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DJ Eco

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#1314668 Changes to Prudential Center

Posted by DJ Eco on 24 April 2015 - 08:31 AM

I don't think the mini-suites are much of a gamble. Or at least, in my head, I'm imagining those mini-suites as the smaller and cheaper alternative for the average fan who wants a suite for a game here and there.

 

I know a lot of people who want to get a suite for their birthday but it's just way too damn expensive, and most times you don't need all that room. I think a suite for 8-10 people max might catch on much better with the average fans and smaller businesses.

 

I know they've done much better selling suites/corporate plans so they must be anticipating the demand in a year or two for more suites, which is a good sign.


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#1314579 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

Posted by DJ Eco on 23 April 2015 - 12:41 PM

I wouldn't call the Rangers too lucky, or any luckier than they were last year, at least. They're getting way more banged up in this series than they did at any point last year. I think I've seen Girardi hobble off and/or go down the tunnel 2-3 or so times these past 4 games? Staal and McDonaugh are getting beat down too. I think Yandle's gone down the tunnel a couple times too. Yandle and Zuccarello aren't practicing in today's mandatory full practice... Etc., etc...

 

What stood out to me LAST year was how little physical adversity they had to deal with in all of their series, especially how little of it was in the Flyers series. The Flyers barely put the body on and before you know it, the Rangers dominated them. Ditto on last year's Penguins, who were soft as a rose petal. And then Montreal beats Boston somehow and matches up with the Rangers in the ECF and there was absolutely no physical edge to that series outside of a Prust hit on Stepan.

 

This year, we can say what we want about how awful the Penguins are, but they've played them hard and have taken the body. And oh man, if the Isles get them next round, it'll be more of the same, but worse; and against a more skilled team than any of the teams the Rangers faced last season (Isles have their problems, but I'd still rank them higher than last year's Flyers, Penguins with a bad Fleury, and last year's Canadiens with PK/Price and no one else, anyday). The road will be harder this year than it was last year; even the Caps are a tad better than they've been in previous seasons.


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#1314380 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

Posted by DJ Eco on 21 April 2015 - 04:42 PM

The reason they're getting the majority of the power plays is because they're faster. The Pens aren't very disciplined. When the Rangers skate, they're going to draw penalties. Unfortunately, the power kill is unbearable. Crosby has always played this way. He gets away with a lot. They just have to take it and skate away. The Pens want to mix it up. Lapierre and Sutter have been their best players.

 

haha "Power kill"

 

But yeah, it's really uncanny how much the Pens shoot themselves in the foot. High sticks galore, very obvious slashes, etc., a ton of calls where there's no grey area, they leave the refs no choice.. Like, c'mon have some control! Fundamental stuff, it's infuriating, I couldn't imagine being a Penguins fan watching this stuff... 


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#1306212 I really am beginning to hate our fans.

Posted by DJ Eco on 23 February 2015 - 11:12 AM

I've sat near the Supporters Sections at Red Bull games.  yeah they curse out the other team but they also sing songs and do chants that support their team.  For every chant that puts down the other team, they do at least 3 or more chants that support the Red Bulls.

 

I go to about 3-5 Yankees games a year as well.  The crowd there is fine and don't really have issues there.  There are certain pockets (mostly in the bleachers) that go on and on forever about how much the Red Sox sucks, but the whole stadium doesn't do chants all game about it.

 

Fair enough, but yeah, there's a lot more vile stuff we say in the RB supporters sections that some people in this thread "would have to explain to their friends":

 

"Dig a hole and fvckin' bury him!" (when a player goes down/dives)

"Can you hear (opposing team) sing? I don't hear a fvckin' thing!"

"Fuuuuuck DC Uniiiiiiiited!" (every 5 minutes during the playoff run haha; they got the whole arena to do it)

"DC United went to Rome to see the pope, and this is what he said: fvck OFF! Whoooo the fvck's DC Uniiiiited? etc."

 

And countless others. But you ask many people around the arena, and they see the supporters atmosphere as the draw. People who aren't into soccer go to the RB games and first thing they rave about is the supporters and the atmosphere and how much fun it was.

 

I know it's apples to oranges, but just saying: you need some dumb, immature, and yes, sometimes offensive atmosphere at the games.


I'm just amazed that management hasn't banned the vuvuzelas from the arena.

 

Oh that's definitely happening next season. I think they know there'll be a sh!tstorm if they get rid of that this season, but I can't see that vuvuzela being around next season.


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#1305109 Insulting fans' intelligence

Posted by DJ Eco on 16 February 2015 - 10:01 AM

Good read, took the words out of my mouth.

