A Day in the Life of a Rangers Fan

Morning

Around 9am my parents came into my room to wake me up so we were not late for the train. I got dressed and put on my Rangers sweatshirt. I had to wear my military appreciation jersey to the game too because the Rangers had not lost when I wore the jersey to Madison Square Garden. Since my dad had his superstitions too, he did not wear a jersey because he was undefeated at the garden this year without a jersey.

We drove a half hour to Harriman, New York to the train station to catch the 10:29 train to Secaucus, New Jersey. We arrived in New Jersey around 11:25 and we rushed through the station to catch our connecting train to the city. The train to New York Penn Station came at 11:30 and we were in the city by 11:45.

 

Afternoon 

After we ate lunch at Chick-Fil-A, we decided to walk around Times Square Bryant Park, Macy’s, and the NHL store to kill time.

Times Square
Tree in Bryant Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went back to the garden around 4pm which is when the players start coming to the arena. I decided to stand where I knew a few players come in through to get to the locker room. There were already a few other people there waiting for players. A few people had pictures they wanted signed, others had jerseys, and some just wanted pictures. While I was waiting, I talked to a few people about the season and what the thought of the new coaching staff. One person I talked to, James, was an avid Rangers fan just like myself. He told me, “The Rangers could be a playoff team based on the way they had been playing recently.” They had been playing really well and took everyone by surprise since they are supposed to be rebuilding. I continued my conversation with James about the team, and when we were talking, his friend Devin jumped in while we were talking about the coach. He continued to say, “I was skeptical in the beginning about bringing in a college coach, but to see what he has done with this team and the young players in the time he has been here is amazing. ” Our conversation continued on for a little while more until the players started to come. While standing outside, I met Marc Staal, Brendan Smith, and Ryan Strome. It was a cool experience being able to interact with the players before the game, and even getting a picture or two.

Brendan Smith

 

Night

After meeting with a few players, I headed inside with my parents to wait in line to get into the garden. We got in line about 5:30, but the doors do not open until 6. While waiting in line, my parents and I talked about school and sports to pass the time. Once 6pm hit, the doors opened and the people waiting in line rushed in. While my parents usually walk around on the lower bowl of the garden, I go to section 119 to watch warmups. While waiting for warmups, I talked to a dad with his kid. Like me when I was younger, the kid was taking in the whole arena and atmosphere around him. We started talking about the garden and he told me, “Nothing compares to Madison Square Garden when it comes to the atmosphere. When you walk into the garden it is like walking into a piece of history. You see the banners in the rafters from previous teams and their achievements, players who have retired, and also remembering what the old garden looked like before it was renovated.”

Alexandar Georgiev
Rangers warmup
Lias Andersson

After warmups end, I head to the upper bowl to get some food and find my seat. Since it was Rangers vs Islanders, the crowd was 65 percent Rangers fans and 35 percent Islanders fans. You can look around and see some blue and orange, but the majority of the garden was still blue and red.

The game started at approximately 7:10 and you can tell from the drop of the puck that it was going to be an exciting game. Not even 30 seconds into the game the Rangers score to take the lead. The garden erupts and I jump to my feet immediately. Three minutes later the Rangers score again and then one more time less than five minutes after the second goal. After the first period it was 3-0 Rangers and I was pretty happy, but I was also nervous since there was still so much time left in the game.

Both teams had chances to score in the beginning of the second period, but neither team could find the back of the net. About halfway through the second, Cody McLeod of the Rangers and Ross Johnston of the Islanders dropped their gloves and fans got to see their first and only fight of the night. The Rangers scored another goal late in the second and the period ended with the Rangers ahead 4-0.

The third starts and the fans are still battling between  “Let’s go Rangers!” and “Let’s go Islanders!” chants. My dad and I were getting excited since the game was coming to an end and the Rangers were still up by four. With less than four minutes to go in the game, Chris Kreider scores to make it 5-0. The garden goes wild since it is now 5-0 and there was only a slight chance of the Islanders coming back.

The Rangers won the game 5-0 and it was the first time in over two years that they beaten the Islanders. My parents and I were both really happy with the outcome and we are ready to get back to the garden to experience this atmosphere very soon..

