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Friday, April 16, 2010


I've seen a lot of debate on line today about the crowd and the atmosphere at the Prudential Center.

As someone who sits in the building for these Flyers-Devils games, I think I can speak on this subject with some authority.

The atmosphere at the Rock stinks.

It's depressing, for the sport of hockey, to have a playoff game with a bevy of unoccupied seats.

The Devils' announced a sell out for Game 1. It was a crock. They may have sold the seats, but the actual numbers in attendance were far less.

There were whole rows of seats empty. There were sections with sporadic attendance the entire game.

Oh, and the fans sit on their hands far too much.

That's not to say Devils' fans in attendance are bad hockey fans, they're just not passionate. There's a big difference.

Walk into Bell Centre in Montreal or the Verizon Center in Washington and you can't hear yourself think... in pre-game warmups.... for a regular season game.

Those fan bases are loud, boisterous, and know how to have a good time at a hockey game. They also give their team a decided home ice advantage.

Not in New Jersey.

Nope. The Rock is dead. There are always a large contingent of Flyers' fans who travel to nearby arenas, but nowhere are they louder than New Jersey. That's because although they might infiltrate Washington or Madison Square Garden in New York, the hometown fans do a fine job of drowning them out.

Not in New Jersey.

And this is nothing new. The Devils have always had a below-bar environment. From their days at the cavernous Meadowlands Arena that had a variety of names - most notably Brendan Byrne Arena - it always seemed the visiting Philadelphians were much more cacophonous.

The Prudential Center is a fine arena. It's a huge upgrade over the Devils' previous home. The seats are comfortable. The amenities are far superior. The concourses are open and spacious.

But, the atmosphere has not changed.

Yes, those were chants for Boucher you heard coming through your television sets, not Devils' fans voicing their displeasure in their team's Game 1 defeat.

So, in my mind, there is no debate. Playoff hockey should have a unique environment. One that is electric, anxiety-driven, and full of raw emotion.

It is practically everywhere else.

Just, not in New Jersey.


Anonymous CJ said...

Maybe instead of posting a picture against the SENATORS you should post a picture of the crowd that was actually at that game!

Or would that defeat your whole purpose of how many Flyers were ACTUALLY in attendance?

April 16, 2010 at 2:52 PM 
Anonymous Frenchy said...

I like the fact that you tagged a picture of a game between the Devils and the Senators.

Last time I checked, the Devils were playing the Flyers in game #1 last wednesday.

This article is written by someone that has no clue whatsoever.

Thanks for the laughs !!!

April 16, 2010 at 2:54 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come down from the cavernous press box on the roof and maybe you can get a hard rock to the skull.

April 16, 2010 at 2:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so smart, You are so smart, S-m-r-t, I Mean S-m-a-r-r-t

April 16, 2010 at 3:03 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sir are a fucking idiot

April 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have fun hoisting those attendance banners Philly, because we all know you have been unable to hoist anything else since the Ford administration.

April 16, 2010 at 3:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Die in a fire, you idiot. Philly sucks. Horrible place to live, work, procreate. You and that wretched town deserve each other.

April 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah good point, Newark is a much better place to do all those things. Haha. Did you watch the game? you wouldn't see any empty lower level seats in Philly. Maybe they were all late getting to the Rock though. God knows it can be tough to get past those muggers in Newark.

April 16, 2010 at 3:24 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what Flyers fans do when the other team media complains about us? We embrace it, prove them wrong and move on with our lives. Ask the Washington post (that's why we are all Megadeath roadies now) . We don't focus on something like a picture that happens to be wrong in the article like little girls. But hey you guys keep pretending those were boos and not Boosh chants. You keep laughing at the article and we'll keep laughing at the fact that your "sell out" crowd is apparently sitting at home saying, "oh was that tonight?". Pathetic

April 16, 2010 at 3:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some very harsh words in the comment sections. Sounds like some people don't like to be told they suck as fans. Why don't you buy some tickets jerkoffs so the Flyers don't have any more 'home' games in Newark if you don't like it? By the way...Newark is a P.O.S. town.

April 16, 2010 at 3:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You suck at blogging!

April 16, 2010 at 3:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, as a NON-Devils, NON-Flyers fan, you're full of crap. But regardless, if you are going to post a bullshit article insulting the Devils crowd versus the Flyers, that's fine...but if you actually wanna try and prove your bullshit point, try posting a pic of them at least PLAYING against the Flyers (Even if it's a preseason game pic,) not against the SENATORS you Douche bag McPhuckTard!

