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  1. Center ice or game center

      This is pretty much the right and most simple answer. With Gamecenter, if you live in Jersey or New York, you will never get a Devils game because it's always available on some cable network (MSG, MSG+, NBC Sports, NBC). Cable gets first dibs. I believe Center Ice works the same way, but since that's a cable platform, it's really only useful for watching out or market games. Same with Gamecenter.   I live in Austin, TX, so Gamecenter works great for me. I get every Devils game except for Devils / Stars and if they're ever on NBC or NBC Sports.   Just an FYI, Gamecenter stinks during the playoffs. You'll only get about half of the first two rounds and none of the finals, because NBC Sports and NBC has a good portion of the games. You'd think the NHL could work out a deal that would make the Stanley Cup Finals available on every platform, but that's not the case.
  2. Marty on with Francesa at 4:00

      You nailed it. That is a big part of it. I grew up with the FAN, so it's a nice reminder of "days gone by", Keeps me connected to the tri-state area.
  3. Marty on with Francesa at 4:00

    Call me crazy, but I'm a Francesa fan for all the reasons he wouldn't want me to be. His show is a wonderful train wreck. His rants, the pranking, Mongo nation. I live 1500 miles away and I still listen online. Love him or hate him. he illicts reactions.   As for the interview, what would anybody expect? It's a New York station and he's New York fan, so of course, 60% of the questions are going to be about the "Ran-jhas". We hate it, but '95 will forever be linked to '94. It was the final act of a three part play. At least he acknowledged our long standing success. Oh wait. In the shadow of the Rangers. Dang.   Ahh Francesa. He can't pronouce Marty's name right (Mar tin and opposed to Mar tan), he spent most of the interview talking as opposed to the interviewee and he stumbled and bumbled his way through every senence. Gotta love him.
  4. Slava Fetisov on Daily Show Wednesday 3/4/15

    Has anyone seen the actual film? It's opening here in Austin next week (I think) and I know it's playing in limited release in NYC right now, That'll be a first week watch for me, for sure.
  5. Devils Trade Deadline Thread

    I spend too much time lurking 'round here, but I have an analogy for the Devil's deadline day situation. They are trying to sell their old socks.   Imagine if you had a pile of old socks sitting in your bedroom taking up space. They have holes in them, the heels are worn out. Just gross. But you decide throwing them out is a waste, so you put them on E-bay for the hopes of something back. A couple of them are nice enough and they get taken for a couple of bucks, but the rest of them sit there until the post expires.   Outside of Jags (who we got a fair price for) and Zids, I don't think anybody is going to buy our old socks. Zids will maybe get a fourth, but that's just trading something worn out for the chance at getting a decent Payless pair.   Naturally, something is better than nothing but as for the rest of the pile, I'm afraid nobody wants it.
  6. BEER

      Good read. When I saw the ad, all I did was angrily tweet and then polish off my third coffee porter. That guy dropped some knowledge. Good stuff.
  7. Would this new rule give the Devils a chance?

    To heck with NHL '94. The first thing I thought of when I read this was NHL Hitz:     (Drinking game: In the epic intro video, try to count the amount of suspensions there would be in toay's NHL. You'll be drunk in no time!)
  8. The Devils are bad and it's time to tank

    My main fear of tanking is building a culture of losing. It's one thing to try hard and fail. You learn from that. It's quite another to throw up your hands and give up for the outside hope of a draft pick savior. It creates a culture of ambivalence that can take a decade to recover from. I don't think the Devils can afford a decade of failure. Not to be mean, but I don't think our fanbase can support it.   Besides, the team's drafting record hasn't been exactly sparkling as of late. Sure, it's hard to predict talent when you're drafting in the mid-twenties and a high draft pick in a good year could mean a slam dunk NHL'er, but it's not a guaranteed fix.   The main issue we're all realizing is this team is painfully mediocre, which (as somebody else said) is a difficult position to be in. Not good enough to be a Cup contender, not bad enough to rebuild with low risk / high reward studs.   As of right now, you have play the cards you're dealt. We all knew if this team had a few injuries, this would be an ugly season. It's not horrifying yet and PDB will fall on the sword as a shake up (if things don't turn around by December. He'll get the Johnny Mac leash) but it won't be the answer. Lemaire isn't waiting by the phone this time around.   The best they can do is bust their butt every night and hope our division is average enough to sneak in. If we get in, all bets are off. Anything can happen. With this talent pool, there's no quick fix. I don't feel tanking isn't the answer. It's an emotional "screw these guys" reaction...very fair and understandable but not prudent (again, in my opinion).
  9. BEER

    Epic just got out to Austin and I agree, thier Pumpkin Porter is great. They also do a Peach Belgian style beer which is outstanding. If you like Pumking (who doesn't. It tastes like pumpkin pie, not pumpkins), their new Warlock is even better. It's a porter style with the Pumpking spices and the roasted quality works much better than the regular Pumpking.
  10. BEER

      Fair enough, but there's a fine line between having an opinion and being completely propagandized.  This one felt entirely too "rah rah" craft brewers and while I agree whole-heartedly with the sentiment, a genuine POV from the big boys would have been nice.   For some excellent neutral docs, I'd recommend Lake of Fire, The Act of Killing, Restrepo and Wasteland to start.  And Michael Moore is an ass, but at least he has more film construction skill.  Beer Wars was well intentioned but too amatuerish to recommend to the masses.   Thanks for checking it ou!
  11. BEER

