Howie Rose: Islanders Disrespected By Okposo Snub (VIDEO)

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

Kyle Okposo got left off of the USA Olympic Ice Hockey team. Have you heard? But before we let this horse lie, we’ll let Islanders play-by-play man Howie Rose get a word in. At the top of the broadcast of  tonight’s game at the Coliseum against the Blackhawks, Rose self-admittedly got on a soapbox and ranted about Okposo’s snub. 

“When you’ve been where the Islanders have been for the last two decades, it stands to reason  that you are going to find yourselves disrespected. More so than most other teams in the National Hockey league,” Rose said just before puck drop.

“It’s not only a grave injustice but another and unfortunate example of a New York Islander or the New York Islanders being disrespected.”

Here’s the full video:

72 comments
ibethr4u
ibethr4u

Thank you Howie. Your comments were accurate and spot on. It seems since the change here at IPB, only the haters are left here to spew their venom. The regulars have seemed to abandon the sight as it is no longer a friendly and interactive place. It just doesn't feel the same anymore. We've had a pretty good run here since Christmas and all you see here is the hate. No one truly has a conversation anymore. I think most people miss the rating system and email acknowledgments. It kept people coming back. Really tired of the same old complaints lately....."sell the team", "Wang sucks" , "Snow sucks", " oh woe is us. No one wants to come here and play wit us poor losers". Howie said out loud what every true Islanders fan has felt for years. We don't get any respect from anyone.....the league, the refs other teams. Anyone that bashes him for speaking the truth should not be here and is not a true fan. Three quarters of this board bashed him. I say let the true fans stand up and defend him. I'll still come here for Islanders information, but the posters here just aren't worth it most of the time. You can take that to the bank Kevin!

NYI Fan Central
NYI Fan Central

Kyle Okposo had four goals 48 games last year, Colin McDonald had seven goals in 48 games last year. No forward with four goals in 48 games is discussed when team USA got together in the summer to put together the team.

NYI Fan Central
NYI Fan Central

Rose is good for three things, leaving quickly after games and telling our fans how many opposing fans are in the Coliseum and taking off games. He would not go near all the Islander fans at Msg despite the loud cheering. What a snob telling everyone what markets he considers NHL outposts off the radar for Nashville's gm who picked the team. 


So the Islanders are so disrespected  for 20 years how come DiPietro, Blake, Parrish were on team USA in 2006 with Peter Laviolette as head coach with how many Rangers? Zero.


You would think Rose would know the Olympics were not forced to use NHL players since 1998 and many of them were amateur holders from when they were prospects.


Rose must think the Islanders missed the playoffs eight years in a row and have one Stanley Cup from Edmonton since 1940.


Fischler's in trouble or retiring saying Okposo deserves to be there over Captain Cablevision and Stefan. 


Wang wanted Rose out, he wanted Jaffe retained. Dolan would not pay for an Islander studio hosts and were told you're going to lose your pregame again if you don't shut up and take the hit, we won't even let you show preseason games on ITV if you blame Msg.


Don22
Don22

It's incredible how now fans are now jumping on Howie.  Can't complain about the team because they are winning so let's jump on the announcer.  He made a bad gaffe a few years ago.  That said, he has defended the Isles many times before last night and there is no doubt he is Islander all the way.  I truly feel he has been as frustrated as the fans for many years. He's not Mr. Ranger like many have said.  He has been broadcasting Isles games for close to 20 years and has won 2 Emmys.  I also like him on the Mets broadcasts, and I'm not even a Mets fan.  


erika
erika

Was that Howie that all of a sudden is trying to get on the fans good side after his obvious allegiance to the Rags all these years?? Sorry, I think he is a good broadcaster, but he just gets to excited when the Isles lose. Soon as Jiggs comes on, the karma changes.

Mike Sitler
Mike Sitler

Gregory Christopher is a troll. Has been kicked out of many isles sites

Jonathan Meyer
Jonathan Meyer

Oh Howie…while I appreciate the sentiment, all too often you are simply an awful bystander who gets caught off-camera asking when you can go home.  JIGGS forever.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

i can't remember the last time i had the volume on so i could hear what howie says.  the guy just talks too much, which imo cheapens anything he says.

Ari Buziashvili
Ari Buziashvili

What are yuu talking about?? Why would any announcer ask these "hardball" questions in an interview?? When you work for a team certain things are expected of you. That's how it works in ANY business. Some may be less strict about it but in the end, we all tow the company line. What do you want them to do, ask "why does the team suck every year?" And then get fired?? Besides, we all know that in private they all say the things we want them to say, when the bosses are not around.

rmreturns
rmreturns

Hey howie, when does baseball start..on the subject of disrespecting the Isles... What, you forgot that gaffe.

PCap
PCap

Anyone who is giving Howie Rose a hard time has truly not been listening to the man over the years.  Howie has given several of these real fan sensitive speeches over the years, and this one was his best.  Howie is a great voice of the Islanders and has been supportive to the fans for a long time.  I do not know why he is given any grief in the past on this blog.  Tonights "soapbox" should give him a pass from this point forward.  He even took the time to write down key points, and referred to them when he was emotional in his speech.  I inferred tonights gesture as genuine and accurate.  Even Butchies point was succinct, I agree Team Canada will leave no goal scorer stone unturned.  


