COLUMUBUS, Ohio — Right here is one thing Jon Ledecky has stated repeatedly since he and co-proprietor Scott Malkin purchased the bulk stake within the Islanders two years in the past, reiterating it on Tuesday in midtown Manhattan.
“Scott and I purchased it to do what we felt was group work and have a group belief.”
It’s an obligation of the media to take sentiments like this and take a look at them skeptically, if not downright cynically. By no means has somebody purchased a staff with complete disregard to revenue. There’s far an excessive amount of cash to be made in professional sports activities to be solely altruistic. Is creating a “group belief” a sensible strategy to have individuals need to offer you their cash?
However then you definitely take a look at the scene in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and marvel concerning the energy of sports activities, concerning the group they create, about what it actually means to us to have these video games in our lives.
Here’s a quintessential reality about sports activities that each one of us, indirectly or one other, perceive: The outcomes of the video games don’t matter. Right here is one other undeniable fact that perhaps is much less apparent: What we take from the enjoying of the video games completely does.
It’s the coming collectively to expertise the highs and lows, the communal expertise of triumph and defeat, and the mental dissection of what occurred, and why. It’s heroes and villains in an improvisational fiction. It’s the characters on the sector and off, the contracts, the trades — the interaction of personalities that create this operating narrative that goes on with out finish.
The perfect of fiction, simply as one of the best of sports activities, can ship an instantaneous glimpse at a fact that perhaps — simply perhaps — may help you cope with a troublesome actuality. As people we’re drawn to tales, and we wish to see what occurs for ourselves. We don’t like to only be informed what occurred, and positively don’t need to be advised what to consider it. To be a fan is to participate in that story, and that’s an enthralling prospect.
So these hundreds of individuals in Las Vegas who have been effected by the horrid capturing of a madman, and their family members who have been effected in all places, they received to take pleasure in this new factor, these Golden Knights, who soared to the perfect begin in any enlargement staff’s historical past (three-zero-zero) whereas the faces of their new staff, James Neal (5 objectives in first video games) and Marc-Andre Fleury (forty five stops within the season-opener in Dallas), excelled. The…