-for-4 in Round 2, leaving me with a 6-6 record thus far in the playoffs.
Bruce?

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16 comments

  1. BigB22 says:

    Are you sure you are qualified to speak on behalf of the Rangers fan base? A poll with 570 votes on a popular Rangers blog, that refers specifically to this page, asks if Torts’ media interactions bother them. Only 2% are bothered by his dealing with the media.

    I think a more accurate statement would be that it telling the media to mind its business, not the fans. We LOVE Tortorella. Every time he is brief and curt with the media, hundreds of fans applaud him.

    It also seems like you are not following WHY he behaves this way, which I believe is twofold. Several people, both present and from his Tampa Bay past, have said that this is intentional and is a strategy. It draws the negative attention off of the players, off of some struggling part of the team play, and puts it squarely on Torts. Notice, you are talking about Torts’ interview, not about the struggling power play. The second reason for his behavior is purely my own speculation that other fans have agreed with. Torts’ media snub is directly related to his two fines for speaking his mind. He is saying “If you are going to fine me for saying what I want, then I am not going to say anything.” It is not a snub of the media so much as a snub of the league. It is a giant middle finger to Gary Bettman.

    I am sorry that this behavior has obviously hurt your feelings. I am even more sorry if it forces you to root for the Devils, which is unacceptable. But please – don’t put words in our mouths or try to read the minds of the fan base. You are just flat out wrong about how we feel about Torts.

  2. DKT says:

    I have to disagree with you. Torts is handling the media with the skill of a polished politician. Instead of talking about the rangers horrid power play or lack of playoff experience we are all talking about Torts. He is taking all of the heat. His players just worry about playing hockey. No added pressure. Pure genius.

  3. Jay says:

    Don if you watched the interview, you would have seen that all those involved thought it was funny. Tortorella had a smile on his face as well as Pierre. And you could also hear Eddie Olczyk and Doc Emrick laughing about it. Clearly you have some kind of personal vendetta against Tortorella. Maybe he didn’t answer a question you asked him or maybe you simply asked a bad question. Either way most Ranger fans, like myself, LOVE Torts and are very happy that you are rooting for the Devils. We don’t want you anyway

  4. Andrew says:

    It’s hilarious that you’re still beating this drum. I’m sorry, were we not watching the same broadcast? McGuire obviously expected Torts not to tell him anything — he never says anything about strategy — so he said “I’m not going to tell you” and they both laughed about it. Go ask Pierre McGuire if he felt that it was a rude response.

    Man, you are a sore loser of sore losers.

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    Don, I wouldn’t take these kids to seriously, I am sure those who love and are amused by Yosemite Sam are also fans of shows like “Hells Kitchen”, “Jersey Shore” and “Fraggle Rock”.

    I wonder if these kids ever considered that Yosemite Sam is the one responsible for fixing the powerplay? I wonder if they were excited watching their team get outshot most nights all year and score so few goals. What kind of a genius and system allows the other team so many opportunities? To think that Lundquist stops so very many and…his defenceman block more than any other team in the NHL speaks volumes how much of the game is played in their end of the rink. “Pure Genius” indeed. Some here say his behaviour takes the pressure of the players and it sounds so very inteligent (albeit, very tired and over used) but I have alays wondered exactly how does that work. I, like members of the media (who are hockey fans too) still have the same questions when Yosemite clams up. Ee don’t simply forget them (although I am sure the kids do). Lack of experience you say, certainly some do but there are many who have had a career in the post season! No added pressure. Don, these kids are spewing back the crap they have heard but never bothered to excercise the 2 active brain cells in their heads to ask “why”. I think the game is the show and the entertainment is on the ice. Those who don’t understand the game (it is very complicated) need more and the fool who suffers from short man syndrome, provides it. Anger must be entertaining…it has to be! Chopper shows, car resoration, cooking shows, survivor and even a show like TGC’s “The Big Break all have one thing in common, they promote anger and hate. When Yosemite Sam shouts, screams, utters profanity, chides/intimidates members, he doesn’t have to respond to pointed questions. As a result, he doesn’t have to explain having to rely on his goalie all year ever year. “Pure Genius”.

  6. Jon says:

    Don get a grip. Gotta be tough being a hockey writer in Canada. It’s quite obvious you still have a bone to pick with Torts. First of all 95% of the questions you guys ask have already be answered in some form or fashion. This is sports and there isn’t much brain surgery going on here. Ask some real intelligent questions and lets see what the response is!

  7. Tommy Torts says:

    How do those sour grapes taste Brennan?

  8. Jon says:

    Mr. Goodman,

    What are you blabbing about? Sounds like you watch plenty of useless TV to be able to reference it in a hockey article. Say something intelligent so we know how to respond to your diatribe.

  9. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Bobby, the Rangers are in the Conference Finals and we are not. Let’s give him some credit, especially since this is the same Rangers team that needed shootout to make the playoffs last year and was pegged for 6th to 9th in the East this year.

    Sorry Don, coudln’t disagree with you more. It’s not Torts job to make you happy. His job is to keep his team focused and winning and he’s doing that. I honestly could care less what Torts, Murray, Alfie, the pet dog or any of these guys say. Produce, win and win in the playoffs and I’ll lavish praise on you. Lose and you’ll be as interesting to me as a Saturday afternoon serial.

  10. Liam says:

    He should have drawn out the changes on the chalkboard for Pierre and handed it off to Dale Hunter as well.

