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Brand New Isles Renovated Coli - Preseason Win
Published: 2018-9-17
Well it looks like hell hath frozen over I attended an Islanders game nbsp Okay so it was a pre-season game and it was at the Coliseum but I went nbsp It was rather spur of the moment and something my spouse wanted to do more than I did but that doesn t matter I WAS IN THE BUILDING nbsp So I have to ask where were so many of you nbsp I know I have been MIA for almost two years now but I thought for sure the first game back at the Coliseum would be packed nbsp While it was a decent showing for an 80 degree sunny Sunday and nbsp 1 pm game I was disappointed img border 0 data-original-height 1600 data-original-width 1200 height 320 src https 1 bp blogspot com -6Jfj9WBpdS8 W5768aCMUpI AAAAAAAAJj8 MH2U7cRW SIWSkxNNbFljO7nXXZXC0lJACLcBGAs s320 0916181149 resized jpg width 240 img border 0 data-original-height 1200 data-original-width 1600 height 240 src https 1 bp blogspot com -3YeuNdqC3Vo W577LChBOzI AAAAAAAAJkA TTcjJtQ mC4ewdhRrbWe54sUZuFgh2 FACLcBGAs s320 0916181308 resized jpg width 320 This was the first time I have seen the renovations of the Coliseum for myself nbsp I am still not a fan of the metal fence space ship exterior but the interior was clean and sleek nbsp The bathrooms were a huge improvement and we finally have cup-holders nbsp Yeah nbsp The dark gray seats are comfortable and the floor is freshly painted and isn t even sticky The parking was a whopping 25 Big Pretzels are now 7 each Wine is 11 for a 6 oz bottle and a cocktail is 13 50 nbsp Bring cash nbsp Lots of cash nbsp Granted these prices are all in line with other venues but personally I won t be able to do this too often nbsp But that s my problem not yours While the original charm of the old barn may be gone the amazing sight lines and acoustics are still there nbsp So was the sweet familiar sound of Paul Cartier s Hammond organ perched high above the ice nbsp It would not be an Islanders game without him It seems though the Ice Girls are no longer a thing nbsp Yep the ice crew was a co-ed prison jumpsuit clad shovel pushing blur nbsp Maybe they have Santa suit jumpsuits in December but they at least don t detract from the game img border 0 data-original-height 1600 data-original-width 1200 height 320 src https 2 bp blogspot com -iUUxws0DD-E W577j5hSw I AAAAAAAAJkM gsygoFmPooA8RDlbOol-Au9 4UE445a7ACEwYBhgL s320 0916181337 resized jpg width 240 Right the game nbsp I had no idea who half the players were nbsp Yes I ve been away that long nbsp Then again some of them that were on the ice today may not be an Islander for too long nbsp Guess I ll check everyone s blog or podcast to find out for now The return of Matt Martin brought a collective roar from the crowd along with his starting line mates Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas nbsp The old best fourth line in the NHL started today s game and we were delighted nbsp Equally delighted when Clutterbuck scored a power play goal nbsp Not delighted that Martin spent two minutes in the box New Isles goalie Robin Lehner received rousing applause and put on a good showing making 8 saves while Gibson who played the second half made 9 in this shut out game over the Flyers Matt Barzal was noticeable on the ice with his great skating ability and did manage to earn an assist but it was Kieffer Bellows who managed to get a mark in every column of the scoresheet today nbsp a goal an assist and two minutes in the box nbsp Nice job kid nbsp The third Isles goal was scored by Sebastian Aho nbsp Like I said I did a lot of Who s that nbsp But a name I didn t even realize I didn t see today until a few minutes ago was Josh Bailey nbsp Nope nbsp Didn t even notice nbsp Then again I m sure he hasn t missed me either img border 0 data-original-height 1600 data-original-width 1200 height 320 src https 4 bp blogspot com -htRtA NYcFI W58FWXtm7bI AAAAAAAAJkU YrMIRiai4yYaf5ja68PjY rRK9T5wep2wCLcBGAs s320 0916181418a jpg width 240 So there you have it nbsp I went to a game spent way too much money and actually wrote a blog nbsp I had forgotten how long this actually takes me nbsp But it was better than cleaning or doing actual work

Published: 2018-4-10
