Thrilled for the eternal punching bags of sports in this area, the
Even as a number one seed you get the impression that were underdogs
thru the playoffs.
No team anywhere has had less results over twenty five years.
One playoffs series win, cannot do any worse than that and still be
They opened this season on a weeknight to 5,000 fans. The first
weekend game drew 8,000 fans, even when the Isles were packing the
house and getting a lot of noise.
The basketball sides never had a rivalry, there was never an
Islanders-Rangers history between the two teams. Basically the Knicks
were good or the Knicks were bad, they played one playoff series in
twenty five years, Knicks won the best of three very quietly.
This is new ground in the sports market in NY because it's one thing
for the Hockey operation in New Jersey to outdo the Rangers.
It's something totally different if Basketball outdoes the Knicks,
and look out if the Nets win the NBA title because that will kind of
put the Nets where the Isles were in 1980. But this is basketball,
it's a much bigger thing in the sports picture today.
Dolan and co will have to spend big to get something they own to win
and take the spotlight, the Knicks have a salary cap and nothing can
buy their way out of the problems they have. The Knicks are going to
be a bad team for a long time.
That money is going to go to the Rangers, they are going to have to
do something to get that building some spotlight.