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#1280441 Season Kick Off Barbecue @ The Rock 10/5 Review (LONG)

Posted by ThreeCups on 05 October 2014 - 09:29 PM

I aspired to take tons of photos to post for everyone to see; but it didn't play out that way.  I have a select few I will post at some point.   Lots of stuff was going on, so this may be all over the place.


So here we go....


Ticket say the event is from  1PM-3PM, "DOORS OPEN: 12:30PM"


They let us in at approximately 12:52PM.  I chalk this up to the Devils being the Devils when it comes to these sorta things.


I come up the escalator, and there is food EVERYWHERE.   When I say everywhere, I mean EVERYWHERE.   There are tables set up along the concourse with different offerings from the various arena vendors.   First food I encounter is a mini gyro of some sort.   I walk some more and come to a ZEPPOLI table, right next to a Portuguese sausage sandwich table.  The FIRE and ICE lounges are packed with food, some of the things I remember are chicken parm sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, flatbread pizzas, a "Pepperoni Sauce" buffalo wing, platters of Calandra's desserts, etc, etc.


Back on the concourse there are cheesesteaks, Premio sausages fried and covered like a mozzarella stick (amazing), and countless other items.   I can eat a lot and love trying all the arena food, and I didn't get to many things.  Besides, I am eating on the run trying to see as much as possible!


The players start to appear and are doing one of the following:


1. Standing in a fixed place on the arena concourse taking photos with fans


2. Doing a "Mock Press Conference" where fans ask questions


3.  A "Q & A" session hosted by Dano himself where he asks some questions, and then has some fans ask questions (in Goal Bar)


4.  Assisting some "celebrity chef" type chef cook on the concourse, complete with chef coats.  Fans also can ask the players questions during these sessions.



I think a few of the alumni guys like Grant Marshall were messing around with some kids on the main Prudential Center ice.



There was also lots of other more kid-centric stuff going on along the concourse as well; face-painting, coloring, balloon animals, etc.  I think some video games too.  I have 0 interest in that kinda stuff, so I dismissed it along my travels. 



It is impossible to be everywhere at once, so you have to pick and choose what you do/where you go/what your priorities are.  No two fans' experiences can be exactly the same at these events. 


I go to most of these events every year, so I wasn't necessarily trying to get photos with a lot of guys.  I only wanted a few that I did not already have.  It is a rather relaxed atmosphere, and you get a few seconds of face time with the guys you wait on line for.  Some people get overzealous and try to engage the players in full length conversations.  To these people I say, "Keep it moving!!"


If someone is ambitious and scurrying around, you can get photos with a good amount of players.  On a side note, this was a "No Autograph Event", but as always I saw people getting things signed.  It would have to be a smaller item or something like a jersey but it could be done rather easily.  I love getting autographs, but refrain from asking when they say "No Autographs".  I do regret not bringing my Scott Clemmensen bobblehead to get signed though.  Who knows if I will have another chance at him this season.



Early on I was running through the Fire lounge and quickly downing a chicken parm when I saw Tootoo with a Devils rep standing around with nobody around them.  He wasn't necessarily on my want list, but I do like his game and hope he sticks around.  I went up to him and got the photo.  I felt like a giant next to him.


I ended up attending the Jaromir Jagr & Andy Green Q & A session with Dano.  Very cool stuff.   Dano asked a couple questions to each guy and then opened it up to fans' questions.  Kenny applauded Jagr for his endurance and dedication to the game, being able to perform and compete at his age.  Dano said he believes that Jaromir can play until he is 50 if he wants to.  I got to ask Jags a question, which ultimately Dano had to translate to him after the fact.  This session lasted about 40 minutes or so.  Afterwards they posed for photos with everyone who waited.  I got a pic of me between Jags and Greene.  Pretty cool.


Waited in a very small line to go up to Gomez.  I razzed him a bit about his defection across the river, and told him to help bring us Cup #4.  Took a picture with him. 


Saw Gelinas in one of the lounges, got a photo with him.  I told him to keep ripping the cannon slapper.  He said he definitely will be.


Came across Cory Schneider in one of the lounges.  Got a photo with him, and wished him good luck for the season.


Saw a few minutes of Schneider and Cammalleri doing the chef session.  This was hosted by EJ Hradek.  Towards the end I got to ask a question.  I happened to have on a Rutgers hat, so EJ opened it up with a crack at former Michigan guy Cammalleri for their lost to RU last night.  Cammalleri said that Michigan football is in a bad place right now.  I asked them who their 5 favorite players to watch were growing up.


Schneider went with:


Ray Bourque, Marty, Luongo, Adam Oates and Cam Neely.  (he is a Boston guy!)  Cory said he obviously watched goalies because he was one, and that it was a great experience getting to play with both Luongo and Marty.


Cammalleri's list was:


Sakic, Gretzky, Bure and ???  I think one was Mario Lemieux, but I am not positive.  Cannot remember the other.



Got a photo with Cammalleri after this session was over.  Great event, and I had a great time.  I got to stuff my face, make small talk with players, ask a few questions and get some cool photos and see the guys in a more informal setting.



Overall, people can say what they want about the Devils; there is often miscommunication/misinformation regarding events like this and other matters, etc etc.  This event was nothing less than spectacular.   I can guarantee NO OTHER TEAM IN ALL OF PRO SPORTS has things with player access like this.  NONE!


THIS is what makes my Season Tickets worth it to me, even with all of the pricing nonsense and other drama.


THIS is why I will have Seasons for the rest of my life.



Maybe I am a bit overly excited post-event, but I feel really good about this team for this season......





