Hate to see Rangers-Islanders rivalry...

Hate to see Rangers-Islanders rivalry put on ice

There are 108 comments on the Newsday story from Oct 28, 2008, titled Hate to see Rangers-Islanders rivalry put on ice. In it, Newsday reports that:

After the fourth goal, which settled things for sure, much of the sizable Rangers portion of the crowd began singing the old sports standard, "Na Na, Hey Hey Goodbye." As derisive as that was toward the ...

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transplanted Islander fan

Greenwood Lake, NY

#1 Oct 28, 2008
wish the rag fans would stay in the city with the rest of the animals it's exactly where they belong !!!!!!!!!!
hey stupid

Bronx, NY

#2 Oct 28, 2008
If we didn't fill your building 4 times a year, the Islanders would have moved ALREADY

MORON!
Look up the actual facts

Blauvelt, NY

#3 Oct 28, 2008
To the delusional Ranger fan:

Last 3 seasons the number of sellouts have gone up at the Coliseum, but last year 2 of the times the Rangers came were not sellouts. Keep drinking the kool aid and not looking up the facts. Typical Ranger arrogance.
Oscar Madison

New York, NY

#4 Oct 28, 2008
How many times has Herrmann written this now in the last year without a word from ownership?

Herrmann lives for getting the Islanders out of here that was his point.

He just better pray Bettman does not kick his boss out of hockey because his Rags might be moving first when that happens.
Busey

North Bergen, NJ

#5 Oct 28, 2008
Look up the actual facts wrote:
To the delusional Ranger fan:
Last 3 seasons the number of sellouts have gone up at the Coliseum, but last year 2 of the times the Rangers came were not sellouts. Keep drinking the kool aid and not looking up the facts. Typical Ranger arrogance.
Here is a fact:

I got free tix for Isles-Ducks last year. Figured many people would want to see the champs and all their star players...

There were about 4000 people there. I felt bad for the players, you could hear a pin drop when they were announced.

Isles = NHL punchline
MOTH

Randolph, NJ

#6 Oct 28, 2008
If the Islanders put together a team with a winning record, they'd get 16,000 fans at $100 per ticket. That's $1.6M per game, $67.2M per season. The arena doesn't matter. The lousy ownership and management do. This column is garbage. Fans aren't required to show up just because the team is there.
Go figure

Campbell Hall, NY

#8 Oct 28, 2008
The Isles stink because their owner is a nit wit foreigner who has no clue about hockey. LI is a cesspool and the Islanders would be smart to move to another city.

“say what you mean...”

Since: Nov 07

and mean what you say.

#9 Oct 28, 2008
transplanted Islander fan wrote:
wish the rag fans would stay in the city with the rest of **** it's exactly where they belong !!!!!!!!!!
so i guess you transplanted yourself in uniondale...lol
Wantagh LI Fan

Maspeth, NY

#10 Oct 28, 2008
The ownership is a joke. Backup goalie as GM, decisions by committee? 15 year contract to a busted goalie who hasn't proved a thing? What about the 10 year contract to Yashin? How about the trade for Ryan Smyth and then offering slightly more than Colorado? Factor in cost of living and it was a no brainer for Smyth. If this were just about a new building, they would have broke ground. This is about Wang wanting hotels, condos and malls. He's basically holding the town and the fans hostage. Sell the team to an owner who will build a new arena and who will not mettle in hockey affairs.

I'm embarrassed to be an Islanders fan. You'd think the local papers would at least paint the full picture of what's actually happening here.
Oscar Madison

New York, NY

#11 Oct 28, 2008
Wantaugh,

You talk like the Cablevision crew in the city has not made a ton of bad decisiions themselves spending 600m to finish behind Milbury and Kvasha all those years.
skating on sand

Henderson, NV

#12 Oct 28, 2008
ranger fans can sing "Na na na na ..." all they want because the Islander fans can counter with the old Bob Dylan song, "You ain't goin' nowhere".
4therecord

Belmar, NJ

#13 Oct 28, 2008
busey there werent 4,000 people there. Definitely empty seats but 25% of the stadium,I dont think so.
Busey

North Bergen, NJ

#14 Oct 28, 2008
4therecord wrote:
busey there werent 4,000 people there. Definitely empty seats but 25% of the stadium,I dont think so.
Yes there were. And that is being generous.

I had a 20 minute conversation with the usher about it. He tried to convince me "its never this bad". He tried to blame it on being a weeknight...hahahahahahahaha
Busey

North Bergen, NJ

#15 Oct 28, 2008
skating on sand wrote:
ranger fans can sing "Na na na na ..." all they want because the Islander fans can counter with the old Bob Dylan song, "You ain't goin' nowhere".
was that song out last time the Isles won the cup?
Gary

New York, NY

#16 Oct 28, 2008
Renney is wrong. Going back to a more balanced schedule is the best thing the league has done recently. As a fan, I want to see ALL the teams - even the Western teams and their star players - each season. Who cares if we see the local rivals 6 times or 8 times?

Another thing that should be changed is the "dark jerseys at home" rule. Sure, you get to see the home team's colors every game, but on visiting teams all you see is white, white, white. It's like you're playing the same team every game.

The dark jerseys are by far the most attractive. I want to see the Canadiens' red, the Maple Leafs' blue, the Sharks' teal, etc. when I attend a game.

I know it was done to sell more merchandise, but I think it stinks.
Willie

United States

#18 Oct 28, 2008
Go figure wrote:
The Isles stink because their owner is a nit wit foreigner who has no clue about hockey. LI is a cesspool and the Islanders would be smart to move to another city.
And the Rangers owner is the most brillant owner in the NHL? I don't think he has too much of a clue either. When the last time any championship banner was raised up at MSG?

Since: Oct 08

Freehold, NJ

#19 Oct 28, 2008
Willie wrote:
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And the Rangers owner is the most brillant owner in the NHL? I don't think he has too much of a clue either. When the last time any championship banner was raised up at MSG?
wait, so a team's ownership is clueless unless they win it all?? So 29 of 30 owners each year don't know what they are doing? I think there are many good teams and a few excellent teams, and all of those teams have decent ownership and a good plan in place. They don't become stupid by virtue of the fact that they don't win the Cup.
There's a difference between thoughtful owners who put a competitive product on the ice and those who run the 4 or 5 perenially dismal teams who never really progress from year to year. You have to admit that the Islanders are in the latter group. Even the majority of Isles fans on this board seem to back that view.
skating on sand

Henderson, NV

#20 Oct 28, 2008
Busey wrote:
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was that song out last time the Isles won the cup?
"WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS" 4 times!
Garth Snow

Danbury, CT

#21 Oct 28, 2008
MOTH wrote:
If the Islanders put together a team with a winning record, they'd get 16,000 fans at $100 per ticket. That's $1.6M per game,$67.2M per season. The arena doesn't matter. The lousy ownership and management do. This column is garbage. Fans aren't required to show up just because the team is there.
I don't know why this post was judged poorly. He makes an excellent point. Pure business logic to me.
Busey

Melville, NY

#22 Oct 28, 2008
skating on sand wrote:
<quoted text>"WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS" 4 times!
thank you for making my point.

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