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Episode 20: Are We Right? With Down Goes Brown

Episode 20, we are out of the teens now – it’s the big time!

Episode 19 got The Isles Faithful Podcast past the 5000 downloads range (and it’s still climbing!) so thank you all for the continued support and always great questions! It’s been a wild ride so far and 2019 is shaping up to be even better as we move through January here.

The Islanders split their back to back games over the weekend with a loss to the Rangers on Saturday and a statement win on Sunday over the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning! The Islanders exploded for three goals in under four minutes, Matt Martin had two primary assists, Casey Cizikas extended his season best goal total in the process, Cal Clutterbuck also chipped in – making the fourth line the “fourst” line? I don’t know what they are – but I do know that @yesmenoutfitter created a new shirt for the Best Fourth Line in Hockey! Check it out! (Use the code FAITHFUL10 at checkout for 10% off thought the rest of this season!).

The power play on Saturday was a complete disaster. The came out of nowhere on Sunday on their only power play and looked professional and clean – scoring their first goal being a man up. It was Brock Nelson coming to the rescue and riding his strong play into the new year. Josh Bailey would cap off the day with an empty net goal, as well.

Joining me this week, is someone I have been a fan of for a long time – he goes by the name Down Goes Brown, but Sean McIndoe is a long time blogger, Twitter chirper (@downgoesbrown) and now full-time writer over at The Athletic. He joined the amazing crew over there during the offseason and has been pumping out great article after great article.

Last week, he put out a piece titled “Are Islanders fans right in thinking their team’s not getting enough credit?” that you should go and read, if you already haven’t. In it, he approaches things in a unique way that presents fans with a line of questions (and explanations) from multiple angles. Overall, it’s a pretty positive piece in a time where coverage outside of the regular writers, is not there. Fans had been giving him a hard time for never including him in his Power Rankings, and this story was a result of some of his research into wether the Islanders are deserving or not.

Sean answers the bell here, he wore his hockey gear and I fired a few shots at him to see if he meant what he said. Turns out, he does – and it’s worth a listen.

Although, he does do the typical Canadian thing – he’s way too nice and apologized for things I don’t really think deserved apologizing over.

He’s a hard guy not to like, that Down Goes Brown guy.

Episode 19: Just One Shot With JPinVA

Hello and welcome Episode 19! This week I am joined by a co-host from Twitter @JPinVA – JP and I have gone back and forth with some spirited Islanders discussions over the last few months and it’s been some good talk. I wanted to have him on for several episodes now and we finally found a time that worked for both of us.

We discuss the winning streak the Islanders ended with a loss last week against Carolina, the struggle they had against St Louis and the Rangers, despite stealing wins in regulation and the play of the kids Ho-Sang, Toews and Dal Colle. We also go into some talk on what to do with Eberle, Lehner, Nelson and some other pending UFA’s and it Lou will do anything with trades down the stretch to the trade deadline. As the title suggests as well, we also reference the one shot/one goal from the game against the Rangers on Thursday and what it will take to play their best tomorrow against Tampa.

We also take some off your Twitter questions, speak in detail about what can help the power play, how Barry Trotz has transformed players like Barzal, Nelson and the defense in general into something we’ve not seen in ages. I also hint at an upcoming guest, and congratulate the Isles Meetup guys for the creation of their own website NYIMeetups.com – head on over there to check it out!

We will be back with Episode 20 either Monday or Tuesday! Stay tuned!

Episode 15: Talking With Nick Hirshon, Author of We Want Fish Sticks

We are back with another episode, Episode 15 – and this time we sat down for a chat with the Author of the soon-to-be-released book “We Want Fishsticks”, Nick Hirshon.

Before I get into the book talk, I offer a rundown of all the games over the Thanksgiving break and some hard hitting analysis as always. I got pretty amped up this week, as the Islanders powerplay is fair to middling – to say the least.

Nick isn’t just an author, he’s a college professor who wrote his college thesis on – the Islanders, but he’s also obviously a huge New York Islanders fan. I reached out to Nick after seeing some promo work on his book via Twitter and we got to talking. Obviously, I invited him here and thankfully he obliged.

