The Islanders/Rangers rivalry has been one of the best in sports. The push and pull, and sometimes general hatred, of each group is legendary. Documentaries have been made highlighting this match up. With good reason. Regardless of their respective records the matchup results in a pretty good tilt. It is one of the most heated rivalries in sports, much less hockey. The teams and their fans, love to hate each other. Even Capitan JT chimed in this year about his hatred of the Rangers. So let’s go?!
While the Islanders and Rangers rarely play each other in a meaningful game. The 1994 playoff in which the Islanders were swept by the Rangers on their way to hoisting the Stanley Cup is the exception. But this first game of the year is not that. In fact it is more like a match up of the 1997 – 2002 teams. Which is to say there is nothing exciting in this match up, except history. Ked and I have both lamented our teams and their starts. I can’t even muster up excitement that the Rangers are off to a horrible start at 1-5-1. The Islanders aren’t fairing much better at 2-3-1.
Alright now that I have that mopey stuff off of my chest. Here’s what I really hope happens tonight. I hope the sad sack teams that we live and die by get their collective shit together and have a good old fashioned throw down! I hope that they play, as they should, like their seasons depend on it. Which in the Islanders case, may not be far from the truth. To do teams and their rivalry justice. To give the fans a show worthy of the rivalry. While maybe not like this, a donnybrook between two worthless teams in 1998, I hope that type of vigor is at least present on the ice.
Wow, those Isles sweaters! What an abomination! Left over fish stick jerseys with the old crest. Sorry, I just threw up in my mouth. At least the Rangers have the good sense not to mess with a classic look.
For a team that released this: IT’S TIME TO START PROVING PEOPLE WRONG! Right now, we aren’t, not the least of which are those smug bastards in Manhattan.
So, as you are headed to the game or a local watering hole, I sincerely hope that whichever team wins, that our teams use this as a springboard to playing to each of their abilities. I don’t want to write another mopey piece. I want Ked or I to be able to lay the smack down during these meet ups and do some serious chirping. After all, what is hockey without the chirping.