When the Islanders start actually playing in Brooklyn will we get treated any differently? For Instance, might we actually get coverage in the NY Post and Daily News? Its only a subway ride out of NYC and theoretically they could get a reporter to every home game. Might we even get a beat reporter from those papers? If so, I think it might help boost the fan base a little and get some more fans in the seats. Even if they are more casual fans, maybe we convert some to the lifer category. Lets be clear however, that I am not for Hipsters in Fedoras and horn rimmed glasses rocking an Islander Jersey even if it's a vintage Potvin #5.
What about the TV coverage? Perhaps the Devils get regulated to the MSG+2 on some random station in the thousands when there are too many games going on MSG networks. Let them hunt for the game by switching thru a zillion channels and miss half the first period. Maybe we actually get a post game interview to air on a major network news station for a change. Its all about resources. They only have so many reporters and cameras and they can't get to every game so travelling a news team out to Uniondale just isn't going to happen. But swinging by the Barclays to snag a reaction from JT they can fit in their schedule, especially if the Isles start enjoying a little more success.
Speaking of success...
Let's just say, that for argument purposes, that our beloved Islanders win a Stanley Cup while playing in Brooklyn. What happens after a cup win? How does NYC celebrate an Islander Championship? Do we get a parade down the Canyon of Heroes and a rally at City Hall? Will our red headed step child of a team be afforded the same accolades and admiration of the city? Do we really even want that?
I'm not sure how I feel about that. I was 12 when the dynasty years started. I remember when they were OUR team. Uniquely Long Island. Our Parade was down Hempstead Turnpike. The volunteer firehouses sounded their horns to celebrate the first cup win. Everyone did the "Lets Go Islanders" chant on their car horns. The players had dinner at Dr. G's on East Meadow Avenue. I grew up in ISLANDER COUNTRY! And it was awesome. I'm afraid that Brooklyn won't be able to match that kind of hometown team feel that I grew up loving no matter how much we win.