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the best decision i ever made growing up was deciding not to follow my father's roots of being a ranger fan, and deciding to become a devil fan. 15 years later i couldn't be happier. i love being a fan of the red and black because:

1. they are a real team- with today's game being more about the money, and who has it, the devils show that loyalty, hard work, and good drafting can still work in today's NHL. look at all the exceptional players who have come up through the farm system playing on this team (not even including the ones who have left). this is an organization that should be envied by all, and used as poster children for other GM's on how to build a TEAM. everyone wants to be here, you rarely hear about players whining and moaning about money and what role they think they should be in. hell, players like rolston, brodeur and others take pay-cuts to play here. that says something in today's NHL.

2. going into free agency, lou never overpays for some high priced veteran just because fans will recognize his name. this is why i think the rangers will never be as successful unless they change their approach to building their team.

3. while every team has their idiot fans (ours included), I think as a whole we have some of the smartest fan base in the NHL. reading other teams' forums, and listening to their announcers/fans feels like i'm just getting a lesson on why their team is the best but most of them don't actually pay attention to the NHL, but instead play NHL 08 and base players on their "overall level" in the game.

4. this is a class organization- it says something when a player of rolston's caliber turned down 17 other offers from GM's to take a pay cut and play here. how many other teams can claim that?

5. we have arguably the greatest goaltender ever to play hockey- 3 stanley cups, a gold medal, four eastern conference championships, eight (i think?) atlantic division championships, rookie of the year, 500+ wins (2nd all time), shares the record for most wins in a season, has played 70 or more games every season since 97-98, 96 shutouts (2nd all time, but first in combined shutouts combining the regualar season and playoffs), four vezina trophy awards, ect. ect. i could go on for pages with this.

no one else can compare.

6. we're not the rangers, flyers, or islanders- enough said right there. the only reason any of these teams know what the cup even looks like anymore is because we bring it home more often, and more recently than they do.

7. we have the best name, colors, and logo- what says bad ass more than a DEVIL? the name goes along with the state so well, too.

8. we have this guy on our side- puddy1.jpg

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EXCELLENT model for a newbie post.

Well Done!!!! :clap:

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We have the greatest goalie in the world.

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We have the greatest goalie in the world.

can't believe i forgot that. i'll edit it now

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This thread is so stupid. I don't need a reason to be a proud Devils fan...

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This thread is so stupid. I don't need a reason to be a proud Devils fan...

How did you end up becoming a Devils fan? Since you live in Ottawa. Did you grow up around NJ?

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This thread is so stupid. I don't need a reason to be a proud Devils fan...

I have an idea!! If you don't like the thread... don't post in it!! Wow! Novel idea right!? ANNNND, if you decided to, uh, I dunno, READ the title, you'd see it is why are you GLAD to be a Devils fan, not why ARE YOU a Devils fan.

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The great thing about being a Devils fan is knowing that your team will always compete with the best of them and they always make the playoffs over the last decade plus except for '96 of course. :P Also knowing you have the best goaltender in Brodeur in the NHL and on the planet. Plus our Devils fans and Legion are very passionate fans and root for their team no matter how bad they can be especially for me going through the early 80's when they were just a "Mickey Mouse" organization and now to see them win three Stanley Cup Championships. :koolaid:

Devils fans have been through it all and many other teams fans do not even realize this. This is a winning organization unlike some others across the river there :rofl: and knows what it takes to be the best and winning is all that matters with this Devils team, fans and organization. :evil:

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The great thing about being a Devils fan is knowing that your team will always compete with the best of them and they always make the playoffs over the last decade plus except for '96 of course. :P Also knowing you have the best goaltender in Brodeur in the NHL and on the planet. Plus our Devils fans and Legion are very passionate fans and root for their team no matter how bad they can be especially for me going through the early 80's when they were just a "Mickey Mouse" organization and now to see them win three Stanley Cup Championships. Devils fans have been through it all and many other teams fans do not even realize this. This is a winning organization unlike some others across the river there and knows what it takes to be the best and winning is all that matters with this Devils team, fans and organization. :evil:

Dude, would you like to buy a comma? Man that was hard to read :unsure:

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Dude, would you like to buy a comma? Man that was hard to read :unsure:

Not really. There were some periods. :P It was a sought out post with some advanced reading skills. ;)

Plus you didn't read the edited version when you quoted me.

