Posted 14 April 2014 - 04:23 PM
I have a few friends who have recently become Devils fans (and are as die-hard as I am). We were talking about the Philadelphia new York series, my friends pondering over who to pull for. They wondered why without hesitation, most Devils fans would immediately say Philly. One moment I'll never forget was the last day of the regular season in 2010, I was at the Rock for the game against Buffalo. After the Devils won in ot, a lot of us stuck around to watch the shootout between Philly and the rangers. The winner got the seven seed, and was going to face us in the first round, and the loser was going to be eliminated. It was certainly the only time I've seen a large number of devils fans inside the prudential center wildly cheer for the flyers. One realist Devils fan was pretty aggravated, and was yelling about how the flyers had killed us all season, and how dumb could we all be to root for them. I guess the rest is history, and watching flyers fans huddle up in a circle and jump around and celebrate after game five that year at the rock did create another level of hatred in me for those people, I still need to go with Philly.
On a personal level, I go to school in Philly, and spend a lot of time there. I love it outside of any sports context. New York, on the contrary, I hate. I think that's rooted in hating the Rangers so God damn much, and I can't understand how so many of you are fanatical about new York teams in other sports. I grew up a Mets fan, and find it more and more difficult every season to even casually support them. I know plenty of people in Jersey are Mets fans, but the majority are sack of sh!t new Yorkers. Although I've got plenty of Flyers fans friends I seriously consider punching square in the face every time hockey comes up, I could never hope for anything but the worst for the Rangers, their fans, and that city.
Support New Jersey baymen. Eat local clams.