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#1209321 We All Knew It

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 06 September 2013 - 09:08 AM

Re:  Sean Avery the player, clearly he could be an annoying douche on the ice (which was his job)...what makes that even worse from a Devils' fan standpoint is that his crap actually used to work at times.  He DID have a way of getting under the Devils' skin, which was more aggravating than Avery himself. 


About his and anyone else's sexuality, I couldn't care less.  There's straight people, bisexual people and gay people.  Always has been, always will be, and the latter two are never going away.  Not sure why anyone would feel the need to judge someone else's lifestyle/preference/whatever you want to call it as "wrong".   


Obviously, there's still a long way to go, in terms of people simply not getting caught up in other people's sexuality, but at least now there's some degree of acceptance/tolerance going.  Would much rather see gay people being able to live their lives as openly as possible, as opposed to not being true to themselves and faking it by marrying someone of the opposite sex just to appease those around them, or simply feeling that they can't or shouldn't ever act on their true preference. 

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#1209185 Summer 2013 UFA/RFA Thread

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 05 September 2013 - 11:52 AM

i dont know why but looking at this and seeing like Ana re-signing Perry and Getzlaf early and all those other teams locking up their franchise players even before their contracts are up. I somehow feel jealous, can't put my finger on why... but i really do feel jealous


Could you be any more annoying and stupidly repetitive?   


For one, as much as you seem to be incapable of realizing it, there's a new CBA in place...one that gives teams a nice edge in re-signing their own players...if these rules had been in place when Parise had been a UFA, very good chance he would've still been here.  And way to keep ignoring that Lou re-signed Zajac before his contract was up, and locked up Henrique to six years when he clearly didn't have to. 


This crap with you all goes back to Parise and you fvcking KNOW it, even though you won't admit it...get the fvck over it already and shut up with the lame jabs at Lou!  And if you're so friggin' jealous of other teams who apparently do everything "right", go root for one of them.  You won't be missed.     

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#1209018 What's your favorite hockey movie?

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 04 September 2013 - 06:08 AM

Goon was OK...very clearly an homage to the Flyers.


Slap Shot is a bit dated now...should probably be called Snap Shot, in that it captures what 70s-era hockey was like at times...pure and raw madness and lawlessness...and is a real window into what that era was like overall...it seems like everything had such an ugly look to it back then, as someone who was born in 1970, I can tell you that it really was like that.  I still like Slap Shot, but I think most people under 30 will find it a relic. 


Miracle is pretty by-the-numbers, but also very competent and really does a great job telling a great story. 


I'd say Slap Shot is probably still my fave after all these years...there's just something about it.  Paul Newman has admitted that of all the movies he ever acted in, this one was the most fun.  I believe him.  

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#1208696 Game 6 2000 Finals

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 31 August 2013 - 05:31 AM

I was at Bar A...next to a Flyer fan no less..he was a friend of mine who had had plenty to say after his team had taken a 3-1 series lead...he practically had his SC tickets printed and in his hand (admittedly, I wasn't feeling great about the Devils' chances myself, but he had his Flyers in the Cup Finals the second Game 4 came to a close).


And to this day, he STILL whines about Stevens' hit on Lindros.  Awesome.  Whine away fvcker!

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#1207448 Fox 29 Philadelphia Confirm Devils sold to Josh Harris

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 19 August 2013 - 09:24 AM

The extra-tight "Don't Worry About My" Cap also seals in freshness and flavor. 


If only some could remove the "NEWMAN'S" from the glass portion of the bottle and replace with "LOULAM'S" 


That bottle is hilarious. 

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#1206821 Fox 29 Philadelphia Confirm Devils sold to Josh Harris

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 11 August 2013 - 04:58 PM

I scored a free ticket to a luxury box at a Yankee game last year. It was awesome -- open bar, great food -- but I had a better time watching a couple weeks later from the nosebleeds. It's tougher to get into the game in the box, even if you're a fan.


Funny you should say that...I agree, the experience becomes more about the perks that come with the luxury box that it does about the reason you actually WENT to the damned game in the first place...distractions galore.  I'm happier being in an upper deck seat and chowing down on a couple of overpriced footlongs, a sack of overpriced fries, and chugging some overpriced soda.  If I want distractions, Iike readily available food and other crap, I can watch the game in my 'cave at home.   


And I really hope the ownership situation comes to end soon...just sick of it all.

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#1206604 Lou: Change of Ownership Imminent

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 08 August 2013 - 02:36 PM

Yeah its pretty fvcking astonishing how stupid some Ranger fans are. The Devils aren't moving. Teams have ownership issues. Not every team that has them moves. It amazes me that some of these mongoloids automatically equate ownership issues with moving. Maybe they should worry about their own team moving to fvcking Queens in 10 years when the city flushes the toilet on that sh!thole they play in.


It's not really all that astonishing anymore.  Stupid Ranger fans breed with stupid Ranger fans and give birth to...you guessed it...more stupid Ranger fans.  Until stupid Ranger fans are segregated and sterilized and not allowed to have any sexual contact whatsoever with the few intelligent Ranger fans that exist and continue poisoning the Ranger gene pool, we will always be subjected to the witticisms and insights of...drum roll...



