Feb 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT
A couple of you have asked why I barely mentioned the New York Rangers crash-and-burn fan marriage proposal at the Garden from Sunday, in which a man popped the question to his sweetie on the Jumbotron, and was turned down flat. I stamped it “Fake” immediately and relegated it to “About Last Night” in the Morning Tweet post on Monday, calling it a hoax and washing both my hands and my feet of it from there. Because it had that smell of promotions department desperation … a scent I know too well having covered minor league baseball promotions for the past four years. And guess what? Today the Rangers came clean, admitting that the whole thing was staged, and that the two were actors. I guess this is what happens when you’re one game over .500 and 14 points out in your division.
From the New York Daily News:
In fact, a source said Monday, it was an inside joke cooked up by game-presentation staff and carried out by paid actors who are, in real life, engaged.
The 18,198 in the Garden, and at least one newspaper beat writer? Those were the patsies.
The Valentine’s Day hoax went off during the second period of the Rangers’ 5-2 win over Tampa Bay, when the scoreboard showed the jersey-wearing actors beside a graphic saying that “Nick” was asking “Melissa” to be his “Blueshirt Bride” – after which a stunned-looking “Melissa” shook her head and left while an even more stunned buzz swept through the Garden crowd.
“I didn’t know if it was staged or not,” said center Erik Christensen, who scored twice in quick succession with the crowd still stirring over the rejection.
Among those taken in by the poor fakery: Huffington Post; Michael Obernauer, the Rangers writer for the Daily News; Gothamist; Deadspin.
Who smelled a hoax from the beginning? Busted Coverage, among a few others.
This sort of faux marriage proposal has been somewhat of a staple in the NBA, hasn’t it? Come on people, look sharp. Valentine’s Day is the new April 1.
‘Proposal’ at Sunday’s New York Rangers’ win is exposed as fake [New York Daily News]
Take my wife, please [Blueshirt Blog]
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