Just listened to a group of people outside my office talking about what a great game it was last night, how amazing Lundqvist was in "redeeming himself" from game 5, and now "lets make a run at Stanley Cup."
None of these people have ever discussed hockey before today. I have respect for the true fans who are always with their team, but to quote the late great Gorilla Monsoon, "well, Jessie, I hope they reinforced the
ring bandwagon for this one."
Sounds like general water cooler talk. We are guilty of it in other things (since we are all clearly sports fans, it won't be guilty with sports). Try and brush up on something you aren't really familiar with and talk about it.
I know you are dealing with this in NY/NJ, but this is just how the world works. I follow tennis year-round from the lower levels to the main tour. The average tennis fans just watches the Grand Slam if someone from their country is in it. In Canada, we now have a great male and a great women's player for the first time ever. People take notice 4 times a year if they go far. I've been watching these two rise up for 4-5 years and for me seeing someone I want to win would be the ultimate. For others, it would be incredible too, but I know it mean less. It is what it is and if it grows tennis in the country, so be it.
It's a shame, for whatever reason, when the Devils have had their Cup runs, it didn't take over major cities and the state. It's the way it is with their being Flyers territory and a Rangers fans in big pockets. The bandwagon wasn't as strong, but I am pretty sure everyone would love it if everywhere you went it was Devils pride all the time, even if it just started at that moment from people who weren't always interested in Devils hockey.
If you were wearing Devils gear two years ago and now you're wearing Rangers gear, then you were never a real fan to begin with. I can see people in NY jumping on the bandwagon- that's THEIR team. But people from Jersey? No. Sorry, that's garbage. You're from Jersey, and were wearing Devils gear in 2012, but now you're wearing Ranger gear? fvck the fvck right off. People who 'need' to cheer for a winner never had any kind of emotional attachment to a team before. They're fvcking phonies.
That we can agree on. That's some weak sh!t right there.
Edited by devilsrule33, 30 May 2014 - 12:56 PM.