Tuesday, May 07, 2013

"...loud crowd, cheap beer, and not a bad seat in the house."

I'm a hockey fan in part because of my friend Luna, who can talk about alternate jerseys with a level of excitement that makes me dizzy. I think she'd appreciate the scrappy playoff performance of this year's New York Islanders, six years removed from their last playoff berth and farther removed from their (pictured) 1980's glory days. I just watched the Islanders tie up their playoff series with the favored Penguins and then found this salute to the team's working-class fans, who seem undaunted by the team's 2015 move to Brooklyn. I don't know if the Islanders will overcome Pittsburgh's talent in the end, but it's good to know the heart of the team's fan base remains undaunted. (The title of this post is from the Grantland article's comment section.)
This is how Islanders fan generally feel about the move to Brooklyn: It sucks for fans but is good for the team. Plus, going to Brooklyn — rather than Kansas City or Quebec, as had been rumored — is as about as painless as a franchise relocation gets. “I learned this in elementary school,” said James. “Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk — they’re all part of Long Island. They didn’t put dynamite on the border between Queens and Nassau.” James was allowing a woman to paint an Islanders’ logo onto his recently shaved head. “Will I go to Brooklyn?” he said. “Yeah. It’s easier to travel. You don’t have to deal with the traffic on Hempstead Turnpike and Meadowbrook Parkway.”

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