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#1242483 West to East. Two Stadium Series games in 24 hours

Posted by SegaDevil on 29 January 2014 - 09:36 PM

We were sitting around the kitchen table last spring, eating fresh home made pizza, when I suggested we get tickets to that outdoor game planned for Yankees Stadium between New York and New Jersey in 2014. The biggest issue was distance. A few years ago, Phil moved out to Los Angeles, 3,000 miles away, and he'd have to make a special trip back home just for a single hockey game.


There supposedly was a game at Dodgers Stadium, too, but hockey outdoors in California wasn't as appealing as a blistering cold day in January up in the Bronx.  Sitting in the cold added to the mystique. The temperature factor became a right of passage of sorts. We loosely discussed going to both games, with me flying out to LA, then both of us catching a red-eye back to Newark for the noon-time start in New York. Then we forgot about it all. Tickets weren't supposed to go on sale for another six months.


When I bought my eight tickets for the Devils-Rangers back in December -- the max number Ticketmaster would give me in one shot -- I called Phil up right away and offered him a set. After a check of the schedule, he decided to fly out here, just for the game. It was looking like at least half of our plan would pan out.


After the holidays, Phil dropped a bombshell. He picked up tickets to the Ducks-Kings game on January 25th. He booked that 11:30pm LAX red-eye flight and was set to arrive at 7:30am at EWR, just in time for the Devils-Rangers game. Instead of going with him, I'd have to live vicariously through his once in a lifetime experience. Recently, Phil took a job with FOX Sports. He was able to turn this awesome opportunity in to a work assignment. With press passes in hand, and a mission to get the fan's perspective of the NHL's first ever Stadium Series, he experienced both games like the die-hard fan that he is. He turned that experience -- one that undoubtedly we are all jealous of -- in to a really awesome article that he just put up today.


I understand there are (multiple) posts on the Stadium Series games. This article is a special one, though. It's about an amazing journey and a single person's absolute love for the sport. He's very fortunate that he is in a position to share his perspective with us on FOX Sports, and I'm proud that I was able to be a part of it. 


Stadium Series Weekend: Chavez Ravine to House Ruth Built in 24 Hours

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#1180166 Florida panthers vs NJ Devils

Posted by SegaDevil on 23 March 2013 - 08:36 PM

I'm glad there are so many medical doctors that are also Devils fans.


And it took -- what -- two posts to determine the team is missing the playoffs and the season is over?

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#1129694 Deboer gets an eyeful

Posted by SegaDevil on 07 June 2012 - 08:51 PM

The Devils played hard on that next shift .... :boogie:
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#1125084 Bernier's dive

Posted by SegaDevil on 28 May 2012 - 05:54 AM

Seems like not too many here actually play hockey or have been in a similar situation.

When a stick comes up that close to your face, that's an instinct reaction. He reflexes like he was hit but afterwards he doesn't fall to the ice in agony and try to sell it. He doesn't dive. Instead, he goes to the bench to get checked out. You can even see him checking his hand; checking to see what the damage was. What is the problem with this call? A reaction to a stick to the face is only justified if there's blood spewing all over the ice?
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#1119387 New Jersey has a long history of going head-to-head with NY and Philly

Posted by SegaDevil on 13 May 2012 - 02:30 PM

I don't normally post here, and this is why.
Disclaimer: You may fall asleep half way through this.

Benjamin Franklin referred to New Jersey as a barrel tapped at both ends.

Sandwiched between the South River and the North River—today’s Delaware and Hudson—New Jersey’s colonial identity was synonymous with that of its closest city, either New York or Philadelphia. This split identity resulted in a political divide during the colonial era, creating Berkley’s West New Jersey and Carteret’s East New Jersey. Even though official unification came in 1702, we still live in a divided state that exists to satisfy the big cities across the rivers.

Fast forward a few centuries. The early 1980s saw the arrival of two things New Jerseyans could finally call their own: the Nets and the Devils. Both teams made the Swamp their home and out-of-towners delighted in us having our hometown sports team based in such a dismal location. The two team’s position in the north further alienated south Jersey, deepening that supposedly-abolished division created during the colonial era.

When New Jersey attempted to establish itself by stepping out of the shadows of its neighbors, those same neighbors found a way to discredit what is ours. Need proof? The playoff re-runs from 18 years ago have already received more play time on TV than 1995, 2000 and 2003 combined.

New Jerseyans have even been denied Liberty. Lady Liberty, that is. In 1668, Captain Christopher Billopp was given 24 hours to sail around—and claim for the New York colony—as many islands in the New York Harbor as possible. Upheld by Congress in 1834, Liberty Island, Ellis Island and Staten Island were all supposedly circled during Billopp’s journey and have since been considered New York State, despite geographic proximity to New Jersey. No credit where credit is due.

The Brooklyn New Jersey Nets picked up and left for New York City this year and now the Devils are left to fend on this New Jersey peninsula alone, like a battered group of 300 outnumbered by a sea of invaders.

But this year can be different.

In the South, or the hole at the bottom of Franklin’s barrel, a plug was formed and wedged into the opening. The Flyers were defeated in five games and—for the first time in the history of the world—the mouths in Philadelphia are speechless.

In the North, the hole at the top of the barrel has yet to be decided. It can continue to widen. It can continue with the trend set in motion during those extra innings in 1994 or during the Congressional ruling in 1834. Or even that ridiculous sailing excursion in 1668.

Or … the tap can be removed and the hole can be plugged. For the first time in New Jersey history, the State may finally stand on its own as a unified and independent entity instead of a spit of land devoted to serve outsiders. Unification and independence will only be accepted if it includes the defeat of both cities that have controlled New Jersey for centuries.

Two dozen guys with sticks and skates can do what 400 years of history has failed to do. Plugging both ends of the barrel and creating a self-sustaining state—even if it’s only in the sports world—is a step in the right direction for New Jersey. If it happens, it will be wonderful. If it happens, it will be long overdue.
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#1076663 PP coaching

Posted by SegaDevil on 27 December 2011 - 08:34 AM

Hire Hall and fire Oates.
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