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Shout Out of the Week

Posted in Mets, Shout Out of the Week on August 12, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Meet Intern James “Blue Knight” Costanzo: a native of lovely Patchogue and a die-hard Mets and Jets fan. He has done a fantastic job for us, but I believe this was the highlight of the summer. Since it was his final day in the office, James decided to make a bold statement and rock a Lastings Milledge shirt to work. Anyone who has the balls to wear this shirt deserves a round of applause. If you guys don’t remember Lastings Milledge, he was the most hyped Mets prospect since Darryl Strawberry. The dude was supposed to be the next Willie Mays. Instead, he was remembered as the guy with awesome dreads who couldn’t hit a home run to save his life in Shea. So this week’s SOTW goes to our interns James and Priyanka “Go Orange” Vohra for working their asses off for us the last three months.

Nobody Fucked with Lastings



Kudos to MSG on Giving the Isles Some Love!

Posted in Islanders, Rangers, Shout Out of the Week on June 7, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Bravo MSG Network! Never in a million years did I think MSG would put together an hour long show about the New York Islanders. With guys like Al Trautwig, Sam Rosen, Dave Maloney, and Kenny Albert all part of the MSG staff, I’ve always assumed that the network wanted nothing to do with the Isles. Most young Rangers fans haven’t felt the intensity of the Rangers-Islanders rivalry since it’s been 17 years since the two teams met in the playoffs. But guys like Trautwig, Rosen, and Albert all bled Ranger blue during a time of the Islanders’ dynasty. Deep down they’ve had to have grown an intense hatred for Potvin, Bossy, Gillies, Trots, and all the Islander greats. For Dave Maloney, he played for the Rangers during a time when the Blue Shirts couldn’t come close to matching the Islanders greatness.

J.P Parise Completed the Upset Over the Rangers in the '75 Playoffs

But tonight, Trautwig and the MSG network swallowed their pride and actually put together a documentary for my beloved hockey club. It was magnificent. Trautwig hosted the show that had exclusive interviews with Ed Westfall, Denis Potvin, Bobby Nystrom, and Clark Gillies. For most of the show, MSG broadcasted Game One of the 1975 First Round matchup between the Rangers and Islanders. In the series, the Blue Shirts were heavily favored while the Isles were just excited to make the playoffs in only its third season as a franchise. During the game, Trautwig interviewed Gillies about his thoughts about that series. The Islanders would go on to win that game and the series 3-2 (They even showed J.P. Parise’s overtime goal in Game 3 to clinch the series at the Garden).

I also have to admit, it was fun watching Trautwig act as if he were an Islanders fan. I definitely noticed a pissed off tone in his voice when he discussed Parise’s goal. So for this week, let’s give a shout out to the MSG network for letting us know they haven’t forgotten about our Islanders.

Roloson and Bergenheim Representing the Island Well

Posted in Islanders, Shout Out of the Week on May 5, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching some former Islanders shine in the postseason for Tampa Bay. I was always a Dwayne Roloson fan when he played on the Island. Two seasons ago, he was very consistent behind net with a 23-18 record – not too bad when playing  for a sub-.500 team. Not only were Roloson’s stats impressive for the Isles, but he also seemed to enjoy playing here. Unlike Evgeni Nabokov, Roloson took pride playing for the Islanders. His goalie mask, which had former Islanders goalie great Billy Smith painting on, showed that he understood the past success of our franchise. Ironically, right after he was traded from the Islanders to the Lightning during the week of New Year’s, I had the opportunity to watch him make his Lightning debut against the Capitals in Washington D.C. Because he was only with Tampa Bay for less than two days at the time, he had no time to change his goalie mask. Nothing was better that night than watching Roloson with his Lightning sweater on while rocking a bright Orange Islander goalie mask.

Roloson Has Been Unstoppable this Postseason

The other former Islander playing for the Lightning is playoff-super hero Sean Bergenheim. Before signing with the Lightning before the season, Bergenheim was an Islander for five year. During that time, he recorded 40 goals and 40 assists. He was a first round draft pick for the Isles in 2002 and he certainly didn’t disappoint during his time in Nassau. He was one of the few European hockey players who returned to the Islanders after the NHL lockout. He was a loyal player who was certainly respected throughout Islander Nation. This postseason, Bergenheim has become a stud. In this past series against the Capitals, he scored four goals including two tonight that clinched the series. Congrats to Rolly and Bergy on having outstanding postseasons so far. We will be pulling for you.

Shout Out of the Week

Posted in Shout Out of the Week on April 18, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

So on Saturday I was flipping through the channels at the baseball house, and what do I find? “VH1’s Behind the Music- 50 Cent.” Gotta admit, that was some intense shit. I knew the whole story about him getting shot nine times and everything, but I didn’t realize how he was this hard. So for this week’s SOTW, I have to give it to Queens’ own Curtis Jackson.

(watch the rest of the episode in six different parts on YouTube)

Happy Birthday to the Mother of 5 Borough Sports!

Posted in Shout Out of the Week on April 3, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Happy St. Patty’s Day

Posted in Shout Out of the Week on March 17, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Greatest New York Irish song of all-time:

Here’s a little faster version:

Shout Out of the Week

Posted in Islanders, Shout Out of the Week on March 7, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

The NHL Store – in my opinion is the greatest store in New York City. Whenever I find myself walking around midtown, I will always make my way towards 47th and 6th to stop by. This afternoon, I literally spend an hour in the store and didn’t even come close to buying a single thing. This leads to my only problem about the store – their wallet-raping prices. I’ve been to the NHL store 20+ times in my life, and I’ve only bought two things – a Bruins shotglass and an adjustable Hartford Whalers hat. Last year, I saw a vintage Islanders t-shirt cost $45 so I had to complain to an employee. He explained that the prices suck for the local fans, but international tourists throw money at anything that moves. So the NHL has been making a huge profit from those guys.

Awesome Summer Apparel

Nonetheless, the NHL Store is an orgasmic experience for anyone who loves hockey. The jerseys they sell are mind-blowing (Gretzky on the Blues? Joe Sakic on the Nordiques? Wow!!). Their new stuff for the summer is sick. With some vintage thin three-quarter sleeve shirts (see right) and new team flip-flops, you will be ready to represent your favorite squad while chilling at the beach. The store has also given the Islanders a little more love over the past year. Not only is there a 15 foot poster of John Tavares on the wall, but there are new Islanders merchandise all over the store. There were tons of vintage Islanders sweatshirts, new Islanders’ fleeces, and fantastic waffle shirts. What’s also great about the store is that the NHL Network airs it’s radio show “NHL Live” in a booth located inside. We can watch hots Bob McKenzie, Kevin Allen, and Ed Olczyk talk live during their two hour show.

So if you’ve never been to the NHL Store, you have to go – even if you’re not a hockey fan. It’s an incredible experience and you will be shocked with all of their awesome merchandise. Tomorrow night I will make my way out to Uniondale to watch the Isles take on the Leafs. $13 seats right behind the net – gotta love the Coliseum.


Is This Heaven?

John Tavares and Patrice Bergeron Listed at 15 feet

A Piece of Ben Affleck's Wardrobe

The Outside