All I wanted to do was not have to be invested any further in these playoffs. I'm on my way on a month long vacation, and I just didn't want to have to worry about giving a sh!t about the results. I wanted to relax, watch the games, and just grumble neutrally at the results. Now I have another two weeks at least to be stressed about hockey. Probably longer.
This is a bit delayed, I've been away with very limited internet access for some time. From some time soon after the Schneider trade through much of last season, I was adamant in saying Schneider would never re-sign here, and that we needed to trade him as soon as possible to get something of decent value for him. One of my fellow posters, exactly who I don't remember, asked me that when Schneider re-signed, if I would admit I have no idea what I am talking about. In my arrogance, I said something along the lines of 'absolutely'. So, NJDevs, here it is.
Considering this Canadian team is arguably the best hockey team ever assembled, and we know Norway has one player on an NHL roster, I think this is an extremely impressive showing. I'll be watching them for the rest of the tournament. They're not as soft as most European teams. And it's not as if you can expect anyone to stop 38 of 38, and the Norwegian goalie did play well, the goals were generally stoppable. Who knows what happens if Norway has an NHL-caliber goaltender.
Its not about the goal song, its about being told how and how not to act, and that the traditions we value are all of the sudden unacceptable. The people we are missing from the building is the casual fans. Diehards arent going anywhere, but every fanbase is dependent on casual fans. These traditions build a sense of community around the team, which brings in those casual fans. What we want is what they have in markets like Boston, Philly, St. Louis, places where people can walk down the street, see the game on a tv somewhere, say "hey, how are the Bruins doing?", and someone has an answer. They might not be the biggest fan, they might not have known the team was playing or even how they were that year, but they care because its a part of the community. This isnt all directly affected by the goal song obviously but i feel like these guys dont care to foster this sense of community around this team that we, or at least I, so desparately want. Everyone in Boston knows who the Red Sox are, how many non-sports fans in NJ know who the Devils are? They need to create that, somehow, and i felt like we were moving in that direction before this season. Sorry, that was a poorly articulated rant, and im on my phone so i cant really elaborate as well as i would like to
We need these community building traditions, even if some are offended. Im surprised an organization so heavily founded on tradition constantly is trying to get rid of a goal song thats been around since Colorado.