Thoughts from Section 209…. Devils vs Mickey Mouse Club, 3/12/09!

Well that was a fun little beat down last night wasn’t it?? kinda what the doctor ordered!! And anytime we can shit on Wayne Gretzky for 2+ hours and be RIGHT… it’s all good!!!

the Good:
— Zach Parise in 14 seconds… and it’s over?? Holy Shit even Todd lasted longer :p
— all 4 lines scored, nice to see this team flex it’s depth!!
— mb30 had to WORK some in the 3rd period (it was like Gretzky had bet the over and had to work to get the 6.5 over/under!)… but again the last game goal was annoying (Clemmy scared the shit out of me but his only reward this year seems the Jennings Trophy and as much as I HATE regular-season awards I wanna see mb30 go up there and have to thank Clemmy for being the reason we got this!)
— Bryce Salvador… great all around game (seems to be liking like with Havelid) and he was ROBBED of the 3rd star last night!
— oh the fights were 5-stars tonight… a LOUD and clear message… DO NOT FUCK WITH THE TIME HONORED TRADITION OF FIGHTING IN THE NHL!!!!!!!!!!!

the Bad:
— Brett Russo and our National Anthem… it’s like almost as bad as letting Wayne Gretzky be a hockey coach!!! (that team should be WAY better then 14th, admit it!)
— not too much… taking it easy after scoring 2 goals on 3 shots and letting the Mouseketters get back in the game off a power play goal… mere annoyance!
— umm… feel bad for the girl who brought the WE BELIEVE IN WEEKES sign… poor kid… never again :p
— my laps have sped up to the point around the arena that the bored to death vendors think I am somehow cheating because I can walk a quarter mile in 3 minute 30??

the Funny:
— and was there!!! Changing the chant from PHOENIX SUCKS… to GRETZKY SUCKS (my little moment of fun and boy was it amusing!!!)
— as per 209 tradition… Pete gets nice and sauced before each game and likes to heckle the other team’s goalie…. but he’s sauced so tough names like… AULD… becaome hard for him… so it’s usually… hey Scott… who’s the goalie??? he asks me tonight… and I’m like… fuck…. ummm… I don’t know!!!!!
So he pauses for a second (this has never happened in my 2 seasons of going….)

“HEY GOALIE YOU SUCK SO BAD EVEN SCOTT DOESN’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!”

(you knew it was a matter of time before I jumped into other things besides wanting to see $2000 a night shirt tossing douche boy die painfully!!!)

I think called him Torchbag once too???
— and of course… the old 99 heckling…. all osrts of goodness came out…
mouse ears…..”Mickey Mouse song fests with angry Gretzky comments”
“HEY GRETZKY YOU SUCK AND I HOPE YOU BET ON YOUR OWN TEAM!!!!”
… and of course the 3rd period serenade of “It’s a small world after all”… that was nice!!

man I hope that arrogant prick really hates coming to our building!!!! 🙂
— and what’s scarier is with the NJDevs Bar Crawl and St. Patty’s day… oh … my… god is Tuesday gonna be a cluster fuck!!!!! (can’t wait!!)

I Just Couldn’t Resist.

Clearly, I need not remind you that updates around here have been few and far between this off-season. So given the fact that I am suffering from a writer’s block that could easily be mistaken for the after-effects of a lobotomy, you could imagine how I reacted when I read this.

It was too good to be true… just the thing I needed to get myself going!

But where oh where do I begin?? Maybe I should compliment the author on his prodigious use of the English language and befitting grammar. Perhaps I could chalk his argument up to the rose-tinted glasses he so blatantly dons. Tempting? Yes. However, doing so is far too pellucid. That being the case, allow me to generalize my rebuttal: Michael M. Ramos, you are a cretin.

use it, don't abuse it!

I should have halted my eyes when I realized that the opening argument against New Jersey was the ol’ “Mickey Mouse” comment. (Although I can’t blame the poor chap, it was either that or the infamous attendance crack…). Granted that 1983-84 season was dismal… but since tallying 7 Division Titles, 4 Conference Championships, 3 Stanley Cups, and a four-year winning streak over the New York Rangers, I think it’s time to put that comment to bed, eh? If those credentials make the Devils a “Mickey Mouse” franchise, then the New York Rangers should be branded as the NHL equivalent of John Holmes with Erectile Dysfunction — nothing more than a marquee name that can’t live up to the glitz and glamor.

As if citing a 25-year-old Wayne Gretzky faux-pas wasn’t bad enough, now we have to deal with the Barry Melrose factor. First of all… the words “Barry” and “Melrose” are meant to be used solely in conjunction with “pompous ass” at all times. Yes, Mr. Melrose did make a comment to the effect of “Don’t carry your wallet with you when visiting Newark“. But how convenient of you, Michael, to conveniently forget to mention the part about Barry admitting, after the fact, that he had never even been to Prudential Center and thusly accepted a tour of the city from Mayor Corey Booker that he thoroughly enjoyed. I guess it’s fitting you find his words worthwhile.

On a somewhat related note, the “closing” of Prudential Center this summer that you refer to was merely due to technicalities because of documents not being turned in on time, not for “endangering the lives of all those who attend.”

Wow…all this, and we haven’t even hit the ice yet!

Now, I cannot sit here and say to you with a straight face that I am not disappointed by watching the likes of Scott Niedermayer, Brian Rafalski, and Scott Gomez leave the team after such memorable moments. What I can say to you, is that they (with the exception of Niedermayer) left for a big paycheck elsewhere. I would rather have a group of guys that are willing to compete fiercely every shift for a shot at glory than have a roster full of Scott Gomez’s that feel they deserve a $10 million paycheck for 13 goals. While I admit that Lou Lamoriello hasn’t exactly struck gold in the FA market since the lockout, and I won’t sit here and feed you some bullsh!t about me liking Vlad Malakhov, I will point out how you graciously opted to ignore the addition of Brian Rolston not even a month ago. Not a wise move. Not a wise move at all.

Others like Grant Marshall, Brad Lukowich, and Richard Matvichuk were victims of the new Salary-Cap era, not roster eviscerations. Speaking of the Salary Cap, I’d be a little worried if I were you, Mr. Ramos, as it seems that the Rangers have over $145 million combined tied up in 5 players until the 2013-2014 season. Not to mention The Rangers will be paying Bobby Holik even more than we are this season, and he’ll be playing for US! What were you saying about ludicrous signings? 2002 wasn’t that long ago.

It’s obvious that down in Lowell things haven’t been all roses, but saying that the team is filled with “old AHL players without any chance to make it to the NHL” is a little much… I mean, you did just sign Aaron Voros didn’t you?? Delving further into the minor leagues, I’d like to point out that the Trenton Devils of the ECHL will not be kicked out of their building… it is nothing more than a rumor. And a weak one at that.

Allow me to end this with some blogger-to-blogger advice… An article meant to ridicule a rival that is devoid of facts and supporting arguments is about as effective as a mesh condom. The next time you are going to write a whole bunch of smack, it might be a good idea to at least do your homework.