The annual "You Suck" thread is always good for some interesting reading. The juices really seem to flow!
I was never a fan of it personally, but not because it's offensive or embarrassing. The word "suck" isn't horrible IMO.
Even though I don't want my 5-year-old son yelling out that anyone "sucks!" at the game, I get that NHL hockey is a rough-and-tumble sport not meant for pussies and that curse words will be heard at the arena. Hell, to be honest, that always was one part of the fan experience that I liked about the sport. And if one of the other team's villains -- like Sean Avery or Peter Worrell back in the day -- was taking a run at a Devils player or doling out cheapshots, I'd be all for joining in on a good "You suck" chant.
But chanting "You suck" after a Devils goal always has been, in my mind ... well, mindless. After a Devils goal, I'm more interested in being happy that the Devs just scored. The "Hey!" song was always perfect for celebrating that.
I get that the chant is supposed to be funny. But after a few times IMHO, the joke gets old quick.
However, it's obvious to me that a lot fans still like doing it, so I've learned to accept it as "It is what it is."
But now it seems maybe the team has grown tired of it?