(Ed. note: A few days ago, I posted a story about Rick DePietro meeting some pro wrestlers and made a few jokes about how bad the Islanders are. This did not sit well with Island residents.
Said IaM Polynomial C of Islander Mania, the official message board of the New York Islanders:
Whoever that guy is, he obviously is full of ****. Probably a Rags fan or just somebody who REALLY hates the Isles.
Neither in fact, I just go for easy targets because I’m lazy. Whatever the indignities hurled my way — being called a Ranger fan! — it appears that trashing the Islanders will get my hitcount up, so here we go again.)
For Islander fans, no news should probably be considered good news.
I’m no expert, but if Sports Illustrated does a 27-page photo essay on your team, you don’t want the following words in its opening paragraph: “Wallowing in mediocrity,” “almost comical ineptitude,” “14 losing seasons.”
But that’s how SI’s spread on the Isles started. And it really only got worse from there.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the Isles’ catastrophic slide began, but the 1988-89 season seems as good a place as any. Under Terry Simpson, the third-year successor to legendary coach Al Arbour, the team opened by winning only seven of its first 27 games, prompting GM Bill Torrey to bring back Arbour — to no avail. The Isles finished tied with Quebec for the NHL’s worst record (28-47-5).
SI goes on to detail the many ways in which ownership and management drove the team straight into the ground since those glorious years of the late 1970s and early ’80s, and the adjectives are perhaps not as flowery as Isles fans would like.
Just to hammer the point home and really stir the pot over at Islander Mania, who here recognizes these guys? SI is so full of ****, probably Rags fans or a publication that REALLY hates the Islanders.