This is exactly why players will not come to the Islanders, not because of an arena issue, but because of a missed opportunity issue, which goes back to the owner.  Wang has continuously not provided the support to elevate this team to the next competitive level, to make a deeper playoff run, to be consistently competitive in the league, to be respected amongst other teams and to market itself as a true consistent threat of a franchise.  That is why players do not come, they want to compete with talented players and be respected.  Charles Wang you are not respected and what you are doing to this franchise is not appreciated, and what you are doing to the fans, and one worse, to young players careers is a shame!


Please sell and get someone who wants to do the job right, let that be your legacy, because what you have now is nothing!

Steven Maffei
Steven Maffei

In all the years that the team has been a laughing stock, do you think it is just a coincidence that no announcer EVER bad mouths the team and NEVER asks Garth Snow a tough question in an interview?

Steven Maffei
Steven Maffei

What is he going to say to you Ari? "I work for the Islanders but I am a Ranger fan?" He has to say he is routing for the Islanders. Lol. Anyone who doesn't tow the party line is removed by Chairman Wang. Pat LaFontaine, Neil Smith. They won't even give Chris Botta a press credential.

Charlie Messing
Charlie Messing

He does play by play on the radio for the mets ... he never talks hockey ... when he does they have been jabs at the islanders ... slapping the table when Garth snow was named gm ... well can't blame him for that one.

Charlie Messing
Charlie Messing

Oh you vouched for him. Well that's a different story now that you...whoever you are...vouched for him that made all the difference in the world... that was a sarcastic remark btw.

Steve J. Gonzalez
Steve J. Gonzalez

Howie was right on target. There is definltely an anti-Islander bias around the NHL, especially from Blysma and Poille. I was even shocked by Brian Burke's comments on Bobby Ryan, a player he drafted for the Anaheim Ducks 10 years ago.

Ari Buziashvili
Ari Buziashvili

Have you spoken to him? Ever met him? Well I have. On several occasions in fact. So what he makes spring training references? I don't watch the Mets, but I guarantee he makes Islanders/training camp references at the end of baseball season. He works for the Mets AND the Islanders. If/When Sam Rosen retires, and the Rangers take Howie, I will be livid, but what in the world does that have to do with Howie?? He doesn't get to choose. MSG does, and they only care about the damn Rangers. They would steal him from us like they did with Joe Micheletti, who was a damn good color commentator; still is.

Charlie Messing
Charlie Messing

No ari Ari Buziashvili he really isn't the best. He doesn't even like the sport much. The closer we get to spring training the more and more baseball references he'll make. You can just tell how much he wants to get to the baseball field. And when Sam Rosen retires who do you think will take over for him.

TonyM
TonyM

Howie's comments were right on the money.  Unfortunately alot of the direspect the Islanders receive is due to the way the team is run by management.

When you don't have a"real" GM and a dictorial owner like Wang the players suffer the consequences whether fair or not. As far as the Olympic teams go Canada will have three centers (JT,Stamkos and Giroux) playing mainly on the wing. All three are better then any of the USA's centers. The Gold medal will  come down to Canada against either Russia or Sweden!

Ari Buziashvili
Ari Buziashvili

He's one of the very best in the entire league. And he's also become a huge Isles fan since taking over the Isles play by play telecast. I've spoken to him personally, and I'll vouch for that. Enough with the "Howie is a Ranger" crap!!! Any Isles fan who calls him a "Ranger" doesn't know anything!

Ari Buziashvili
Ari Buziashvili

He's one of the very best in the entire league. And he's also become a huge Isles fan since taking over the Isles play by play telecast. I've spoken to him personally, and I'll vouch for that. Enough with the "Howie is a Ranger" crap!!!

Ryan Hendriksen
Ryan Hendriksen

Well said...absolute injustice...and for ryan and yandle too...no medals for this squad

Charlie Messing
Charlie Messing

No you're an idiot ... wow feels good to act like 4 year old again. Thanks Gregory Christopher

Mike Sclafani
Mike Sclafani

USA Hockey should be assamed of themselves. I agree 100% with Howie Rose, the team was chosen based on the popular teams in the NHL. Kyle nit being picked sickens me. I will be rooting for Canada to repeat. If the USA team does call based on the prssure they are getting I would tell them to stick it. Kyle has his priorities right focus on the Isles big things are coming for this team. 

firecappy
firecappy

Howie should have mentioned that Okposo played college hockey at the University of Minnesota, where they played their home games on an Olympic size rink.  Burke is a tool.

steviel
steviel

How sweet can it get! Ok played like a superstar tonight! Just an awesome game! 

shlo
shlo

Cappy's job is safe...

ny711ot
ny711ot

could it be more appropriate!

Steven Maffei
Steven Maffei

I don't care about the Olympics. Get out of the first round of the playoffs. Get rid of fish face Howie and bring back Jiggs full time.

