Per IslandersPointblank, Bill Jaffe was victim of being just too honest.
Despite the outrage and that is one of the dumbest moves since…well, the last one….this is actually the norm for sports teams. They love to control the message. Especially teams who don’t have a lot going for it. An inferiority complex envelopes the team from management on down. Rationale becomes tremendously self-serving. This organization is now bathing in it.
Let’s look closely at the Isles org in the last few years. Constant internal cuts, a revolving door lately with business, PR staff and more. You can’t have that type of atmosphere and there not be a circus internally.
What is left is inexperience and those looking for anything to control perception and message. So a dunderheaded decision to nix the MSG Jaffe deal, a man who was smooth as silk and knew his hockey, is beyond moronic. However, it is par for the course for middling teams who can’t quite control the message by actions on the ice. They need spinmeisters to shoot out inflated hype. Jaffe was just too negative for them. Just like Newsday pre-Strang was too tough for them. They haven’t a clue of what tough and criticism is…but don’t tell them that. But, the braintrust made their decision and have now alienated fans once again.
This all said, this is common for sport teams. They love to be stroked. They want homers who can throw flowers on the heaping piles of stool that might land on the ice. There are so many samples of far worse injustices, it is a waste of time to list them all. The NHL and hockey teams, for all their lipservice to media and new media, still expect and desire sugar and sweet talk.
Sadly, teams brass don’t get it. Honesty is a gift. Truth should never be feared. But, sadly, this seems lost on those who concentrate on perception instead of SUBSTANCE.
Just will be another reason to shut off the sound when watching an Islanders game.
But, let us all not overreact either, putting this up over the horrendous Town of Hempstead zoning issue, or even Jankowski not be reupped. Remember, this fanbase was once up in arms over Joe Michelletti being reassigned to the NY Rangers. The drama then was quite a hoot…and not much different to yesterday’s drama, I will have you know.
Then there are those who just love to fan the flames, spin it as some conspiracy, even when it was the Isles themselves that pulled the plug on Jaffe.
Well, guess what…shit happens.
Is it dumb? You bet ya. Is it typical? Sadly yes. But the smart ones will look elsewhere and not be fooled.
The day will come when the Isles don’t have to be paranoid. Where the team on the ice will actually be something to write about. Where they don’t have to play childish games or hire homers.
When that happens, it will be something to cheer about. Maybe then the organization, who is raw and young like the team currently, will gain some maturity, wisdom and poise.
There is something rotten from within Isles Country that has now peeked out from the organization, and even the fanbase. Sad to see, and unfortunate for Billy Jaffe and the many fans who enjoyed his work. But he will land on his feet….talent always does.
THEY will keep on missing the point. But so will fans who overact like this is the apocalypse. Worry about the Lighthouse Project, Coliseum, free agency and if this team will get enough goals with just a pile of kids and one season wonders. Let’s keep it in perspective and not let those who love to fan the flames and suck down the chaos do their dance either.
Keep an even keel, even if the Isles themselves fail to do it.
Just my suggestion.
About the Author: B.D. Gallof is a published writer and hockey blogger. He writes about Hockey, NY Islanders & the NY Islanders venue situation for CBS New York. BD has been written up in Sports Illustrated, TSN.ca, the NY Times Slapshots blog, Yahoo's Sports and SportsBusiness Journal. He has been a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, as well as owner, lead writer, and managing editor at HockeyIndependent.com.