Editor's note from Dominik: The Fitz writes his take on the Jaffe news in this FanPost, so for any main-page surfers who miss the right-margin content, let's direct discussion of the Jaffe decision and speculation on replacements here.
So it was just reported by Botta over at Pointblank that Billy Jaffe's contract is not being renewed by MSG and the Islanders. As reported by Botta, this is an Islanders decision and not an MSG decision. Now I personally really liked Jaffe and thought he was great at what he did, and I am sure there are reasons why the Islanders did not want him back. They may be good reasons and they may be bad reasons.
But the comments section over at Pointblank has blown up with hysteria as usual. People are calling for Wang to sell the team because of this. They are calling the Islanders a Micky Mouse organization because of this. And people are saying they are embarrassed to be an Isles fan because of this.
Of all the dumb things this organization has done in the past, this is about number 674 on the list. It's just a play by play announcer. They come and go all the time in this business. This has zero effect on how the team performs on the ice. Why must Islander fans be so dramatic all the time? It looks like a bunch of 15 year old girls took over the comments section. This is, of course, typical of Islander fans. I mean the Islanders DARED to have Kevin Connolly announce a draft pick for them at the draft this year. How could they?! How dare a professional sports team does something that is fun! Geez, what is this a sport or something??
Islander fans need to take a chill pill.
I understand that this team has pretty much stunk since the late 80's, but it is only a sports team. I am as passionate an Islanders fan as there is, but also realize that in the grand scheme of things, who is announcing a draft pick, or who is the color commentator for a professional sports team is not that big of a deal. We need to put things in perspective. It is time to start acting like adults. Let's root for who we have on our team, not who we want. Let's support our owner and GM. And yes, criticize when necessary (like not drafting Parise and raising ticket prices a year after finishing 26th in the league).