This Week in Halftime: Hockey playoffs and the war on color in fashion

The start of hockey playoffs has Halftime writing about hockey. Ironically, sports writers Joe Pollicino and Sourabh Bhat wrote about the New York metro area’s two lesser teams, which did not make the playoffs this year (*coughcough GO RANGERS*), the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders.

Pollicino began the first of a series of nostalgic looks back at his favorite sports teams of his youth with a look at the awful 2006-2007 Islanders, who, despite their last-place performance that season, won his heart and fandom.

But while most of the Island was tuning out, I was tuning in more vigorously than ever before. Any Islanders game on television was a momentous occasion for me. With the Mets knocked out of the postseason and the Knicks destined for another cellar-dwelling season under the incompetence of Isiah Thomas, the Islanders filled my daily sports void. I would immerse myself into the games, so much so that I would startle my mom at least three times a night with my shouts of excitement or exasperation whenever the Islanders scored or allowed a goal.

And Bhat evaluated the career of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who has just finished his last season of professional hockey after 21 years with the Devils.

Brodeur statistically is one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. A quick glance through his career reveals a long list of records and championships in his 21 years with the Devils. But that’s not why he’s so special– as someone who grew up in the New York area, I was surrounded by players who were statistically significant. It’s also not just because of his extended tenure with the Devils– he lives in Jeter territory, arguably the most famous one-team player of our generation. What makes Brodeur so special is that he belonged to a community.

Read after the jump to see some of the leisure pieces in this week of Halftime.

Halftime fashion columnist Tim Annick describes his obsession with neutral colors and his lack of understanding of salmon shorts.

Neutrals are great. They look great on everyone. They’re easy to launder. They’re also a uniform for the world’s coolest people: Dave Gahan! Patti Smith! Batman! Darth Vader! All of them are legends, but perfectly illustrate my point. They’re so iconic that nobody bothers to include them on best-dressed lists (fictional or not).

And Editorial Board Chair Ian Philbrick reviewed the premiere of Mad Men‘s final season.

It’s not just the same gray suit and feathered fedora that stick out amidst the scintillating color of January 1969, or even the clean-shaven squareness as other men’s sideburns creep ever lower. Instead, it’s the episode’s focus on movement that belies a static paralysis. Perfectly encapsulated by his simultaneously motioned yet motionless ride on an airport moving sidewalk, the season opener (which picks up just two months after last season’s finale) finds Don geographically, occupationally, and emotionally displaced.

Photo: CBS Local New York

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