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#1 NJD Jester

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 01:24 AM

Memo to Canes fans -- you will never live this down.

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 02:35 AM

hoo hoo we invented parking lot celebrations.. :whistling:
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 06:16 AM

There were a couple of articles about this in the Raleigh New & Observer, whether they would find a venue for a traditional parade or do the parking lot party. I was torn. NJ is no longer unique...but maybe that's a good thing. Now they can laugh at someone else. :P
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 07:00 AM

YET ANOTHER THING TO PUT THE BLAME ON US FOR- FIRST IT WAS BORING TRAP HOCKEY, NOW THE PARKING LOT PARADE....
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 08:45 AM

Raleigh has a cute Main Street though... and also a big straight kind of thoroughfare street too. I won't even venture what the problem with an actual city parade would be.
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 10:19 AM

Parking lot celebrations are great. No mess for the city to clean up either and no need to waste police time patrolling the route.
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 10:34 AM

I have nothing against them doing it in a parking lot...but don't they have an actual city to do it in?

lots of free giveaways, trying to coax people to show up
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 12:47 PM

I guarantee you they won't get nearly as much heat as we did for our parking lot celebrations. I bet any coverage of it is actually positive. Man, they don't give much advance notice though. They won it yesterday, the celebration is today. At least we always had a few days to adjust our schedules for ours. I'm very interested to see how many people turn out for this. As for giveaways, I've got piles of giveaways from our past celebrations, all sorts of signs and posters, although it wasn't announced they'd be giving anything away in advance in order for us to show up.
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 01:46 PM

Look at it this way: At least you have had a parade, and 3 of them to boot!. I do not care if the Sabres have a parade IN Lake Erie...as long as they get one someday!
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 01:51 PM

Doc mentioned to JD last night, that the 1995 Devils were the first team to start the tradition of having each player spend one day with the Cup and its been done ever since.
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 01:59 PM

They'll will say, "How unique"
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 02:29 PM

lots of free giveaways, trying to coax people to show up


Good thing no other teams in the league have stooped to such lowly tactics.
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 02:37 PM

Two different schools of thought on this: It was great to see the Yanks, Mets, Rags and Knicks driving down the canyon of heros on Broadway during their celebrations. But you were wedged in tight and couldn't wait to see them so you could flee down the subway steps to get away from the madness (and the pickpockets). On the other hand, the parking lot celebration was more like a Fair or Carnival, with free flowing movement and booths and so forth. Even though that too was a bit of a madhouse, I still liked it better. At least you could breathe.
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 03:15 PM

They had said on the Canes radio down there that due to construction in the city was the reason it was going to be in the parking lot.
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 03:21 PM

Parking lot celebrations are the best.
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 03:38 PM

It is a parade and celebration in the parking lot. RBC has a road that basically runs a circle around it. They are having the parade down that street then they have bands and a stage set up in the parking lot so the players can come and do basically what the Devs have done before or at least what I have seen on the Stanley Cup 2003 video. My husband said they were having a parade tomorrow downtown as well. I'm leaving in about 30 minutes to go. The only thing they announced they were giving away was some mugs to the first however many people. Considering the parking lot opened at 4 and I won't be getting there until 6:30 I doubt my hubby will get one. I hope people aren't so shallow that they are going for the mug. That would be ridiculous if they think that is going to draw that many people. I am going because I love the sport of hockey and I respect The Cup itself.
When the Devils do it again (soon I hope) I will be making the drive to go. :evil:
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Posted 21 June 2006 - 11:21 AM

I'm not sure what to make of this article. It's a bit odd that they would highlight the fan discussing making it a 'new tradition' when, well, it isn't. They aren't the first to do it. It's not unique, it isn't even their tradition.

http://www.newsobser...ory/452990.html

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30,000 fans celebrate the red-hot team in Carolina style
David Bracken, Toby Coleman and Rachel Carter, Staff Writers

RALEIGH - An estimated 30,000 Carolina Hurricanes fans gathered under a scorching sun Tuesday for a Stanley Cup victory parade that had the trappings of a Southern summer festival.
"This is uniquely Carolina," said Leigh LeClair, a season ticket holder who showed up to salute the team as it rolled through the RBC Center parking lot in Jeeps, trucks and cars. "It's a tailgate party. It's at the arena. ... Since we're the face of the new NHL, we might as well start new traditions."

