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#21 DaneykoIsGod

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 03:28 PM

What's the mike Richards story on him?

Nice write up msweet


http://www.tsn.ca/co...thie/?id=341918

From an interview with Richards:

JD: Is there a code for how rookies should behave?

MR: I went through the same thing. I remember my first year we were playing against New Jersey and I was running around and lipping off to Patrick Elias. Elias came to me and Sergei Brylin too, and they said, “If you continue to show disrespect for players, you are going to get hurt.” That really hit home. I didn't want to be known as that guy who shows disrespect. I want to be a guy who plays hard in between the whistles but not cross the line. That was six years ago, but it hit home. When you hear it from a guy like Patrick Elias, who has a done a lot in this league and is well respected, you remember.


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Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:34 PM

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Tedenby who gave 2 of them a big tooth-less smile... I knew that look at my daughters.. time to open up a can of whoop-ass on him.



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Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:48 PM

great story! it's nice to hear stories from fans visiting other arenas. thanks
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 10:44 PM

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The fans were great. Most dressed in Jerseys.. they are Ovechkin crazy there of course. The chanted at the same time (with chants and timing that only they knew) and there were really into the game..

Great review, msweet.

Interesting comment on the Caps fans' chants. I can't count the number of times that I've noticed that our fans' chants have gotten lost in the mix mainly because the timing was off. Even simple chants like "Let's Go Devils!" or "Mar-ty!, Mar-ty!" have gotten quashed because the timing was off -- meaning different sections of the arena were chanting over each other instead of in unison.

I wonder how some other teams' fans manage to do it so successfully whereas we often have trouble getting it right.

Maybe it's harder to do than it seems.
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:03 PM

Great review, msweet.

Interesting comment on the Caps fans' chants. I can't count the number of times that I've noticed that our fans' chants have gotten lost in the mix mainly because the timing was off. Even simple chants like "Let's Go Devils!" or "Mar-ty!, Mar-ty!" have gotten quashed because the timing was off -- meaning different sections of the arena were chanting over each other instead of in unison.

I wonder how some other teams' fans manage to do it so successfully whereas we often have trouble getting it right.

Maybe it's harder to do than it seems.


Part of it is just the noise delay in the arena, since it takes a split second for you to hear what you see
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:17 PM

Great write up - send it to lou please ... best thing about the verizon ctr is when you step outside theres actually a nice city ..
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:33 PM

Part of it is just the noise delay in the arena, since it takes a split second for you to hear what you see

Maybe that's part of it, but I don't know. I even notice it a lot just watching the games on TV.

I tend to think sometimes that we have different sections of fans doing their own thing and not particularly paying attention to what's going on in the arena as a whole.

I hate to bring the Rangers into the discussion, but their fans come into the Rock and do a "Hen-rik" chant that's clear and crisp and in unison.
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:38 PM

Great write up - send it to lou please ... best thing about the verizon ctr is when you step outside theres actually a nice city ..


yeah Lou has a lot to do with the revitalization of Newark.

also, lol @ implying D.C. is a nice area
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:59 PM

yeah Lou has a lot to do with the revitalization of Newark.

also, lol @ implying D.C. is a nice area


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Posted 15 November 2011 - 12:41 AM

Arena Lounge, Edison Ale House, Loft 47, Uber Burger, Mulberry Pizza...Newark is getting there.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 09:36 AM

Great write up - send it to lou please ... best thing about the verizon ctr is when you step outside theres actually a nice city ..

One thing to remember about the Verizon Center is that Chinatown was a pretty crappy part of town when the arena was built. Verizon Center has done for DC what Prudential Center is in the process of doing for Newark. It just takes time, that's all.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 11:30 AM

One thing to remember about the Verizon Center is that Chinatown was a pretty crappy part of town when the arena was built. Verizon Center has done for DC what Prudential Center is in the process of doing for Newark. It just takes time, that's all.

Exactly. I like how people ignore this. Gentrification didn't take hold until 7 years after it was built. I was there in late 09 when the Predators were in town. Probably holds true today but if you go east of the arena on H street(especially at night) I really wouldn't call it "nice".
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 11:47 AM

Exactly. I like how people ignore this. Gentrification didn't take hold until 7 years after it was built. I was there in late 09 when the Predators were in town. Probably holds true today but if you go east of the arena on H street(especially at night) I really wouldn't call it "nice".



Or at the Prudential center where you go any direction a couple blocks and it I would not call that "nice" either.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 11:53 AM

yeah Lou has a lot to do with the revitalization of Newark.

also, lol @ implying D.C. is a nice area


lou had/has a lot to do with where we are and what we are
sorry to break it to you but the surrounding area to the DC arena is much nicer than the rocks will ever be ... wether you want to believe it or not.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 12:06 PM

Or at the Prudential center where you go any direction a couple blocks and it I would not call that "nice" either.

Office buildings/NJPAC to the north and the Ironbound to the east aren't bad so I dunno where you people get this "any direction" crap from.

sorry to break it to you but the surrounding area to the DC arena is much nicer than the rocks will ever be ... wether you want to believe it or not.

