Just prior to Tuesday night’s seventh and deciding game between the New York Rangers-Pittsburgh Penguins, the man who said his deceased father’s spirit would guide the Rangers to a Stanley Cup victory said his angelic father will ensure a Rangers’ victory over the Penguins. The prediction has assumed Joe Namath-like prognosticative proportions in The Big Apple and in South Florida political circles.
David Schorr, the athletic director for Miami Edison High School, said Tuesday that his father, Allen Schorr, a life-long Rangers fan who passed away in 2010 will help the Rangers do something they’ve never done before – come back from a three-to-one game deficit in post-season play.
“A Rangers victory tonight, capping an unprecedented comeback for the Rangers, will be even more proof that my dad is pulling strings from the ultimate nosebleed section,” said Schorr. “My family has been saying all season that my dad was going to help the Rangers win the Cup this year. And he will.”
When Allen Schorr was gravely ill in 2010, his family made a call to the Rangers’ front office to see if they could get a signed team photo they hoped would provide Allen with at least some joy. The team responded immediately, sending a signed photo with a personalized message to Rangers mega-fan Allen saying they heard he was ailing and wishing him a speedy recovery. The team’s public relations vice president sent an email to the family saying they were “thinking of Allen.”
Unfortunately, Allen Schorr passed away a short time later. His son placed the Rangers photo inside his father’s coffin.
“I know my father has more important spiritual matters now to take care of than worry about a sports team victory, but he loved his Rangers and I’m sure he’s taking care of the team right now,” said David Schorr.
While New York Rangers fans have rallied around the ‘Angels in the Outfield’ scenario, not everyone is putting stock in the heavenly connection.
“If your team’s hopes are riding on an ‘angel’ to win the Cup, all I gotta say is good luck with that,” said a hockey fan on Google Plus who identified himself as, Guillermo Monterrosa.
Rangers fan, Carol Metrosky, was more willing to be open-minded. “I hope he’s right. Let’s go Rangers!,” she said.