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#1256979 Brodeur vs Avery: The Feud continues

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 29 March 2014 - 09:02 PM

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#1255124 Devils trip to Florida, my experience

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 22 March 2014 - 01:43 PM

I don't know if anyone will read, but I got some stuff to share about my trip to Tampa Bay;

 

Sorry if this is long, but it's some Devils stuff that's different than "we need to get to 92 pointS) for the 15th time.

 

First off; I love this team. This is probably the only team I know that can rip my heart out in such obscene fashion and I'm looking forward to the next game. We probably won't make the playoffs this year, but as soon as the season is over I'll be looking forward to next.  Anyway; here was my trip.

 

On friday, we drove to sunrise. I'm a student at the University of Miami, I had no classes Friday so my Devils-obsessed girlfriend (I'm too lucky) wanted to head up early to see if we could catch the team walking in. We didn't, but that was fine. The atmosphere in Sunrise was similar to a Devils pre-season game against the rangers. The jerseys were about a fifty-fifty split, but nobody truly seemed to care what was going on. We watched practice, Henrique winked at my girlfriend (sending her over the moon), and we got to our seats. We sat in row 3 above the goal-line that the Devils defend twice -- won't make that mistake again in Florida. If the puck wasn't in our end, we literally saw nothing. There were loud "Lets Go Devils" chants almost the entire time, all the way up to the (disappointing) EN goal. The stadium blows; but the worst part about it is leaving. We had a 4-hour drive to Tampa in front of us, and we had to sit in a single-lane road to leave the stadium for what lasted at least an hour. Brutal.

 

We stayed at the Marriott in Tampa, walking distance to the Forum, because we were told that was where most teams stayed. Well, we're eating breakfast, and who do I see? Chico, two tables down. I didn't want to interrupt his brunch, so after I see he and another man with his back turned get up, I walk over with my girlfriend and introduce ourselves. Who turns around next to chico? Bobby freakin Holik. Chico talks to us for.. oh, maybe 30 minutes. Where are we from, what we thought about the game, how my girlfriend got into hockey, how interesting that she's a Brazilian who's a diehard fan, etc. Holik starts jokingly flirting with her; she says that she's seen plenty of highlights from all of the old games we watched, and said how I have a poster of Holik in my basement. He says "I'm much more handsome now than I was back then", and Chico interrupts him and says "Oh, Bob, you were never handsome". It was incredible.

 

After lunch, we walked around the hotel, laid at the pool for a while and then walked over to the Forum in hopes to catch the team as they were walking in. Steve Cango sees us walking and asks if we need help finding something. He says that he doesn't know where the team is walking from or where they walk to, but leads us to someone who might now. He was a really friendly guy. A few minutes later, we see Chico walking across the street. He recognizes us and waves us over, couldn't be a more incredible person. He cracks a few jokes about Bobby flirting with my girlfriend, says how great of a guy Holik was and how he has a house down south. He then says, "no, the team is staying at the Westin across the bridge. If you walk over quickly, you might catch a few of them.".

 

So, we walk across the bridge, and we see a guy in a suit and blonde hair walking towards us. Without skipping a beat, my girlfriend yells "You playing tonight Jacob?!" He nods and signs her jersey. So we keep walking (half of the players walk from the hotel to the stadium, the other half take the bus) and who do we see? Travis Zajac. He seees two fans walking towards him, takes out his headphones and greets us with handshakes. Incredible, incredible guy. Seriously, he was talkative, nice, and signed her jersey. We walk over the bridge towards the hotel and see two suits walking towards us. She starts freaking out once she realizes it's Henrique (typically I'd be jealous, but, to be fair, I'd leave her for Henrique too). He and Fayne couldn't have been nicer; both were very serious and ready for the game but stopped to take photos with my girlfriend, even joked around together while posing for the picture and kept elbowing eachother, and both signed for us. Just in case we were going to be able to get autographs, my girlfriend (an architecture major so, naturally, awesome at photoshop) makes an 11x17 with Henrique celebrating the rangers goal with the caption "Henrique: It's Over!". They both spent five minutes looking at the photo, Fayne made fun of Kovy's face in it, Henrique joked about his beard, and we parted ways.

