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Colorado Rockies 1976

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#1165347 GDT: Philthadelphia Failures @ New Jersey Devils

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 23 January 2013 - 07:51 AM

For whatever it's worth, kind of nice to see Kovalchuk have a +3 rating after two games.
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#1165037 No Banner Raising?

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 22 January 2013 - 08:20 AM

Also, for my money, Elias is a better player than MacLean was, and it probably isn't even that close. That's both for the Devils and for overall career. Maclean played in an era where multiple players would score 50+ goals, Elias played in an era where players scored less and Elias still outdid MacLean by points, while being a better defensive player.

MacLean was a top Devil for a bunch of years, Elias was a top player in the league for a bunch of years. I'd rate Elias much higher when looking whose jersey might get retired, even if you counted MacLean's whole career.

You definitely can't compare them by the numbers...they played in different eras. For Elias, top offensive teams averaged 3.5 GPG. For MacLean, 3.5 GPG was the mark of an average team, with several teams averaging 4+, and teams like Gretzky's Oilers averaging over 5 GPG.

MacLean was really one of the first bona-fide Devils stars, and was a very good player for a while, though his torn ACL really derailed him...he still had some nice goal output seasons after that, but was never as good as he was when he scored 128 goals from '88-'89 to '90-'91. But he was a big reason the Devils slowly but surely were starting to get some respect...just like his Devils, MacLean had to fight for everything he got. Elias began his career with a team that was already established. MacLean was a big reason the Devils became established in the first place.

Anyway, no argument as to who was better. Clearly it's Elias, and MacLean remaining a Devil wouldn't have changed that fact. But like I said, it's too bad MacLean refused to give his new role with the Devils a chance...he could've still been a valuable, though less statiscally impressive, commodity.
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#1161864 Rolston = Ouch!

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 11 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

I think the general attitude of Devils fans towards the Rangers should emulate the attitude I've had towards the Rangers pretty much forever: 'fvck you, we're better than you.' The Rangers are beneath the Devils as an organization. So in that regard, maybe I have a superiority complex. Because the Devils are superior to the Rangers in everything that matters, and have been for a very long time.

The vast majority of Ranger fans I meet think that because the Rangers play in New York, "in the world's greatest arena", and were an Original Six, the Rangers are somehow to hockey what the Yankees are to baseball. Like I've said, it might be collectively THE dumbest and most delusional fanbase I have ever seen. Some fanbases are more violent, some are too quiet, but the Ranger fans are just flat-out dumb.
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#1161659 Bettman: "I'm sorry."

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 10 January 2013 - 02:37 PM

Make it up to us then and step down, you useless bucket of jizz.
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#1160838 Lockout 2012-2013 (Hockey's back!)

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 07 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

The lockouts have sucked, no doubt, but I've never considered dropping the sport or league. I love the Devils and the NHL game too much. It just seems silly to spite myself by not watching/not going to games/not purchase merchandise just to take some sort of stand/protest. Obviously some others feel differently, and I respect that, but that's just how I feel.

Glad the game is back, LGD.

I'm to the point where everyone is entitled to feel however they want about this. No right or wrong. The last two times I was first on line to come back, this time not so much. The one thing I don't like is anyone telling anyone else how they should feel, or think they can dictate a person's level of fandom if he or she doesn't sprint right to the arena for the first puck drop.

It would be nice if there was truly a way of letting everyone involved know that enough is enough, next time may be the last, but there isn't...there just aren't nearly enough people willing to take that stand, and several other fans are happy to take whatever the NHL gives them, so any boycotts aren't going to make the desired impact. No implied criticisms here, just stating facts. What's sad is the fact that the NHL previously lost a whole season probably makes what happened this year more tolerable in some fans' eyes than it should be..."Hey, at least they didn't lose the season, let's go to the game!" Kinda sad when yet another truncated NHL season almost feels like a bonus somehow.
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#1159467 It's Official....asked for refund

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 21 December 2012 - 07:28 AM

Wow, a thread full of legitimate, real-world problems being prioritized over this muddled nonsense between people who don't give a rat's ass about us. Something other than infantile PR stunts, owners demanding further protection from themselves, and the richest players trying to get richer while hurting the other 99% of their bretheren. How utterly refreshing to see common sense prevailing.

