Tuck hopes Rangers get their rings, too

May, 16, 2012
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Justin Tuck says he has done everything he can to clear his schedule so he can attend Game 2 between the Rangers and Devils on Wednesday night.

But the Giants defensive end is going to be a little busy. The Giants will receive their Super Bowl rings at Tiffany & Co., but Tuck will have the Rangers on his mind as well, as he has become a big Blueshirts fan.

"Went to my first Rangers game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins in that series in 2005 and have been a fan ever since," Tuck said at a Subway appearance for the screening of the movie "Battleship" at the Intrepid on Tuesday night. "It is funny, I have been to a lot of Rangers games and until I banged on the home bench after they scored a last-second goal to send it to overtime, nobody ever noticed me."

"I lost my mind," Tuck added of him banging on the glass in celebration. "That was Game 5 against Ottawa. So I had the opportunity to become a fan. I didn't know what that felt like for a long time. That night I was a true fan."

Of course, Devils fans like to remind Tuck that he resides and works in New Jersey, where the Giants play and practice.

"When I became an East Coaster, the first hockey game I went to was a Rangers game and I was hooked from then," he said. "It has nothing to do with my dislike for the Devils. If the Devils so happen to beat the Rangers in the series, I will root for the Devils to win [the Stanley Cup]."

"It is kind of like the Nets and the Knicks," added Tuck, who is an avid NBA fan as well. "I am a Nets fan but I love the Knicks. And when the Knicks and the Nets aren't playing [each other], I root for the Knicks."

Tuck is hoping there will be plenty of more Rangers home games to attend this postseason.

"I don't see any reason why they can't [beat the Devils]," Tuck said. "The Garden is the greatest environment to play in; they are going to have home ice throughout. They play well. As long as [Henrik] Lundqvist is playing the way he did last night, they are going to be OK."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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