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Callagraves 11-24-2011 02:35 AM

How do you characterize our Rivals?
 
The Atlantic Division is pretty competitive. In a few years time, it's imaginable that all 5 teams will have a shot at the playoffs.

It's also pretty bitter. There's a lot of history between these teams, and the rivalries that have emerged are almost story-like. Or perhaps their only in the heads of fans who link reality to fiction. Either way, I'm curious to see how this board views our New York Rangers rivalries.


New Jersey Devils: The Hudson River Rivalry
Born out of playoff encounters, the fans of both teams quickly embraced a chance to do battle with each other. Often times, it seems that fans of the Devils hate the Rangers more than they like the Devils! They will of course, counter that such an opinion is typical of a New Yorker, thinking they're the center of the universe. What started as bitter hatred has devolved into a state acceptance of a worthy opponent, though sparks have still been known to fly if a game gets heated. The exception, of course, would be Sean Avery and Martin Brodeur. As long as either of these players are in the game, expect the fans to get involved just as much, if not more than the players themselves.

New York Islanders: The Battle for New York.
Much like New Jersey, it seems impossible for two teams based so close to each other to not have a certain amount of friction. The two teams meet and battle for the right to call themselves New York's team. To an Islander's fan, it's David vs Goliath. The Island vs the Big Bad City (and the Hudson Valley). To a Rangers fan, it's New York's definitive team, squashing down their red headed step cousin.

The Pittsburgh Penguins: The Big Market Battle
With Pittsburgh's recent unarguable success, led by their impossibly polarizing captain Sidney Crosby, backed up by a remarkably solid team, The Rangers find themselves the expected underdog of every match up. More than content to play the David, instead of the Goliath, the recent match-ups between these two teams have been more and more heated. This is aided by Pittsburgh's reputation of "Bettman's favorite team", accusations of favoritism, and even conspiracy. Also involved: Matt Cooke. Often very close games, won either by a single goal, overtime or even a shootout, The Penguins require New York to play to the best of their abilities, to which the Rangers gladly oblige.

The Philadelphia Flyers: Broadway vs Broad St.
If not for the existence of The Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia could be considered New York's greatest sports Rival. This rivalry has been the most bitter and vicious in recent years, replacing the Hudson River Rivalry. The fanbases in particular seem unanimous in their hatred for the other, and the players seem to take a bump from the other team a bit more personally than normal. Fights are hardly uncommon, with events like agitator Carcillo's fight with sniper Marion Gaborik, or Sean Avery's fight with Matt Carle serving to further the bad blood. With 2010's shootout for the playoffs, the rivalry came to a head, with the Flyers emerging the winner, and proceeding to make their way to the cup finals. Despite winning the majority of their matchups the following year, the Rangers managed to embarrass the Flyers on national TV with a 7-0 win, and would later beat Philadelphia in a shootout, acquiring a vital point, which would later put NY in the playoffs. With the Winter Classic taking place between the two teams, it's safe to say that the rivalry will only become more and more intense, not to mention the now orange wearing, former captain of the Rangers, Jaromir Jagr.

What's your take?

Callagraves 11-24-2011 05:38 AM

...I guess I got drunk and went on a rant about the Atlantic division.

Oh well. Make of it what you will.

ChrisKreider20 11-24-2011 11:22 AM

Sorry, I threw up in my mouth a bit when I saw "Pittsburgh" and "Big Market" in the same sentence...

Crease 11-24-2011 11:41 AM

It's funny, the rivalries have changed over the years for me. Keep in mind I'm only 25 so I don't have any reference to the bad blood between rivals in the 70s and 80s.

If you asked me today what game I'd rather see live it would be:

1. Flyers

2. Penguins

3. Islanders

4. Devils

Clowes Line 11-24-2011 11:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crease (Post 39900043)
It's funny, the rivalries have changed over the years for me. Keep in mind I'm only 25 so I don't have any reference to the bad blood between rivals in the 70s and 80s.