Each Canes player and his family had a car in the victory parade, held to celebrate their victory over Edmonton on Monday that secured the National Hockey League championship.

The cars inched along so slowly fans could walk up and thank the players for a season of countless memories.

Fan favorite Mike Commodore drank beer from a can and cheered the crowd in return.

Defenseman Glen Wesley carried the Stanley Cup in the last car, and several fans took the opportunity to touch the most heralded trophy in professional sports.

After the parade, Gov. Mike Easley took the stage and pronounced Tuesday "Carolina Hurricanes Day" as the crowd roared.

The celebration included all the activities that have come to define Caniac Nation: Flags flew from pickup beds; the smell of meat wafted from tailgate grills; children played street hockey on the sizzling asphalt; and live music blared in the background.

Many fans arrived at the arena in West Raleigh hungry for souvenirs. The first 18,000 fans who showed up received a commemorative pint glass. By 5 p.m., the line for glasses stretched several hundred yards through the parking lot. The lines to get into The Eye, the RBC Center's merchandise store, were just as long.

Like many fans in attendance Tuesday, Nick Hess, 26, of Raleigh, left work early to attend.

"We're going to ride the crest of this wave as long as we can," he said.

Lisa Wall of Durham left her job at 3:30 p.m. and was among the first people at the front of the stage in the arena's east parking lot.

"Just watching the guys with the cup over their head," Wall said when asked what she was looking forward to the most.

Standing in the sweltering heat was a fitting way for fans to mark the end of two months of nail-biting playoff hockey.

"Mentally, physically, with all the Game 7s, I'm beat," said Keith Johnson, 36, of Wendell.

Not all fans were thrilled about the decision to hold the parade in the RBC Center parking lot.

"I think it's kind of junior high-ish, but you make do with what you can," said Ray Winslow, 45, of Clayton.

Winslow's wife, Holly, disagreed, noting that the arena was the site of many of the team's greatest moments this season.

"This is where we play," she said. "This is where we tailgate."

The city of Raleigh announced Tuesday that it will hold a second Canes parade along Hillsborough Street today. Many fans said they welcome any excuse to celebrate a victory that few thought possible at the beginning of the season.

"Who's going to complain when you can party for two days?" asked Jason Bowen, 31, of Durham.

Some fans already were thinking ahead to next year.

"I want more," said Mike Kennedy, 38, of Holly Springs. "I just hope all the fans come back next year."
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Posted 21 June 2006 - 12:22 PM

Two different schools of thought on this: It was great to see the Yanks, Mets, Rags and Knicks driving down the canyon of heros on Broadway during their celebrations. But you were wedged in tight and couldn't wait to see them so you could flee down the subway steps to get away from the madness (and the pickpockets). On the other hand, the parking lot celebration was more like a Fair or Carnival, with free flowing movement and booths and so forth. Even though that too was a bit of a madhouse, I still liked it better. At least you could breathe.



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Posted 22 June 2006 - 08:30 AM

You know, Sue, life just began for many of these Canse fans. So it seems tp me that fan woke up that morning and discovered the planet earth. When you just start following something you oftentimes dont go back and see what the rest of the world has been doing for the last 100 years. :D

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 09:05 AM

You know, Sue, life just began for many of these Canse fans. So it seems tp me that fan woke up that morning and discovered the planet earth. When you just start following something you oftentimes dont go


True, and when attendance dips back down to 12,000 a game in 2 years, Carolina fans will "rediscover" the team during the next Cup run.

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