DevilsFans Posted May 21, 2003 Share Posted May 21, 2003 Ok so my buddy and I decided at about 5:45pm on Sunday we were going to be part of history. We were going to GAME 5 in Ottawa. We were pumped. We would be leaving at 7am Monday morning from my house in Denville, NJ. We would buy tickets once we got to Ottawa, checked on Ebay.ca and felt confident we would be able to get them. So Sunday night I run to Shop Rite buy some of the necessary tailgating items (no need for beer we will be in Molson XXX country) Get all the stuff together, stuff a bag of completely unnecessary clothes (who the heck was I trying to fool?) AT 6:50 AM my friend arrives, I kiss the wife goodbye and robbed her pocketbook for a couple extra bucks. I load the grill and stuff in buddies Mazda MPV. We are off! Ooops first stop, roll down the back window and put on the Devils Flag. GO DEVILS! The ride was very scenic , not gonna lie it was boring as hell. We kept stoking ourselves up, "Wow we are actually doing this!!" Well I got my first call from a damn Flyers Fan friend of mine. " Where are you?" he asked. I told him and he was amazed we actually did it. That made us feel really good. By around 1pm that day I was rather tired of these kinds of calls. I must say once we were within an hour of Ottawa the number of Sens Flags on cars was absolutely amazing!! EVERYWHERE!! It's 1:30pm and WE SEE THE COREL CENTER!!!! (Oh btw it's a Canadian National Holiday most had off) We start pulling closer to the arena...Umm where are those damn Sens fans???? Well we pull into the closest lot to the building that we could park in. We get a front row spot. We turn on Senators 1200am radio Ooh the pregame show starts at 3pm. oops we need tickets, an older gentlemen begged us to buy his tickets saying everything but just shy of saying "For 60 cents a day you can save a childs life by buying my tickets." He wasn't very flexible on price so we decide ahh lets go to the window see what luck brings us. It brought us Section 219 Row D, we look at each other 4th row NICE!! We were thinking it would be like fourth row upstairs in Continental. We found out later these were really nice seats to get on game day! REALLY nice seats. So we head back to the car people are starting to come little by little, well about as fast as NJ motor Vehicle lines move. We get back to the van and get ready to start grilling my buddy pulls out a London Broil marinated by his wife, ooh that was good with her homemade coleslaw, Thanks Mary! I don't think Senator fans have any clue on the entire tailgating concept, the entire day we were the only ones I saw with a grill. Meanwhile we are here with the entire tailgating party cooler, meats and a Good ole stars and stripes. Of course I had to set up the American Flag! In the parking lot we were pleasantly surprised by the fans very friendly yet inquisitive. " Wow you are really from NJ?......AYE" We had to chuckle with the "AYE" in every sentence. My buddy turns and points FINALLY another Devils fan!! WOOHHOOO! Senators pregame radio program starts up and they say if you want to call in and share your opinion call 750-1200 so I call and get through first try. "Sens Radio 1200 what would you like to share...,and your name?" Well I asked, " Do you think Lalime can really carry this team? I just don't think he has enough experience with loosing multiple games like this, let alone carry the team on his shoulders the way they are playing." They thanked me, I thanked them and was disconnected. They then comment on my call completely agreeing with me....I AM A DEVILS FAN! How are they agreeing with me and not try to make any argument? Whatever, it still was cool that they agreed with me. We continue listening and we hear the greatest thing... One of the announcers say" I wondered how many thousands of Sens fans broke their ankles today JUMPING OFF THE BAND WAGON!! Wow! Those would have been fightin' words in NJ! Then there were countless calls of who should be fired in the organization....(It's only game 5") Getting close to game time we decide to go see the pregame party that we found out starts 3 hours prior to game time every game. I must say it blew the thing at Continental away....Actually a lot of stuff did. We knew we were going to be targets. I decided to wear my "Christmas jersey" (Old Devils Red and Green jersey) and I just tied my Stevens jersey around my waist, my buddy had his #15 Johnny MacLean jersey on that we finally got signed after all these years on Saturdays game 4. I get a beer and we sit down and take some pictures of the surroundings and the arena. We were interrupted sorta by a TV camera and reporter. Interviewed one at a time and then the fade out on the jerseys. We decided to go inside shortly after. We started walking around the arena in amazement, great looking arena. We got the traditional home team welcome. GO HOME JERSEY, BOOOO, LOOSERS! You get the point, I got the point but I WAS PROUD of the chants cause I MADE THE TRIP! It was a weird high, it brings a smile to face just thinking about it. A lot of Sens fans would stop and ask "Are you really from the states? I held my head up high and said Yep, took us about six and half hours to get here. Most would have to congratulate us by shaking our hands (They have SARS up there right...LOL J/K) It was cool. We find our section 219 and the usher starts joking with us. He was very friendly and escorted us to our excellent seats, and leaves us by saying have a good loss AYE to us. Right away an older couple in front of us sparks a friendly conversation up, we exchange THEIR life stories while waiting the 30 mins before the game. With the occasional Sens fan interrupting by the Boo chants (something I later found out that they really, really, really like). Game time!! The visitors Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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