My heart breaks to see so many people here in dire financial straits. Best of luck to all of you.

Luckily, Sandy wasn't that bad where I am, and my family back at the Shore was inland enough to be spared from major damage. I've never been a season ticket holder, not even partial. So the storm and money really have nothing to do with me saying that I'm near my breaking point with this stupid league too.

Reading the other thread playing with the possibility of someone other than the NHL playing for the Stanley Cup got me thinking ... 1994, 2004-05, 2012 ... the NHL doesn't deserve the Stanley Cup. It's the coolest trophy in sports, and somehow this clusterfvck of a league gets to compete for it? That's like some community college intramural league giving gold medals to its winners while Olympic champions worldwide are forced to compete for turd necklaces.

And if I no longer care whether the NHL gets to compete for the Cup, then why do I care about the league at all? For most of my teenage and adult life, I've had a Devils hat practically stitched onto my skull. It's almost as much a part of my visible identity as my face. And now, for the first time since I was 12, I no longer want to be seen with an NHL logo anywhere on me. Why would I want to be associated with this kind of selfish bullsh!t? I've got a new home state to acclimate to. I've got a wedding to plan. My fiancee and I are hosting Christmas for the first time ever this year, and there's a weird smell in the apartment that I need to find and get rid of before my Grandma comes over. I've got a life to live, and continuing to care about a league that so obviously couldn't care less about its fans just seems like such an insane waste of time and energy and yada yada yada.

Both sides suck. I can't force myself to favor one over the other. But at least if they play, there's something to distract me from the fact that the people I give my money to are greedy, unsympathetic fvcktards. But for two decades now now, like clockwork, we miss chunks of or an entire season so they can try to squeeze more money out of each other. I'm sick of it. Drop the damn puck already and distract me from how much I hate you owners and players!

If this entire season gets wiped out, I may have to force myself to become a basketball fan or something. At least the Devils would've given me a memorable and fun final run last spring.

I'm one of the few fortunate people who is actually doing well financially in a time where so many people aren't. I consider myself to be extraordinarily lucky...I have worked hard, but so have many others, and sadly hard work and great skillsets and knowledge bases are not always rewarded. Sometimes it's all about getting breaks. My break started when I was a 22-year-old who dropped out of college having no idea what I was going to do with my life, and my father said, "You've always had the aptitiude to be learn engineering, why don't you come work for me?" He had to train me from the ground up...he could've hired someone with an education and experience, and not had to deal with my growing pains on multiple fronts, but he took a chance on me when the business was only the two of us. I don't kid myself...being in my own business, my situation could always change for the worse in a matter of months...I don't assume the next several years will be like the past few.

Anyway, due to things going so well, I was able to move into a bigger and nicer home back in July, and the whole walk-out basement area is my mancave sports haven. Two of the walls (one of which is painted NJ Devils red) is covered with tons of Devils photos and other sports memorabilia. One wall is a "Hall Of Fame"-type area, for players who've had their Devils numbers retired...there is space for Elias and Brodeur. I love the Devils and I love Devils hockey. But I'm reaching the point where I can barely look at all of it anymore, and though I don't think I could ever do it (not yet), there's a part of me that just wants to take it all down and put something else up, for no other reason that every time I look at those walls now, I'm disgusted. These fvckers are about to kill another hockey season. I can't believe I just typed that. Where the fvck did common-fvcking-sense go? How could it all come down to this AGAIN?! The arrogance, the complete lack of awareness and respect for the people that make this all happen (US!)...the poor souls who actually have their livelihoods tied to these selfish out-of-touch a$$holes playing their childs' game...I am just at a complete loss...

