Islanders Hard Knocks, Bubbles Are UglyShareThis
So, this morning Deb Placey of MSG Network tweeted “Just met the IMG camera crew shooting the Islanders for an NHL version of Hard Knocks. Players and team seem all in.”
Yeah they are. That’s awesome.
Here’s why, aside from the obvious fun-to-watch factor: Not sure where I heard this the other day, but someone was talking about Rex Ryan’s hiring by the Jets, and how it had something to do with raising the profile of the team, a team that battles for attention with it’s stadium-mate, the New York Giants. Not coincidentally, his hiring came shortly after the Giants won the Superbowl.
And look at ‘em now: Hard Knocks and Sexy Rexy have the J-E-T-eSses in the spotlight all day erry day. Are the Giants still in the league any more? I know which team I’d rather go to if I were a free agent now, don’t you?
Well the Islanders need that too, man. We don’t need to get rid of Scott Gordon to do it – I like his professional style – but this Hard Knocks thing? Effin’ right. Maybe Zenon Konopka is the next BizNasty, who knows. Lets just get these guys some air time, maybe it’ll help make the franchise recognizeable again.
Some players would actually like a little public notoriety, which is what makes destinations like Carolina so unappealing. Well, the Isles aren’t too far behind the Canes in media-black-holeness, and that’s just not a good a thing.
I figure not only does it have the opportunity to be pretty entertaining, I think it has the chance to make the Islanders seem like less of a dying product. …Although, it will show people the awful dressing room situation…
It’s just too bad it didn’t happen a few years back when I was there. We could have had the privilege of a camera in Garth Snow’s face while he watched me practice so we could hear him mutter “Kid is fukn awful.”
Our boy Wysh over at Puck Daddy covered a study that recommends full face shields for all hockey players.
Ahhh, the bubble. What a horrible, horrible look.
But fine, I wrote an article last year suggesting the NHL should make visors mandatory, because, well, they should.
My only argument against anything that’s long enough to involve a chin cup is that it shreds said chin (I guess it probably saves unsaid teeth though). The same human in the above picture has more Matt Greene-related scars on his chin than than he has all other hockey injuries combined, cause when you get dinged those things carve you up (and Greene owned Char, right buddy?). It’s just too much pressure to put on a single spot.
I’ve had my chin sewn together a couple times thanks to those too. Just go visors, they rule.
(In reference to the caption, I went behind the net, found my teammate Ridley out front, who one-timed the pass right back into my stupid face. I unscrewed my visor with a dime before that ice time, cause it was new and I thought it looked stupid.)
Today’s piece over at Puck Daddy is on stepping into a higher level and struggling for awhile (even if it doesn’t look like you are) before suddenly “getting it.” If you haven’t noticed yet, the majority of Puck Daddy readers not only refrain from suggesting I ride the short bus, but are also being pretty damn nice. Huzzah!
Happy Tuesday – I got confirmation from Kelly Hrudey that I’ll be doing a weekly spot on his radio show, so I’ll keep you guys posted when I’ll be sounding off on there. He’s a great guy, but seems a little more serious than me, so I’ll play it safe before I start asking scarf questions.