Full disclosure. My youngest daughter works for the NHL. I sat in a suite at Citi Field for the frozen tundra New Year’s Day classic.
The swag is tremendous (Maybe it’s because when they play indoors it’s cold… and when they play outside you can’t feel your nose…but the gear is so weather-centric, if you know what I mean). But if it’s April, despite my roundball roots…I find myself watching Sid (Don’t call me Bing) Crosby and the Penguins take on the Lou-Landers…in a raucous building that seats about the same as Carnesecca Arena. (Btw….raise your hands if you thought Chris from Brooklyn was in this for the long haul…coaching is hard…recruiting his hard….and when you have all the money you need…sometimes, it just not worth it…but I digress).
I know the local sports scene, but I am not an Islanders aficionado. I know Tavares went back home. I know they have a new building at Belmont going up sometime before Beta O’Rourke takes over 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in 2032. And I know that Double L is at the helm. And on that one….I’ve got intel.
Rod Thorn (left), Jason Kidd (right): nypost.com
Lou Lamoriello and Rod Thorn. The front office version of Clyde and The Pearl. Bird and McHale. Ali and Frazier. And in many respects…Butch and Sundance. Because if you weren’t looking, or weren’t paying attention…what you thought was yours had now become theirs. And they were my bosses in the march to the NBA Finals. Not once. But twice. In a row. Come get some!
Barry Trotz Photo: usatoday.com
And so when Lou took over the Islanders, after a stint in Toronto (kinda of felt like when Cano left the Bronx for Seattle…really?) you sat back and wondered if he still had the fastball…had analytics passed him by…could he do for the Potvins what he did for Marty and Company back in the day. And then he hires Trotz (when I see him I think he should have had a role in ‘Breaking Bad’), the team gives up 100 goals less than a year ago…and before you know it, the league had to decide if yes, even though it’s not really a hockey rink anymore…where will they start the playoffs….did you say playoffs! And Lou will sit high above the action, emoting little, confident as always, knowing what he knows that you don’t know, and looking down upon the ice expecting and demanding his troops act, play and conduct themselves a certain way. A winning way. A championship way. Or else they will be flagging an Uber on the Long Island Expressway.
But knowing Lou…he’d probably have then get a Lyft.
A normal golf tournament with Tiger in the hunt is worth a view. The Masters? You ride it for as long as it lasts.
Some of these Yankee injuries are not short term. Which is not a very positive sign on tax day.
I think you could safely say that the probable Beard/Splash Brothers second round matchup may be worth your time.
There are plans in the works to send a man to Mars. Two and half year commitment. Return flight guaranteed. How’d that work out for Matt Damon?
I didn’t see a quote from Jack Nicholson on Magic.
Lou Lamoriello Featured Photo: nypost.com