Islanders Sold, Sort Of

So yes, many Islanders fans got their wish today when it was announced that Charles Wang was selling the team, but the the details came out.

The deal is to sell the team to Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin, who will be minority owners for two years, after which they will assume majority control over the organization, the Islanders announced.

So what does that mean about how the team will be run for the next two seasons? Who knows?

What does it mean for how the team will be run after the new guys become majority owners? Who knows?

I know many out there have been waiting for a savior from the perceived mismanagement of Wang as the owner of the team, but seriously Islander fans, can any of you tell me, after our history of ownership, that you know for certain that this time it’ll be different?

Yeah, I thought so.

I’m hopeful, I think the on-ice team should be better this year, I think the move to Brooklyn is going to be exciting, as much as I hate that they are leaving the Island, and now some new faces in the owners box. But I’m been hopeful before, so I’m not planning any parades just yet.

Braxton Miller Out For the Season

The news that I’m sure Columbus was praying wouldn’t come. came anyway today. Braxton Miller has a torn labrum and will sit out the entire season.

This a crushing blow just 11 days before the start of the season, to lose your best player, and probably the biggest offensive threat in the Big Ten. I know OSU has a ton of talented players, and I’m sure the redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett was recruited to play in exactly this system, but there’s just no replacing the experience and production that the Buckeyes have gotten out of Miller.

I can’t imagine Ohio State running the table without a misstep here or there, even with what is a pretty easy schedule. Somewhere along the way, there will be a bump in the road and a rookie QB to try and hurdle it, whether that bump comes early against Navy or Virginia Tech, or later against Michigan State or Michigan. For a Big Ten team to make the 4 team playoff though, I think they’re going to have to be undefeated. The conference is just too top heavy at this point to get past schools from other conferences who also have one or two losses.

On the other hand, maybe Ohio State fans can relax now and enjoy what will still probably be a 9-10 win season!

I am glad to see Miller is planning on taking a red shirt. I’ve seen some folks on Twitter speculating that he might go pro, but I just don’t see the upside. The question on him as far as the NFL is concerned is his throwing ability. Right now he’s simply a great athlete, a great running QB who can makes some plays with his arm, but not consistently. Coming off two shoulder surgeries, with that resume, no one in the NFL is taking him s a QB. He needs to come back and prove he can throw accurately and consistently. Let’s hope he can do that!

Hawaii Football Program on Verge of Going Away

That’s the report from Yahoo Sports tonight. If it happens, I don’t think they will be the only program to find itself losing money trying to keep up with the rest of Division 1 as the “Power 5″ conferences start making their own rules.

Hawaii was already losing money before the changes at the NCAA, so this probably would happen regardless of how the Power 5 go, but I can easily see more MWC, AAC, Sun Belt, etc. teams struggle to be financially viable and still compete in terms of what they can offer student athletes with the Power 5 conferences. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see many dropping football, or at least dropping back to the FCS.

Think about it, how much money could schools like Troy State, North Texas, Utah State, etc, really be making? I’m sure football is making money there, but I’m also sure that football is financing some other sports as well. Will there be enough to start adding more costs to each footballs scholarship for living expenses, or insurance? I don’t see it.

Sucks for all those teams that like a nice trip to Hawaii for a non conference game though!

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Orlando Scandrick Falls For The Oldest Move, Suspended 4 Games

From the ESPN Dallas report on Scandrick’s four game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.

Sources told Werder that the violation occurred while Scandrick was vacationing in Mexico with an ex-girlfriend, whom he has claimed persuaded him to add a substance he didn’t realize was on the banned list into a cocktail they were drinking.

Really, the “hot chick convinced me to do it, so I did” defense? Like we haven’t been hearing that one since Adam, Eve and a certain fruit? (Hey wait, did the forbidden fruit have Ecstasy in it?)

Speaking of the Bible, I’ve already been worried that the Cowboys defense would be allowing points in biblical proportions this year. They stuck last year, and on paper they might actually seem worse. Of course, maybe just not having Monte Kiffin around will make them better, at least that seems to be the hope. But losing their top CB for 4 games? That’s not making me feel better about the season.

Shame on you Orlando Scandrick, I hope she really was that hot, and the night was worth it!

Then again, she is an ex….

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What Did Tony Stewart Do?

I woke up this morning to messages about Tony Stewart, and had to Google what he had done now. That meant I got to see the video and read about him running over another driver on a dirt track last night.

It’s disturbing in so many ways. I have no idea why Kevin Ward thought running in the direction of moving race cars was a good idea. He was obviously very angry a about being run into the wall by Stewart, and it looks like he had a right to be.

I also have no idea if Stewart hit him accidentally or not. I’ve never raced, never driven a sprint car on a dirt track and never been confronted with someone appearing suddenly in front of my car like that.

Clearly though, the in your face, confrontational attitude in race car driving has now claimed a life. On and off track incidents have always been part of racing, whether it was someone racing down pit row to throw a pinch or screaming at other drivers as they went by, etc., what Ward did isn’t that far out of the norm for what we see on Sportscenter many race weekends. It just cost him his life.

I hope we learn more about what happened and appropriate steps are taken, even if that means Stewart never races again, or drivers are expected to stay off the track even when they are angry. It might not be as entertaining, but it’s too dangerous a sport to continue letting it be more dangerous!

Winning and the Freedom to Innovate

So the Spurs have hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, and everything that I’ve seen in the media indicates that everyone thinks this is a great idea. (As do I, for the record, if she’s a god coach, who cares if she’s female?)

This is what it looks like when you win and do something outside of the box. People in the media assume you know what you’re doing. I can’t help but wonder if it had been the Cavaliers, 76ers, or Bobcats who had hired her, if there wouldn’t be all kinds of people in the media questioning what the heck they are doing. We’d see articles and ESPN talking heads at least suggesting that NBA players aren’t ready to listen to a female coach, and on and on.

But, since it’s the Spurs, and really, who can argue with what the Spurs have accomplished, she must be a great coach and they are just ahead of the curve yet again.

As the fan of a few teams (Hello Long Island!) that have tried to do some outside of the box things, and faced massive criticism for it, I’m jealous of the Spurs. On the other hand, when you’re a winner, you get the benefit of the doubt.