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For the entire time I have been a Devils fan (1999 I started following religiously...yeah, I was 7), the Devils have been competitive. I am incredibly lucky, and believe me, just how lucky i am hasn't escaped me since i have been to away games and seen just how different other teams' fans are. Take Florida. I went there January 07, and there were like 6000 people at the game. I talked to one of the Panthers fans there, and he said it was entirely different from 10 years ago, when the Panthers were good. I realized just how lucky I am to be a fan of a team that hasn't dropped off the list of Cup contenders.

Remember getting sh!t from Rags fans when there were more of them than us at The Rock? Yeah, guarantee you at least half the Rags fans there weren't Rangers fans, say 5 years ago. Yeah, the Rangers have a lot of fans, but they are like, 80% fair weather fans. I have no problem with the Rangers fans that are loyal and can carry an intelligent hockey conversation. The problem is, most NYers only give a crap when they are winning, and just argue that the Rags are better no matter what. When the Rangers are better, I'll admit it. I did it a lot last year at school. Anyway, we don't have nearly the same number of fans as the Rags, but we have the most die hard, loyal, bleed the team colors fans I have ever seen. Every team in every sport has them, but I would put money on the Devils having the most, at least in pro sports. Dare I say, we are probably like a collegiate team when it comes to hardcore fans.

We have Lou as our GM, who doesn't stray from the plan that works to make a B.S. signing that will put us in cap hell. I know there are some of you that think Lou is losing it, but after this past week, Lou is as on top of his game as ever.

What does it say about your team when a player like Rolston takes a paycut to play for your team when he had 16 other offers, a majority of which probably offered more money.

And...we have Marty :P

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I stuck with the team during the lean years because they were my local team, put up with the abuse when we sucked (and boy did we suck) and now enjoy the good times. I respect Lou and the organization for going about the things in the right way - classy, old school NHL. But here is a question for the fans - if they bolted for, say, Las Vegas would you still be a Devils fan?

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I stuck with the team during the lean years because they were my local team, put up with the abuse when we sucked (and boy did we suck) and now enjoy the good times. I respect Lou and the organization for going about the things in the right way - classy, old school NHL. But here is a question for the fans - if they bolted for, say, Las Vegas would you still be a Devils fan?

I would, without a doubt. Who else am I going to root for? The Rangers? Don't make me throw up in my mouth...

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I stuck with the team during the lean years because they were my local team, put up with the abuse when we sucked (and boy did we suck) and now enjoy the good times. I respect Lou and the organization for going about the things in the right way - classy, old school NHL. But here is a question for the fans - if they bolted for, say, Las Vegas would you still be a Devils fan?

Yea of course I would cheer for them.. but then i would have to pay up cash to get NHL Center Ice or whatever to watch games online or whatnot

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I stuck with the team during the lean years because they were my local team, put up with the abuse when we sucked (and boy did we suck) and now enjoy the good times. I respect Lou and the organization for going about the things in the right way - classy, old school NHL. But here is a question for the fans - if they bolted for, say, Las Vegas would you still be a Devils fan?

I probably would, but then again, do former Whaler fans really like the Hurricanes? I can't imagine there are many...I could be wrong on that though.

I'd still follow the team but it'd probably be a dual-favoritism with them and Minnesota.

That said, something about the Devils and Las Vegas just totally doesn't jibe...could you imagine Lou in the glitziest, touristy-est, neon-est place on Earth? :lol:

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Devil fans are the most knowledgeable

Terrific arena

Great Gm

Greatest goaltender

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no matter what there are always premium tickets available, even in the playoffs!

you can got to a game and stretch out putting your feet up on the empty seats in front of you.

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I stuck with the team during the lean years because they were my local team, put up with the abuse when we sucked (and boy did we suck) and now enjoy the good times. I respect Lou and the organization for going about the things in the right way - classy, old school NHL. But here is a question for the fans - if they bolted for, say, Las Vegas would you still be a Devils fan?

If the players that are on the team now remained on that team then yes. However, once the players retire or all the current guys got traded away, I think I would stray away a little bit. Once Marty were to retire, Lou goes, and so on, its a completely new team that no longer has ties to the NJ Devils. Think about it before I get any crap.

