Sunday, February 28

NY Islanders

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...
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...