Published on March 7th, 2014 | by Pete Truszkowski104
Isles Nation Protest
UPDATE (March 9th at 4:00 PM EST): I changed the chants so there aren’t as many chants, making it easier to keep track of the chants and not lose the power by having too many. Also, instead of wearing black, I decided that wearing our Islanders jersey inside out is a better option, so we will go with that. Continue to spread the word!
If you’re anything like me, you love this team to no end.
You love the logo, you love the guys wearing the jersey, and you love what the New York Islanders are.
However, especially as of late, you just cannot stand Isles management and the overall fraud this organization has become.
Since the news of Vanek declining an extension, this team has gone through a free-fall and I find myself more and more disgusted about this organization everyday. Whether it’s Snow’s comments about Tavares’ injury trying to take blame off himself, the blown third period leads every night under an inept head coach, awful trades that set this team back, lack of accountability with roster decisions (Bailey), media having a field day with this circus of an organization, or any of the other things that plague this franchise, I’m nearing my breaking point.
Don’t get me wrong, I will never give up on this team and will be a lifelong fan. However, I have a lot of built up frustration and anger directed towards this organization and I believe myself and parts of this fanbase are ready to express our feelings. Some people will not agree with the approach, but in my world it is better to stand for something you truly believe in and are passionate about, rather than sit on your hands and watch passively and hope and pray something happens.
“Blind faith and hope with prayer are what lazy and non-passionate people rely on.” – Pete Truszkowski, 19, SUNY Albany
WHAT WE ARE PROTESTING
We are protesting the inept Isles organization and management, led by owner Charles Wang and GM Garth Snow. We are protesting the lack of progress of Garth Snow’s rebuild that has dragged out for way too long. We are protesting the lack of accountability surrounding this organization. We are protesting the constant salary of this team being at or near the NHL mandated cap floor.
Past IslesNation articles that give input into what we are protesting:
Lied To And Betrayed by Bryan Curran
Snowing Stupidity by James Duffy
Isles Management Gets Free Pass by Pete Truszkowski
A Decade Of Disappointment by Alex Goldfinger
Snow’s Off-Season Failed Isles by Ed O’Malley
Snow’s Interview A Kick In The Nuts by Pete Truszkowski
Islanders Fans Deserve Better by Pete Truszkowski
From Why Not Us To Why Us by Bryan Curran
Insanity by James Duffy
Cold Hard Truth by Pete Truszkowski
Isles Organization Needs To Be Held Accountable by Pete Truszkowski
WHEN WE ARE PROTESTING
We will be protesting before, during and after the Islanders/Sabres game next Saturday (March 15th)
HOW WE ARE PROTESTING
We will be buying tickets to the game on the secondary market, meaning Stubhub or EBay or something of the like. Note: Not Ticketmaster or the box office. This ensures that we do not give Wang extra money since these tickets were already purchased and Wang would have this money either way. As for parking, if you can find somewhere to park near the Coliseum, park there. If not, try to park in the $7 lot to give Wang as little money as possible. Do not buy pretzels, hot dogs, beer, jerseys, or anything that will give Wang money at the game.
We will be meeting in the parking lot between the Marriott and the Coliseum sometime late Saturday afternoon, around 4:30-5 PM. If you guys want to tailgate during the protest, that is fine with me. We will be wearing our Islanders jerseys INSIDE OUT. Paper bags over the head are also fine by me. Signs are welcome as well. We will protest in the parking lot by starting chants, holding signs, and potentially handing out flyers to inform people about the Isles organization.
We will then make our way in to the Coliseum a few minutes before puck drop. We will try to stick together as a group, but if we get broken up, try and stay with at least 4-5 fellow protesters. This way, our chants pick up steam and you will not look like a lunatic screaming alone. Please be respectful during the national anthem as well.
With 16:00 remaining in every period, we will chant: WANG MUST SELL
With 12:00 remaining in every period, we will chant: SNOW MUST GO
With 8:00 remaining in every period, we will chant: FIRE CAPPY
With 4:00 remaining in every period, we will chant: WE WANT ANSWERS
I am not a huge fan of a walkout as I believe it sends the wrong message to the players and is not the most effective ways to make our voices be heard. I do not want players getting a bad vibe, so the final chant is for that cause.
After the game, we will all re-convene as a group outside Gate 11 and take a lap around the Coliseum, much like Section 329 does and chant the above mentioned chants. When we get back to Gate 11, I have an idea to put all of the SPARE CHANGE we can bring into the place without looking suspicious in a pile and leave it with a note saying “WE CARE, HELP OUR TEAM, OR KEEP WASTING OUR MONEY. YOUR CHOICE”
After this, we will return to the plaza right outside the box office and continue chanting with our signs.
I’m always open for suggestions and ideas, so if you have any of those, leave them in the comments below or reach me on twitter @NYIslesNation