Dominick J. De Angelis
Dominick J. De Angelis

Tavares is one of the TOP 5 offensive players in the game......it's a no-brainer he is on the Canadian roster.

Dominick J. De Angelis
Dominick J. De Angelis

Rich....I look at production. Okposo has performed much better than every other American forward with the exception of Kane. The "larger" ice surface is COMPLETE BULLCRAP. The kid deserved to be selected...bottom line. Your paranoia comment is a bunch of crap too.

ny711ot
ny711ot

I love that Howie said it.  But its been said before and does nothing to change it.  I'd rather guys like me say it and not the team directly.  Only cements the challenges we have to attract and retain.  

Rich Green
Rich Green

Unfortunately all-too typical Islander fan paranoia. What does "the league" have to do with this? Is "the league" goin to snub John Tavares, or does this type of Islander fan only look at American players? Howie's rant is nonsense and Okposo doesn't fit what the American team management is looking for. He can take a well-deserved few weeks off in February and push for the playoff drive, given that they can put some wins together in January.

weeza
weeza

If you think capt cal and step deserve it more than Ok then your one of the most ignorant rag fan I know.. OK got more points than both of them combined.Dolan is the biggest c@$k sucker there is. Think Howie does an awesome job..

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

Couldn't agree more. I think he articulated his point very well and I agree with him. I recall him defending the Isles after the fight game vs Pittsburgh on talk radio. I am really shocked to read so many posts here that hammer the guy. Well said, Don.

Don22
Don22

@rmreturnsGive him a break.  He said that out of frustration. If anyone thinks he hasn't been frustrated like the fans isn't paying attention.  This isn't the first time Howie has gone on a rant about the Isles getting disrespected.  He has done it a number of times and he truly wants this team to win just as much as we do, that gaffe notwithstanding.


You and I are usually on the same page RM.  Not this time though. Sorry. 

Don22
Don22

When is the last time you heard any announcer bad mouth an owner or management - in ANY sport.  It doesn't happen period. At least not if they like being employed.  

It's incredible that some fans on this sight enjoy complaining so much that now they are going after the announcer.  It's sad.

David Schwartz
David Schwartz

If only that made any sense.  Too bad MSG and Dolan are the one's who own the Isles TV rights and are the ones who choose who announces for what team.  Uyy even winning 5 out of 7 and looking like the playoff team from last year fans like you always find something to bitch about.  

Zee Executioner
Zee Executioner

35 days has September, March, June, and December! Chuckles spent his December 33rd watching his team win, I suppose.

Robert Loubeau
Robert Loubeau

"Enough with the "Howie is a Ranger" crap!!! Any Isles fan who calls him a "Ranger" doesn't know anything!"

I second this. Howie hasn't called a game for the Rangers since 1994! Enough! He's a great play-by-play voice no matter what team it is. He's not a Ranger or Islander. He calls the games and his thoughts are based on his observations. That's it.

camb33
camb33

This is why we need the dislike button back

neeza06
neeza06

I agree with you that the league having it out for the islanders is nonsense they have nothing to gain from snubbing an islander player. I think I know where howie was coming from but his statements were too generalized and a little off base. 


I dont like scott burnside much but his article covering the team USA selection process was really well done. If anything it shows that the GM's and people in charge of this process have their guys who they like and are very set in their ways from the begining.  They have personal beliefs and also bias towards some players and its very tough to change any of their minds. The GM's had their opinion of Okposo as not fitting on the big ice from the start. 


where i do think the islanders get disrespected is the fact that he never got another look as the season progressed.  These guys in the selection process seem to have no time or care for the teams struggling at the bottom of the barrel or their players unless they were already considered strong candidates to make the team from the start.


That being said I dont look at Okposo as really being snubbed. Sure i think he was deserving and really wanted him on the team but bottom line is he got beat out by some really good right wingers at the top (Kessel and Kane) and was overlooked for guys who bring different things at the bottom.  I think we as fans need to concede that most of these GM's and coaches are more knowledgable then us. This team wasnt put togethor by looking at the league leaders on NHL.com and picking the top 14.  These guys take into account more things then just skill. A lot of times its important to have guys who played together and have chemistry cause their are only 3 days to figure it out before games start. I do think KO 100% could play on this USA team but it is still a good looking squad from the forward standpoint (I do have a lot of issues with the blue line choices though)


Alll in all KO is a beast and I love the Isles fans showing him team USA love tonight.  I hope he continues to dominate and changes some of these GM's minds (unfortunately it looks like Saad and Ryan are up next before KO as of now if an injury was to occur)

Zee Executioner
Zee Executioner

This message board is terrible. I don't know for sure, if you were responding to me, but look at Chuckie's "creative accounting" practices with CA, and you'll understand why Wang's calendar has 35 days in those months. Chuckie's criminal mischief.

NYI Fan Central
NYI Fan Central

@Robert LoubeauHe calls games like his car is double parked and running outside the Coliseum and is gone five minutes afterward, he does nothing for this franchise. Rosen goes downstairs and interviews the Cablevision coach.


Rose ever go near the team or lockeroom since 1996?