Suffolk picks 1B Arena idea Maybe the Isles willWell Halle-frekin -lujah nbsp Over a decade ago I kept asking Why not build in Suffolk County Mr Wang Suffolk seemed perfect nbsp It had many parcels of available property that would have fit the needs of the Lighthouse project nbsp Transportation ease of access and a favorable political environment nbsp But no nbsp Uniondale was where he wanted to be What was to be his legacy for his children is now just a once promising idea nbsp For Nassau County that is nbsp But here in Suffolk County the Ronkonkoma Hub project that has already broken ground seems eerily similar to me nbsp The apartment complexes the retail space the restaurant space the parking garages each brought back memories of that multipage postcard we all got with the concepts of the project nbsp The only thing missing was that bubble of an arena and the much needed Sports Medical Arts building nbsp Well not any more Across from that perfectly planned walking community will be exactly what was needed here in Suffolk nbsp an entertainment and convention venue partnered with a world-class sports medicine facility and jobs nbsp All within walking distance of a major LIRR station along a bus route and at three exits of a major roadway nbsp Give me an adorable trolley as was once proposed by the Islanders organization and this is Disney-esque to a T But the Islanders have NOTHING to do with this project according to Jim Baumbach from Newsday who says he is in-the-know nbsp From my past experience with the organization I can say -- they never tell the whole truth because they themselves aren t even sure of the entire truth nbsp The truth is basically a moving target for them So maybe they will have a new home in Suffolk maybe not nbsp Who knows nbsp If they continue to play the way they have been they can put in an ECHL team and it will be just as successful nbsp Hell put the Stony Brook SeaWolves in there nbsp That s fine The Islanders are the classic definition of insanity nbsp Continue to do the same thing believing there will be a different outcome nbsp Will John Tavares stay long enough to see ANY new arena built for them wherever it may be nbsp Not sure nbsp But certainly the Islanders have done nothing for him in years other than grant him protection from a Canadian media spotlight and basketball in Charles Wang s driveway If John Tavares truly wants to have his name etched on the Stanley Cup it is time for him to move on nbsp And speaking of moving on Garth Snow can t possibly be happy with himself or his organization nbsp He has nothing to show for his tenure as GM other than mediocrity nbsp Time to find a new beginning for him as well nbsp But don t be surprised if things stay the way they are nbsp This is after all The Islanders nbsp No matter who owns them they manage to always stay pretty much the same nbsp A work in progress nbsp Sort of like the Sistine Chapel

Published: 2018-3-15
Suffolk County nbsp What About Us So last night I ventured out to a function much like ones I had visited years ago nbsp A public display of proposals for improvement of our region by prominent engineers designers and investors nbsp Each group looking to come up with a plan that would enhance the already approved Ronkonkoma Hub development nbsp You see in Suffolk we STILL have large parcels of undeveloped land nbsp Although when looking at the very impressive model of the final Ronkonkoma Hub plan with it s beautiful street arches spired center piece 14 500 residential units restaurant and retail space I was left shocked when I asked how many acres the magnificent project was occupying nbsp It s about five to six acres nbsp THAT S IT Even more shocking nbsp The density is less than that of the Patchogue redevelopment which we know has done wonders for that downtown area nbsp Yes Bay Shore and Patchogue have been turned around in my lifetime nbsp I didn t expect it nbsp But there they are nbsp Trendy cool destinations well designed with the next generation in mind But I digress nbsp So now Suffolk has turned it s eyes for the past few years to the next project area the large swath of property by the Ronkonkoma train station that would be on the other side of the Hub nbsp But what to do with it One plan proposed was to mirror the