Thoughts from Section 209… Devils/Kings 2/7/2009

(Good God I gotta do one of these things every other day for the next week… eeeppp!!) So where to start last night??? OK so it was a DUD effort all around in a lot of places… but be honest… going into this weekend if you were told they’d win 2 out of 3 and NOT lose to the Rangers you’d be pole-dancing or something silly like that… so CALM DOWN, they can’t win them all or play 110% all 100% of the time (yes I love those damn commercials!)

the Good:
— Close-enough-to-a-Sellout-game-to-annoy-me-walking-the-concourse against the “who cares” LA Kings… no matter what goofy promotion was going on (and yes as cool and fitting a promotion as the heart awareness thing is… it got downright creepy to read the survivior stories as I was eating the restaurant, also a side note for people not seeing me walk laps… when you do an hour of step aerobics on your Wii Fit that afternoon you kinda skip the arena laps :p)
— Despite not scoring, the Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner still had a heck of a game and was the best line all day (OMG YOU SAID SOMEONE PLAYED WELL AND DIDN’T SCORE A GOAL…. talk about my biggest peeve in hockey… when people in the media pick the 3 stars of the game by going down the stat sheet.. CMON LAZY JOURNALISM!!!)
— Jay Leach did not look like a guy who’s not played in a month and they need to find ways to spot him into the lineup… he’s a solid contributor (Sutter even praised him in the post-game which I listen to on my epic 15 minute drive home)
— I could go either way on this one… but I’m gonna call it a “Good” that Sutter upped and benched Holik/Shanny and Rupp after Holik’s standard bad penalty… kinda sends a message if the hitting line is not hitting, they ain’t playing… they were pretty soft tonight

the Bad:
— Puck night idea:
So I walk in at like 5:40, I get up the steps and I see a BIG line hidden in the corner… I see one of my 209-people there…”what’s this for?” … oh it’s the puck thing??? Look at the line… FUCK THAT… it’s not worth it… boy was I right?? Letting people hoard the pucks and only bringing 500… even when the Devils get it right they get it wrong still!!!
— this game felt like it was two weeks long… hell it was about as painfully long as waiting for the government to give you something you’ve been waiting for since like… October? :p
— The team kinda threw their hands up and said OK WE LOSE… once the Zubrus goal was disallowed (how the hell do you distinctly kick a puck when you’re getting knocked on your ass??)
— I’ve noticed a DISTINCT drop in Scott Clemmensen’s play since they announced Brodeur’s return date… is this coincidence… probably not, the guy sees midnight coming and the Cinderella ball is ending….. not to mention how simply OWNED he got on the penalty shot (in a tiny bit of defense… no one knew this was coming… we went from the sopey stick shuffle thing… to WAIT… PENALTY SHOT… we all knew a goal was coming… well except that few that thought Clemmensen was a shootout goalie specialist back in 2006… no really there were people that thought this!! So … Kevin Weekes on Monday??
— the officiating… I HATE bitching about calls live, because if you think you can see the game better from the second to last row in the building better then the guys on the ice whose job it is… well then you are the greatest deluded egomaniac on the planet… enjoy!! But still it was …. well… kinda spotty (this too is a tread across sports, the NFL officiating was as BAD as I can ever remember it also… even them pro rassling refs… how come they never see the guy’s foot on the ropes!!! :p)

the Funny:
— My Favorite 209 chant of the night….
“HEY WHAT TIME IS IT????
“IT’S TEN TO TWO!!!!!!!!!” (it’s funnier when people around you don’t get it!)
— we’re already loading up on Rangers Suck confetti for Monday!
— the EAT A SALAD chant at the obligatory redhead Ranger fan who sat near 209, be honest what else can a Ranger fan cheer for on this weekend?? But we gotta be nice to the guy…. after all mommy only lets him out of the basement once a week before his 10pm curfew and he chose to come here (and nothing is more nasty then a fat guy in a shirt showing a bit too much belly!)
— sadly there was not too much in the funny department… all the side activities and the long feel of the game killed most of the fun

Thoughts from Section 209….Devils/Thrashers, Nov. 1 2008

Well we have lots of stuff to get to here… let’s split this up:

the Good:
— we pounded on a shitty team… long and hard… and all over again… never have I been so exhausted from yelling… HEY… YOU SUCK like I did all second period!!
— Zach Parise… maybe stepping up from good… to elite level??
— defense was decent today (ok it’s only stopping #17, and Brookbank did bite the big one on the one goal…but when you’re up 6.. it’s ok! And he whipped some ass in a fight like 3 minutes later!)
— WE SCORED ON THE POWER PLAY… and they didn’t!!!!
— Kevin Weekes played stellar considering the situation and circumstances….
— Patrik Elias… welcome back to the score sheet (yes there is room for you on there too lil G!)
— Section 209… oh my God… between the bitch fight with drunk Kelly and the other madness tonight… (http://www.youtube.com/crashliner to see the beer bottle plink-o videos!), damn that was fun tonight!
— Zubrus was AWESOME tonight.. and it’s a disgrace people look at the stat sheet for the 3 stars of the game!

the Bad:
— AGAIN.. in a BLOWOUT game… 8:04 for Bergfors…. 8:10 for Vrana… PLAY THE GODDAMN KIDS MORE… even more so when your key players are OUT… it’s a BLOWOUT game… and you just saw Brodeur go down…there is NO NEED to shorten the bench up 6-0!!!!!!!!!
— as if Marty’s injury wasn’t bad enough… it was a TOTAL DISGRACE that our FRANCHISE PLAYER is being helped off the ice (and BTW.. going on his body language it’s a KNEE not an elbow people)…. THEY HAD THE IDIOT T-SHIRT GUY RUNNING AROUND AND TAKING T-SHIRTS OFF HIS FAT BODY AND THROWING THEM TO THE CROWD… and then to make it worse… IF YOU WERE A FAN JUMPING UP AND DOWN FOR A T-SHIRT… LEAVE THE BUILDING NOW… NEVER COME BACK… you are a flat out DISGRACE of a sports fan, FORGET HOCKEY and you never belong at a sporting event AGAIN… period!! (I am serious about this… this is a total disgrace on the team and the fans behalf… yes I bash him and want to play less because I KNOW we need him at his BEST in April, May and JUNE) and I’m going mild on this because they want me to keep my swearing down here… I hate you all who jumped up and I was screaming this at the game… HEY ASSHOLES YOUR FRANCHISE IS LIMPING OFF THE ICE AND YOU’RE PANDERING FOR A T-SHIRT!!! UNACCEPTABLE!!!!

Really not much else to say… good luck Weekes on Monday!!!