Among my family and friends, Hockey talk can get pretty heated. Even causing silence between for long periods of time.
Aside from the mutual respect the devils and islanders fans seem to have, at least from my experiences...
How come whenever the rangers beat the islanders, its always "its because you suck"...but whenever the islanders beat the rags...its always "excuse a-b-c-d." Like last weekend. Clearly they cannot accept the loss, they have to say well...we had off for a week, we were coming from Europe...Staal was out. And When rangers beat the isles, They rub it in our face, we accept it. We dont play the excuse game.
But When I bring up the fact we missed the playoffs last yr because of 4 reasons: 570 man games lost including our best defensemen, a half yr of Okposo, and a revolving door in net, a 20 game losing streak that saw 2 different head coaches and the indoctrination of a new system, and the fact our team last yr was essentialy an AHL team...It automaticaly goes back to "sounds like excuses to me"
As well as boston fans, and Pittsburgh fans, they fail too realize the bad seasons when they were the bottom feeders. How all those teams, like the islanders, never really finished better than 7/8th in the playoffs, missing the tourney all together over the past few seasons...how Pittsburgh shit the bed for 5 yrs to rebuild. Funny how those little minor details escape a fans mind. Yet we live through, we accept, and hope to reap the benefits. We have no less glory than the rangers since 1994.
::End hockey rant::