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Let’s take a moment to laugh at the Islanders

Ahh, Twitter. The advent and progression of Twitter, and social media as a whole, has certainly changed the course of sociology, specifically how humans receive and process information. Hockey fans, for instance, would have had to take a sick day to stay tuned to NHL Network (I actually was sick and still don’t recommend this) during the trade deadline on Monday to find that their favorite Hayes was traded. Instead, all we had to do was follow Bob or Darren or Elliotte on Twitter to see which conditional pick we were getting for whom.

But shockingly, we’re not going to discuss the pros and cons – of each, there are many – of social media here. Instead, let’s focus on one specific hot ticket item that was handed to us on a silver platter yesterday thanks to News 12 Long Island and the hilarious hashtag #DearJohn. Presented without comment (yet):

There is undoubtedly a lot to unpack here but first – L O FREAKING L. I mean, are you serious with this?

Now, this could just be a brilliant PR move by my beloved News 12 LI, the public access network that used to let a very young me know whether or not I had a snow day (back in the day that you had to wait for your school district to scroll past alphabetically, particularly painful for a ‘P’ school after all the ‘Our Lady of’ schools). Really, the #DearJohn hashtag went berserk and that painful video got 86,700 views as of 8pm last night. There was reference to a longer, 3 minute version of the video which undoubtedly got more hits to LI’s News12 site than your usual day.

But, really?

Let’s examine just how mental this is. The transcript, for your reference:

I don’t know where the sense of entitlement comes from, cause as a Long Island native I can assure you we don’t expect much from our sports teams, but good lord. First of all, kids should look up to Tavares. He played exceptionally well on teams that didn’t seem to want to do much. He maintained a straight and narrow lifestyle despite being a bonafide millionaire in an atmosphere where rich men in his position (COUGH KANE) abuse their money, fame and lifestyle. He got the chance to play for his childhood team. We all lauded Kevin Shattenkirk for coming to the Rangers; imagine some nasty Avs, Blues, or Caps fans giving him hell for doing so? Since when does talent mean you have to suffer a lifetime of losing? Paging Connor McDavid!

Secondly, the whole loving Long Island thing is insane because the team’s been mismanaged and playing primarily in Brooklyn for the past few years. During a winning season, their fans still aren’t even sure where they’re playing. I asked my lifelong Isles fan brother if he was going to see them play at the Coliseum a couple of weeks ago and he responded he didn’t even know they were playing there. I mean, hello.

Third, and possibly most hilariously, pajama boy??? A- it was his bedsheets and B- why are we trash talking pajamas? Pajamas are wonderful. I come home from work and all I want are my damn pajamas. Give it a rest.

Now, I guess I could imagine being salty if my team took a horrible turn for the worst as a result of my captain leaving, but let’s check in on the standings:

Would you look at that? First place! What a treat for a team that lost an #elite forward in the offseason. So why exactly are the fans making total fools of themselves, crying for a player who made the choice to play elsewhere? It’s actually impressive that a select group of fans can manage to embarrass the fanbase even while their team leads the Metro Division.

Lastly, and perhaps most disconcerting, is that the legacy of Long Island bagels is being tested now thanks to the little brother of bagel shops, Bagel Boss. To give you a feel for Bagel Boss, they’re the deli that was 24 hours so you’d only go when you were really in some distress, like wasted at 2am and in the dire need for some carbs. Bagel Boss is a 2am visit, not a 9am. They’re effectively the booty call of bagel shops. And subpar bagels aside, this is why:

That’s right, it’s a giant 91 with a slash through it.

Honestly, cancel the Stanley Cup Finals this year – the true entertainment will come this Thursday night when whiny Isles fans get to host the Leafs, and hockey fans everywhere get to laugh about it.

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  • For those who who do not think that coaches matter, the Isles have less talent than last year and yet are where they are in the standings.

    And they went from giving up 4-5 goals a game last year (just not against the Rangers, lol) to being one of the best defensive teams in the league. Again, with less talent.

    I think it’s worked out. If they had gotten a scorer at the trade deadline then I think that they would be serious players in the playoffs. But then again, TB…

    • “And they went from giving up 4-5 goals a game last year (just not against the Rangers, lol) to being one of the best defensive teams in the league. Again, with less talent”

      @I’m 100% certain that that .940 Sv% by Robin Lehner is completely sustainable and we should expect a contiuned run of domiance by the NY Islanders. I mean, its not like we have any prior evidence of a team relying solely on goaltending completely falling apart very quickly true?@

    • Coaching and Lehner running with his second chance.

