John Tortorella Tries To Make Things Better, Probably Makes Things Worse On 'Costas Tonight'

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 30: John Tortorella, head coach of the New York Rangers stands on the bench against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on March 30, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Another weird chapter in the saga of John Tortorella.

Bob Costas is perhaps not the internet's favorite person, but give him this: he is as solid an interviewer as it gets. His Costas Tonight one-on-one with New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella -- which aired right after Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC Sports Network -- was probably the toughest anyone will be on ol' Torts for quite a while.

Costas, without showing any sign of hostility, got Tortorella to open up and be honest about the media circus that ended up following his lack of media presence during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as taking on his defensive, shot-blocking system. Tortorella was very honest and forthright, occasionally engaging, but, right after trying to set this whole thing straight, he perhaps put his foot in his mouth again, maybe even intentionally.


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Costas asked Tortorella about some of the hostility toward the media, and he gave an honest answer, saying, "I've never been good after games" and appearing to just be honest in the way that has sometimes endeared Tortorella as a hockey coach: he can be engaging even when being blunt and stating how he feels. It was a good answer that might have cleared the coach's slate for the summer, before he did a complete 180 shortly thereafter.

Costas then asked Tortorella about his claim on the Mike Francesa show that some of the reporters who cover the Rangers were "idiots." Tortorella responded by saying he's "not looking to disrespect anyone" but then added, "honestly, I do think some of [the media covering the Rangers] are idiots."

Ah well, Torts giveth, and Torts taketh away. Watch more of Costas' interview with Tortorella -- which, by the way, nobody could hail Torts a ride to Manhattan from the Rangers' training facility just outside Manhattan -- below, courtesy of NBC.

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