development with MORE residential units and offices nbsp That plan left me shaking my head nbsp Too big nbsp Too much nbsp Another plan had three different concepts that seemed like someone took out Legos and just tried to see what fit together nbsp I wasn t that impressed But for me one project possibility stood out because it seemed so desirable so perfectly complimentary so so familiar nbsp The key project elements that the Ronkonkoma Vision Project LLC presented last night were all the things so many of us wanted to see for Long Island in Nassau County nbsp A new convention center a sports Medicine center a cultural center and a 17 500 seat entertainment arena WHAAAATTTTT nbsp An NHL size arena in Suffolk County nbsp Within walking distance to a railway nbsp Within a stone s throw of an airport nbsp Be still my heart nbsp But there it was nbsp A rendering of a rounded out rectangle that looks like Tupperware but would house ICE nbsp NHL ICE nbsp And as an added bonus more ice for the public and for practice facilities nbsp I immediately thought of what I had seen in Columbus and New Jersey Why you may ask nbsp Why not I counter nbsp Why was Suffolk County never in the mix for a new home for the ONE professional sports team in the region nbsp WHY nbsp So why not nbsp Would finding a new home in Suffolk have been better than the Brooklyn experiment I believe so Would Suffolk work better than the Belmont proposal nbsp For me oh hell yeah Even though right now the Islanders are like an estranged ex-husband nbsp I still have feelings but they just annoy me nbsp But maybe I could love again If this project proposal is chosen for the development of the area it has impressive members nbsp JLL Spectra Comcast HRA Rubenstein Cameron Engineering nbsp Photos of past profitable projects are impressive nbsp If I can get my phone to work maybe I ll be able to share some
The Islanders Are Back I May Be
Published: 2015-9-24
Can I even remember how to work blogger nbsp I still get errors when I log on nbsp Oh well let s give it a shot since I seem to have 15 minutes to myself Isles are playing exhibition games and everyone including the fans are getting used to an entirely new routine nbsp So let me catch up Third Jersey nbsp Certainly it could have been better but in the scheme of things it could have also been worse nbsp My complaint is that it s NOT just the jersey nbsp It was Yormark s attempt to rebrand the team as a sibling of his Nets nbsp There are all sorts of merchandise at the Brooklyn team store with the Islanders logo in glorious black and white nbsp It s void of our colors nbsp Maybe I wouldn t hate it so much if I didn t have an entire wardrobe of Blue White and Orange Yormark nbsp The new head of the marketing machine for the Islanders was honest in telling SBJ that Gary Bateman told him the NHL isn t the NBA nbsp As this transition has been going on for a few years I m surprised he needed the Commissioner to remind him that nbsp But he will learn quickly how passionate hockey fans are and how we can turn on a dime if need be nbsp His dime the fans will make or break you Brett Michael Grabner Okay who didn t see that coming nbsp But for Garth Snow to be able to trade him the half the Toronto Marlies team was pretty impressive nbsp Maybe the Leafs will find him a good eye doctor so he won t miss the net as much when he is dazzling teams with his break-away speed Brock Nelson nbsp He gave fans fits with his contract hold-out stance until the very last minute nbsp He better put-up numbers if he doesn t want that stance to come back and haunt him nbsp He did score against the Devils last night MSG Relents nbsp As I have stated year after year nothing in Cablevision contract requires them to air pre-season games nbsp They air the Ranger games because they own them and they air the Devils games -- just to piss off Islander fans nbsp Just kidding nbsp But they have relented this year and are airing three nbsp Certainly the Evil Dolan Empire s change of heart to air an Isles Caps game is a surprise and a nice change LIRR nbsp nbsp I DO NOT like the idea that the players will be taking the train to the arena nbsp Unless they are traveling with a security contingent nbsp Sure it s early nbsp The youngsters aren