Rangers coach John Tortorella is one of the more unintentionally hilarious coaching personalities in the NHL, and probably in all of sports. The cagey fellow is a seasoned specialist in being ridiculously brief, painfully honest, and very direct. It’s gotten to the point where NBC Sports now includes a timer graphic during his press conferences because they’ve become so famously short.
Last night’s postgame press conference following a 2-1 loss to the Caps was nothing out of the ordinary for Torts, but we’ve neglected to celebrate this man all season long. One of the especially amusing moments came when a reporter couldn’t even finish a personnel-related inquiry before Tortorella snapped back with a conversation stiff-arm of “stop coachin’ Pat.” Even better was his deflated reaction after being questioned why he took a timeout. It was as if someone asked if they could borrow his car for a few hours.
The guy genuinely cannot believe it’s possible for grown adults to be, by his estimation, so frustratingly stupid. It’s beautiful.