Like all my guests, we talked about current and past Islanders related topics, the vintage Fisherman jersey we have all come to know and love (well, some of us anyway) and even about arenas and ownership. It was a conversation I thoroughly enjoyed and as it turned out, I learned quite a bit about a few things. Did you know that the fisherman on the crest is modeled after one of the Baymen out here in East Hampton? I didn’t know that. In fact, Nick and I talked about all that after recording, in an unfortunate twist of fate – because I am related to one of the oldest fishing families on the east end.

Nick did a lot of the research for his book, and the fishermen – right here in my local library. He will be out here again in January for a book signing and we have plans to meet up in person. I’m looking forward to it.

Another quick coincidence – the Islanders, today actually, posted that the fisherman jersey is available for purchase and customization RIGHT NOW via their online store. It’s something I will be jumping on as well.

Nick’s book “We Want Fish Sticks – The Bizarre And Infamous Rebranding of The New York Islanders” is available tomorrow, December 1st everywhere books are sold – Amazon, Barnes and Noble. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @NickHirshon for all the latest! Here’s a list of signings as well, if you want to meet the author and get a book signed:

Book Talk & Signing โ€” Saturday, December 8, at 3 p.m.
Queens Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks, Queens
Details: https://bit.ly/2K7o1le

Book Signing โ€” Saturday, December 29, at 6:30 p.m.*
Offside Tavern, 137 W. 14th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, Manhattan
*Signing will continue throughout televised coverage of the Islandersโ€™ away game against John Tavares and the Toronto Maple Leafs

Book Signing โ€” Thursday, January 10, at 4 p.m.*
Gerry Cosby & Co., 11 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Avenue) between 31st and 32nd Streets, Manhattan
*Signing will precede the Islanders-Rangers game at nearby Madison Square Garden, just one block away.

Book Talk & Signing โ€” Saturday, January 26, at 1 p.m.
East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton, Long Island
Details: https://bit.ly/2DmbyJb

Also, I spoke about my experience with the coffee sent over by Wayne from Kings Coast Coffee – it’s amazing! Go buy some and use the code ISLES for 10% off your entire order. Great for the Holiday season!

That’s not the only DISCOUNT CODE we have for you either, head on over to my buddy Devin’s (@YesMenOutfitter) site Yes Men Outfitters for some sweet Isles swag and use the code FAITHFUL10 for 10% off your order as well. He’s got a lot of great new designs he’s pumping out – be sure to fill someone stocking, or even your own just like me!

Episode 14: Isles Talk With Wayne From Kings Coast Coffee

Hello there Isles Faithful! We are back with another episode where we talk puck, coffee (a podcast staple) and a slew of other topics.

Episode 14 features Wayne Cafariella of Kings Coast Coffee, a local small batch coffee roaster who tells me his caffeinated goodness is enjoyed by Islanders players and broadcasters alike. Earlier this week I noticed that Brendan Burke posted up a picture of Kings Coast and I joked that I was insanely jealous and pondering my life coffee choices.

Freshly Roasted!

Wayne reached out to me and asked me if I wanted a sample (still waiting for delivery) but I took him up on the offer. We started talking and I found out that he’s a rabid Islanders fan – like the rest of us, he also knows a lot of the people I know in the craft beer industry and plays on a rival brewery beer league team. Such a small world, which is why I invited him on the show.

Besides being schooled on how to make the perfect roast, we talked about all of the Islanders moves to date (Lou, Trotz, Signings), how he became a fan, how he got into coffee and everything about his business. It was another one of those conversations where I felt like we could’ve talked for hours on end.

Out what would turn into a wave of irony, we discussed Anthony Beauvillier’s struggles, as well as Leddy and Boychuk’s. We would also talk about how GREAT Brock Nelson and Anders Lee would be playing, Barzal’s development and take Twitter questions on what we feel about potential trades and who we think should be called up from Bridgeport to replace the injured Ladd, Cizikas and Martin. Turns out, we speculated in Michael Dal Cole – we were right. We mentioned how Beau would break out – he did, for a hat trick last night against the Rangers. We plan on recording again, for the simple fact that things just worked out too perfect in what we discussed.

With that, please give Wayne a follow on Twitter, he can be found @chefwayneface and the coffee company can be found @kings_coast. I also ask you to check out their website: https://www.kingscoastcoffee.com as well as their Facebook and Instagram accounts as well. The brand is super cool, and I suspect the product is just as delicious. I cannot wait for it to arrive.