Well said DIG, well said.
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#1156463 NHL lockout: Neither side seems pressured by calendar

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 14 November 2012 - 06:27 AM

Well, if they're not in a rush to start the season, then I guess I'm not in a rush to come back. I think I'm probably taking this year off...they've effectively killed a lot of my enthusiasm and emotional involvement for this season...I'm not done with the NHL, but I'm disgusted enough that I'm not going to be feeling hockey for a while.
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#1155650 Lockout 2012-2013 (Hockey's back!)

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 30 October 2012 - 06:33 PM

And with all that Sandy has wrought, suddenly billionaires and millionaires squabbling really seems like a steaming pile of insignificant turd. The hell with all of 'em.
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#1155338 Glenn Healey's Newark comment

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 25 October 2012 - 12:32 PM

Meh, I can't get worked up about that one. There will always be jokes about Newark. I doubt a whole lot of listeners heard Healy's comment and thought "Geez, maybe I'd better not go to a Devils game, I might get robbed!" Healy made a joke (he's known for being a pretty funny guy) while hanging with the guys...the kind of joke people make when letting their hair down a little. I don't think people take a joke Healy made as some sort of gospel. It's just not that big a deal.
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#1134376 Devils 1st Round Selection Stefan Matteau

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 22 June 2012 - 10:02 PM

Oh well, I got past '94 a long time ago. If the guy can help the Devils win, that's all I care about. How great would it be to see him burn the Rangers someday? I'd rather root for him to do something like that someday than to root against him for something his father did almost 20 years ago. Like it or not, this kid may be a Devil someday...might as well embrace him.
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#1127613 SCF True Believers Thread

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 03 June 2012 - 03:12 PM

This. People are incredibly unrealistic, blaming 2 overtime losses in the finals on a 40 year old goalie because he didn't get a shutout.

Where's Elias' hattrick?? We woulda won if Elias would just score a hattrick.

Marty has a 2.00 GAA and a .924 save% in the playoffs...clearly he has raised his game. He's now allowed 2 goals or less in 15 out of his last 17 playoff games. He has made several spectacular saves in those games, and in the Finals, he's given up one friggin' regulation goal in each game. But all some people can talk about are perceived softies, and I swear, it seems like among some fans ANY goal Marty gives up must be a softie by default. Doesn't matter how many great saves he makes, Marty should now be shutting teams out every time out. The standard some fans insist on holding him to has simply gotten absurd.

Anyway, there's criticism to go around if one chooses to take that route...a lot of guys who were scoring during the regular season and/or the playoffs sure aren't now. Like I said in my earlier post, I really don't think these guys are playing badly...they had opportunities in both games and simply didn't convert them.
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Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 26 May 2012 - 03:41 PM

Really you expect a congrats? Their team just lost - and in devastating fashion too. Give them a little while.

Matteau#32 is the one guy who's coming off pretty badly right now, no matter how his team lost. He made some pretty bold predictions, which is fine, and at times was clearly trying to be a bit antagonistic...kind of a joke to just disappear with his tail between his legs. If he doesn't at least show his face in here in the next couple of days, his cred is pretty much shot.
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#1123201 GDT: ECF Game 5 - NJ Devils @ NY Rangers

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 23 May 2012 - 09:42 PM

All you jackoffs who said the season was over about 30-45 minutes ago, feel free to hop off the bandwagon at any time.

I've never been as disappointed in so many posts. So quick to bail on these guys and start calling them chokers. No, tonight was not their best effort, but to just bail and give up because the game was tied...I think this team has earned some faith.
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#1123188 GDT: ECF Game 5 - NJ Devils @ NY Rangers

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 23 May 2012 - 09:37 PM

Go ahead, keep calling this team a bunch of chokers.
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#1123174 GDT: ECF Game 5 - NJ Devils @ NY Rangers

Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 23 May 2012 - 09:34 PM

So glad so many of you were so quick to write this team off. They still may not win tonight, but these guys deserve a lot more respect for what they have done this postseason than they get from this fanbase.
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