    For those interested, I wrote a review for Beer Wars that you can check out here.  Sadly, it is not kind and yes, to those old school people who remember Crasher's Movies thread from many moons ago, I still review, only for actual sites now!   http://revoltdaily.org/beerwarsreview/
  12. BEER

    Glad to see this thread is still rolling along.  Not to jump in the in Bev conversation, but I don't care where a pint comes from, so long as it's good.  I think Bud bought out Goose Island and I still like a good sampling of their stuff.  When the quality dips due to mass production, I'll mourn, but for now, I'm not tasting a difference.  The big three cater to the masses and that's fine.  Life is such now-a-days where if you want something different, the different stuff is out there.  Like anything cool, you just need to look for it, which everyone here does!   As for Beer Wars, I screened it last night for a review and it was decent at best.  Good docs have to present both sides and this one came off as a Michael Moore style smear campaign.  The bits about the lobbying was pretty interesting and I never knew about the three tier distribution system, but overall it was entirely too "beverage socialist".  It also doesn't help that it's four years old and craft beer has exploded since then.  The small guys have taken the time to grow naturally through word of mouth and good business sense and don't need the "big system" to turn a profit.  Plus, the lady who narrated the film was obnoxious as all hell.  Plus, she founded Mikes Hard Lemonade, which is a beer in the loosest possible sense of the world.   As for beer, I've been on a great trying kick lately.  Note, I now live in Austin, Texas which has an unbelievable craft beer culture.  My favorite spot only sells Texas craft beer...yeah, Texas only and they have 40 plus taps.  Even if you're the crappiest, frat boy bar on Dirty Sixth, you better have at least Goose Island, Fat Tire or something borderline crafty to stay afloat.   Atwater Brewery - Decedent Dark Chocolate   Not a fan at all.  I love instense chocolate in my brew, but this tasted like a cold cup of hot cooca with measly malt and hops.  Very blah.   Jester King - Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild   I've been getting more and more into sour farmhouses and this one is intense.  Jester King is nothing but distinctive and I think the mild in the description is supposed to be a "ha ha, fooled you" type of gag.  An Austin original and hard to get outside the state.   Great Divide - Orabelle   I love when a Belgian Blonde has good flavor and this one doesn't disappoint.  Sweet maltiness with some wheat characteristics make it a nice, refreshing pour.   Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale   I know this has been around for a hot minute, but this was my first go 'round with it.  I'm very hit or miss on Dogfish Head, but you have to respect their passion for brewing interesting stuff.  Loved this one as it had just the right combination of IPA hops with brown nuttiness.  Need to grab a sixer of this next time I see it.   Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA   I've been crazy into Black IPA's and the craft world agrees, as it looks like the "next big thing".  This one is lovely with just the right amount of hops and chocolate to balance out an undertone of malt.  Really strong.   Also, if anybody does Untappd, friend me up!  njskaguy33 is the user name, Bill Tucker is the proper name.
  13. MSG Being Knocked Down in 10 years?

    -  I lived in Little Ferry for a bit and White Mana was always the dream place to go for burgers.  Only went a couple of times though due to the ridiculous wait, which was not worth the end product.  Sometimes the dream is better than the payoff.   -  Same goes for Shake Shack. Yummy as all get out, but I can't wait in line for an hour for lunch.  Their concretes are flipping great though and they have a drink only line, so you can avoid the crowds.  If you want to give them a go, I'd recommend the location on 86th St between Lexington and 3rd.  Not nearly as bad of a line as the Madison Square Park location.   -  Zinburger was very good the few times I've been and I love the fact they serve wine, which is a nice touch.   -  There's a place called Go Burger which is popping up here and there in NYC. Pretty standard stuff but better than Bareburger (another newish chain that's entirely overpriced for the snobby service and average food).  Also, I think they're affiliated with Smashburger as they have an item called "The Smashburger".  Just a burger with cheese with onions stuffed into it.  Much better than it sounds.   -  In and Out is a special little slice of heaven.  Animal style.  Oh man, so good.   -  Favorite burger in NYC is Five Napkin Burger.  Pricey but unbelievably yummy.  They also have a nice craft beer selection and a great whiskey / bourbon rack.   Oh, and this MSG thing is just a ploy by the city to get some more cash out of the Dolans.  I'd be shocked if they knocked down the building, considering it's national landmark, for better or for worse.
  14. BEER

    Stone had a tap takeover at PONY in NYC last week and I was able to try a bunch of their beers, including the RuinTen.  The RuinTen is fantastic and has a great flavor on top of the aggressive hops.  They also had an exceptional Templeton Stout.  One of those stouts that ages in rye casks.  Absolutely delicious. 
  15. BEER

    It's funny, I'm a self admitted hop head and I don't mind the over-hopping, so long as the beer is still tasty.  I think the over-hopping is more of a home brewer mistake as I've yet to have a craft that I felt violently overdid it, to the point I couldn't enjoy it.  Still, to each their own.   On the the Founders debate, I'm a huge fan because I love how aggressive they are but they have some missteps, the Cherise in particular.  I also love Belgians and now the weather is getting warmer, I'm all about my Belgian brews and German hefeweizens.  I had a Westmalle Tripel two weeks ago and it was phenomenal.