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Greatest Italian ever? DiMaggio? Loren? Benigno?

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Hockey fever is sweeping the nation!

NBC's overnight ratings for the second weekend of the playoffs were 1.2 and 1.3 percent of homes in 56 major markets, up from 0.9 and 1.1 last season for comparable slots.

OK, so it's not exactly fever yet. But the network - which is very close to signing a new contract with the NHL, by the way - is salivating over some potential second-around matchups involving Original Six and/or major market and/or Sidney Crosby franchises.

The Rangers being involved helps, obviously.

Speaking of the Blueshirts, during my time monitoring SNY's late afternoon shows for my newspaper column, I watched with horror as "Daily News Live" host Chris Cotter listed the top all-time returns of former New York athletes and did not include Ed Giacomin.

Joe Benigno thankfully chimed in and added him to the list. (That's not Eddie in the picture. Bonus kudos to first reader to identify him.)

Joe had a good line on the show last week. Cotter name Leonardo da Vinci as "the greatest Italian of all time."

Said Benigno: "No, Frank Sinatra."

Tags: joe benigno , rangers

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