 

After that, we waited in front of the Westin with a larger group of fans for autographs. A solid 10 guys walked over to us and signed autos; I got to congratulate Rutuu on his baby and he seemed to appreciate it, Jagr signed for a solid 20 minutes, Ryder signed (he was dressed like he legitimately left a Vogue photoshoot). Everyone was awesome and waved and talked to fans except, oddly enough, Clowe. He kept his head down and walked to the bus, didn't acknowledge the fans telling him good luck or shouting positive things towards him. I get it if you don't want to sign, but it takes zero effort to wave. He even ignored the 9 year old waiting near the bus, just walked straight past her. Lost a little respect for him after that.

 

The game needs no discussion; though I must admit that the game-day production of the Lightning is the best I've ever seen. I've been to away games in philly, calgary, toronto, new york, florida, and tampa and by FAR the best game day experience was Tampa. If you're there before the doors open, you can scan your ticket and wait at this outdoor patio/bar area where you're already past security and just walk in when the doors open, to help eliminate queues outside. The jumbotron is MASSIVE, really beautiful with a really quality image. The guy who posted the "selfie" with Jagr was sitting two rows in front of me. Also, the fans were some of the nicest I've ever seen. We were decked in Devils gear, and after the game ALL I heard was "you got robbed on that first goal", "this is just payback for always owning us in the playoffs", etc etc. Also, they have this thing inside that shoots actual lightning. It's defeaning but holy crap is it cool. I was surprised at how packed the place was and how knowledgable the fans were; definitely not a Florida stereotype.

 

After the game, we walked back and got food at the hotel bar. I see Steve and Matt Laughlin and decide to walk up to introduce myself; they open up their "circle" and allow my girlfriend and I to drink and talk with them for a solid hour. Most of the people clear out, and the "circle" has now turned into myself, my girlfriend, some incredibly nice Devils fans, and this guy named Kevin. He hadn't introduced himself yet, and he says to me, "I haven't met you yet, by the way. I'm Kevin Clarke".  I ask, shyly, "Kevin Clarke as in.... PSE&G POWER PLAYYYYYYYY"? and he starts laughing hysterically and says that yes, that's him. He tells us a bunch of awesome stories; about how halfway through the season a few years back, Zach got upset and told him to pronounce it "Par-ee-say" instead of "Par-ee-see", about how Chico is always late to meetings and TV time because he talks to fans too much, about how at the Devils/Rangers ECF game 6 his goal announcement came too late because he was screaming and celebrating, and how he's never seen a stadium erupt quite like that. It was really, really awesome. Anyway, we're having drinks-on-drinks-on-drinks, and I start drunkenly telling him about how my buddy and I used to always laugh hysterically when he'd say "Doctor Murray Seltzer". He gets the idea of calling my buddy up and reciting it into the phone to make my friend laugh, so we did. It was really, really awesome.

 

Anyway, that was my Devils trip. They went 0-2, but damn it was fun.

 

Here's the henrique thing

 

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#1250361 We Got Rutuu

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 05 March 2014 - 06:54 PM

You guys should create your own thread and do this
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#1245488 moooooose is back

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 13 February 2014 - 10:38 AM

Anyone else see this as a precursor to Brodeur being traded?
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#1244670 GDT - Edmonton @ New Jersey, 7:00pm

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 08 February 2014 - 12:44 AM

Atta boy now wife it up

I introduced my girlfriend to hockey during the Panthers Devils series in 11. After game 1 she was amazed at how exciting it is. Since then, she hasn't missed a game. Not one. If we miss it, we watch it on tape delay. She knows the players better than I do sometimes, and has conversations with me about how livid she is with DeBoer stuffing the talent with slow vets.

And she's attractive.

What the hell, man. I'm lucky.
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#1244519 GDT - Edmonton @ New Jersey, 7:00pm

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 07 February 2014 - 03:37 PM

The race for draft position!! (If the Devils actually had a pick this year...)

