http://m.espn.go.com...685213&page=2"} "I've had a lot of good conversations with the Devils, but I'm not inclined at going back at this point," said Brodeur, whose contract expires June 30. "I just feel that with Schneids (goalie Corey Schneider) the organization has to move on. Me being around might be tough a little bit for them. I don't completely put it out of the question (returning to New Jersey) but I don't want to mess up the cards for the Devils.
"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where I go next, I'm always going to be a Devil. I'm always going to come back to the organization. But I want to play one more year. So I'll see what's out there."
This could actually be a fun game to mock Rags fans who live in NJ... 'I may live in New Jersey, but... I'll get it started: 'I may live in NJ, but BROADWAY BRAH!!!! BRIGHT LIGHTS BRAH!!!! 1994 BRAH!!!!! MATTEAU BRAH!!!!'
What about Tort? How do you think he feels? Unlike some of our fans, I appreciated what he was able to do. Helped prepare them for this. The experience factor from 2012 helped. Tort did it to himself. He never should've taken the job in Vancouver.
I forgot about Tortorella. He and Callahan are probably hosting Kings/Hawks viewing parties at their houses lmao.
I was at grasshopper off the green in Morristown last night and watched the 3rd period and OT there. Place had a number of Rags fans watching the game, and a live Irish band playing. After the Rags won in OT, this slob Rags fan goes up to the lead singer of the band and asks him to play a "rangers song." The singer tells him that he doesn't know one, and hates the Rags. He also told the little puke that this is NJ, and offered to play Hells Bells. When the guy looked at him all puzzled, he says "let's go devils" in a thick Irish accent.
I bought the singer a pint cause that little exchange totally made my night.
God bless that man. I would've bought him one too if I was there. Morristown is Devils Country Rag bitch. You should know better.
During the Devils Stanley Cup runs, I always noticed the occasional Rangers fan or two walking around town wearing their NYR hats or T-shirts, and in a way, I secretly admired their tenacity.
So lately my boy (he's 5) and I have been wearing our Devils gear -- mostly T's, sometimes a hat -- a little bit more often than usual. It's sort of a subtle message to all the Rags fans in the area, letting them know: Hey, remember, we are here. Sure, you (Rags fans) are showing your numbers now, all proud because your team is doing well, but don't get any false allusions. We (Devils fans) are still here, we are always going to be here, and you are always going to be reminded that you don't own these (N.J.) towns anymore. Enjoy your little run now, but keep in mind that it isn't 1981. It is 2014, and this is Devils country, and it always will be Devils country.
Boom. Love it. Well done 95, well done. Been rocking my Devs hat where ever I go too.
Not sure why you should need this explained to you, but I'll give it a try:
Many of us find Ranger fans both dumb and annoying; to be fair, it doesn't sound like your sig other is one of them.
It's been discussed in detail WHY so many of us find Ranger fans dumb and annoying. They make the same tired jokes over and over again. They think that the Rangers, by virtue of playing in New York, somehow makes that franchise the NHL equivalent of the New York Yankees...they talk about proud traditions, etc., when they've been much closer to the Cubs overall than the Yankees. The one tradition they've proven to be very good at is celebrating one bought Cup win over and over and over again...Rangers basically emptied out the farm to win that '94 Cup, and that "all in" approach, while successful, cost them for years. But as many have pointed out, no other franchise has ever re-celebrated a Cup win as shamelessly and as embarrassingly as the Rangers franchise and their fans.
In 2012, after they lost to the Devils in Game 6 in the ECF, there were boneheads saying things like "Duuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh, unless da Debbies (they think it's just hilarious when they call the Devils "the Debbies") win da Cup, it don't matta, 'cause in ninedy-fawr, we won da Cup afta beading dem in da Eastewn Cawnfurence Finawls!" Those losers STILL think NHL hockey stopped for everyone else in '94, just like it did for them. I made the mistake of trying to explain to a bunch of them that losing to the Rangers in the '94 ECF wasn't exactly haunting Devils fans anymore...we saw the team win the Cup the very next season, saw them win again in 2000 and 2003, come within a game of winning another Cup in 2001, and watched the Devils reach the SCF in 2012 at the Rangers' expense. Nope, for those stupid fans (and the Ranger fanbase is by far the most collectively stupid one I've dealt with), it was ninedy-fawr, ninedy-fawr, ninedy-fawr. I used to participate on the ESPN boards back in 2000 and 2001, and the idiot Ranger fans who used to post there were constantly talking about how boring the Devils were, and how more teams need to play "exciting" hockey like the Rangers. Yeah, that 2001 Devils team, the one that led in the NHL in goals scored, the one that boasted two 40+ goal scorers, they sure were sleep-inducing. And the Rangers absolutely SUCKED at that time...they were playing with absolutely ZERO heart and ZERO passion back then. That organization was a complete joke, but Ranger fans couldn't flock fast enough to MSG to watch that trainwreck. Way to give the man upstairs incentive to change things up geniuses!
And of course, I had my fun MSG bathroom experience where, to sum up, a guy made a joke directed at me about the Devils, I made one back, and while I was peeing, he thought it'd be a swell idea to get out of line and hit me in the back of the head three times. I wound up winning the fight that resulted (I tried to walk away, but the guy wouldn't allow it), but I rather would've not fought at all.
I hate the Rangers and the majority of their fanbase. Yes, right now they're better than the Devils, but that doesn't mean any of us have to like it. I'm not going to constantly bitch about them or try to downplay what they're doing, but if you honestly think that Ranger fans wouldn't have their "panties in a twist" over the Devils having this success if the roles were reversed, then I don't what to tell you. For the most part, we hate everything about the Rangers, and they hate everything about us. There's rivalries like that in all of sports, and for the true-blue diehard Devils fans, this ranks right up with the Red Sox-Yankee level of hatred, and it will NEVER change.
This post should be bronzed and hung on the concourse at the Rock. Well said CR.