Isles Celebrate Sillinger’s Continued Existence

What, no Flash intro?

Do we ALL have to be Islanders?  What did we do to deserve said fate?

The above graphic is the intro splash to the New York Islanders homepage.  Many pro franchises use intro splash pages for their websites in order to get you excited about visiting.  For example, the Flyers would like you to know that major sports outlets have nice things to say about their season’s prospects, while at the same time proving that their PR department has indeed seen all of the Die Hard movies.  Nice work, kids.

But back to the Isles.  As you can see, big things are happening ’round Nassau Coliseum these days.  As we mentioned back during our infancy,  the Islanders have asked coaching legend Al Arbour to come back and coach one more time so that he may finish his career with 1,500 games (and to inexplicably sell more tickets.)  Of course, the Gary Bettman hates old people, as they have scheduled Arbour to coach against Hockey Jesus and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

(For the record, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jordan Staal are a combined 15 years younger than Big Al.)

But if you can’t make it Saturday, may I suggest hopping on the LIRR line to Long Island tonight – because it’s Mike Sillinger’s time to shine.

It’s true.  The New York Islanders are proud to announce that tonight, against Reasonable Doubt’s Tampa Bay Lightning, that third-line center MIKE SILLINGER will very likely play in his 1,000th NHL game!  What’s that?  No, they weren’t consecutive.  But still you- huh?  No, they weren’t all for the Orange and Blue – hell, the man’s played for a record 12 NHL teams.  But come on down and experience the frenzy when number 18 steps onto the ice for his first shift, likely in order to kill a stupid hooking penalty on Brendan Witt!

Imagine the dialogue you’ll overhear!

Rico: Any second, man, and Silli’s gonna do it.  

Pete: What’s that?  Score his second goal of this God-forsaken season? 

Rico: No way, ya goon!  He’s gonna play in this hockey game! 

Pete: Oh.  Right.  (Pauses)  I’m gonna go get a beer.  Want one? 

Rico:  And miss history in the making?  He could come off that bench at ANY MOMENT!

All of us here at MYFO wish Mike Sillinger the best on his continued ability to put on his skates. 

Of course, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Luke Richardson, Glen Wesley, Mark Recchi, Trevor Linden, Joe Sakic, Teppo Numminen, Rod Brind’Amour, Jeremy Roenick, Mike Modano, Mats Sundin, Martin Gelinas, Jaromir Jagr, Nicklas Lidstrom Bobby Holik, Gary Roberts, Mathieu Schneider, Sergei Fedorov, Darryl Sydor, Geoff Sanderson, Roman Hamrlik, Bryan Smolinski, Owen Nolan, and Alexei Kovalev aren’t impressed.



  1. The Flyer’s alternative intro was just a bunch of mugshots and clips of cheap shots

  2. YOu have no business writing about the Islanders, Sillinger plays no less than 12 minutes per night. The Islanders’ lines are like 1-2-2-3, and when they’re not Sillinger is often on the second line.

  3. Timely response, Matt. Excellent work.

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