For those to the west of the Nassau County line, the Islanders have always been an impossible team to like. Back in their dominant days, in the '70s and '80s, it was hateful that a team representing the suburbs could lift the Cup. But, over time, players like Trottier, Bossy, Potvin, even that hack asshole Billy Smithand later Lafontainehad to be respected. They were a great organization, and their rivalry with the Rangers was the best in sports; you actually took your life in your hands when you went to an Islander-Ranger game, and that was fantastic. But now the Isles suck, and it's just plain sadfor hockey in general and for their fans in particular, who are reduced to offering mordant criticisms of Oleg Kvasha and hearing them echo across the Coliseum's somnolent, vacant interior.