That's the spirit.


I don't know if it's too early to declare a "must-win", but if there's such a thing in February this would be pretty close. We can't lose to bad teams any more. We simply can't.


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#1242678 GDT- New Jersey @ Dallas (The Stephen Gionta is a Top 6 Forward Editio

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 30 January 2014 - 03:54 PM

More payback.This time by Dallas.Sorry all,this team is done.Hate to say.But true.4-1 Stars.

This team is done? Based on what? Two losses in a row after blowing out the 3rd best team in the league by 7 goals?

If you guys are so done with the season, fvck off. Yeah, I blew up at Marty during the heritage game. But I fvcking love this team, and I have faith we can make a push to the playoffs.

Does a win tonight mean we'll be in it? No. Does a loss tonight mean we're completely out of it? fvck no. But if you honestly think this team is "done", in January and a handful of points out of a playoff spot, you're an ignorant sh!t.

Let's go Devils.
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#1240172 Negative or Positive Contract Value - You Decide

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 21 January 2014 - 01:47 AM

Marty's getting legacy money, the money he has been owed his entire career that he didn't demand which would have lessened the talent around him.
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#1238864 GDT: Devils @ Canadiens 1/14 - 7:30pm EST

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 14 January 2014 - 11:21 PM

Reading the posts after Marty let up the goal early is awesome. He played great tonight. Take some deep breaths, y'all.
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#1235813 GDT: Blackhawks @ DEVILS 7PM

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 03 January 2014 - 11:46 PM

If Schneider has a strong game tomorrow and isn't in net against Philly I'll be irate

In other words, they're pretty much the Devils. Give maybe a slight edge in skill. Taking those two away from that lineup alters them dramatically because they are both legit franchise players.

Sharp and Hossa don't exactly play with Handzus now do they?

Slight edge in skill. Hahaha.
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#1227984 Oh these new owners are just dandy

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 25 November 2013 - 02:04 AM

You donated canned food to hungry people for NOTHING! How will you EVER forgive this organization!? Screw those people who are starving tonight man, you didn't get free hockey tickets!!!!!
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#1225749 GDT: Kings @ Devils 7pm

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 15 November 2013 - 02:54 PM

I fvcking hate the Kings.
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#1224639 Who is Our Captain?

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 11 November 2013 - 11:44 PM

I figured people would think its a silly thread in the sense that who cares where salvador is. It's clear a few posters didn't even understand what i wrote.

And then they have the gall to be condesending. Some might call it ironic, here this guy is laughing at me for what he incorrectly percieves to be an actual question, one that if serious would be a stupid one. But in reality he was quick to jump at someone being stupid, when he himself didn't understand the post.

I didn't cause a big stink, I just stated that the situation was amusing.



Meanwhile for someone who doesn't care enough to make a big deal, you certainly felt it big enough to make a post about it. So I guess I could accuse you of the same thing. If you dont care, why are you posting at all?


Lol this guy's weird.
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#1222969 Jason Arnott Retires

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 05 November 2013 - 03:53 PM

My second Devils game I ever attended, I was probably 9 or 10. I was waiting for high-fives as the players walked in from practice. Somehow, my tiny hand managed to pull Jason's glove off of him. I was terrified. He looked at me, smiled, and said "future hockey player here!". After the game was over, he recognized me again, gave me a puck, and said "next game, let's just fist-bump". He instantly became my favorite Devil. I'll never forget watching him score the game winner against Dallas; I'll never forget sobbing when my dad told me they traded him away, and ill never forget how excited I was when we signed him back. Congrats on a great career, Jason.
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#1218212 GDT 8: Devils Vs Rangers

Posted by Martyisth3b3st on 20 October 2013 - 12:10 AM

Devils win and 50% of the comments are Marty jokes. Unreal the disrespect for the greatest goaltender of all time. Yes, I think Schneider should get 70% of the remaining games. But man, I still love me some Marty.
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