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#1206511 Brodeur vs Roy.. vote!

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 08 August 2013 - 06:41 AM

Good comparision. Marty stick handling is a plus for him, but Roy was clutch for the big games. Who doesn't get concerned if it is the big game and Marty in his prime was in goal?


You got to stop the puck before you move it.


These are the best three goalie that have been in the NHL. Tough ranking number 1. They each were special.


It's not like you can go wrong with ANY of them, really.


What's amazing in Hasek's case is that he racked up 389 wins and didn't even become a full-time starter in the NHL until he was 28. 


I've brought this up before, but from '93-'99, Hasek's save%s were just ridiculous:  .930, .930, .920, .930, .932, .937.  He finished at .922 for his career (.925 playoffs).  Brodeur is at .913 for his career and .919 playoffs, and Roy is at .910 career and .918 playoffs.  Roy's numbers are a little tricky because he played in both Live Puck and Dead Puck (his .900 save% led the NHL in '87-'88...he was putting up .900+ save%s and sub-3.00 GAAs when it was a big deal to do so.  Vanbiesbrouck won a Vezina in '86 with a 3.32 GAA and .887 save%.  Those numbers would get you cut today).  Brodeur and Hasek played most of their careers in Dead Puck.  Roy's play really sticks out if you were watching NHL hockey in the '80s, because there was a lot of mediocre goaltending back then...yeah, there were a lot of Giguere, Michelin-men types as the 90s transitioned into the 2000s, no doubt, but when you watch some '80s games, you realize that a lot of guys who were goalies back then simply weren't terribly good.  Goalies are better overall now.   


Beyond that, it's all about what one chooses to emphasize as to why you'd pick one over the other...Hasek's absurd puck-stopping skills, Roy's ability to play AND flourish in the stifling fishbowl that is Montreal for as long as he did, Brodeur's insane ability to start 70+ games year after year after year, be consistent, and be the best pure puck-handling goalie the game has ever seen. 

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#1206456 Brodeur vs Roy.. vote!

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 07 August 2013 - 03:40 PM

The way I've always compared "The Big Three" (Roy, Brodeur, Hasek)


Roy:  most clutch, Captain Butterfly

Hasek:  best pure puck-stopper, probably ever

Brodeur:  best all-arounder...rules were actually put in place to negate his strengths.  Insanely durable. 

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#1205764 Jagr Signs 1 Year Deal With Devils

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 30 July 2013 - 11:37 AM

I 2nd that Manta! Intelligent poster


We'll see.  Derek21's past history was to come in peace, then slowly but surely take veiled shots at the Devils, which would then lead to debates and then memorable meltdowns on Derek's part.  His brother (94Obsession, I think) tended to be much more level-headed and even-keeled.  But people can change/mellow out/learn, whatever...maybe it will be different this time.

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#1205646 Jagr seems really happy to be a Devil

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 29 July 2013 - 12:04 PM

Jagr seems kinda pale, and his eyes are pretty red too...maybe he's spending too much time partying in the offseason?  What if he comes to camp out of shape?  He's 41 years old and isn't getting any younger, shouldn't he be taking care of himself?  The Devils can't afford to have Jagr showing up to camp out-of-shape and possibly stoned to boot...if the Devils fall out of this thing early, he might have some trade value to a contender, and a healthy Jagr is worth at least a first-rounder AND a ready-to-step in prospect or three.   


And now that I look at his face a little closer, it looks to me like his smile is a little see-through...I'm not so sure he's really all that happy to be a Devil.  I have to admit, this picture really has me worried now.  I don't think the Devils are winning more than 20 games this season...this photo should have everyone here concerned.  This season feels like it's over before it already began.  fvck Jagr, fvck the Devils, and fvck Lou too.  I'm so sick of this sh!t, I'm done with this team until they win three games in a row.  I'm not kidding! 

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#1205471 MSG Being Knocked Down in 10 years?

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 26 July 2013 - 03:17 PM

I want them to knock down MSG and put in it's place a zinburger, cheeburger cheeburger, In and Out, Little Shanty, Fuddruckers, and a Shake Shack.


Leave MSG up...after filling up on all of those burgers, we're going to need a mighty big toilet.

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#1205424 MSG Being Knocked Down in 10 years?

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 26 July 2013 - 11:51 AM

I just said fvck a diet and went to wendys for a double baconator


I just destroyed two Burger King cheeseburgers.  Poor fvckers never stood a chance.

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#1205096 Jagr Signs 1 Year Deal With Devils

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 24 July 2013 - 06:51 AM

No Kovalchuk brah. Broke brah.


Admittedly, I see this as an "if" team that could have a nice upside, but there's definitely a chance this implodes (as long as Schneider is Schneider, that seems like a longshot); that being said, I think Lou did as good a job as could be expected after having lost Kovy.  He's done a nice job with these one-year deals too...if this team does crash-and-burn, there's pieces that can be moved...even Salvador's contract (2 years remaining) might not seem so bad to a contending team desperate for help on defense, if Sal's having a decent year. 


