Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Islanders fire Scott Gordon; in other news Charles Wang fires butler who can't cook Thanksgiving dinner with $3

Charles Wang took a stake in the ownership of the New York Islanders in 2000. 10 years ago. Since then, there have been 3 General Managers, 7 coaches (not including Al Arbour's one game), 2 beloved Islanders personnel released from the organization (Lafontaine and Trottier), and an up and coming Assistant GM released from the organization with virtually zero explanation. 7 goalies have played at least 30 games in a season, 4 players have worn a "C" on their chest, 3 players have been bought out, and 2 were given a contract of at least 10 years. When the Islanders face the Lightning tomorrow night, they will have their 8th head coach since 2000.

The one constant through it all? Charles Wang. Well, that and losing.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

In honor of our special Halloween show tonight, we have quite possibly the greatest video on the internet.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Night Fights: Probo Cop vs. Coxe

Let's kick this thing off with one of (if not the) best around: Bob Probert. He and Coxe had some good ones, and here's one of them:

Rest in peace, Bob.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NFL's new rule

After Week 6's display of hard hits, the NFL has decided to try and be a parent and "protect" its players:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Lights Out for Jets?

After reading a few articles on ESPN and some other sites about the ongoing saga with Shawne Merriman and the Chargers (apparently in an attempt to overshadow the fact that Vincent Jackson still has not budged on his holdout, nor have the Chargers asked for any sort of reasonable package to unload him), it appears that he will no longer be playing in America's Finest City (also known as a whales' vagina) once he gets healthy again. There had been some grumblings from Merriman early in the year about how he felt the Chargers didn't want him anymore. Well Nostradamus, you were right.

Now, I've been pondering this for a few days now...and to me, my next statement makes a ton of sense. The Jets very well may put Lights Out on Broadway. While I don't necessarily agree with it, from the organization's history and trends, it makes sense for them to do it. Let's break this down:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Guess The Suspension

Every Thursday, we're going to play a little game here on the Sin Bin called "Guess the Suspension." We'll post a video of a play in the NHL, and after the jump we'll tell you how many games the offender was awarded. Let's kick things off with a recent one:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wisniewski Suspended 2 Games for "Slide Whistle Lessons"

I'm sure you've all seen it by now. It was on the front page of ESPN, has been covered on various local and national media outlets, and the print media as well. But in case you missed it (or are like me and want to watch it over and over again) here it is:


In the classic movie "Mighty Ducks II" Richard Park Kenny Wu gets a penalty and as he's skating to the box says: "Two minutes, well worth it." When James Wisniewski returns to the Islanders lineup (at home, nonetheless)on Saturday, I think he'll agree that a two game suspension was well worth it. What you're looking at is the rise of a cult hero on Long Island folks. I already posted the hit he threw in the first game against the Stars. He also had a goal and an assist in that game. In the Rangers game he had an assist, and of course, The Gesture ™. Here's what I anticipate a conversation will be like at the Nassau Coliseum in the near future:

Rangers Fan: Hey, remember when Theo Fleury did that chicken dance? He showed you guys!
Islanders Fan: Yeah! Hey, remember when James Wisniewski told Sean Avery to ram a kielbasa down his esophagus?

Sean Avery is probably the second most hated person to take the ice at the Coliseum in recent years, barely behind Darcy Tucker and only slightly ahead of Alexei Yashin (if Colin Campbell ever had the cajones to put on a pair of skates again, he'd immediately leapfrog to the top of this list and we'd burn it in his honor. But more on that in a minute.) For Wisniewski to come in and have such a memorable moment in his first Islanders-Rangers game is going to go a long way with Islanders fans (no pun intended).

Now, I'm not necessarily defending Wisniewski. What he did was inappropriate, and worthy of a suspension. However, I'd bet my Star Wars action figures (except Boba Fett...no matter how sure I am I never risk the Fett man) that Sean Avery said something to incite the action.  Remember the 2006 World Cup? You know, when that French guy headbutted that Italian guy? (I also heard a soccer game was played, but I can't confirm this). Seriously though when Zidane headbutted Materazzi, earning himself a red card while essentially costing France the World Cup, no one could fathom why he would do such a thing. For days, all we heard was how Zidane lost his cool for no reason. Well, we found out later that Materazzi called Zidane's sister a 'ho. So is it really that much of a stretch to think that Sean "Sloppy Seconds" Avery probably said something inappropriate first? Well, let's see what Doug Weight has to say:

Wiz is a good guy and it certainly wasn't a one-way street," Weight said. "The things that come out of some people's mouth on the ice . . . They say all's fair in love and war, but I don't know about that. You play hard, once in a while you are going to throw out some expletives and challenge guys in different ways. But the stuff that starts in warm-ups is ridiculous, and I don't think there's room for it in any line of work. But it happens and you have to be able to react to those things in this game and you can't let it bother you.

Ignoring the "things that come out of people's mouth" line, it looks like Doug is saying that there was some chatter from the other side as well. Which is to be expected. Did Wisniewski handle himself like an adult? No. But I can understand him getting caught up in the heat of the moment.

And now it comes back to Colin Campbell, Czar of Discipline. I already said Wizniewski deserves to be suspended. He should have gotten ONE GAME. I don't want to rant against Soupy too much here, because this week on the Sin Bin blog, we'll be playing "Guess The Suspension." We'll post a video of a suspendable action, and you get to guess how many games the player got. Needless to say, in looking at some of the past suspensions that Campbell has handed down, two games is ridiculous.

So Wiz gets double the penalty he should have gotten. He'll sit tonight against the Capitals, and Friday against the Penguins. Still, when his name is announced Saturday night and he gets a standing ovation, I think he'll tell you it was worth it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Welcome to the Island, Mr. Wisniewski

Huge, clean hit on Jamie Benn. This guy is going to be a fan favorite before long.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Mike and I go for training on how to use the the studio in an hour or so. Hopefully my Bachelor's degree in Communications and 4 years of radio experience make things a little bit quicker. I hear there's a baseball game on tonight......