April 16, 2010 at 3:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, we can't all be Killadelphia, where even soft-spoken wuss Marvin Harrison has to turn into a murderer, in order to survive.

April 16, 2010 at 3:39 PM 
Blogger Awesome1612 said...

You are one fucking dumb shit, No one reads this blog except when you put absolute bullshit and lies, enjoy your stupid shit Flyers when they lose the series.

You don't know anything about hockey or attendance rates, and your wasting your time by blogging about this shit.

I'm just reminding you how much of a dumbass you are, I wish I could meet you in real life as I'd beat the fucking shit out of you, fucking dork that probably got beat up in high school.

April 16, 2010 at 3:42 PM 
Anonymous Frenchy said...

This article was written by a rookie. For those of you who think it's a Philly Vs Newark battle needs to get their head checks.

It's about two hockey teams and not two city's for crying out loud and when someone craps all over my team with no solid facts (see pic of Devils Vs Sens), that guy should've wrote a article on stamp collecting or something cause he has no idea what he's talking about and trust me, I can take criticisme when it's warranted but this is just garbage.

April 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're so credible that you used a pic from maybe two years ago against the Ottawa Senators to "back up" your story. And I don't know if you were actually at the game(doubt it) but the place sounded loud in the beginning. Not the fans' fault the team gave them nothing to cheer for.

April 16, 2010 at 3:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy your sellouts in Philly. Your last Cup picture was in Black and White.

April 16, 2010 at 3:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The newest NHL conspiracy, Bettman doesn't want NJ to win. Games will be rigged because the NHL fears that if the Devils were to win the cup, Lord Stanley would be stripped for parts to be sold to a Newark chop shop during the parade.

April 16, 2010 at 3:52 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does he really need a pic to back up his story???? Just turn on the TV tonight and you can see what he is talking about. I say turn on the TV because you weak ass fans won't be in attendence.
I also love how you people try to attack Philly, but then say its about 2 teams when someone stands up for Philly.

April 16, 2010 at 3:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Devils win a cup...and no one is around to see it....did they really win it?

April 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um..I DID watch the game the other night, and the place looked pretty full to me, with a lot of Devil fans, and this is coming from a fan of NEITHER team! I actually hate both teams, but unlike the tool writing this so called article, I can be objective!

April 16, 2010 at 4:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry if Philly fans come to our games. They live in the same state for god's sake.

And like many people pointed out, why don't you use a picture from the topic at hand instead of a game against the Senators.

Not sure what the purpose of this article was. To call us out on not being passionate? Were we supposed to be passionate about our team not scoring?

April 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words cannot even express how dumb this article is.

April 16, 2010 at 4:38 PM 
Anonymous 17,625 Devils Fans said...

1. You posted a picture of a snowstorm game from 2 years ago. Sorry that we dont show up to a game with 2 feet of snow on the ground. I understand your team hasnt won dog dick since the 70s but stop making stuff up.
17,000 fans in Red. Flyers fans, where you at buddies?
3. Tell the Flyers fans that we dont play at the Meadowlands anymore because there was about 30 here tonight, die in a car fire you biased schmuck.
4. You live in Delaware. I am sorry man. I take solace in the fact that no one reads anything blogged by a zilch who lives in the state who's only purpose involves collecting tolls from people in interesting states.

April 17, 2010 at 12:07 AM 
Anonymous Anthony Cumia said...

Flyers fans, where are you?

Hellloooo, sold out Devils building asking where the invasion went.


I would expect a douche bag blogger from the country's most boring state to use a picture from 2 years ago that was during a snow storm.

Delaware makes North Dakota look like Vegas and the Flyers "fans" who "showed up" at the Rock tonight were incredible weak. All 20 of you got drowned out by red. Deal with it.

April 17, 2010 at 12:13 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Did this idiot see the devils playoff crowd tonight? Very few floppers fans there. Sold out and loud as piss. Ouch. Carry on with the ignorant rambling blog boy!!

April 17, 2010 at 12:30 AM 
Anonymous 35 years and counting. said...

I hope Pelle Lindbergh drives you home after writing yet another retarded blog you stupid inbred shitdick. Because we don't celebrate terrorism in our stands and throw explosives at visiting teams we're "soft". That noise and those stupid pumpkin shirts sure have led to a lot of post season success in the last 35 years, huh?