Loneliness in College Students

 

 

 

 

 

Through the years, technology has been growing rapidly and younger generations have the most experience with these new technologies. Most young adults spend the majority of their time using Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram. The problem with these apps is that the people using them can become lonely or depressed. Studies have shown that social media and loneliness are directly correlated through phone usage.

According to Jean Twenge’s article, she says that this generation is becoming lonelier because they do not meet face to face as often as other generations did.  From certain studies, researchers have found that many teenagers would rather stay at home on their phones than go out with their friends. Teens who visit social-networking sites every day but see their friends in person less frequently are the most likely to agree with the statements “A lot of times I feel lonely,” “I often feel left out of things,” and “I often wish I had more good friends.” Social media sites have taken over some people’s lives because they want to stay updated on what their friends are doing.  For example, Snapchat allows you to stay in contact by sending pictures of yourself or messages to other people. Instead of going out, some people decide to stay home and just use Snapchat to contact the people they would go out with. Looking at the charts in the article, you can see that this generation has less motivation than past generations. This generation does not hang out with friends, which can cause less dating and less sex. Also, this generation does not feel the need to get their license right away. Surprisingly, people are becoming lonelier and are not getting enough sleep at night as well. There is a substantial body of evidence linking poor sleep to computer and internet use in general, with only a small number of recent studies examining social media use specifically. According to the #Sleepyteens article, “Increased Internet use is associated with shorter sleep duration, later bedtimes and rise times, and increased daytime tiredness in adolescents.” Some people do not get enough sleep at night because they are more focussed on social media and what others are posting.

Communication skills have also played a major role in people’s loneliness. Over the years, many people have seen a dramatic change in face to face communication with younger generations. According to Dr. Jeff Nalin, “Because teenagers often rely on social media to stay in touch, they don’t have many real interactions with others. This isolation can prevent them from learning the critical social skills that they will need in life.” While job applications today may be online, you still have to meet with a boss or representative of the company in person. Companies really focus on how you express yourself and  how well you communicate to them.

Most young adults who use social media want to fit into the crowd and be like everyone else. Teenagers have felt a need to fit in with their peer groups long before social media was even a thought, but technology increases the problem in a powerful way. Most people only want to highlight their best moments, like going to social events, attending concerts and reaching milestones. These are only some of the things that teenagers like to publish on their social media accounts. Even though everyone has problems, people don’t like to post the negative events of their lives online. When teenagers scroll through their newsfeed, it’s easy for them to think that all of their friends and classmates are perfect, making them feel left out. Suicide is now one of the major death causes in teens and part of it comes from depression and loneliness.

There’s no disputing that digital technology has thoroughly invaded our lives. A 2011 study conducted by tele-communications giant Ericsson found that 35% percent of iPhone and Android users check their email or Facebook account before getting out of bed in the morning. In addition, 40% use their phones in bed before they go to sleep at night. The average American is digitally connected between 2.5 and 3.5 hours a day. Nielsen reports that social networking, online games, and email are the biggest attractions.

History of Oswego

Through the history of Oswego, one of the most important things to the school is the hockey team. They have been around since the 1960s and in 2007 the men’s team won the national championship. Also through Marano Campus Center,  they have other history of the school such as fraternity life, sport championship memorabilia, and other history as shown in the top right picture.

I took these pictures because SUNY Oswego is a hockey school and it is where a lot of history has been made. Oswego is also big on its fraternities and you will always see people supporting their frats. The school has been around since 1948, and more history is going to be made in the near future.

Anthony Coraci

Name: Anthony Coraci

Year: Sophomore

Major: Communication and Social Interaction

Hometown: Bloomingburg, New York

Anthony Coraci is a second year student studying Communication and Social Interaction at SUNY Oswego.  He is an avid sports fan, but his major focus is on hockey.  Coraci was a New York State Hockey champion in 2016 with the Palisades Predators.  He hopes to have a future job working for a sports team in their communications department.  In his free time, Coraci likes to keep updated on news about his sport teams on social media.