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Because the Devils ARE New Jersey.

*We started with zero respect. Everybody laughed at our team, our building and our uniforms. We were the "Mickey Mouse" organization. Lovable, but laughable.

*We took a beating most nights, but they kept on swinging back knowing they'd get beaten again. The team had b*lls, and in NJ you'd better have b*lls f you expect to survive here--no matter what you do.

*We WON a game we should have lost, knowing that it would cost us perhaps the greatest hockey player in history (Lemieux). We may have lost Lemieux, but think of the message that was sent and how it eventually resonated.

*We brought in a no nonsense GM who instilled New Jersey blue collar work ethic and morals, and brought in players who reflected this lunch bucket style (No I in team). You didn't punch a clock with the rest of the team, you were eventually punched out.

*It was OUR GM that recognized talent world wide and was THE first GM to negotiate with the Soviets to bring in Russian players as well as heavily scout and sign free agents from European leagues.

*Won Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003 and not ONE time did this GM take credit or even air time from the players that won it. A general watches his soldiers during a victory parade, but should never lead it.

*There is no other team in sports that has more of a team mentallity than our Devils. You are here for one purpose only--to better our team. Everyone has a job to do and the responsibility that comes with it. The name on the front of the jersey means more than the name on the back, and this starts with our biggest name, Martin Brodeur who never calls out his teammates when they play badly nor passes blame when he does.

*Our fans may not have the largest numbers in the league, but NJ boasts the largest active fan club in hockey (you'll see Devils jerseys in EVERY away game.. and in numbers) and we're as passionate and knowledgeable as any fans in the league. We respect the game first, and love our Devils 2nd. We do not hold our team above the game, unlike other fans we've encountered.

*We're loyal to our team and our team is loyal to their players. Look around the organization. You'll see former warriors taken care of. You leave your soul on the ice for this team and it'll never be forgotten. (MacLean, Daneyko, Stevens, Robinson, Burns, etc). To be a Devil means to give up yourself to the best interest of the team. No other team demands this nor rewards it like NJ.

*Devils Hockey IS New Jersey and New Jersey IS Devils Hockey. We're street smart and battle proven. We don't expect to be given anything nor have a problem with fighting to get what we want. We'll tolerate less than desired results as long as we see the desire and effort.

Being a Devils fan has been nothing short of a journey.....and we're nowhere near our final destination. ;)

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I'm happy to be a Devils fan because:

-Our goalie is more fun to watch play then any other goalie.

-We have Doc. and Chico, who I think are very under appreciated. They care about the team and are TRUE FANS. Eff you Sam Rosen.

-Winning kicks ass.

-It's fun to rep NJ.

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I wasn't born here in NJ, but i've lived 20 of my 21 years here (almost 22) and i am proud to be from New Jersey

The Devils mean New Jersey 100%

Brodeur = The Man!

The Devils are a proud tradition in my family and each one of us (Mom, Dad, Sisters + Sisters Fiance) are hardcore Devil fans.

I can't imaging following ANY other team as much as the Devils, and no matter where i move in life, The Devils will be the #1 team.

Each and every year we compete to be the best even when we have zero big names besides Marty, and each of those names becomes known by mid-season (Oduya...?)

I just love the team, and now the arena and mostly the sport of hockey.

:This is more about hockey itself but it has Devils in it haha:

Friends ask me why I'm such a hockey nut, i say, watch a game, i mean REALLY watch it and understand it, you'll like it too... especially the devils. I turned friends into liking hockey enough to become devils fans due to JUST watching Brodeur making a save, or a Devil beating the crap out of some other player. Always awesome, always fun...

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But here is a question for the fans - if they bolted for, say, Las Vegas would you still be a Devils fan?

No. Why would I support a team that bailed on their fans? fvck that sh!t.

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I stuck with the team during the lean years because they were my local team, put up with the abuse when we sucked (and boy did we suck) and now enjoy the good times. I respect Lou and the organization for going about the things in the right way - classy, old school NHL. But here is a question for the fans - if they bolted for, say, Las Vegas would you still be a Devils fan?

Even better if they bolted for North Carolina and replaced the Canes :P

I would. After all, I live here and cheer for them. Center Ice is a lifesaver.

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