Archive for January 7, 2011

Was Howie Rose fired?

Posted in Islanders on January 7, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

:08 – “Is it Spring Training yet?”

:44 – “Hey let me know how this game turns out…Not that I particularly care.”

If you don’t know, Howie Rose is the play-by-play television broadcaster for the New York Islanders and the New York Mets. He’s been with the Islanders broadcast team since 1995, but last November he made a big mistake. While not knowing he was on-air, he expressed his true feelings about Islanders hockey and bashed them on live television. Since I’ve been home for break, Howie hasn’t broadcasted a single game. The Islanders have been broadcasted by Jiggs McDonald, the man who was replaced by Rose in ’95. Jiggs was with the Isles broadcast team from 1980-1995 and witnessed three Stanley Cups while working for them. So, was Howie fired? If so, I’ll be more than happy if Jiggs is here to stay.

As for Rose, I wouldn’t mind if he leaves. We all know he grew up a die-hard Rangers fan in Brooklyn and has never been the biggest Islanders supporter. But this season, I’ve tolerated him because he’s been paired up with the passionate former Islander, Butch Goring. Expressing his lack of caring for this hockey team is a fireable offense. When I watch my Islanders, I want to hear a commentator who shares the same passion for Islander hockey – not some Ranger fan acting like he cares about my team. If I was Charles Wang, I would let him go and bring back Jiggs for good!


The Great Jiggs McDonald


UPDATE: Howie Rose has not been fired. He is taking time off for winter break during the Islanders’ west coast trip.

Officially Knicks and Islanders Season

Posted in Islanders, Knicks on January 7, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

For the past week, I decided to a take a little vacation from the website and rest up for 2011. While on break, I went down to Washington D.C to check out a Capitals game. Having gone to the Nassau Coliseum my entire life, I’ve forgotten the fantastic experience of a crowded hockey game. The Verizon Center is a great arena to watch a hockey game and Caps fans are very passionate. During the game, former Islander Dwayne Roloson was in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning. This season for the Isles, Roloson was 6-13. In his first game with his new team, Roloson records an impressive 30+ save shutout against one of the best teams in the league. Go figure.

Now with the 2010 New York Giants being a distant memory, it’s now time to fully focus on the surging Knicks and the struggling Islanders. For the past week, the Knicks have been on fire winning four of their last six games. With this streak, the Knicks have climbed to 6th place in the Eastern Conference. They had their most impressive win of the season last Tuesday, handing the Spurs only their fifth loss of the season.

Even though the Islanders have significantly struggled this season, they’ve had a recent hot streak. Before their loss to the Edmonton Oilers last night, the Isles won six of their past seven games. This streak included back to back wins against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings, the two best teams in the NHL. Even though there’s probably a 1% chance that the Islanders will make the playoffs, I would like to see them make a good run during the second half of the season. Hopefully the team can gain a respectable number of points and use a strong second half performance to gain momentum for next season.