I've read most of this thread and gotten some opinions from others that have taken part, so I'll add a few more thoughts and ask a few more questions. This is based on many of the posts over the last week or so in this thread:
Call it sacrilegious, but not only am I not cheering against the Rangers, not only is the Rangers winning the Cup to me be like if the Hawks won it 2010, or the Bruins in 2011, but I'd be genuinely happy for certain people if the Rangers won the Cup just like I am with any other team just as a fan of the game and seeing great players do well. So there all my cards are on the table...
As much as I love sports, rivalries don't interest me at all. I care about my team and that's it. I get joy out of the team I cheer for winning, and not from any other team losing. I get that I am different. Not better or worse than anyone here. It might have something to do with not cheering for a single team in my hometown and being close to the rivalries, it might not be. I'm not sure. But being where I am has shown me that every rivalry between fans is practically the same with each saying the other is insufferable.
I really think the Ottawa-Toronto rivalry is very similar to NJ-NY, where there are still so many Leafs fans in Ottawa, no matter how crappy they are, their fans still feel entitled because they are Toronto Maple Leafs fans and always have some historical series to piss Sens fans off about no matter how long ago it was. They also come in and own the Senators building. On the other hand, Leafs fans find Senators fans infatuated with the success and failures with the Maple Leafs more than the success and failures of their own team. I also see that Senators fans do relish in the Leafs' failures and don't let any opportunity slip from reminding any Toronto fans how pathetic their organization is. When the Leafs missed the playoffs, it was a celebration in Ottawa, but I also thought it was amusing that more joy was taken from that than than disappointment of their own team's very disappointing season where the playoffs were expected either way.
Here are my questions:
Some people here discuss Rangers fans like they are the most obnoxious kind of fans in the world, but the dynamic fascinates me for a few reasons: Firstly, as many have said, so many of their friends happen to be Rangers fans, siblings, parents, aunts and uncles are Rangers fans. We are talking about friends and family here! How insufferable can they be? I have to assume these people are good people, so it can be anything more than good old-fashioned friendly jawing, right?
Secondly, because of where you live and the Sports teams around it, the very same people many find insufferable idiot sports fans, happen to be on the same team in sports fandom when it comes to the Yankees/Mets, Giants/Jets, Red Bulls and maybe now Brooklyn Nets. Do these people suddenly become different when it isn't the Rangers? Does their arrogance suddenly change when rooting for a different team? Do you stop and say I am a Giants and Yankees fan, but man I simply can't associate with these fans because that same annoyance or cockiness resonates for other teams. Or as I imagine, because you root for the same team, it doesn't matter anymore because you are now "brothers" in fandom.
If the Rangers do win and you have to live through those fans having the upper-hand for the first time in 20 years, it's going to suck, no doubt about it. It's a group of arrogant sports fans finally having something to cheer for. But it hasn't been like Devils fans haven't been gleefully rubbing in their success and the Rangers failures over the last 20 years. I get there is a resilience to Rangers fans, it can be fvcking annoying or admirable, depending on how you look at it, but it's going to be the same Devils fan resilience that gets many through it, and maybe it makes us look like idiots to them. The Devils fans have a lot of things to hang their hats on, but it becomes irrelevant in the prism of a rivalry that should be about what have you done lately.
As everyone here has a story about a Rangers fan, all of them have been made out to make them so insufferable. CR1976 has the funny post about a Rangers fan bringing up 1994 and the Rangers going through NJ and winning the Cup, and the Devils not doing the same in 2012. It's silly, but god knows that's what we'd be doing if it was the other way around because that's all you got. We laugh about 1994, and everything the Rangers have done to honour that team since then, and rightfully fvcking so..rightfully fvcking so, it's absolutely embarrassing, but time flies, and it's been 11 years since the Devils won anything. If the Rangers do happen to win the Cup and brag about it, Devils fans will be responding with outdated comebacks. I hope many realize that, and I bet many do and that's what scares you about the Rangers winning. If the Rangers win the Cup in 2014, 2012 does become irrelevant. It would almost be like Rangers fans bringing up 1997 after the Devils won the Cup in 2000.
Disregarding a Rangers Cup win and saying, "well we still outnumber you in the last 50+ years" becomes just as pointless and soon Devils fans will become like Rangers fans talking about 1994. It's old news and desperate.
Anyway, the good news is that we are a long way from that. Those are pretty much all my thoughts on the matter and wanted to get them out in one post.