Several events have taken place which, if you're an Islanders fan, should confirm your worst suspicions about the prospect of the hockey team ever returning to Long Island ["Mangano's cruel hoax," Editorial, Sept. 28].
There was a photo of team captain John Tavares decked out in a black jersey and sporting a black helmet with "BKLYN" on the side. There is also an ad campaign for the new season titled, "Brooklyn Scores."
Face it, Islanders fans, this is just the beginning. I certainly expected the team to reach out to Brooklyn fans. It's smart marketing. But I fully anticipate that within 10 years, Long Island references to the team will be few. The logo and merchandise will likely change, despite insistences to the contrary. I get that, though I don't have to like it.
But please spare us the self-serving nonsense from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and representatives of the Barclays Center about preserving the Long Island roots of the franchise. The inattentiveness of Mangano, intransigence of Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the stubbornness of owner Charles Wang all led the Islanders to Barclays.
I still love the Islanders, but they have gone to Brooklyn and are not coming back.
Jerry Giammatteo, Sayville