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Fear and Loathing in Long Island
History, NHL, NY Islanders

Fear and Loathing in Long Island

April 2007 / Buffalo Sabres vs NY Islanders playoffs Beasts. Everywhere. It's a good thing I have my trusty guide with me. We step out of our vehicle and onto the dilapidated lot in Uniondale, Long Island. Nassau Coliseum stands like some archaic ruin, except the ancient Roman and Greek ruins are far better managed. My guide carries our hidden snacks and drinks in her deep-pocketed coat. The rain bleats down like the hammer of Colin Campbell on hockey infractions. Even the parking lot emanates some sort of undercurrent of menace. Something lies beneath the surface, under the shoddy gravel and potholes, but I'm not quite sure what it is. As we enter the hockey building, it is clear I've fallen within the digital ether and landed square into a jungle of beasts. The air at the entrance...
The Unbearable Lightness of Being A Blogger
History, NHL

The Unbearable Lightness of Being A Blogger

The Bloggerazzi Peeks Out From Beneath An Article About The Isles Blog Box October 10, 2007 As soon as the Sports Illustrated article hit the wire, I waited for it. That invariable swipe by those in a malleable establishment to judge and pigeonhole the Islander Blog Box. It didn't take long. The bash was led by one who was at the very most top of the hockey blogging food chain.It came down from the most precarious of perches, reacting to a bunch of everymen and women come into his territory, crabbing about team control as well as the paid sponsor in his long litany of complaints. Eric McErlain is author of the excellent Off Wing Opinion, but his attack came in the guise of his spot on the AOL NHL Fanhouse, which led to those like Greg Wyshynski to chime in soon after. And with...
Wang Loyal To A Fault, But There Was No Fault In His Loyalty to Long Island
History, NHL, NY Islanders

Wang Loyal To A Fault, But There Was No Fault In His Loyalty to Long Island

I always have had mixed feelings on Charles Wang. He left Mike Milbury in charge far too long. The Town of Hempstead complained of an unwillingness to reduce the Lighthouse Project. Yet, later on, Wang and Kate Murray had met for lunch to have their principles hash out those differences. So no matter the ToH's public complaints, Charles tried to cross that divide. Which is why their failure to have it come to a vote would always let the blame fall on them instead of Charles. This was something Kate Murray, and then Anthony Santino failed to understand. Both toppled from their political trajectory since. Charles Wang was so loyal to Tom Suozzi that he did not answer Ed Mangano’s phone-calls for months. He was personal friends with Rick DiPietro and negotiated his longterm deal him...