 

Although, I don't feel as strongly against the broadcast team as some of you do. Steve isn't bad, he has a good voice for the job, and doesn't have much to work with in terms of actual game entertainment. These games are BORING. Even Doc might've struggled to entertain... Only one I agree with is Dano, I'm just not sure his voice is suited to be the second in command. Deb I don't mind, I think she gets a bad rap...

 

Our senses of this stuff are only heightened because how bad the team is, otherwise I don't think most people would have a problem with the broadcast team.


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#1300500 2015 All-Stars...Elias NJ's lone rep...

Posted by DJ Eco on 13 January 2015 - 05:34 PM

If someone can look at all of that and still have a problem with Schneider, then they will never like him. He could win a cup and some people would complain that he let in too many goals on the way. 

 

Those three Cups were of course a blessing, but we're seeing the curse now, man... Think about it. No roster we have will ever match up to those rosters, in a certain vocal minority's eyes. Unfortunately, they're vocal.

 

 

- Schneider's "not good enough" to write his own legacy. People already have his future all figured out, and he's only 28. He'll never match up to Brodeur (and it's dumb to expect him to, but "Schneider sucks!" because he won't). God forbid any goaltender we have in the future of the organization doesn't match up to one of the best to play the game. Kinkaid has otherwise been accepted as the anti-Schneider and because he's a Brodeur fan, otherwise they'd be ragging on him. We can't accept change. Kinkaid is ironically the safety blanket for this crowd.

 

- Kovalchuk, one of the most elite players this team has ever had, was booed throughout his entire stay here, even while leading the team in goals and points. Even in the playoffs... How many times did you hear, "C'MON KOVY?!?!? WHAT THE HELL AW YOU DOIN'?!?!" in the stands on the most trivial of bad plays. People can't accept change. Even after he broke his back for this team and changed his entire style of play to complement the team, he was still "selfish" and his $6.6m cap hit was always brought up, ALWAYS.

 

- Larsson has been labeled a bust for years now. Everyone's only thinking in terms of Neidermayer-standards, "Why isn't Larsson amazing at age 22 yet?" (people have been ragging on him since he was 20)...

 

- Boucher could very well turn out to be an amazing player, but will probably be held unfairly to Elias standards. We'll see how that goes, but I'm already seeing a growing number of fans magically label him a bust (LOLOLOL)

 

 

Our fanbase is unable to accept change. It's important we do, because we can't stop this change. We can't put Stevens or Rafalski back on the ice, we can't make Brodeur not be 42 years old, and we can't slow down Father Time's effect on Elias. We need to accept and celebrate what we do have. The Henriques and Schneiders and yes, even Zajacs (when he's reaching his potential) and the young defensemen (who I think will be fantastic) deserve our respect and we should latch onto them emotionally as our core, as we begin this new era. We have no choice and I know I'm preaching to the choir here on NJDevs, this is more of a problem of the kind of hatred and resentment I hear in the stands lately.


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#1299705 Sad News about JP Parise

Posted by DJ Eco on 08 January 2015 - 02:23 PM

It's times like these you're happy he went back to Minnesota, spent an extra year or two's worth of time with his dad that he otherwise wouldn't have had here in Jersey.


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#1298647 'The Dancin' Larry discount'

Posted by DJ Eco on 31 December 2014 - 11:54 AM

Most Ranger fans I know don't like him.


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I almost got into a fight with his friends, biggest scumbag-type Rangers fans you could imagine. My friends and I just came from the skate at Yankee Stadium (and we were playing the Predators that night). Dropped my friends off at Penn Station but we went to get drinks/food at the Molly Wee Pub before their train. We all had on our Devils jerseys and we expected some heckling because the Rangers just beat the Islanders something like 4-1, big margin.

 

We sit down, order, and this guy's friends get right in our face, "You know the Devils lost tonight right?" (Predators just scored on the Devils in OT a minute earlier) and hold his phone up to us. We're like, "Yeah," and he's like "Devils lost," and we're like "Okay," and he's like "Devils got scored on in OT, why aren't you watching?" and we began to ignore him. He was holding his phone to us the entire time and gradually kept moving it closer and closer until his phone is literally touching my face, like pressed firmly against my cheek and he keeps telling me the Devils lost and who scored the OT goal, etc., and asking why we weren't watching, and all hell broke loose.

 

I let out my usual barrage of insults, asked him how young he was when he saw their last Stanley Cup parade, must have been in elementary school, actually had to explain that we just came from skating at Yankee Stadium because our team actually cares about its season ticket holders (although I later found out Rangers did something for theirs a week later, but he clearly didn't know about it because he didn't believe that we just skated there), he kept making fun of my one friend who was drinking water, no beer, kept asking him why he was a fa***t and only drinking water. 