Not for the first 7 years of existence it wasn't. Arguably was in a worse spot than where the Rock is currently.

Look, you're getting a Marriott and Indigo hotels by next season, a chain restaurant in Dinosaur BBQ on Market St. next to Championship Plaza, on top of the stuff that's already there like Uber Burger, Edison Ale House, BCB&G, apartments on Edison Place, etc. What else do you want, less black people? I'd like the lots in front of the place to be turned into this Triangle Park thingy finally but that's not what I'm getting here from you folks.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 12:17 PM

Office buildings/NJPAC to the north and the Ironbound to the east aren't bad so I dunno where you people get this "any direction" crap from.



A couple of office buildings doesn't count. Hell they even have a tunnel that goes directly to Penn Station so they never have to walk the streets.

What good does a concert hall a few blocks away do for the arena? It is not someplace I head to before a game.

And Ironbound is ok, but that is just a bunch of streets that is a few blocks down from the arena.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 02:01 PM

Thanks DiG


A couple of office buildings doesn't count. Hell they even have a tunnel that goes directly to Penn Station so they never have to walk the streets.

What good does a concert hall a few blocks away do for the arena? It is not someplace I head to before a game.

And Ironbound is ok, but that is just a bunch of streets that is a few blocks down from the arena.


Yeah! Bunch of streets? Pish posh! Who counts streets and buildings when determining whether an area is crappy or not?! Only a fool, i say! What will they count next? The people?!

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Edited by devlman, 15 November 2011 - 02:02 PM.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 02:32 PM

Thanks DiG




Yeah! Bunch of streets? Pish posh! Who counts streets and buildings when determining whether an area is crappy or not?! Only a fool, i say! What will they count next? The people?!

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Driving past liquor store after fried chicken joints after bodegas and then bail bond places on my way to the arena from rt 78, I can safely say that Newark is indeed a sh!thole. A few restaurants within a block or 2 of the arena and and office buildings where they even have a tunnel to shield the people from the streets outside is just lipstick on a pig.

Also, I really do not appreciated being constantly asked before and after every game to buy sh!tty candy on the streets as well as seeing a drunk homeless guy literally lying face down next to the arena. My gf and I have called the police for this reason twice in the past year alone for this as we did not want the guy to die out there.

Edited by DevsMan84, 15 November 2011 - 02:34 PM.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 02:47 PM

Newark's not turning into NYC. Forget about the bodegas and the chicken joints. A 5 block radius around the arena is ideal, I'm not really concerned about the rest of the city right now. You have to just give it a shot, it's not the best but try it maybe? What's going to make you happy? A Chuck E Cheeze right across the street? I don't know what people do before games because drink and eat, so I'm confused as what you even want done. I'd like more food places, but they are working on it. The bar situation is good right now, for sure. As a whole, the city sucks. But you never go to Newark to just hang out, and never will. Let's focus on the Arena area, that's what is important. Also, homeless guys are a part of every city. Yes it sucks, but do you honestly think it's a Newark thing? Would you like to take a trip with me to Philly? It's the same bullsh!t there. You guys can always petition to go back to the parking lot next to the highway. I hear that area was popping. I've bitched about Newark, I'm guilty. I stick to it, it sucks ass as a whole. Around the Rock is not so bad though and will get better. They can't magically make businesses appear, they have to want to come. You blame the Devils, you think they are responsible for building the next Cluck U or some sh!t down the street for your convenience? I'm not calling any one person out here, but get real people. You're never going to get shot outside the arena, you have places to drink beers, you have places to eat. It's not THAT bad.

Most of our area is parking lots and Penn Station, there's not a lot of area to even build. What should we do? Tear down people's houses and businesses and tell them to get out? It's just not a simple solution people, quit pretending like it is.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 02:54 PM

Newark's not turning into NYC. Forget about the bodegas and the chicken joints. A 5 block radius around the arena is ideal, I'm not really concerned about the rest of the city right now. You have to just give it a shot, it's not the best but try it maybe? What's going to make you happy? A Chuck E Cheeze right across the street? I don't know what people do before games because drink and eat, so I'm confused as what you even want done. I'd like more food places, but they are working on it. The bar situation is good right now, for sure. As a whole, the city sucks. But you never go to Newark to just hang out, and never will. Let's focus on the Arena area, that's what is important. Also, homeless guys are a part of every city. Yes it sucks, but do you honestly think it's a Newark thing? Would you like to take a trip with me to Philly? It's the same bullsh!t there. You guys can always petition to go back to the parking lot next to the highway. I hear that area was popping. I've bitched about Newark, I'm guilty. I stick to it, it sucks ass as a whole. Around the Rock is not so bad though and will get better. They can't magically make businesses appear, they have to want to come. You blame the Devils, you think they are responsible for building the next Cluck U or some sh!t down the street for your convenience? I'm not calling any one person out here, but get real people. You're never going to get shot outside the arena, you have places to drink beers, you have places to eat. It's not THAT bad.



I have been to Philly and NYC many times. I have never had to call the police in either city about a homeless guy passed out in the middle of the sidewalk/street where people are just walking right past him.

I would love Chuck E Cheese. The ball rooms in them are fantastic.
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