Monday, April 18, 2011

Boudreau Disses MSG Facilities, Insults Volume of New York Fans

There are a few ways a coach can respond to a loss during the playoffs.  Coaches can praise the opposition, build up their own teams efforts or they can go off and talk about something that has nothing to with what goes on at ice level.  Apparently Washington Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau decided the best way to deal with yesterday’s Game 3 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden was to insult the building and New York fans. In an interview with the Washington's 105.9 Radio morning talk show, Boudreau said MSG did not live up to the hype:

“Well, the one thing, its reputation is far better than the actual building,” the coach said. “I mean, it’s nothing. The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There’s no room for anything. But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous. Also, our building’s a lot louder, too. So I mean, they can say what they want, but it’s not that loud in there.”

The Garden did not get the reputation because of state of the art facilities, but for the number of historic events that have taken place there.  Maybe if he and his team were more concerned about putting some history in his building instead of the accommodations they get the playoff success of his team would be a little better over the past few years.   

If Boudreau thinks the Garden was quiet yesterday when Brandon Dubinsky put in the game winning goal to make this a series, then he needs a hearing aid.  All he did with these comments is find an excuse for it to get louder on Wednesday because the New York fans will take these comments personally and let him have it.  Maybe he has grown accustomed to horns and cowbells as a replacement for actual cheering so he is confused by fans that don’t feel the need to create fake noise or bang the glass incessantly. 

There is no doubt that facilities at MSG need a revamp, which is why the renovations are coming.  To go a step further and insult the New York fans all in an attempt to distract from his team losing yesterday and the discussion of previous year’s playoff failures is over the line.