If you asked me today what game I'd rather see live it would be:

1. Flyers

2. Penguins

3. Islanders

4. Devils

1. Islanders

2. Flyers

3. Devils

4. Penguins

Killem Dafoe 11-24-2011 12:29 PM

your drunk typing is amazing.

Machinehead 11-24-2011 12:44 PM

I guess I'll always be the only one who puts the Pens at #1. I'm fine with that, it feels kinda good :handclap:

Callagraves 11-24-2011 01:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jagrcantakeyou (Post 39901891)
your drunk typing is amazing.

It's from being a philosophy major. Many, many papers have been written after several glasses of whatever. At a certain point, my grammar actually improves.

Bird Law 11-24-2011 01:17 PM

I characterize them all the same: A bunch of losers with fans that I can't stand and teams I wish didn't exist.

Crease 11-24-2011 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jonathan. (Post 39903557)
I characterize them all the same: A bunch of losers with fans that I can't stand and teams I wish didn't exist.

That would make for crappy rivalries. ;)

Callagraves 11-24-2011 02:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crease (Post 39903591)
That would make for crappy rivalries. ;)

...to be fair, if the Devils didn't exist, we might have Parise.....

Clowes Line 11-24-2011 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Callagraves (Post 39905831)
...to be fair, if the Devils didn't exist, we might have Parise.....

I think you mean if Hugh Jessiman didn't exist we might have Parise :naughty:

DrAStuart 11-24-2011 02:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jonathan. (Post 39903557)
I characterize them all the same: A bunch of losers with fans that I can't stand and teams I wish didn't exist.

"The greatest trick the Devils ever pulled was convincing the Rangers they did not exist."
-- Keyser Soze :laugh:

mucker* 11-24-2011 03:53 PM

When I was growing up in the 90s this was the rivalry hierarchy:

1. Islanders. Never forget the 80s, and unlike the Devils, if they win, they do draw (I think).
2. Flyers. Very dirty team, large fanbase.
3. Devils. Third because if they win, like the tree in the forest, does anybody care?

With that said, I think all the Rangers rivals have died down some.
None have the intensity of the 90s.

Ail 11-24-2011 04:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DrAStuart (Post 39906607)
"The greatest trick the Devils ever pulled was convincing the Rangers they did not exist."
-- Keyser Soze :laugh:

:laugh:

Nice.

CHGoalie27 11-24-2011 04:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HagelinForPresident (Post 39905875)
I think you mean if Hugh Jessiman didn't exist we might have Parise :naughty:

I snotted my milk!

darko 11-24-2011 07:18 PM

Hated - Pens
Hated - Flyers
They can rot in hell - Isles and Devils

IBleedNYRBlue 11-24-2011 07:24 PM

Flyers
Devils
Pens

Im only 20 so wasn't around when the Isles rivalry was at it's best. I still hate the Isles but not nearly as much as the three above.

McMonster 11-24-2011 07:59 PM

Flyers-Rangers is the only rivalry I enjoy and actually care about

WheresBarnaby 11-25-2011 08:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NYRfan68 (Post 39899365)
Sorry, I threw up in my mouth a bit when I saw "Pittsburgh" and "Big Market" in the same sentence...

I did too lol- but if you think of it in the sense that the whole league seems to revolve around Crosby then it kinda makes sense.

Killem Dafoe 11-25-2011 09:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Callagraves (Post 39903407)
It's from being a philosophy major. Many, many papers have been written after several glasses of whatever. At a certain point, my grammar actually improves.

very cool major by the way. and i'm very impressed, i could have used you in college. lol

Killem Dafoe 11-25-2011 09:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HagelinForPresident (Post 39905875)
I think you mean if Hugh Jessiman didn't exist we might have Parise :naughty:

this made me cry. im crying now.

morffin 11-25-2011 12:34 PM

NJ= