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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:29 PM

Beningo's a good guy even though he's a Ranger fan. Was very good to my friend when he used to work at the Fan.

Yeah I like Joe, but I remember being annoyed at the fact that he seemed to think the Rangers would handle us in that series. I remember him not giving the Devils much of a shot coming into that series. I couldn't resist tweaking him when I saw him lol.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:58 PM

god i loved those circus clown banners. DAMNIT who used to have the handle "clown banner" or something or other? ...i guess im showing my njdevs age here.

 

LOTCB lol...he shortened the name (and usually only posts in the other sports forum these days) but the abbreviation still lives.

 

I haven't been there yet since the last Devils playoff game I was at but I've been to the Meadowlands itself twice and just seeing the Izod from a distance is frightening.  It looks like a different building, though I'd probably recognize it more if I actually went inside.  I don't really plan to go back anytime soon.

 

EDIT: Actually checking my ticket stubs (yes I generally keep all of them) apparently my last game at CAA was Game 2 of the first round series with the Lightning - so I went out with a loss after all, oh well.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:16 AM

Great point CR- Xanadu and the parking garage kind of took away that unique feel the CAA had, outside anyway. Tailgating before playoff games, that big parking lot... It kind of went away a little at the end there. And I think by the time the Devils moved, everyone had had it with the CAA (I know I did). The single concourse, sh!tty food, rude ushers- I couldn't wait for the Rock to open. (Speaking of the single concourse- I remember going to Devils games as a kid in the 80's when they allowed smoking in the building. The concourse was like a giant ash tray). But looking back now, I kind of miss it. I'd never want the Devils to move back or anything, but I look back and smile now at some of the little things that annoyed me about the old barn. I guess time does that. Overall- I've had some of the best memories of my life in that arena (and not just Devils games, but Nets games as a kid and some great concerts as well). So while it may be a dump, it was OUR dump. And it will always hold a very special place in my heart.

 

The area was clearly never scenic, but still, I remember warmer days in the CAA parking lot (especially June 24, 1995)...the area feeling pretty wide open...the arena in clear view...that's all gone now (thank God the Devils don't play there anymore).  But I agree, even if the chance for nostalgia's been wrecked by Xanadu and other factors, none of that tarishes the memories of all of the great things that happened there.  I guess I just prefer to remember as it was and not how it is.

 

I used to be one of the concourse smokers for about 8 years...I quit smoking for good back in May 2001. Won't ever go back to it...I can't believe I ever WAS a smoker (I wasn't a super-heavy smoker...4 to 5 packs a week usually...but definitely smoked more than enough).

 

 

They botched it badly from the beginning by not really being in tune to what mets fans wanted or needed...but since then there have been some fixes. Blue walls, friendlier dimensions, more Mets stuff in general, Mets HOF. And the Mets have given us some good moments in the building despite not being very good over the last few years (Santana no hitter among other things)

 

I wonder what's left? Do they have to make the playoffs for it to really feel like home?


 

well I don't listen to garbage if that's what you mean

 

re:  CitiField, read my post at the bottom of page 2.  I agree, the Wilpons have taken steps to correct it, but the initial iteration of Citi was just the latest example of them coming off as clueless amateurs.  Most people would rightly say that the mistakes made in the beginning really shouldn't have been made at all.  The Brooklyn Dodgers had been gone for about 50 years when Citi opened, and it's not like the Dodgers don't exist anymore.  Why pay ANY homage to them at all?  As far as Jackie Robinson goes, even though I understand WHY the Mets did it, it's still odd that they've taken ownership of his legacy, considering he never had anything to do with the franchise. 

 

Anyway, my point with this and my other post is yeah, with the fan hatred towards the Wilpons and the mistakes they constantly make, it probably is going to take flirting with true relevancy before people start to truly warm up to Citi.

 

As for the music...there's people who like that stuff and listen to it...otherwise it wouldn't be on the radio and these artists wouldn't be able to profit off touring.  Doesn't mean I don't think a lot of stuff on the radio is crap (hell, I think a lot of stuff my wife listens to is god-awful), but there's a lot of different tastes out there. 


