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Mole hill to mountain: Why Jaffe leaving isn't the end of the world | July
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(Note: Appoligies to anyone who does not like the philisophical turn this post takes at the end.)

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 7: Billy Jaffe of FSN interviews Mike Dunham #1 of the New York Islanders before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 7, 2007 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Islanders won 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
When I heard the news that Billy Jaffe was not being brought back as color analyst I was saddened that one of the best color guys in the business would not grace our TV screens next season. Saddened, not outraged. I figured there would be some backlash, a few towards the Islanders but most towards MSG network since they make the contracts.

Guess I was wrong. Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank reported that "Although MSG Network hires and pays the broadcasters, the Islanders - like most teams - have the ultimate say." Immediately fans took to the blogosphere with pitch forks and anger intending to raise hell. Dominik at Lighthouse Hockey reported that fans have ranged from calling Wang to sell the team to being embarrassed to be Isles fans to calling them a "Mickey Mouse" organization. Rational, Ehh. I wonder how many other teams get this much negative attention when they let go of a broadcaster.

No one truly knows why Jaffe is gone and most likely wont ever know, but it's business. That's part of being in the broadcast business. Jobs come and go and Jaffe wont be out of a job for long, that's for sure. But that's the nature of the Business.

But the saddest part is the end all be all approach fans have taken from this whole thing. Not just this, but with every minor detail that goes on from Kevin Connelly at the draft to the Chuck a puck promotion at the coliseum to this. If this week has shown me anything, it's that to not sweat the little things and enjoy life, friends and anything we enjoy while we can. Because there are seven individuales who wont have that opportunity to enjoy what they love or see who they love. That sits as a reminder of just how trivial this all is. While fans are passionate, I understand, there is so much more to life than what broadcaster our favorite team has, a silly game of hockey, or anything else like that. We seem to take these things for granted not realizing just how small they are in thegrand scheme of things. Just how lucky we are to still be able to enjoy them, get annoyed by them or even angered by them. My message in all of this don't sweat the little things anymore fans. Enjoy the people and things (the Islanders) you love while you can because They or you could be gone any day.

I'd like to dedicate this post to the following people who reminded me to enjoy life and not overreact at things like this.

Nikki Kantor (17 yrs old, Greenlawn) You were one of a kind Nikki and I will always remember you.
Ann Pabo (47 yrs old, East Northport)
Connele Pabo (12 yrs old, East Northport)
Jamie Malone (22 yrs old,Floral Park)
Paige Malone (19 yrs old, Floral Park)
Michael Mulhall (22 yrs old, Floral Park)