The Islanders just signed a 25 year lease agreement at the new Barclay Center but someone forgot to tell them the Barclay Center is in “the city”.
I once dated an Islander fan who was the antithesis if everything I am. He hated New York City. The only reason he ever crossed the Nassau County Line was to go to work.
He was an LIRR “Dashing Dan” who couldn’t wait to get off the train and run his toes through his New Hyde Park lawn. He was an Islander fan during the “dynasty”.
I am a lifelong Ranger fan. I live to suck bus fumes and feel the concrete under my feet. I moved to Long Island in the 80’s because I couldn’t find a house I could afford in Queens. I live in hope of moving back to the city some day.
Brooklyn and Queens are home to me. Both of my children were born in Brooklyn. The two New York City boroughs on Long Island are not home to the natives of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Nassau and Suffolk are home to the Islander’s fan base.
Islander fans will not travel to Brooklyn. Let me repeat that in case you didn’t get it the first time. The current fan base of the Islanders, who number about 5000 to 7000 fans per home game (not counting Ranger and Devil games at the Mausoleum), WILL NOT TRAVEL TO BROOKLYN!
They will not pay $25.00 per ticket round trip from LIRR Zone 10. They will not spend two hours getting to and from a game when they are used to driving their gas guzzling SUV’s 45 minutes and parking in Uniondale. Only crazy Nassau and Suffolk Ranger fans travel.
Islander fans will not do it. No one can tell me they will commute to games in Brooklyn. I’d bet my highly mortgaged house on it. People will travel from all over the Greater New York area and beyond to see Barbra Streisand at the Barclay Center. She’s Barbra for crissakes! They will not travel to Brooklyn to see the Islanders.
The Islanders might go deep in the playoffs next year and they still won’t fill the building. The Devils always have playoff tickets available, even for the Stanley Cup Final. Why would anyone think the situation would be any different with the Islanders in Brooklyn?
Why in hell did they sign a lease as long as DiPietro’s contract? Wang doesn’t give a crap. He’s ready to sell the team anyway. This is the most ridiculous outcome one could have imagined.
I predict that in five years the Islanders will become a burden on the NHL in the same manner as the Phoenix Coyotes. I hope the NHL has to make good on that lease agreement once the future owner of the Islanders declares bankruptcy.
And, as usual, it will be the profitable, established teams that will have to make up for the shortfall in yet another money grabbing lockout by the owners seven years from the end of this present lockout.
This all smells like dead fish, pun intended.
The only silver lining is that Fishstick fans can drag out their Gorton’s Fisherman jerseys from mothballs. After all, the Barclay’s Center isn’t far from Sheepshead Bay.
This one’s for you, Fishstick Fans:
Memories, Like the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures, Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? could we?
Memories, may be beautiful and yet
What’s too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget
So it’s the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember…
The way we were…
The way we were…