In New York – easily one of the most “show or go” places on the planet – it’s time for this New York Rangers team to show up when it counts.

By Nick Adams

“It’s not love I’m runnin’ from. It’s the heartaches I know will come.”

Wait…that’s not a lyric from Sister Sledge & Jade’s 1979 Gold Single “We are Family,” is it?

No. Not at all. It’s from Martha & the Vandellas’ 1965 “Nowhere to Run,” and it’s a LOT closer to what the increasingly manic and unruly denizens of Rangerstown have had roiling in their guts for an entire season.

For all you Rangers Boppers out there, from Van Cortlandt Park to Coney Island, from Mill Basin to Harlem, you know what I’m talking about.

It’s community friendly of the Rangers to have chosen “Family” for their official 2016 team t-shirts. It’s a nice t-shirt for cartoonist John Cusack’s warm and fuzzy bunnies fans to wear one crazy summer day. And That is exactly why it misses the mark. It’s about as

awesome as it would be for Pittsburgh fans to find out that Sidney Crosby was actually on the cover of the Human League’s “Dare” album.

Re-treading Willie “Pop” Stargell’s 1979 stoke of inspirational genius, commonly affiliated (for those of a certain vintage) with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ’79 World Series run for a New York team headed into the playoffs against a team from Pittsburgh is… well, I have no

words other than: “Killer job. Where were ya on that one, Coach?”

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