Around the NHL (Part XXXIX): (1/9: Leafs fire Brian Burke as GM; Dave Nonis steps in)
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10-25-2012, 12:37 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Brooklyn, of course
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I'm an Islander fan, and I was slightly offended. Which, obviously, you wouldn't care about (I wouldn't either lol) but not at the comment itself. I'm more offended by the (un)willingness to see the growth and potential of the deal and business. The Islanders are likely going to reinvent themselves as the years pass.
I, not for a minute, think something like the Barclays Center, with Ratner and Jay-Z, would associate themselves with a tragic mess. I have to believe that Wang is committed to making this a potential home run. That means investing in the team immediatly for long term payoff.
No matter how you slice it, the Islanders just scored a deal to play in a state of the art arena and the one thing they desperately need is the help of players not drafted through the system. This allows them to readily explore those options.
You root for a home run franchise and a lot of our troubles wouldn't fit in a 1,000 page novel. Hopefully, one day, the Islanders can relate to the Rangers' fans in the way they appreciate the comfort of watching a game in such a wonderful environment. We deserve that at least. In this day and age, it is a travesty not to be able to commit such money into a sports team and not watch them in a spectacular environment.
Long Island, and Nassau County specifically, are moving completely and utterly backwards. I mean look at the Coliseum for christs sake. The Islanders never chose to be stuck in this lease and have to play out their days in such a decrepit mess. Where is the accountability by politicians to invest tax payers money wisely? Instead, they spun it in a negative light, and now they are out 20 million dollars in revenue a year and small businesses around the Coliseum suffer. You know, small business, like so many politicians say they are for.
What's really interesting is that back when there were three major league baseball teams, while Brooklyn (according to my father who grew up a die-hard Dodger fan) was mostly Dodger territory, Giant fans were tolerated (even though they were in the National League too) while Yankee fans were forced to convert (or at least stop wearing anything related to the Yankees) if they moved into Brooklyn.
I don't know how many current fans will give up rooting for the Isles if and when they move into Brooklyn. But I do know there is plenty of room for more than just Rangers fans in a City that has close to 2.5 million people. They may not come from families who are die-hard Ranger fans but they are die-hard Brooklynites. I probably will never be able to switch (my Ranger roots go back to my grandfather who attended his first Ranger game back in 1926), but there are plenty more who don't have those kind of roots. The only real question in my mind is whether the arena can ever be set up to accommodate hockey properly.
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