 

Long story short, my buddy who goes to Harvard had a French exchange student (a girl) with him who defused the situation, thank god. Imagine, it's her first day in New York, we get her to come with us to skate at Yankee Stadium and then she defuses what was seconds away from becoming a hockey rivalry saloon-style brawl; must've been something to write home about haha... If not for her, I was probably going to get blacklisted from the Molly Wee Pub, I was seconds away from smashing his face in with a broken bottle, I was ready to go to jail; this guy was that very special kind of antagonist/instigator, Sean Avery level. The whole time, Dancing Larry was sitting there eating wings while his "special" alcoholic friend was being an idiot.

 

So yeah, fvck Dancing Larry and his stupid fvcking inbred friends.


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#1294125 GDT: 12/9/14 MC Hammer v. MechaGodzilla

Posted by DJ Eco on 09 December 2014 - 05:29 PM

Kinkaid's starting. Best possible scenario for him. The expectations tonight are at an all-time low this season.


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#1292152 Gomez Has Arrived

Posted by DJ Eco on 01 December 2014 - 12:13 PM

First line is Jagr - Gomez - Elias. Alright, this is where my head explodes.


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#1285793 GDT: New Jersey Devils @ Pittsburg Penguins 7PM MSG

Posted by DJ Eco on 29 October 2014 - 08:58 AM

I like PDB, but I don't think he has much more room for showings like this. And I am not even sure if he is the problem. Getting rid of him could make things worse.

 

Smartest comment I've seen in the aftermath of last night's game, and this is the truth.

 

We've gotten miles better at the things we were completely lacking in last year (scoring goals). And now our problems are in our fundamentals, the Devils defensive fundamentals. I can't help but think our defense and goaltending even out sooner than later. The way we're losing is troubling and I think it has to do with our leadership. Elias looks a step behind, Salvador forget it, Greene hasn't had the most perfect start; these are our leaders. How are our super young defenseman supposed to take the cue to raise their level of play or fitness or concentration at a moment in a game when our main leaders aren't? And in many cases, they ARE, and the veterans are mucking it up themselves.

 

Granted, I think these things will level out. And when they do, it seems like our 2nd and 3rd and 4th lines are doing okay enough to win most games, which was always my concern last year going into this year. I'm not at all worried about Schneider or 3/4 of our defense in the long run.


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#1285132 Join the revolution oust Hugh

Posted by DJ Eco on 27 October 2014 - 08:36 AM

For all of you that might be lurking, you're like an army of even stupider John Sterlings.  You have ruined the experience.  Congratulations.

 

What experience? The building has been quieter than a library this year. It's a joke.

 

 

 

The New York Red Bulls clinched a playoff game at home on Thursday night, same night that we play Winnipeg at home. I'm selling my Devils tickets and going to Red Bull Arena instead, because Devs home games have been silent, and boring as sh!t this season, and we've lost all three. What experience are you talking about???


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#1280788 Bernier, Harrold & Janssen on Waivers. Carter to Wild

Posted by DJ Eco on 07 October 2014 - 01:54 PM

If Larsson wasn't a top ten pick, he would have spent another year in Sweden, then a year or 2 in the AHL and would be a rookie last year or this year. He's still the youngest defenseman on the team other than Severson.

 

That would be like cutting the cord on Merrill before last season, or on Gelinas in 2012, or Andy Greene while he was still in college.

 

This 1000 times!

 

 

 

I'll reserve judgment on Larsson's career as a whole until he's 25 or 26.


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#1280690 Bernier, Harrold & Janssen on Waivers. Carter to Wild

Posted by DJ Eco on 06 October 2014 - 11:38 PM

Loved Carter, he was a good soldier and the few goals he scored were when it counted (and against the Rangers) haha.. But not much of a loss.

 

Tootoo did what he needed to do to make this team, Carter didn't; and he and Ruutu will make our 4th line better, there's really no other way to assess it.

 

If Henrique continues his upward trajectory, Ryder does indeed play better than he did last season (as we all noticed this camp), and with our additions, all four lines got considerably better. It's hard not to be excited for this season. People somehow upset about Carter are afraid of change, and sorry but *some* change is exactly what any team needs after missing the playoffs two season in a row.


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#1279518 Prudential Center's New "No Smoking" Policy

Posted by DJ Eco on 27 September 2014 - 09:07 PM

Amsterdam is dirty. Those who don't think so had their judgement affected by the local "cuisine"

 

New York is dirty, Miami's dirty, Los Angeles is dirty, Honolulu's dirty, doesn't mean you right off a trip to any of these places entirely, unless you're a real clean-freak, which is fine, but that's not how I evaluate travel destinations! Different strokes, I guess!


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