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9 minutes ago, DevsMan84 said:

lol just putting in another storyline we have going for us.  I agree no one is going to see Boyle but he is indeed there and is indeed the reigning Masterton trophy winner.

His wife, maybe she does...

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2 hours ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

The bolded is how it is for a lot of local sports fans though.  I'm literally the ONLY one out of all of my sports-watching friends who considers hockey #1 (the Mets and Pats are a very close #2).  I've been asked more than once "How is it that hockey is your favorite?"...almost in a "What's wrong with you?" kind of voice.  One of my closest friends roots for the Giants, Yankees, and Devils.  The Giants could go 2-14 any given year, but he's defaulting to them over the Devils, no matter what...there's no way he would ever go to a hockey game over missing his Giants.  I have friends who consider themselves Devils fans, but let me tell you, it's rough...they're nowhere NEAR into it as much as I am, and just trying to get them to go to a game now and then is a chore.  I save 90% of my Devils talk for on here...I don't mind explaining the Devils to more casual fans (especially when I'm able to drag one to the Rock with me), but at least here, even when there's disagreements, we all at least know all of the basics:  who's currently playing for the Devils, their histories, skillsets, etc. 

I'm Devils/Giants/Mets, in that order.  Mostly because hockey has always been my favorite sport, for reasons that I find it the most entertaining, both to watch and to play.  I do get why people might default to football though - for whatever reason, football tends to be a more socially interactive game, both on and off the field.  Part of the beauty of hockey is the nature of the athletes - they're probably the toughest athletes out of the 4 major sports, and maybe many other sports too, yet they're also some of the most modest and humble.  There are very few "look at me" type guys, which in general is good, but it also keeps the players, and thus the sport, out of the limelight and headlines, at least compared to some of the other sports.  Again, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just not really appreciated by the average/casual fan.  Hockey is also not exactly a sport you can just pick up and play - sure you can have a pair of roller skates and a stick and shoot around in the street, but it's not as easy as grabbing the pigskin and throwing it around in the backyard.  And despite the fact that I have actually always liked and played roller more than ice myself, people still don't regard roller as being the same as ice in terms of "connecting" with the sport.  

Beyond all that, there's only 8 home games a year for each team in the NFL, so it's way more of an exclusivity thing than anything else.  People will look at a hockey game and say I have 41 more opportunities to catch a game this year.  

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Quite a bit of seats to be had off Ticketmaster. Still have a few days to go and the walk up crowd but cmon people. Our fan base deserves the sh!t it gets.

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I get people being big Giants fans and all but realistically their season is over already, it shouldn't be a difficult choice if you're a fan of both teams. 

I sometimes have issues with Red Bulls and Devils games because they sometimes have home games at the same time. An important regular season/playoff Devils game in March-June will always take priority over an early regular season Red Bulls game from March-June just like an important regular season/playoff Red Bulls game from late October to early December would take priority over an early regular season Devils game. 

Thankfully the schedule worked out wonderfully for the start of the Devils season and there are no conflicts with Red Bulls final regular season games and any possible playoff games. 

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3 hours ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Fantasy football has made the NFL more engrossing than ever 

I can never get into fantasy sports, I've never even tried. I get people do it to win money in their group of friends and what not but I have no desire to ever have to root for other team's players just cause they are on my fantasy team.

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11 minutes ago, Satans Hockey said:

I get people being big Giants fans and all but realistically their season is over already, it shouldn't be a difficult choice if you're a fan of both teams. 

I sometimes have issues with Red Bulls and Devils games because they sometimes have home games at the same time. An important regular season/playoff Devils game in March-June will always take priority over an early regular season Red Bulls game from March-June just like an important regular season/playoff Red Bulls game from late October to early December would take priority over an early regular season Devils game. 

Thankfully the schedule worked out wonderfully for the start of the Devils season and there are no conflicts with Red Bulls final regular season games and any possible playoff games. 

I agree with you for the most part, but for starters, even though the Giants are definitely in a bit of a hole, it's still early in the season, and a lot of people wait 9 months waiting for football to start up again.  The same way we wait through the summer and it feels like it takes forever, the NFL off-season is actually much longer/worse, so despite how dire a team's situation may seem, most fans don't/won't give up on them this early if for nothing else than they simply don't want to say goodbye to football this soon.  Not only that, but a lot of fans tend to have their blinders on when it comes to their favorite/hometown team, and hate to admit defeat and face the facts of when their season is toast.  

But all of that aside, to be fair, if the Giants win on Thursday, they could technically be tied for first in the division 6 days from now if both the Cowboys and Redskins lose next week (assuming the Skins lose tonight too, which I think they will).  A by-product of the NFC East being unexpectedly very poor so far this year.

