New Jersey is for Believers
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There is no logical reason to pick the Devils to win the Stanley Cup anymore. They’re down 3 games to 1. They were outplayed in all three of those losses and even for most of their lone win. They’re playing a Kings team that is undefeated on the road, sporting a squeaky clean 10-0 record so far this postseason. Right now they have the hottest goaltender in the league, Jonathan Quick, who seriously has the coolest name for a net-minder ever. There is no good reason to pick the Devils.
Yet, I’m still rooting for them. Tonight, you’ll find me glued to my television set, draped in my Brodeur jersey, yelling insults that will fall on deaf ears. I’ll jump off my couch every time a puck narrowly trickles passed the Kings net and let out a long sigh of relief every time Marty makes a sprawling save to keep my boys in the game. I’ll yell at the refs for every bad call and applaud them as heroes every time they send a King to the penalty box. Why? Because I still have hope.
The odds are, I’ll look back on this article in a few days and laugh about my foolish naivety. But, if stats and probability were what really ruled the sporting world, they wouldn’t need to play the game. Los Angeles would be back on the west coast, raising the Stanley Cup, while the Devils sulk and drive home down the Turnpike. At times like these, all you have is hope.
I lived on the other side of this scenario. As a Yankees fan, I know that a 3-0 lead is nothing to hang you’re hat on. I watched my team crumble in such dramatic fashion, it was only fitting for a town that’s home to Broadway. Comebacks like that are impossible. And yet, the Red Sox went to the World Series that year. All Boston had, was hope.
So tonight, I’ll be watching the game and believing in a miracle that I shouldn’t believe in. I’ll chant, “Rangers suck.” I’ll sing along to Gary Glitter’s stadium anthem after each goal. I’ll believe that tonight isn’t the last game of the season. But, no matter the outcome, I’m not losing faith in the Devils.