t recognized yet nbsp But what about in December nbsp What if they re not doing well nbsp What if they are nbsp There are too many What If s nbsp Get them off the train and get them proper transportation to and from the arena where they are protected nbsp What nbsp Are all of Jay-Z s Mercedes in the Barclay s underground VIP lot and there isn t room for anyone else Camera Angles nbsp For some reason many fans on Twitter last night were complaining about the camera angles nbsp Hey nbsp You were lucky they had a camera and a crew nbsp Remember Cablevision didn t need to send anything but they did nbsp Nice MSG desk for Shannon Hogan to report from and do between period interviews Press Meals The Isles and the catering company of Barclays are in a dispute over pricing for press room meals nbsp I am not surprised at all nbsp Everything in that damn arena is overpriced nbsp I can only imagine what they want to charge the Isles for supplying meals in the press room nbsp Don t get me wrong when I was there two years ago they put out a spread that was astounding nbsp But you could tell that was going to cost big nbsp But does the press really NEED a free hot meal nbsp They can expense it if they are working for a paying outlet nbsp For the bloggers -- it s a nice perk nbsp The bloggers are the ones who do this for little or no money and everything comes out of their own pocket nbsp Personally I was fine with the 1 hot dog and free coffee and popcorn at the Coli nbsp Although I was really miffed when they took away the cinnanuts nbsp To Recap nbsp This is exceptionally hard for me nbsp I am trying to get back into the swing of what was such a large part of my life for years and I find myself only glancing at it nbsp I loved this team nbsp I loved that I was part of a contingent of people who covered them up-close-and-personal nbsp I had a real connection nbsp The connection is now just a few threads that I can either weave back into a rope or cut ties altogether nbsp This is a difficult choice
Islanders A To Z For PuckDaddy
Published: 2015-8-19
Yeah yeah nbsp So you thought I was dead nbsp You re not that lucky nbsp Took a break for awhile but then I was asked to do a comprehensive A to Z about the Islanders and thought -- What the hell nbsp It took me three days but I didn t mention Jason Blake once Not once nbsp Not under B for Blake or J for Jason nbsp And those who know me from the start know why this is so surprising So my idea of what every NHL fan should know about the NY Islanders sort of Here at Yahoo Sports
The Return Of Okposo
Published: 2015-3-10
Tonight s BIG game just got a little bigger Isles vs Rangers for points points points at the Coliseum in their last regular season meeting at the old barn I m going to cry
Isles Come Up Short In Dallas
Published: 2015-3-04
Desperate teams can do desperate things nbsp No team is a given Isles lead 1-0 and the team that can t score in the third score two in the third and one in the overtime frame nbsp Thanks Butch nbsp Your fault
Isles Keep Rolling Along With Wins
Published: 2015-2-13
I like Mike Bossy s breakdown of the games nbsp He s very honest even if he has a hard time hearing himself over the crowd nbsp Brian Strait loves the Yes Yes Yes thing and is grateful All this and more here
Colin McDonald Chemistry On Fourth LIne
Published: 2015-2-11
The Isles found a way to win and that is always a good thing nbsp Luckily the call-up of Colin McDonald fills the hole left by Cal Clutterbuck on the best fourth line in the NHL
Fish Sticks Cheese Steaks Isles In Philly
Published: 2015-2-05
A win is a win -- And the Isles need one now The Isles are in a good spot to beat the Flyers who may be well rested but their winning streak has to end some time nbsp Let it be tonight nbsp Starting a three game road trip with two points will also do wonders for the Isles confidence which can become eroded with mounting loses and teams closing in on them quickly Just win
Hanging Chad - Isles Drop 2
Published: 2015-2-02
I hate that hockey gets drowned out by 72 hours of NFL reporting and hoopla nbsp Seriously though isn t the Super Bowl really just about two things nbsp What are we eating nbsp Did we win any money nbsp That s it nbsp I can close to winning 300 bucks but the stupid Patriots blew that for me at the end nbsp Oh well Can everyone now please concentrate on the balance of the NHL season nbsp Thanks So the Isles dropped two games in a row and one at the barn nbsp Sad but it shouldn t push up to the ledge nbsp So back-up
