Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Empire Strikes Again and the 2009 NHL Draft Contest

A short time ago...in a Town not that far away...

The Galactic Empire ruled by Kate "Darth" Murray and the ToH finally secured a foothold last month on the issue of the Death Star Lighthouse Project. It was clear that the "leaders" over there wanted nothing to do with possibly the biggest kick-in-the-pants that Long Island will ever have during this economic downturn. Instead, Darth Murray and her hoards of Storm Trooper lackeys decided they wanted to start a grassroots "uprising" against the Rebel Alliance led by Charles "Skywalker" Wang and Scott "I'm Goin' Solo" Rechler. This would be no ordinary war...this would be a war for survival.

You are part of the Lighthouse Development Group and a Traitor! TAKE HER AWAY!

What this really means to Long Island is that the months ahead will be a dangerous and arduous trek through the asteroid fields known as Long Island Partisan Politics. Politicians are a devious bunch and cannot be trusted. Their Dark Jedi mind tricks are capable of dissuading the masses from ultimate freedom and prosperity.

Sunday's Newsday Cover had plenty to say for how powerful these "Dark Lords" really are in the latest blow to Lighthouse supporter confidence:

I have a bad feeling about this...WHO NEEDS THIS? Uhh...WE NEED THIS!

This can only mean one thing. The Empire is beginning to tip the scales in its favor in the battle of attrition known as the State mandated review process for development of the Coliseum property. The leader of the Alliance is unhappy with the sloth-like pace of the Empire and would like to end the conflict quickly and amicably. However, wars cannot be fought without the proper amount of funds. The Alliance is bleeding the necessary capital to keep the dream alive despite having plenty of support. Time and patience are fading into the abyss.

Back to reality for now. What truly amazes me is that for some reason I remember hearing the same clips and phrases sometime last month...hmmm. How about 4/15, when Charles Wang was a guest on Boomer Esiason's morning WFAN radio show?

Ahh, how I love sensationalist journalism. Anything to make a quick buck, eh Newsday (who's owned by Cablevision who also owns the Rangers). I had a feeling when the season was starting to wind down and the feeling amongst Islanders fans and Long Island residents was largely positive towards the Lighthouse Project, that it would start to grind to a halt and become a deadly battle of he said, she said during the spring and summer months. All the while, Long Island's newspaper would be right there to cover every verbal barb with an unbiased Ha! Yeah, right! eye. Maybe we need to get some real investigative reporting done considering those who don't even get paid to do it know where to dig.

Brace yourselves, for the worst is yet to come. I'm not saying the end is near because it most certainly isn't. However, things are starting to look pretty bleak as far as actually getting a shovel in the ground sooner rather than 25 years later. Step away from the ledge...for now.

2009 NHL Entry Draft Contest

On to brighter news. The Islanders have begun the Who's Your Pick Contest to allow fans to voice their opinion on who the team should select as the Numero Uno Draft Pick in this year's Draft.

Come join New York Islanders management and some of your favorite Bloggers: Islesblogger Mike, Tiger Track Tom, OkposoNet Ken and Myself at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Everyone has an opinion about who the Islanders should select with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Now, you can have your voice be heard by Islanders General Manager Garth Snow—and win a fantastic trip!

The Islanders' “Who’s YOUR Pick?" sweepstakes gives fans a chance to share who they think the Islanders should select with their top pick. The sweepstakes begins on Monday, May 4 and concludes on Thursday, May 28 at 5 pm. Eight lucky fans will win a trip for two to attend the Draft in Montreal, which will be held on Friday, June 26.

“What better way to allow our fans to voice their opinion,” Snow said. “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 the ballot by visiting the Islanders website or 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. There is no purchase necessary to enter the sweepstakes.

The winner’s package will include:

  • 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 No. 1 pick

Promotional partner WMJC Radio will announce two winners per week for four consecutive weeks, beginning Friday morning May 8 on "The WMJC Most Music Morning Show," hosted by Phathead.

“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 this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Islanders President Chris Dey. “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.


Click here to read the sweepstakes' official rules.

(Photos courtesy of DarthVader1.com and Newsday.com)

Leave any Comments at the link below. For any other Questions or Bonehead Calls that will ruin your chance at a Stanley Cup, e-mail me at dougd84@optonline.net


7th Woman said...

Somehow... all of a sudden... I'm relating to Princess Leia. I haven't done that in Lightyears.

Nice Job Doug.

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