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I Can't Do This Anymore

Posted 8:06 AM ET | Comments 7
I did some calculating last night.

By my count, the Islanders have now been in rebuilding mode for 15 consecutive years. Since the 1992-93 season, they haven't made it out of the first round of the playoffs. With 2001-02 now nothing more than a minor blip on the radar screen, in terms of regular season success, the Isles have remained stagnant for almost 5,500 calendar days. Horrendous at times, decent at best (for one full season, pretty darn good) but, overall, stagnant. Unacceptable.

In that time - 13 full seasons and 52 games into this year - I've seen the vast majority of the Isles 1,118 regular season games and 22 playoff contests in that stretch. (I hardly ever miss a game. Maybe 1 or 2 per season.) To me, that's a considerable investment. The minimal return I've gotten on that investment to this point and the fact that I cannot convince myself that it's getting any better any time soon has me at the point where I have no choice but to pull myself away a bit for my own sanity and well-being.

It hurts me, more than you know, to admit that.

I love this team. I always will.

But the organization as a whole has disappointed me too much for far too long.

I'll be a face in the back of the crowd, with regard to the Isles, for as long as I need to be, watching from a distance, keeping tabs, not letting myself get too close. I'll continue to support the Lighthouse Project, a desperate, dire need for what is quickly becoming a desperate, dire franchise. But I simply can't bear to take in every game anymore.

The talent level is not on par with the rest of the league.

There is little to no enthusiasm for this team from its fan base right now and for very good reason.

Yes, they've hung in there this season - a credit to Ted Nolan and his staff - but just "hanging in there" is not good enough for me. (Not when that's seemingly been the team credo for a decade and a half now.)

They're simply not entertaining.

It's completely unacceptable, folks and my time, as of right now, is far better spent elsewhere.

Again, you have no idea how painful it is for me to write that, but writing has always been my therapy and these words are at least honest.

I'll be back in full force eventually, I'm sure. I know I won't be able to stay away forever.

But I need some time.

Right now I just can't do it anymore.

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February 1, 2008 8:28 AM ET | Delete
Well said. I feel the same way. I cannot understand management. They have the worst offense in the league and guys like Tambelini are sitting in the AHL while a DEFENSEMAN is playing on the wing. I'm sick of hearing Nolan say that Tambs has to "earn" his spot. 5 minutes a game will show nothing. Is Chris Simon going to "earn" his spot when he's ready to come back or will he just be put back in the lineup?Last night was as boring a game I have ever seen. I can't imagine any of these kids could be any worse that what we're seeing now.
February 1, 2008 8:41 AM ET | Delete
I'm with you John. I miss maybe one or two games a year. It kills me to see this team play boring, listless hockey, night in, night out. It's gotten to the point where I don't even go to games much any more. I'd rather save the money, and stay home and watch them lose, (or win) a boring, crappy hockey game. That's anathema to every bone in my body. It's depressing. At this point, I say we blow it up. Trade hunter, trade satan, trade feds, trade vasicek, trade silli, trade comrie (can this guy drive to the net and shoot when he's got the chance???!!!) bring up the rookies and lets see what they can do. Unfortunately, this teams gotta be rebuilt from the inside out because we can't attract top talent. So lets ship out anyone who could be of any use to a team going to the playoffs, take what we can get, and see what the kids can do. It's a sellers market, lets take advantage. It's sad... I became I die hard Isles fan in '92-93 when I was 9 years old because of the run they made to the conference finals. I'm 23 now, and they haven't won A PLAYOFF SERIES since!!!
February 1, 2008 9:04 AM ET | Delete
They are brutal to watch. I'm a die hard Isles fan but I couldn't agree more. "Hanging in there" doesn't cut it for me or anyone else anymore.
February 1, 2008 11:48 AM ET | Delete
toronto maple leafs fans have been feeling the same way for 40 years...at least you guys got some in the 80s
February 1, 2008 1:24 PM ET | Delete
i really think theres hope... maybe not this year but they can dump fedotenko and some other garbage and call up tambellini, walter, nielsen, let them play out the year and see what they can do.. then start next season with them on the team, or trade either at the draft or during the offseason and improve the top two lines that way. i really think its too early to throw in the towel though... everybody is underachieving and we're still hanging around, if they somehow catch fire? maybe they can jump up to 6-7 and ride DP further into the playoffs. in ted i trust, i guess, but the last month has been BRUTAL
February 1, 2008 4:49 PM ET | Delete
Welcome to my world! As a Kings fan since 1973, I can feel your pain.....
February 1, 2008 7:15 PM ET | Delete
I wonder what has happened to Fedotenko. He used to be one of my favorite players. He starts the season off well, and then he isn't seen again for months. After the Stanley Cup performance, I really thought he would step it up and keep improving. I wonder if the 2 hip surgeries have just made it physically impossible for him to play for more than a few months. I wish him the best, and hope for him that he can turn things around somewhere. He is a class act and always great with the fans.
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