Isles Win 4-1 Over Rangers
Published: 2015-1-28
Another sell-out crowd at the Coliseum with both Gary Bateman and Ed Montano in the building to witness not only the fans loyalty but the Islanders resilience against the Rangers Another sold-out crowd another Isles win over the Rangers nbsp YES YES YES
First Place First Place Yes Yes Yes
Published: 2015-1-20
As far as day games go that one was absolutely amazing nbsp I d like to thank Chris King and his crew for doing an excellent job keeping me on the edge of my seat -- while I was at work and unable to watch I so wanted to be there for this one nbsp But for the sell-out crowd that was -- You sure got your money s worth and then some First Place Islanders -- How great does that sound
The LAST MLK Day Game At The Barn --
Published: 2015-1-19
You know -- until there is a minor league hockey team playing at the renovated Coliseum Do not hold your breath nbsp You will turn blue So Bring on the Busses Flyers Fans
Rivalry At MSG Are You Ready
Published: 2015-1-13
Can we wear our jerseys to work even if it isn t a Friday nbsp I don t think so but I can definitely wear my colors nbsp Surely there will be some good natures not really poking by fellow co-workers who just happen to root for the wrong team but Oh Well nbsp That s what it s all about isn t it Bright Lights Big City
Isles Get Oil Slicked In Edmonton
Published: 2015-1-05
If you stayed up until the very end you did see Brock Nelson score his 15th of the season in the Isles worst game so far Capuano wants some guys to look in the mirror and John Tavares says the blame starts with him Edmonton 5 - Isles 2
Tavares 2 - Flames 1
Published: 2015-1-03
A late start low scoring but faced paced game in frigid Calgary give the Isles two more nbsp points and John Tavares two more nbsp goals for his tally
Isles In Calgary To Start 2015
Published: 2015-1-02
The Isles look to end the Calgary Flames four game winning streak and start one of their own tonight at 9 pm Get the coffee ready It s gonna be a long night http www hockeybuzz com blog php post id 65273
Isles Win But Give Caps A Point
Published: 2014-12-30
Another 3-0 Lead another shocking third period heads into overtime in order to determine the winner It s a curse Sharing first place in their division for the first time in 25-years can they continue while on the extended road trip
Two Nights Four Points A New Record
Published: 2014-12-21
Usually back-to-back games are tough and disappointing But not this weekend Two tough teams four excellent points Wild Weekend
It s A Christmas Miracle
Published: 2014-12-19
YES Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic have been removed from the Islanders IR List just in time for tonight s game in Detroit It s a Christmas Miracle
Isles Fourth Line Getting It Done
Published: 2014-12-16
Another home ice win for the Isles even if it wasn t pretty They gave the Devils and their young goalie from Farmingville a point but they grinded it out and both Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey took the game in the shoot out Confidence is the key
History Rpeats Itself
Published: 2014-12-10
Make that recent history as in Saturday afternoon at the barn The Isles played an impressive 20 minutes followed by being outshot for 40 Missing pieces won t get them where they want to be
Isles Best Sens 3-2 In OT
Published: 2014-12-03
Even without the Isles top Defensemen they find ways of winning games -- especially at home Already without Boychuk and Visnovsky Jack Capuano also lost Cal Clutterbuck and Travis Hamonic for portions of this game that couldn t be decided in 60 and went to overtime A win but at what cost
GameDay Isles 1st Of Home And Home Vs Sens
Published: 2014-12-02
http www hockeybuzz com blog php post id 64458 With a terrific record for November behind them the calendar has a new page and the Isles have new challenges in the line-up Can first star of the week the Halak-Ness Monster keep the winning going in December It starts tonight GameDay - Game Changer