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Brooks Simpson

Brooks Simpson writes, teaches, and speaks on American history and politics as a professor at Arizona State University. A native Long Islander, he has been an Islanders fan since the franchise's inception in 1972.

Simpson: Opportunity and Challenge for the Islanders the next 11 games

It’s been an up-and-down season for the somewhat streaky New York Islanders. In their last five games they claimed three narrow victories over Buffalo, including surviving a mediocre showing in their last contest; they lost two games against Pittsburgh, although in one game they played well enough to secure at ...

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Simpson: What have you done for me lately?

As the 2021 NHL season continues on its unusual course, remember that the structure of this season places even more emphasis on what is known as recency bias—that of giving far more weight to recent events than to events as a whole. Sports fans are among the people most vulnerable ...

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What’s Next for Ilya Sorokin?

For years, Islanders fans have anxiously awaited the arrival of netminder Ilya Sorokin.  They pinned their hopes on a 25-year-old goalie who they rarely saw in-game action outside of YouTube clips and the occasional Twitter or blog update. No matter. The accounts of his excellent play in Russia in the ...

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Simpson: Has the time come for a change on the Island?

For Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz, the challenge is easy to explain, hard to address.  With just over a fifth of the regular season gone, the Isles are fighting for a playoff spot in the very competitive MassMutual East Division. As Lamoriello and Trotz assess a roster averaging north of ...

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