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Farewell, Torts! Here are his best hits
Few prominent figures in the sports world, if any, can be relied on for as many viral and vulgar moments as New York Rangers coach John Tortorella. And often they’re one in the same.
That's why it has saddened us to learn that the Rangers fired Tortorella on Wednesday, shortly after the team crashed out of the playoffs.
In the last couple weeks alone, Tortorella has given out impromptu journalism lessons to reporters, sworn on national television during an in-game interview and told his own player he "stinks" through the media. On Thursday, he added two more entries to his collection when he swapped F-bombs with a linesman with a live mic nearby and then told the media to — how should we say this? — smooch his derriere, as you can see in the video above.
But that was really just the cherry on top of a massive sundae of Tortorella outbursts, brevity, obscenity, sarcasm, rudeness and humor compiled over the years. There are too many instances to list them all — you’d spend your whole day watching videos of Torts yell at people, and I’m not sure your boss would like that. So just enjoy this sampling.
Tortorella loves giving the media a hard time, and he has gotten into it with reporters more than once — but none as often as Larry Brooks of the New York Post:
This next one has some NSFW language:
He's also never been shy about going after other team's players, when the occasion calls for it:
The Penguins are "whiny":
Ditto for coaches. Go to the 1:35 mark:
"Shut yer yap":
So much for the in-game interview:
The "ridiculous" cell phone (and more NSFW language):
On second thought, maybe this remix is really all you need to get a sense of who John Tortorella is when he steps in front of a microphone:
And as frustrating as Tortorella is to cover — I know, because I’ve done it — he’s a heck of a lot of fun to watch other people cover. So for that reason alone, here's hoping he finds a new gig soon.