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there's a broken nose cause it's come to blows

Day 59 of 365: a year in songs and photos

Song: Supersuckers, Fisticuffs

Taken at Islanders/Devils game, Nassau Coliseum

Isles won 4-1, making them 4-0 against the Devils this season.

A couple of really good fights. OLD TIME HOCKEY!

I officially love the new lens with the new camera. I got some awesome shots at this game even though I was up in section 331. I took about 700 photos total. Seriously. That’s not an exaggeration. I think it was 714. I’ll post my favorites tomorrow – too much to go through tonight. I bet I end up putting up about 50 of those 700. This is why I love digital. I can click all night and not feel like I’m wasting anything.

Overall, a decent game with a good crowd and a nice outcome. We went with a whole bunch of people and it was the most fun I’ve had at a hockey game since 1983.

I love this game.

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Al Arbour will be coaching the Islanders for tonight’s game against the Penguins. It’s a publicity stunt aimed at getting Arbour his 1500th game coached. Publicity stunt or not, of course I will be watching. I’d go to the game, but I don’t want to have to sell a kidney to be able to afford tickets and parking.

Last week we ordered a new sports package from Optimum that gives us the NHL Classics channel. I have been in my glory watching this channel. I’ve watched the Islanders win the cup against the Oilers, I’ve watched old favorites like Marcel Dionne and Rick Vaive in their glory days. Nostalgia takes over and I’m once again on Hempstead Turnpike in front of the Coliseum with thousands of other drunken, ecstatic Islander fans celebrating our first Stanley Cup. Or I’m in my mother’s house at another one of her famous Playoff Parties, all our friends there, the house erupting in shouts of joy every time the Islanders scored.

I want to relive all of this, to watch once again the games I experienced in person; Bossy scoring 50 games, the 15 game win streak of 82, the game where carried around a banner that said May The Fourth Be With You (which was later stolen), the Cup winning game against the North Stars, which will always and forever be the best sporting event I have ever attended.

Of all the sports teams I have loved, there has been no relationship like mine with the Islanders. They are, even more than the Yankees (who have been in my life longer), so much a part of the fabric of my life. The passion I have for them, and for hockey, is part nostalgia, part loyalty, and all about the love of a game.

I watched a classic game with my son (the Ranger fan) yesterday; another Islander cup victory. As we saw the team celebrating on the ice I rattled off the names of the players, recognizing them all by face and not jersey. My son was astounded and, dare I say, impressed. He thinks of me as this casual sports fan who can’t possibly know as much as he does, and when I looked at the tv and said “there’s Dave Langevin and Billy Carroll and Clark Gillies….” I could tell he was surprised. We almost had a bonding moment there until he saw a small nostalgic tear form in my eye.

“You’re not gonna cry, are you?” in that disgusted way that only a 14 year old can affect.
I shot back, “Aren’t you the kid that cried when the Rangers got knocked out of the playoffs?”

And there went the possibility of bonding over hockey. It just can’t happen when you are diametrically opposed, team-wise.

So yes, I will watch tonight’s publicity stunt with a smile, remembering all the joy Al Arbour’s coaching skills brought to my life in the 80’s. Shame I have to live in the glory of the past.

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how about a community ass kicking?

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Friends and community leaders in Newport News plan to hold a “community hug” for Michael Vick tonight.

The Reverend Marcellus Harris says the community wants to emphasize Vick’s right to due process and that the rush to judge him is premature.

People never cease to amaze me.

You know what they should have instead? A community revenge night. Tie the fucker to a pole, dress him in a suit made of raw meat, then let all the dog that he and his cohorts trained to be fighters loose on him.

So we’ve got the Vick football scandal, baseball has steroids, basketball has its douchebag ref…..thank god the worst thing going on in hockey is only that it has a dumbass commissioner. THE NHL IS PURE!

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