Wayne was also SUPER GENEROUS to our readers and listeners that if you use the
Promo Code ISLES you’ll receive 15% off your ENTIRE ORDER! I don’t know about you, but with the Holiday’s right around the corner, how is that not the perfect gift idea?!

Wayne was so knowledgeable about hockey, coffee and local business that I hope he becomes a regular on the show. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Episode 13: Throwing Shade on Nick Leddy

It’s been a bit since we’ve last spoken and a lot has transpired in that time. The Islanders would go on a five game win streak and catapult to the top of the Metro Division, but would eventually lose in a shootout to the Montreal Canadiens and last night in regulation to the Lightning. They have a respectable record of 6-2-2 over the last ten games and 8-5-2 so far this season, still in first place in the Metro division.

That’s not to say it’s been all roses during that time either, because there have been warts.

Those warts have names, too – and the biggest one is Nick Leddy. I really dislike throwing shade or too much negativity on one player, but in this case it’s pretty warranted. The defense has been pretty mediocre in terms of the Islanders – Boychuk, Leddy, Hickey, Pulock, Pelech – and by association Sbisa.

The standout, though – again, is Leddy. He’s become a turnover machine, hasn’t contributed much offensively and yet still remains on the Islanders top power play unit. You have to scratch your head there.

In this episode we go over all of the stats from our elite wingers in Josh Bailey and Anders Lee. We praise Brock Nelson (YES WE DO!) and talk about Barzal’s struggles. We go in depth about the Defense and even include a clip from an appearance on The Secondary Assist podcast with Shane Blackburn and Andy Graziano as well.

We also talk about some of @reagankingisles latest fancy stat work this episode as well, always an interesting topic.

Hope you enjoy it, let us know what you think.

Episode 12: Remembering Charles Wang

It’s been a tough week in Isles country, there’s not many ways to sugarcoat it.

It started last weekend with a tough loss to San Jose, the last of the West Coast trip. That game was a tough, physical grind that saw the real Sharks team that many thought they would be when the Islanders shut them out a week prior. It had everything, physicality, drama, fighting, ejections – the whole nine.

By the time the Islanders woke up on Sunday, they – along with everyone else learned that former Islanders owner Charles B. Wang had passed away after a battle with lung cancer, he was 74.

Somber notes from teams, officials and current and former players around the league began to trickle in, moments of silence would be had by all local teams – it was pretty special to see then impact this man had outside of the Islanders organization. By the time the Isles hosted the Panthers on Wednesday in Brooklyn, they had announced they would honor the former owners memory the rest of the season with a CBW patch on their jersey. MSG had a brilliant video montage on the Islanders telecast, the Islanders held a moment of silence prior to the game and coincidentally, I had a ticket to this game – so I got to see it first hand.

In Episode 12, we share stories of our run-ins with Charles Wang – a man that really loved his New York Islanders, fans and Long Island in general. We hear from fans on Twitter, on Reddit and from an old friend in Dee Karl (@7thwoman). It was great hearing all these stories that prove someone who’s affluent, could be an everyday Joe who wasn’t just defined by his bank account.

We offer our sincerest apologies to all of his wife, children, his extended family and friends during this difficult time. I was lucky enough to know Charles a little, and he was a true gentleman and a great owner – he will be missed.

We also talk about the two recent losses the Isles have suffered, what to expect this weekend and take a few Twitter questions regarding the roster.

See you in Episode 13.

Episode 10: Why The Islanders Might Be Good, With Rob Taub

I am sure there’s a saying for this – but, current events get old really quickly when you don’t get it out fast enough. I guess that’s why other aspects of the media are so quick to push out content without much fact checking or even editing. Not here, though.

Here at The Isles Faithful we like to sit on pre-recorded content to the point that it sounds like it’s a year old! That’s a joke, but news gets old quick in Islanders Country these days.

Welcome to Episode 10 of The Isles Faithful Podcast! 10 Episode already, wow!

This week, we had Rob Taub stop by, he’s a contributor for NY Isles Blog and also one of Stan Fischler’s many interns. He covers all things Islanders, Devils and Rangers and pumps out some great content – please give him a follow on Twitter when you get the chance – @rtaub_.