    • Islanders are getting incredible goaltending and IMO this is the biggest reason…..If the goaltending implodes there is nothing that Trotz or anyone else can do….I always liked Trotz, but it’s always about the goaltending….major Example: Henrik Lundqvist, who can make any coach look great.

  • They will definitely win another Cup before the Rangers ever do. Lou Lamerillo knows his to build a team.

    • Only one thing to say to this type of disloyal fan sentiment—NINETEEN EIGHTY-THREE. And as far as Lou Lamoriello is concerned, he’ll be fitted with a pine box long before another NHL championship ring.

  • Islander fans are the worst. The franchise is a joke, imagine winning 4 titles in a row and managing to flush that legacy down the toilet within 20 years thanks to inept clowns like Mike Milbury, Rick DiPietro, and John Spano. They’ve gotten what they’ve deserved as a fan base after the too-easily-earned dynasty of 1980-83.

    They won their titles without class, so it makes sense that they now despise the classiest player since Pat Lafontaine to wear the Fishsticks jersey. They hate Tavares yet still love drunken wifebeater Denis Potvin and vicious thug goalie Billy Smith. It figures.

    Really glad you singled out this behavior, Becky. Only the Joey Buttafuocos and Amy Fishers that populate Long Island would lack the self-awareness to not realize how pathetic that video makes them look. They had Tavares for nine seasons. That’s a long time in modern sports, and they did nothing with him. Better for them to be bitter and self-deceptive than honestly self-critical I guess.

    This video is so lame that it deserves a special place in hockey history, to permanently define Islander fans as whiny, crybaby egotists who don’t deserve an NHL franchise.

    • I grew up on Long Island and loved it. Fortunately for me I am old enough to have become a hockey fan, and Rangers fan, long before the Islanders came into existence. Joey and MaryJo Buttafucco lived about a mile from my home. They were both in my younger brother’s graduating class in high school while Joey’s older brother Robert was in mine. But, I had a guy who was much more famous and for the right reasons in my graduating class–Jerry Seinfeld.

      The video and the fans who are looking to boo John Tavares are displaying no class whatsoever. Back in their glory years I recall Islanders’ fans as being generally insufferable too. Tavares played nine seasons and was a class guy at all times. He seems to be having a blast as a member of the Leafs. The sour grapes being displayed are inappropriate. One would hope that the boo birds get drowned out by fans whose heads aren’t stuck in their nether regions.

        • Ha yeah, my home town has a load of famous people whot were my contemporaries. I am five years older than him, but Brian Setzer of Stray Cats and big band fame lived four houses down from my family’s home. Brian and I had the same guitar teacher. That Brian became a rock star and me a lawyer says a lot about our respective talents and practice habits. Similarly, I played with Eliot (Steinberg) Eason, the lead guitarist for the Cars. Finally, for my last brush with fame, Alexander Baldwin, the father of Alec Baldwin and the rest of the Baldwin brothers, was one of my Social Studies teachers in high school.

          I did play more hockey than they did though!

  • I try not to waste my energy discussing the Islanders. We have enough issues in our own house to worry about.

    • Would it be….Jesper Fast? Just taking a wild guess here.

      While I disagree with your overall opinion on Fast, I gotta say your post this morning struck me as oddly hilarious.

  • this video is proof positive to Rangers fans around the world that god does in fact exist.
    thank you baby Jesus.
    So much emotion for Johnny PJ’s leaving. Literally no emotion for the years of crooked, money laundering, millionaire failures, project failures, stadium fails and Barclay blues, the goons and the trading away world class franchise players…
    but JT leaving gets a video!
    thank you baby Jesus for showing us what hockey hell really looks like.
    1st place, ha! It’ll take a few cups, players trophies and records setting seasons to right all their wrongs. And then they’ll be able to work on being a classy organization.

  • Again, this is a sport and in the end a Business. The real hero’s are the ones who wake up every morning and protect our freedoms and our way of life here. Without those hero’s we can’t have these guys getting paid very well to play a sport(s).Quit crying and whining about a player getting traded, it happed(s).

  • I wouldn’t laugh too hard

    Last time I looked they were in first place in a very competitive Metro Division with 79 points – 16 points ahead of our boys who hopefully are now ready to embrace the tank in all its glory….

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