UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 28: Fans hold signs regarding John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs and his signing with that team this past summer at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on February 28, 2019 in Uniondale City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
When John Tavares came back to Long Island after signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Islanders, fans let him know how they felt. Here are the three best chants from that night.
With the Toronto Maple Leafs and John Tavares in town to play the Islanders for the first time this year, I started looking at coverage from his first game back on the Island. I watched and read everything I could from the 6-1 drubbing the Islanders placed on the Leafs that night.
Being there was one of the best sports experiences of my life. Being amongst the crowd as we all collectively vented our frustration at the entire drama that played out that summer was something that will stay with me forever. It was cathartic.
But as I looked back I realized we never put out a piece on some of the more creative and spot-on chants from that evening. That evening, as the Coliseum rocked, Islanders fans were at the peak of their powers.
A sell-out crowd of Islanders fans let it all out with decibel meter breaking chants.
Chants like: “Where’s your jammies?” or “Barzy’s better” or the simple yet effective “JT sucks” chant. They were loud, they were accurate, and some were just downright hilarious.
This is what makes this sport as important as it is to most of us. Because allegiances matter. Whether you’re still mad or not. Whether you’re an Islanders fan or a Leafs fan, this type of passion matters.
Looking back, here are my three favorite chants and why.