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#1 dmann422

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:37 PM

Surprised there wasn't a thread yet- I will very much miss Chico. I know some things he says are cringe worthy, but for me it was always pleasant to listen to him and hear some of the old time devils stories. Also there are much, much worse color men in the nhl today from my gamecenter experience, so whoever does replace Chico will have some very big shoes to fill.

Thank you for everything Chico!

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:42 PM

God speed Chico... It won't be the same without you.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:45 PM

I said this in the game day thread. I love his passion for this team. Just another reason we need that Devils ring of fire because Chico deserves to be there.
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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:46 PM

I missed his announcement but about 20 mins ago I told my wife that this might be the last year we hear Chico.

Chico Greets and Eats!

We have a printed out version of Chicoisms!

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:46 PM

I've already told Chico's past Rockies/Devils story and posted about what he meant to the franchise during its slow transition from perennial loser to respectability.  Sadly, his Devils career ended before the slow build began to pay off, but he still did so much for this team after his playing days were over...I don't think I ever saw anyone as good with the fans as Chico.  Just a genuinely great guy.  He will be missed.


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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:49 PM

i would love the Devils to bring Chico and Doc back once a year when they wear their retro jerseys


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:50 PM

Chico, you were awesome. You put the 'color' in 'color commentary'.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:00 PM

I don't think I ever saw anyone as good with the fans as Chico.  Just a genuinely great guy.  He will be missed.

this cannot be said enough, I've never met him personally, but I've seen countless fan stories of his kindness and openness to each and every fan he meets. He really has been a treasure to this franchise.

Btw, as someone who was in diapers during those early devils years, I always appreciate your insight/stories from a fan perspective of those olden days.
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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:24 PM

I always loved Chico. Dano really should take the job, it only makes sense. I understand he doesn't want to travel, but it would be almost too perfect to have another original Devil take over.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:25 PM

I'll miss you chico, you blind homer you

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:26 PM

this cannot be said enough, I've never met him personally, but I've seen countless fan stories of his kindness and openness to each and every fan he meets. He really has been a treasure to this franchise.

Btw, as someone who was in diapers during those early devils years, I always appreciate your insight/stories from a fan perspective of those olden days.

 

Thanks.  The best thing about reminiscing about those olden days is seeing how far this franchise has come.  14 straight losing seasons in three cities...through five ownerships...endless embarrassments...having the game's greatest player call the team a Mickey Mouse franchise...I still remember when Ranger, Flyer and Islander fans in the 80s treated Devils fans like their little brothers...almost in a "aw, how cute, you root for that Devils team" kind of way.  It was so great when they went on that big run to get into the playoffs in 1988, especially since they did it at the Rangers' expense.  And then of course, the big playoff run that FINALLY slayed the Mickey Mouse label (even with 88-89 being a step back).  93-94 was also great, in that "so THIS is what it's like to have a terrific, upper-echeleon regular season record!"

 

It's just been a lot of fun to see this team grow.  And it's weird to see so many people that were a part of it getting older and moving on.  Though it absolutely NEEDS to happen, it's going to be weird when Marty's not here next season.  There's just certain guys you just don't think of ever being gone until they actually are.  Chico very much fits that bill. 


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[Mark Messier]: A big, bald attention whore with a stupid Easter Island-lookin face. - from who else? DaneykoIsGod!

Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
Can the coach do that ? Switch the goalies 5 seconds to go in overtime?
- Most priceless quote ever posted on a message board.

Martin Brodeur: THE MOST ALL-TIME WINS!, 12 straight seasons of 30+ wins, 3 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina Trophies, and zero respect from too many so-called Devils "fans" who are either too young or too bandwagon to remember the much darker days of Sean Burke, Craig Billington, Bob Sauve, Alain Chevrier, and the talented but overwhelmed Chico Resch, among many others.

It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:32 PM

this cannot be said enough, I've never met him personally, but I've seen countless fan stories of his kindness and openness to each and every fan he meets. He really has been a treasure to this franchise.

Btw, as someone who was in diapers during those early devils years, I always appreciate your insight/stories from a fan perspective of those olden days.

I've had the pleasure of meeting Chico twice- everything you've heard is true. He is truly one of the nicest human beings I've ever met.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:39 PM

I've had the pleasure of meeting Chico twice- everything you've heard is true. He is truly one of the nicest human beings I've ever met.

 

And what made him even more special is you could tell he genuinely ENJOYED that fan interaction...in those moments, he became "one of us" and was so clearly at ease with it.  I think some guys in Chico's position do a pretty good job with that, but I don't think it ever at any time felt like it was a job to Chico.  He was just very naturally social and friendly.


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THE NHL MUST LOVE THE DEVILS - from who else? A RANGER fan!
[Mark Messier]: A big, bald attention whore with a stupid Easter Island-lookin face. - from who else? DaneykoIsGod!

Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
Can the coach do that ? Switch the goalies 5 seconds to go in overtime?
- Most priceless quote ever posted on a message board.

Martin Brodeur: THE MOST ALL-TIME WINS!, 12 straight seasons of 30+ wins, 3 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina Trophies, and zero respect from too many so-called Devils "fans" who are either too young or too bandwagon to remember the much darker days of Sean Burke, Craig Billington, Bob Sauve, Alain Chevrier, and the talented but overwhelmed Chico Resch, among many others.

It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.

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20 out of 1,946 njdevs.com members agree: CR1976 is the Most Knowledgable Poster of 2008! Victory is mine...oh yes, victory is mine!

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:42 PM

Deb brought ole Chic an apple fritter!! Lol

I'm gonna miss him!! :(

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:43 PM

Chico will be missed, I almost can't even imagine no longer hearing his ramblings. I might still hear my innervoice step in for him. Haha.

 

Losing Doc and Chico in a span of years has really changed the Devils broadcast flavor. Godspeed Chico!!!!!!!
 


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:44 PM

And what made him even more special is you could tell he genuinely ENJOYED that fan interaction...in those moments, he became "one of us" and was so clearly at ease with it. I think some guys in Chico's position do a pretty good job with that, but I don't think it ever at any time felt like it was a job to Chico. He was just very naturally social and friendly.

No question. He did enjoy it, you could tell he wasn't someone who talked with and interacted with fans as much as he did just for the hell of it. He was as genuine, friendly, and engaging in person as he is on the air.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 09:21 PM

I'll miss him big time.  All the best to Chico & his family.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 09:42 PM

Does Doc have a national game Sunday? It would be cool if he could come back for Chico's last game.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 09:58 PM

As much as we all tease Chico, it definitely won't be the same without him and I love his optimism.  He really is a true Devil and watching the games won't be the same.

 

All the best, Chico


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 09:59 PM

so sad but dano is the mano-war

 

pretty much all i know about hockey is chico

 

a great man


Edited by lazer, 11 April 2014 - 10:01 PM.

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