But yeah, I expect the critics to go with the potential doomsday scenario and run with it.  All I've got to say about that is, regardless of the Devils' short-term performance (which I do believe is going to better than the "experts" will predict...I think they'll be decent and in playoff contention), I am glad the Devils don't have Parise and/or Kovy under lifetime contracts.  I never thought those "keep my guy at any cost" deals made much sense.  Want to sign Schneider to an 8-year deal after next season, I can get on board with that...all long-term deals are a risk, but anything 10 years and over just seems ridiculous and foolhardy to me.  


And Kovy and everything about him has been beaten to death, but all I'll say about him is that, based on the balance of his Devils' career, I don't see why his value to the Devils is being blown through the roof.  2011-2012 was very good, but damn if he didn't have to play a lot of minutes to get his points.  And though he did improve his overall game, there were plenty of brainfarts on prominent display, right up until the very end. 


Not saying he wasn't a good player, but I am saying he isn't really worthy of the "be-all, end-all" label that too many critics (most of whom probably don't watch the Devils more than a handful of times a year) seem so willing to bestow unto him.  It seems like too many observers see the name "Kovalchuk" and immediately think the Devils can't possibly have any success without him.  I couldn't disagree more.      

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#1203441 Kovalchuk Retired Effective Immediately?

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 15 July 2013 - 07:23 AM

So is anyone still mad at Kovy? I've forgiven him. I'll miss him dearly. I think only if he stayed for a year or two more can we play the card of "we got the best of his poor contract and then he left". He still did and does have a lot left in his tank, and was one of the best conditioned players in the NHL. My biggest gripe is how he did it. I wish he announced his retirement a year in advance, like instead of surprising everyone with that dagger, I wish he would have said he was leaving next year. Or even, when the reports came when the lockouts ended that he wanted to stay; they were clearly true, why deny them? He should have said he was returning for this half season, then dipping.


Anyway, like I said, I'm not that mad at him, and this actually puts some moves into perspective, like Parise and Clarkson.


I'm not mad at Kovy.  I can't say that I ever really was.  Shocked, yes, but of course it's become clear in hindsight that the signs were definitely there that this could happen. 


But more and more, I think this is really an overwhelming positive for the Devils.  They get out from under a bad contract that was only going to get worse.  And though Kovy did allow himself to be coached into being a more complete player (seems like Jacques Lemaire was the only guy who was every able to get through to him, for whatever the reasons), I think there was something a little bit annoying about him...it started with the contract nonsense.  I think if he had gotten what he REALLY wanted, in terms of simply playing hockey, he would've been an LA King.  I think he was praying they'd find a way to make it work.  I think he mistakenly thought that what seemed like all of the money in the world would make him happy to be a NJ Devil. 


Just like every other occupation, there are workers who clearly thrive on being challenged, and overcoming obstacles as they face them.  Brodeur is one of those kinds of players, almost to a fault...he probably doesn't see Schneider as the guy who could be taking his job next season.  He sees him more as the latest challenge.  That's how the Brodeur-types overcome rough starts (like the one in 2011-12, where he almost looked finished at times) to put up a .920 save% for the last 50 or so games of the season and help his team reach the SC Final. 


I don't think Kovy is a "challenge me" guy.  I think he likes things being easy and relatively simple.  Wind me up, let me do my thing and I'll get my 40 or so goals.  I don't know why he thought his team should be a lock to be a Cup-contender every season (especially when he signed a 15-year deal in a league where teams rarely are going to be considered legitimate SC contenders for more than 10 or 11 years of that term, if that).  He got a taste of going home and decided he wanted that life, which is fine, not for me to judge, but the fact is that, if what Kovy's sister is saying is in the ballpark of how Kovy really feels, then he bailed on them almost at the second when things started to get rough...after Lou made about as big a commitment as one could make to a player, one that Lou knew had a chance to be a major detriment to his franchise, and relatively soon at that.   


It's one thing when a Parise or a Clarkson or others simply choose to exercise a right to choose their own team for the first time in their NHL lives...some fans may despise them for it, but I don't kid myself that the Parises and Clarksons and others were dreaming of one day playing for the NJ Devils and doing it in Newark.  But it's another when you decide, after the going looked it could be possibly (but NOT definitely) rough in the short-term, you turn your back on the team that made a massive commitment to you, just two years into it, and I say two years because it's clear that, if he had his way, he never shows up for Year 3 of his deal.  The guy had to be friggin' DRAGGED back to play here the season after his team reached the friggin' CUP FINAL?!  REALLY? 


Anyway, I remember both Elias and Brodeur stating when everything was coming apart in 2010-11, that you don't just abandon the team at a time like that.  I'm not going to make them out to be perfect because of that, but it shows their mentality, and why both players remain Devils.  Part of the reason I'm not angry with Kovy is because he saved the Devils from trying to build a team around a guy who wanted everything to come easily to him and wasn't going to fight through tough times, the way so many others who have played for the Devils have.  Just like the famous quote from Rudy:  "I wish I could put your heart in some of my players' bodies."   

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