April 17, 2010 at 12:41 AM 
Anonymous LindrosHeadache said...
I guess the shifty Flyers fans disguised themselves in red Devils jerseys and were so clever that they rooted for the Devils too!

Not an empty seat at the Rock tonight, and barely any orange. I guess Philly fans were too busy at court, fending off a battery or incest charge.

I hope to hear more stories about Flyers fans stabbing each other after the Devils take you fairies out in 5 after we exposed your AHL goaltender tonight.

Oh yeah. Delaware
A blog, from Delaware.


You're from Delaware. Dont say "Philly Suburbs". Delaware.


Go Devils.

April 17, 2010 at 12:41 AM 
Anonymous Steve Cangolosi said...

Shat Skar

Anthony is a homo and the Rock was filled with red tonight.

Shat Skar

April 17, 2010 at 1:04 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like when people say i hate both teams to try to make themselves seem bias free. bs if you hate both teams why are you in a random blog that you would only find if searching for info and articles about other teams. Godd try at making yourself credible though

April 17, 2010 at 2:24 AM 
Anonymous Ted P said...

Well, Anthony, it looks like a lot of outsiders (who don't even know where your paper is from!) chipped in on this issue.

I'm a regular Times reader. I think you're totally right.

In the early 1990's I lived in central New Jersey and had partial Devils season tickets. As in so many arenas, the farther you get from the ice, the more passionate and loyal the fans are.

I like to visit an NHL arena that is new to me each season, and last November I visited Centre Bell. Wow. Now THAT'S a hockey atmosphere I'll never forget. And it was a regular-season game against Columbus!

I don't think the Wachovia Center atmosphere is what it was. Granted, I saw the Minnesota game last March.

I love your columns, Anthony. You know what's going on! I'm new to visiting the blog but I just might come around more.

April 17, 2010 at 12:46 PM 
Anonymous Zubrus said...

Where his paper is from is irrelevant, Delaware County or Delaware, both are nothing areas of the this area.

Second, he called out Devils fans, posted a nonsense picture of a snowstorm crowd from two years ago and used that as his basis for calling the Rock "dead".

Last night, this happened.
Every seat filled, red, and loud. Even the TSN Canadian media calling the game giving kudos to Devils fans for how loud the place was.

Someone who writes for a newspaper should not be a skinned knee little biased bitch like Anthony SanFliawhatever, having to make stuff up just because his rival knows how to win championship and his team doesnt. Devils fans showed up last night, where were all the South Jersey Flyers fans? Izod Center?

There is a reason this guy writes for a nothing rag of a paper, he is no better than a fat, illiterate Flyers fan from the upper deck of the Wachovia Center.

April 17, 2010 at 12:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted P had Devils season tickets in the early 90's, so he has a ton of credibility when it comes to hockey 20 years later, right?

Get a clue Ted. Welcome to the 21st century.

April 17, 2010 at 7:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blogger proves himself as a hack by not even responding. I wonder if he covered his eyes and ears during game 2 as the 17,000 Devils fans in attendance at the "dead" Rock shook the place out of its foundation. All of this while the weak ass "invasion" of Philly fans heading towards the Turnpike once Kovalchuk iced it.

I guess 30 plus years of misery makes you a biased douche.


April 17, 2010 at 9:22 PM 
Anonymous 1975 said...

April 18, 2010 at 3:46 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loud as piss? You should have that checked out. Doesn't sound good to me.

April 19, 2010 at 5:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, Devils fans are so dumb that they are enjoying making jokes about the blog being a Delaware blog. They can't even figure our that it's Delaware County, PA. The PA stands for Pennsylvania. By the way, the abbreviation for Delaware is DE. I guess if it's not written on your team's jersey you wouldn't know. It says right at the top - "Serving Delaware County, PA"

April 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like anyone cares whether it's Delaware, PA or the state of Delaware...the bottom line is biased Flyer trash..and this is again, coming from a non-Devil fan!

April 19, 2010 at 10:36 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those, "I'm not even a Devil's fan" lines are not making your case any stronger.

I've been to both arenas a ton of times. The Devils fans aren't as passionate. Part of the problem is there are only 2 people in the world who were Devils fans before 1995. They were all Ranger fans before the jumped on the band wagon.

I got tickets to the 1st 2 games in NJ, no problems, good price right before game 1. It's always been like that in NJ. Try getting tix in Philly cheap.

April 21, 2010 at 9:47 AM 

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