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:32 AM

Was at the Izod in 2012 for Aerosmith, and it was the same has it's always been. Just a very bland building. It was nice to be in the builing again from a nostalgia point of view, but man thank god they got out.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:19 AM

I'm extremely jealous of you older folk who got to tailgate, get sauced and play street hockey before heading into the arena. Rutgers and giants games are always a good experience from the tailgate alone. Really impossible to do that at the rock
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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:31 AM

I'm extremely jealous of you older folk who got to tailgate, get sauced and play street hockey before heading into the arena. Rutgers and giants games are always a good experience from the tailgate alone. Really impossible to do that at the rock

 

You take the good with the bad.  I like that there are places to go before and after the game around the Rock.  Also, there weren't as many opportunities to tailgate as you would think.  Most games are in the evening on weeknights, so even if you went to every home game, most games you couldn't tailgate.  It was a lot of fun during the deep playoff runs though.

 

I think Philly probably has the best of both worlds.  Wells Fargo center has a ton of parking for tailgating, but otherwise South Street and Passyunk aren't that far away if that's what you want to do. 


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:01 AM

Had to be for my brother's graduation from William Paterson in 2012... never go to a college graduation of a mid major school because the speaker isn't interesting enough and its just a reading of names and speeches that I wish I was drunk for. But I'm not the sentimental type for things like that.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:21 AM

I did wish there was more afternoon games on weekends. I feel like there used to be more. I wish we were a little more like the Bruins in that case. Lots of 1pm starts on Saturdays.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:24 AM

You take the good with the bad.  I like that there are places to go before and after the game around the Rock.  Also, there weren't as many opportunities to tailgate as you would think.  Most games are in the evening on weeknights, so even if you went to every home game, most games you couldn't tailgate.  It was a lot of fun during the deep playoff runs though.

 

I think Philly probably has the best of both worlds.  Wells Fargo center has a ton of parking for tailgating, but otherwise South Street and Passyunk aren't that far away if that's what you want to do. 

As a broke college student, I'd much rather buy a cheapo 30 for $20, the cheapest hamburgers you can find, bring a grill charcoal etc and have an awesome time. Divide it between four friends and it's very cheap. I don't have the money to go out to a restaurant after the game, eat a meal that's overpriced and isn't even filling. 

 

As for the weeknights go, I'd have no problem tailgating on the weeknights, and have done it before. Back in 2012 RU was playing Louisville Thursday night for the Big East title. Living about 40 minutes south of RU, me and three buddies hopped in a car and picked up another friend from class at Monmouth. We got there about 4:00, got hammered and made it into the game at 7:30. Waking up for the 8:30 class the next day was no fun, but it is definitely an experience worth having again. Sucks that you can't really do that with the Devils.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:25 AM

I'm extremely jealous of you older folk who got to tailgate, get sauced and play street hockey before heading into the arena. Rutgers and giants games are always a good experience from the tailgate alone. Really impossible to do that at the rock

 

I tailgated maybe a handful of times for Devils games, for the reasons Daniel stated.  The time of the games (mostly weekday nights of course) and the mostly chillier weather pretty much discourages it.  Most of the time I was freezing my ass off in the tunnel or freezing my ass off in the parking lot either running or jogging to the CAA.   Sure, it's great once everything blooms in April and May during the playoffs, but overall it was a pretty small part of the whole CAA experience. 

 

Having local bars and restaurants is pretty cool too, and you definitely didn't have THAT at the CAA.  I admit that, as far as hockey goes, I go to the game, then head right out.  Kind of hard to sample the local nightlife with a 5-and-a-half-year-old girl in tow (especially since she's spent by the time the game's over).   

 

But yeah, in reference to your last post, I know what you mean about the cost of the restaurants being prohibitive if you're still in school.   


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:34 AM

As a broke college student, I'd much rather buy a cheapo 30 for $20, the cheapest hamburgers you can find, bring a grill charcoal etc and have an awesome time. Divide it between four friends and it's very cheap. I don't have the money to go out to a restaurant after the game, eat a meal that's overpriced and isn't even filling. 

