Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week … New York Islanders


It is very seldom we feature Hockey on these pages but one must give the New York Islanders their due. According to one published report … It took the New York Islanders just shy of 23 years — 8,381 days, to be exact — to finally win a postseason series. They would like to waitContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week … New York Islanders”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Clark Gillies


Gillies earned his tough-guy reputation in the Canadian Junior leagues, earning 570 penalty minutes in 201 games with the Regina Pats. In 1974, Gillies and the Pats won the Memorial Cup. Later that year, the Islanders made him their first round selection in the NHL draft, taking him 4th overall. Gillies would also be selectedContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Clark Gillies”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bobby Nystrom


Nystrom’s first full season with the Islanders was 1973–74, where he tallied 41 points as a rookie, garnering Calder Trophy consideration as Rookie of the Year (the award eventually went to teammate Denis Potvin). As Potvin now used number 5, Nystrom would wear number 23. Over the next four seasons, as the Islander team improved,Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bobby Nystrom”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mike Bossy


    In the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, he was passed over by twelve teams, with the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs ignoring him twice. However, the New York Islanders made him their first choice, 15th overall. General manager Bill Torrey was torn at first between taking Bossy and Dwight Foster. Bossy wasContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mike Bossy”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday … Billy Smith


If you thought you were going to beat the Islanders in the playoffs, then you thought you were beating Billy Smith. No Chance. He was money in the playoffs during the Islanders run. Tough and no one got near his crease or…else. Smith was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 5th round ofContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday … Billy Smith”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Denis Potvin


This season Islander fans are thrilled to be in the playoffs, but for awhile in Long Island they expected to be in the playoffs every year and usually a Stanley Cup followed. Led by their captain Denis Potvin. Potvin was drafted first overall in the 1973 National Hockey League Amateur Draft by the struggling expansionContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Denis Potvin”

Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves


  Rants: Rex Ryan …Rex being Rex can’t help himself taking a shot or two at the Jets his former team… “I wasn’t the boss anymore, I was just a guy,” Ryan told MMQB. “Whether they want to say it or not, all of a sudden I became less important to the team. “They wereContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves”

Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves


Rants: Russ Knight…who is Russ Knight? he was  hired to be an assistant frequency coordinator during Super Bowl week, posting a picture of himself and his newly acquired credential, no big deal right , he was all excited and wanted to show it off …well not so fast. The league prohibits such things for security measures. It’sContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves”

Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves


Rants: New York Giants…normally a model franchise on how to handle situations with class. But in a season that has gotten out of control on the playing field, management owes head coach Tom Coughlin and the fans a statement on the coach’s status. He should be allowed to return. The players still play hard forContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves”

Not a good year for New York Sports


2014 has not been kind to the New York teams across the board. Pick a sport any sport …Football? The Football teams are a combined 5-15. Hockey? The Hockey  teams are nothing to write home about especially the Rangers. The Basketball teams are awful although the Knicks have an excuse …New coach, new system and PhilContinue reading “Not a good year for New York Sports”