The good citizens of Nassau County live on Long Island, not in Long Island. If you are of Long Island, you know this. It’s something New York Islanders captain Anders Lee quickly points out when you speak with him, and there’s more than a hint of pride in his voice when he bequeaths this knowledge to an outsider.
There have been many opinions voiced by outsiders about Long Island over the years, and the only major sports franchise to represent the borough has taken its share of hits as a result. The halcyon days of the Dynasty Islanders, which won four straight Stanley Cups from 1980 to 1983, gave way to decades of frustration and mismanagement. (ESPN even had a “30 for 30” documentary on con man/would-be team owner John Spano.) But with a new regime taking over recently, stability is the...
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