May 2009

Monthly Archive

Nassau NOT on Forbes’ Most Miserable Sports Location List

Posted by on 10 May 2009 | Tagged as: General, Off Season

Call it a ray of hope, if anything a slight glimmer of hope – but Nassau County, Long Island was NOT on the Forbes top 10 most miserable sports location list. Unfortunately for 10 other locations, they were – but for once the Islanders were spared any further embarrassment.

Not really sure what goes into the thought behind these types of lists, playoff record, championship record or a combination of arenas, location and the aforementioned records combined.

Here is a quick rundown of the top 10 most miserable:

1. Seattle, Washington
2. Atlanta, Georgia
3. Buffalo, New York
4. Phoenix, Arizona
5. Houston, Texas
6. San Diego, California
7. Denver, Colorado
8. Cleveland, Ohio
9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
10. Kansas City, Missouri

What makes me chuckle deep down inside after reading the list, was coming to the Kansas City listing at number ten. For all the talk of the potential relocation of the Islanders to KC – they sure do rank low in terms of a valuable sports location.

Check out the whole article-slideshow on the Forbes website.

Watch Okposo and Team USA on Universal Sports!

Posted by on 07 May 2009 | Tagged as: General, News

Every now and then I get interesting emails that are just little gems of information and way too good not to post about, today was one of those days I guess.

Kyle Okposo - Team USAPrior to today I had never known that you can watch the World Championships online or anywhere on television. Had I know this, I would certainly have watched Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo every step of the way through the tournament and blogged about the progress. Thanks to a heads up from the nice folks over at Universal Sports, viewing the worlds is now possible.

According to the information I received today; Universal Sports (www.universalsports.com), a channel and website partnered with NBC that highlights Olympic Sports all year long (formerly WCSN), will be broadcasting the 2009 IIHF Men’s World Championships at universalsports.com as well as on TV. The US is now in the semi-finals and will play Russia tomorrow at 10:00AM ET. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to catch Kyle Okposo skate in the remaining rounds of the tournament!

They were also nice enough to provide me with the remaining schedule for those who may need it:

INTERNET (www.universalsports.com/icehockey)
May 7th
Quarter Final #3 (10:15 AM-1:15PM ET/ 7:15-10:15AM ET) – LIVE
Quarter Final #4 (2:00-5:00 PM ET/ 11:00AM- 2:00PM PT) – LIVE
May 8th
Semifinal #1 (10:15 AM-1:15 PM ET/ 7:15- 10:15AM ET) – LIVE
Semifinal #2 (2:15 – 5:15PM ET/ 11:15AM- 2:15PM PT) – LIVE
May 10th
Bronze Medal (10:00AM-1:00 PM ET/ 7:00-10:00AM PT) – LIVE
Gold Medal (2:30-5:30 PM ET/ 11:30AM- 2:30PM PT) – LIVE

TELEVISION
May 7th
Quarter Final #4 (2:00-5:00 PM ET) – LIVE
Quarter Final #3 (6:00-8:30 PM ET) – Same Day Delay
May 8th
Semifinal #1 (6:00-8:30 PM ET) – Same Day Delay
Semifinal #2 (9:00-11:30 PM ET) – Same Day Delay
May 10th
Bronze Medal Match (10:00 AM-1:00 PM ET) – LIVE
Gold Medal Match (2:30-5:30 PM ET) – LIVE

Updated 4:55pm

I had fired back an email with some questions that I couldn’t readily find answers to (I saw no mention of the specific channels where you can watch the games or even if there was an archive of past games in case you missed one (or them all)). If I couldn’t find it easily, that meant everyone else would have similar problems.

Here are the answers:

In the New York City area, you can watch the televised feeds on these channels:

Time Warner Cable channel 162
Comcast Cable channel 249
Cablevision channel 110
RCN channel 190
Verizon Fios channel 464
NBC over-the-air channel 4.4

If you are out of the New York market, you can go over to the Universal Sports website and enter your zip code (towards the middle of the page) to bring up your local stations.

Just an extra note for those interested, the Universal Sports broadcast team consists of the Los Angeles Kings’ play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson joined by former Kings forward Daryl Evans.

They also have archives so you can watch the past games, Universal Sports provided me with a direct link to this page; Universal Sports Archive Page

Islanders Who’s Your Pick Contest!

Posted by on 04 May 2009 | Tagged as: Draft, News

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY ALERT!!!

Want to join your favorite team and bloggers up in Montreal for the 2009 Entry Draft? Here is your chance at winning a free trip! All you need to do is tell the Islanders (in your own words) who you feel they should pick this year and why they should pick that player.

When has another organization opened themselves up for such a potential verbal beatdown?

Should we take Tavares?

Should we take Hedman?

Should we take Duchene?

It’s your turn to be the Islanders GM and tell the Islanders what to do, get started by hitting up the Islanders website, the pro shop at Ice Works or any of the Islanders retail locations today to submit your ballot.

The New York Islanders announced today the launching of “Who’s YOUR Pick”, a sweepstakes which gives fans a chance to express their opinion about who the Islanders should select with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

“What better way to allow our fans to voice their opinion,” said Garth Snow, New York Islanders General Manager. “We appreciate the fans dedication and passion and are glad we can give them the chance to experience the excitement first hand with us in Montreal.”

To enter the sweepstakes, fans can fill out a ballot online at newyorkislanders.com, visit one of the Islanders Team Stores — at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville, Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa and Islanders Iceworks in Syosset or the Islanders Kiosk at Roosevelt Field Mall.

The winner’s package includes:

  • Round trip airfare for two from NYC to Montreal

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Tickets to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on June 26
  • Meet & Greet with the Islanders draft pick

Promotional partner WMJC Radio will announce the two winners weekly beginning Friday morning May 8 on “The WMJC Most Music Morning Show”

“This is truly an exciting time to be an Islanders fan and we’re delighted to provide them the chance to be a part of once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Chris Dey, New York Islanders President. “We appreciate our fans embracing the team the way that they have. We are on pace to renew nearly 90% of our season tickets and new sales are also tracking well.”

The Islanders won the right to the first pick overall by winning the NHL’s Draft Lottery, held on April 14 at the League’s New York City office.

This marks the fourth time in franchise history that the Islanders have held the first overall selection in the NHL Draft. The last time the Islanders had the first overall selection was in 2000 when the team selected goaltender Rick DiPietro. The other first overall selections were Billy Harris in 1972 and Denis Potvin in 1973.