Thursday, July 19, 2007

Wow, this hurts

As those that know me well know the depth of my loathing for the other New York hockey team. So you can imagine how difficult it is for me to say this, but the Islanders did something classy and I am impressed:

"Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour will return to Long Island to coach his 1,500th regular season game with the Islanders on Saturday, November 3 when the team hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum at 7:00 pm. The legendary coach celebrates his 75th birthday on November 1. Earlier this week Arbour accepted an invitation from Ted Nolan to run the team for one last game and reach the milestone of 1,500 games coached with the franchise he led to four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 - 1983. Arbour will sign a one-day contract on Friday, November 2 and lead the team the following night against the Penguins."

Granted, they are doing it to get a sell out at a game that isn't against the Rangers, but the end result is great as the fans can honour a great hockey mind. I just wonder when they will stop clinging to their four Cup wins back when people still played with Rubik's Cubes ... my bet? Never. But that is ok, because that means they won't get their grubby hands on the hallowed silver chalice.


Anonymous said...

I can't believe you stoop to praising the Isles & then advertising it with a mass e-mail. You're no better than that network you used to work for that you so love to trash! Speaking of work, hope you and the little one had a good time at the concert.
- Night Train

Anonymous said...

Love Arbour, one of the best ever, but all this is nothing more than a publicity stunt. If the Isles really cared they would take care of the alumni, the heart and soul guys that made the organization what it is, or at least what it once was. If they want to put fans in the seats other than a Rangers game they should have a public hanging and start with Milbury. Then go down the long list of scumbags that killed this organization.