  11. Bobby Goodman says:

    Jone, if you can pull yourself away from Jersey Shore and fascination with foul mouthed American Idiots, ponder how the Rangers won all year. You must have been impressed with their victory over the the 8th place Senators in 7 games! You must have been excited with their record against Ottawa all year; were you? Now, I suspect you creep in a closet to utter 4 letter words aloud so Mommy wont hear, but let me ask you this, exactly what is it you like about Yosemite Sam’s coaching? Me blab? Of course I blab when there is something to blab about. I will share what I think and…make an effort to explain why. Perhaps Jone, I said something in my previous post that was far too complicated for you to understand so I will say it in a more simple way. Tortarella = Coach; Coach responsible for how team plays (are you still with me Jone?). If the power play sucks, perhaps, it may have something to do with Yosemite Sam and he failing to “coach” his players on how to improve the Power Play. NYR allowed a gazillion (more than a million) shots per game. Lundquist, had to be great for the team (New York Rangers) to win games. If he was brilliant, they (New York Rangers) would lose. Their Defence block are unbelievable shot blockers and lead the league in the category. With Lundquist having to make many brilliant saves AND the defence blocking a gazillion (more than a million) shots, the play must be in their (New York Rangers) end of the rink a majority of the time. I have I haven’t confused you, but allow me to ask you again, what is it you like about his coaching other than his profanity? Is it brilliant coaching to have to rely on fantastic goaltending to win games? Is it the coaches business to comment when players are negotiating with the General Manager. Is it brilliant coaching to call a player out on the bench in front of his team mates, fans and viewing audience? So, Jone, please…tell me what it is you like about the short ass with no class…other than the fact that he is crass?

  12. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pierre, mon chum et mon vieux, how does Yosemite Sam’s pompous, arrogant, crass and nasty treatment of the sports media keep his players focussed? Are the players themselves not interviewed? Do the members of the media not ask them questions? I don’t get it? I know you and many others refer to the Sens as we, I never did because it is my contention that only if I was a member of the organization could I use the term. “We” are not in the second round because “We” are an awful hockey team and it took 7 games for the Rangers to beat “Us”! I will ask you the same question I asked Jone, what aspect of Yosemite Sam’s coaching do you like? What brilliant strategy has he employed? If getting involved in a players contract negotiations (Dubinsky) is keeping them focussed, then I guess he is great. If embarrassing his players publicly is keeping them focussed then I must have it all wrong.

    You see Pierre, I played a bit of hockey and was blessed to have great coaches: Ceice Fields, Cammy Defalco, Jim Sheahan, Bob Mills, Ray Goulet, Mac Brunet. All taught me much about the game and life and how to behave in victory and defeat. The showed us all how to behave with a little class. When kids are watching hockey witness an angry foul mouthed midget berating a beat writer for asking a question, I can’t respect that. You are right Pierre, it is not the entertainment the hockey is but, the interviews after the game are there regardless. The media have to do their job and treating them with disdain simply doesn’t work for me. He getting angry all the time, swearing in public reveals much about the man and it bear no similarity to what I was taught. To me, he is an embarrassment to the organization and the league and, he is a horrible coach.

  13. ChokerHater says:

    BigB22, RIGHT ON!
    Don doesn’t like it because he’s picking on the poor media, sniff, sniff
    Isn’t it the media that asks the really dumb questions?
    I’m not saying you do Don, but a lot of media ask the supidest questions, that they could answer themselves or already know the answer.
    I loved it when he crucified that guy a few years ago and told him to @#$% off LOL
    CLASSIC
    He is a termendous coach and often a great coach isn’t a media type guy
    Why don’t you go to New York and question him about his coaching skills?
    I’d love to see that on TV

  14. Andrew says:

    Wow, Bobby. Wow. Maybe playing all that hockey got you a few undiagnosed concussions, eh?

  15. Bobby Goodman says:

    Maybe I got a few undiagnosed concussions, Andrew? I am sure I suffered undiagnosed concussions from the many smacks to the side of the head by teachers from kindergarten through to the the 4 highschools I attended (I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award). Did you ever see the helmets kids wore in yesteryear? They were once made of leather and thongs have more material! They got marginally better when they dispensed with cow hyde but that is all. How else might I explain my surviving 3 active brain cells (on a very, very good day)?

    I have asked several here, what they liked about Yosemite Sam’s coaching but no one has offered a response. I assume the reason has very little to do with hockey and far more to do with his boorish treatment of the media; his free use of profanity in a public forum; his rehearsed/contrived grand standing; and, maybe it is his ever balding skullet or the fact that Tortelini is Weenee (when he jumps over a pound of butter, he greases his ass). Oh Yosemitie Sam is universally loved, no question. It is probably similar (and I don’t understand) to why there are so many who love Eldrick Woods. BAD BEHAVIOUR IS CELEBRATED. Respect and dignity be damned! Again I say I am old fashioned. I think that when individuals are in the entertainment industry and professional sports in particular (because kids watch and life lessons can be learned) there is a responsibility to behave properly. But, that’s just me. I wouldn’t treat a plumber, electrician, doctor or educator with disdain and disrespect for doing their job and I don’t think Yosemite Sam would either, there are no cameras on him then.

  16. frank says:

    wow, Don, when did reporters become so lazy, entitled and thin-skinned? this isn’t E! network, where the subjects conspire with the ‘reporters’ for their own self-promotion.

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