 

As for the weeknights go, I'd have no problem tailgating on the weeknights, and have done it before. Back in 2012 RU was playing Louisville Thursday night for the Big East title. Living about 40 minutes south of RU, me and three buddies hopped in a car and picked up another friend from class at Monmouth. We got there about 4:00, got hammered and made it into the game at 7:30. Waking up for the 8:30 class the next day was no fun, but it is definitely an experience worth having again. Sucks that you can't really do that with the Devils.

 

At the Rock you can go pretty ghetto by hitting the liquor store in Penn Station and grabbing some Mickey D's.  If you brown bag the beer and don't get too noisy, you'll generally be left alone by security.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:07 PM

Yeah I kind of miss the cow tunnel. I was pretty convinced I was going to die in it, the floorboards giving way to drop me onto Route 3, after the first Stanley Cup parade. That was pretty insane.

Even the newer concrete one was cool.


Exactly what I was going to mention. People stamping out "Let's Go Devils" and expecting the whole thing to collapse and kill all of us.
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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:11 PM

I did wish there was more afternoon games on weekends. I feel like there used to be more. I wish we were a little more like the Bruins in that case. Lots of 1pm starts on Saturdays.


I promised my 6 year old I'd take her, expecting it to be a weekend matinee. There weren't any I could go to until March 29 or something, so we did a Saturday night instead.

She stayed pretty interested for a game that was 0-0 through regulation, and she flipped out when we won it in overtime.
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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:16 PM

Exactly what I was going to mention. People stamping out "Let's Go Devils" and expecting the whole thing to collapse and kill all of us.

 

I remember that you could actually see the traffic speeding along route 3 in between the cracks in the floorboards.  How that thing passed safety inspection in the first place is beyond me.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:24 PM

I remember that you could actually see the traffic speeding along route 3 in between the cracks in the floorboards.  How that thing passed safety inspection in the first place is beyond me.

 

That's rte 120 actually, but yeah, the original bridge was very scary to me.  I remember seeing the cars whizzing by below too. 

 

And there was always a guy selling pretzels just outside that bridge on the Giants Stadium side after the game was over.  Can't imagine that he could've sold very many of them. 


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 05:26 PM

As a broke college student, I'd much rather buy a cheapo 30 for $20, the cheapest hamburgers you can find, bring a grill charcoal etc and have an awesome time. Divide it between four friends and it's very cheap. I don't have the money to go out to a restaurant after the game, eat a meal that's overpriced and isn't even filling. 

 

As for the weeknights go, I'd have no problem tailgating on the weeknights, and have done it before. Back in 2012 RU was playing Louisville Thursday night for the Big East title. Living about 40 minutes south of RU, me and three buddies hopped in a car and picked up another friend from class at Monmouth. We got there about 4:00, got hammered and made it into the game at 7:30. Waking up for the 8:30 class the next day was no fun, but it is definitely an experience worth having again. Sucks that you can't really do that with the Devils.

Also as a broke college student, I appreciate the atmosphere we have now. Tailgating is great, but having the city being a part of team culture and the team being a part of city culture is invaluable to the fabric of the club as far as I'm concerned. You can't beat walking through downtown with thousands of other fans, fans in the restaurants around the stadium.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 05:38 PM

I remember that you could actually see the traffic speeding along route 3 in between the cracks in the floorboards. How that thing passed safety inspection in the first place is beyond me.

Yeah I remember that too. Its a miracle it never collapsed.


That's rte 120 actually, but yeah, the original bridge was very scary to me. I remember seeing the cars whizzing by below too.

And there was always a guy selling pretzels just outside that bridge on the Giants Stadium side after the game was over. Can't imagine that he could've sold very many of them.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 05:48 PM

I also miss the sense of dread  when approching the arena after going through exit 16W toll whether you would go to the ramp on the right towards the main parking lot or to the ramp on the left towards the Giants Stadium parking lot and be forced to walk the cattle walk.  It had the feeling of pulling the arm of a slot machine some nights.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:44 PM

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:59 PM

Also as a broke college student, I appreciate the atmosphere we have now. Tailgating is great, but having the city being a part of team culture and the team being a part of city culture is invaluable to the fabric of the club as far as I'm concerned. You can't beat walking through downtown with thousands of other fans, fans in the restaurants around the stadium.

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