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#1252226 GDT: Devils @ Phailures 7:00 PM

Posted by ThreeCups on 12 March 2014 - 11:43 AM

All I can say is, thank you Marty, thank you Jagr





On to Florida...

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#1251497 Game in Philly

Posted by ThreeCups on 08 March 2014 - 10:27 PM

So last time I was in Philly I had a guy threaten to pi$& on my leg in the bathroom. I haven't been back since. My buddy dates a girl who is like the Deb Placey to the flyers. She's giving me "fancy pants" seats so that won't happen again? Should I go and if I do should I wear my Elias jersey !?!?!



I bet she is nowhere near as tan as Deb....

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#1249818 The Official 2014 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by ThreeCups on 05 March 2014 - 01:20 PM

There was never going to be one. You've got an big ego involved here and a coach and GM who can't/won't manage it properly. 



Is everyone in agreeance that retirement is 100% off of the table for Marty after this year?

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#1249812 [Now Dead]Devils, Wild Agree To Deal That Would Send Brodeur To Wild

Posted by ThreeCups on 05 March 2014 - 01:15 PM

Posted this to the other thread, but the Habs acquired Dubnyk.  One less destination for Marty.





Lou doesn't have enough faith in Kinkaid yet to call him up to be Cory's fulltime backup....Lou tells Montreal he needs a goaltender back if he is to deal Marty...


Habs trade for Dubnyk, only to ship him to NJ in the Brodeur deal!



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#1242723 Martin Brodeur still pondering trade from Devils this season

Posted by ThreeCups on 30 January 2014 - 06:12 PM

If Marty really wants out, this is the most likely way it will shake out.  Lou will NEVER embarrass Marty, and if he shops him it will be done with utmost secrecy.


He will never do it, but I really wish Lou would write a tell-all book about the inner working of the Devils and his dealings on all issues throughout his career after he retires.  It really would be fascinating to read what truly happens behind closed doors and how certain things went down with this organization over the years. 






I want a blonde with DD's and a million ca$h!

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#1237919 Devils/Prudential Center Making 'Huge' Announcement Tomorrow a

Posted by ThreeCups on 11 January 2014 - 11:25 PM

I suggest everyone who uses the term "you suck" in the prudential center be issued a citation.


I was thinking public hanging from the hockey guy statue in Championship Plaza

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#1235499 Stadium Series Game: Are you going?

Posted by ThreeCups on 02 January 2014 - 06:52 PM

Apparently Devil fans do.  We have what seems to me the most self-loathing fanbase out there.  Certain people just can't wait to jump on 'their own' fanbase for perceived immaturity and other crap like that, when it comes to supposedly flip-flopping on this, the goal song, or whatever other nonsense people can't wait to whine about.  I seriously don't think any other group of fans is as cannibalistic as Devil fans.


And some people that have thought better of going to the Winter Classic I'm sure genuinely didn't understand just how much it would cost for seats (or how bad some of the views actually are) where you could actually see anything until they really had a reason to study it.  People aren't looking at prices and views when their team isn't in it, they just look at the majesty of it/atmosphere and want to go...I'm sure the idea of it trumps the reality of actually going in some cases.  I don't think people changed their minds about the weather aspect, you pretty much know whether you're willing to tolerate the cold or you aren't.


It could be a large percentage of the people were clueless/naive to the actual ticket prices for an event like this.  Then they got hit with a dose of reality when they saw the price tags for this.  With that being said, I believe all the other things being mentioned (cold weather, site lines, etc) are just excuses because people do not want to say they are too cheap to go/legitimately can't afford it.  If the tickets were magically $50, everyone and their mother is looking for tickets.

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#1220196 GDT: Devils @ Bruins 7PM: BRODEUR in Beantown

Posted by ThreeCups on 26 October 2013 - 09:23 PM

fvcking pathetic.
Brodeur is going to be 0-12 last 12 vs Boston ..or something along those lines.

Everyone can hate on me for bashing him. I know the guy was the fvcking coolest thing this franchise is ever going to experience but now he's making his career look like crap.
He should have retired after the cup run case closed.
Looks like a fvcking soup sandwhich out there and it's embarrassing to everyone.


Would you like your crow with salt and pepper?  :thumbsup:

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#1219956 GDT: Devils @ Bruins 7PM: BRODEUR in Beantown

Posted by ThreeCups on 26 October 2013 - 12:45 PM

The Marty bashing that is going on is absurd


I can't wrap my head around it...the man IS the franchise and gave you 3 championships; with 2 more Finals appearances including one only 17 months ago

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#1188312 Matteau Matt..no

Posted by ThreeCups on 22 April 2013 - 05:53 PM

I think there is a big deal being made out of a fairly small incident....


Seems Matteau mouthed off and threw a tantrum, and the team released him.....simple as that.

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#1187426 Elias about Lou's free agents approach

Posted by ThreeCups on 18 April 2013 - 01:19 PM

I hope we see #26 for the rest of his career, will be interesting.

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#1163116 Sykora to play in NHL this season

Posted by ThreeCups on 16 January 2013 - 10:00 AM

I think you've made that pretty clear...

Allow me to reiterate one last time...

Terrible non signing
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#1154100 Back in Albany, Henrique honing leadership skills

Posted by ThreeCups on 11 October 2012 - 10:37 AM

Henrique will wear an "A" a few years down the line when some of the vets are no longer around...
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#1153052 Devils Game Used/Worn For Sale

Posted by ThreeCups on 01 October 2012 - 12:22 PM

Does the signed John Madden stick have a COA?

COA's are useless pieces of paper, unless they are from a reputable source. Even then, a COA does not make an item real necessarily. With that being said, I know Demonic's stuff is legitimate....
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