In this episode, Rob and I discuss the home opener in Carolina, line combinations, the new third jersey, why Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss will be great, the coaching and even talk about our jersey collections and the coaching. It was another fun episode and he’s a very knowledgeable guy so we definitely touch on all subjects.

This weekend I would love to finally hook up with everyone for the Discord chat – if you have a time that works for you please fire away in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by, and we will see you in Episode 11 to talk about the west coast road trip!

Episode 8: Preseason Updates and Isles Meetup Philly

Two episodes this week! The floodgates have opened!

In this episode, I talk about some of the preseason moves the Islanders have made, roster cuts and give my opinions on everything that’s transpired so far. We speak about how players have played, the PTO given to Luca Sbisa and the controversial fourth line of Komarov, Filppula and Kuhnhackl, the defense, goaltending and how new systems can effect everything.

We also talk to Brett Kahn from @IslesMeetup_PHL and speak about the new group down there in Philly and what their plans are moving forward. Could there be another T-Shirt giveaway? Perhaps.

Also, check out the picture of Brett’s father that we spoke about during the episode:

This goes along with our on going series of Isles Meetup Groups – you can find those episodes here and here.

We also take your Twitter questions again, which proves to be a fantastic feature week after week. You guys literally blow me away with the questions, so keep it up. I really want to fire up this plan with the Discord channel as soon as possible, maybe next week sometime before the season starts.

If you stick it out to the very end of the episode, theres a special announcement that I am excited about – let me know what you think!

Thanks as always and we’ll see you in Episode 9!

Episode 7: Talking Belmont and The Coliseum With Jim Baumbach

Welcome back to another episode of The Isles Faithful Podcast!

In this episode, our 7th episode already – we talk to Jim Baumbach of New York’s Newsday as he has been covering the New York Islanders arena stories since the very beginning. Jim and I actually go way back to 2007, back to my time when I covered the Islanders on a regular basis over on my blog www.islesblogger.com.

Jim goes into detail on the NEW arena set to be built in Belmont, right on the border of New York City and Long Island’s Nassau County. The difference this time is that there is state land involved. The similarities involve heaps of opposition to the project, plus the literal red tape that comes with mega projects.

We also go into Transportation, other projects around the New York Area and some of the nuances involved with the Islanders playing parts of the next three seasons at their OLD home in Uniondale at Nassau Coliseum.

This type of talk isn’t for everyone, but it’s an important on-going story that seems never-ending for the New York Islanders and Islanders fans.

Please give Jim Baumbach a follow on Twitter, if you’re not already. You can also find his articles on Newsday’s website.

Thanks as always and we’ll see you in Episode 8!

Episode 6: Talking Robin Lehner with Joe Yerdon of The Athletic

This week, we were blown away with a bombshell by new Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner. Turns out, the last few years he has been suffering through an addiction, and mental illness. This all came out yesterday, in a story he wrote himself for The Athletic.

It’s worth a read, and – there’s no paywall for the article. It’s so important that they have chosen to make it free for everyone.

Mental illness is no joke, neither is addiction. Lehner does a fantastic job of speaking of all these things in this letter and I truly believe this revelation and the treatments he’s been through will make him a better person, father, husband and athlete. Which is why I asked my good friend and Buffalo Sabres writer for The Athletic, Joe Yerdon (@joeyerdon) to join me this week.

Lehner previously played for the Sabres and was known for his outbursts, his fiery personality and for his at times, stellar play. Joe goes into detail about the type of guy Robin is and what Isles fans should expect out of him as a goaltender and a person. He also speaks about his history of dealing with Robin during his time with the Sabres.

I also take your Twitter questions again them this week, and I have a small announcement as well – I have created a Discord Channel. This will be used to dedicate an entire episode, maybe once a month to YOU GUYS, Islanders Fans. The channel name is The Isles Faithful, it’s not quite live yet so keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook for news on this.

Discord is like a chatroom, it’s also like a party line Skype. I can pick on people to speak and we’ll record the show like that if theres enough interest. It’s shaping up to be a lot of fun, at least that’s the hope anyway!

Enjoy Episode 6 and we’ll speak to you next week in Episode 7.