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5 minutes ago, Satans Hockey said:

I can never get into fantasy sports, I've never even tried. I get people do it to win money in their group of friends and what not but I have no desire to ever have to root for other team's players just cause they are on my fantasy team.

It's not as hard as you'd think.  The older you get it because easier too.  I hate the Flyers/Rags/Eagles/Cowboys/Yankees/Phillies each with a similar degree of passion, but if I happen to have Claude Giroux on my fantasy team, it's not the end of the world if he scores a goal.  Granted, if that happens to be against the Devils I'll be pretty pissed, but if it's against some other random team, you have to figure  the guy is going to score at some point, so who cares if he gets you a point in a fantasy league?

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7 minutes ago, Satans Hockey said:

I can never get into fantasy sports, I've never even tried. I get people do it to win money in their group of friends and what not but I have no desire to ever have to root for other team's players just cause they are on my fantasy team.

As far as far as that goes, I'm on my second season of fantasy football...I was on the fence about joining before last season, but I have some very close friends in that league (14 teams...I know about half of the participants), and someone had dropped out, and they REALLY wanted me to give it a chance...so I figured what the hell. 

It's OK...the draft party is kind of fun (we all went to a restaurant for that), and there's things about it that I like...and things that I don't.  What is kind of cool about it is that it makes you change the way you watch certain players...makes you appreciate how much dirty work so many of them are doing on plays that don't call for them to get the ball.  But I don't really know if I'll do it beyond this season.  I think part of it is that I don't take enough interest in it to go completely insanely all in the way some people do.  I'm not quite as passionate about it as some participants are.  And yeah, even now it still feels weird to root for guys on other teams (especially rivals).  I guess I like FF, but I can't rightly say that I LOVE it.

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I used to be big into fantasy sports in HS and first 2 years of college on Yahoo sports.  After that I got busy with life and didn't play again until about 6-8 years later.  I did about 1 month worth of fantasy hockey, got bored and largely quit.  I was in 6th or 7th place out of 12 in my league too.

IDK some people love fantasy sports but I find it to be a chore.  Also, like SD, I hated the fact that I was rooting for players to score against my own team sometimes just to get more points in fantasy hockey.  I hated that part and glad I am out of it.

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I like fantasy hockey more for helping me get a handle on players outside the division. Makes the trade deadline, UFA day, and playoffs (when we're not in it) a bit more fun having a little bit more knowledge of who's out there.

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Fantasy sports are fun if you don't take it seriously. I always grab a couple of Devils but mostly I just try to get the best team I can and not go nuts about who is playing who. I set my team a few days in advance and whatever happens happens. Its just sports. It doesn't actually matter. Although... In 20 years of fantasy hockey I don't think I've ever had a Ranger haha. 

Fantasy football is a little different because 90% of those games are on the same day. Its more of an event. But I used to watch games with a few guys in the league I was in and we had a good time. To me it was more about enjoying the sport than winning and losing. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, DJ Eco said:

I like fantasy hockey more for helping me get a handle on players outside the division. Makes the trade deadline, UFA day, and playoffs (when we're not in it) a bit more fun having a little bit more knowledge of who's out there.

exactly that, you just get to know so much more about players and the league, so that when someone is traded or signed to you team you don't always go "who?" and google their name haha

it's also something to look forward too on days where the devils aren't playing

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I am only active in fantasy football -- I'm very active across a few big money leagues. But my rule is always: my team first. If it's 1st and goal and the eagles are about to score on my 1 yard line, I'll say "ok maybe I hope Wentz throws this to Ertz instead of Jeffery" but that's as close as I'll come to rooting "against" my own team. 

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I love FHL - the league we have here is pretty active and very interesting.  

As others have said, I think it's kinda cool to have players from a bunch of teams around the league.  Keeps me more up to date on what's going on around the league.  Now, if you have little interest in the NHL outside of the Devils then I could see how this could be a chore.

And yeah, I'll never root for a player I have on my team while they're playing against the Devils.  Devils first, FHL stats second.

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I asked 7 people about going to the game Thursday and all 7 either said no or backed out. This is why the game isn't a sellout. People suck.

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1 hour ago, NJDevils1214 said:

I asked 7 people about going to the game Thursday and all 7 either said no or backed out. This is why the game isn't a sellout. People suck.

I'd love to go to more games, just not worth getting there from li on a weeknight.... more time getting to/from game then being at the rock.

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1 hour ago, NJDevils1214 said:

I asked 7 people about going to the game Thursday and all 7 either said no or backed out. This is why the game isn't a sellout. People suck.

my brother has an endoscopy at 1pm on Thursday.  He's going.  No one else should have an excuse.

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