Thank you to the New York Islanders fans who came out to support our live podcast last night and who donated to a fantastic cause.
Last night was really special for me, and everyone else here at Eyes on Isles. We’re always very honest with our readers, and although at times I think we’re misunderstood by some of the fans, we always preach that we too are fans of the New York Islanders, just like you.
When Mitch and I came up with the idea of doing a podcast we wanted to be different, we wanted to be fun and most importantly we wanted to be relatable to other New York Islanders fans.
We never claim to know more than anybody else, we don’t put ourselves up on a pedestal because we have this platform, we’re just two guys talking about the team we love, which in my definitely not biased eyes, makes for an entertaining show.
Mitch lives in Canada but knew he was coming down for the game tonight months in advance and we came up with the idea to do a live show while he was here in New York.
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Every week we sit in a video chat record our audio, edit it, and put it up, and I love doing it but it kind of lacks that audience interaction. Sure we upload it and put it up on the site but we don’t know what any of our listeners look like, what their names are or anything else about them.
That’s what made us want to do the show live. We wanted a chance to hang out with other fans and just talk hockey, really make it an extension of our show.
We decided to do it at the South Hempstead Fire Department, instead of a New York City bar, because Long Island is where the fanbase is. Everybody hates taking the train to watch the Islanders who would take the train to watch two fools talk about the Islanders.
Once we decided on the location the next thing was how do we get people to come? America’s VetDogs was the easy choice. The Pucks and Paws calendar is one of my favorite things every year. Everybody loves dogs and everybody loves the Islanders (in our target demographic of course) so the rest was history.
To be honest I was expecting a few close friends to come by, have a couple drinks, share a few laughs and maybe raise a little bit of money for a good cause. My expectations were blown out of the water.
When the first people to arrive were people I’ve never seen before in my life I knew we were in for something different. We had close to 30 people come for the show, and 200 more watching the live stream (thanks again to Joey Delgado and Memory to Video Productions).
The best part of it all is what we were able to accomplish for America’s VetDogs. You guys contributed over $900 for the cause. I was absolutely floored to see that number at the end of the night.
I couldn’t be more thankful for you guys and all New York Islanders fans. You did this, you donated your money to help a good cause and you’re the reason we get to write about this team we love every day.
If you missed the show live don’t worry we recorded it as always and it’s right here for you to listen to:
We discussed the Islanders last three games, the move to the Coliseum, a Johnny Boychuk buyout debate, we took a look at RFA and UFA’s and played some fun games with the crowd. Mitch was even able to pronounce some Long Island town names correctly!
Thanks again to everyone who came out and supported us. It meant the world to meet and talk with our readers. Let’s try to do it even better in 2019!