Anyone can be a blogger - even me! - but not everyone has the insights and connections of a guy who worked for a team for 20 years (including as its top communications official) until May. That is the unusual direction from which Chris Botta this week launched www.islanderspointblank.com, which on one hand is an independent outlet owned by Botta, but on the other is sponsored by the team and linked to from its Web site. "There are conflicts of interest all over the place," Botta admitted, noting his friendship with GM Garth Snow. "I totally understand that perception. My answer is, let's let this thing take its course. I'm not going to come up with this bravado of how tough I'm going to be. Let everybody judge it for what it is."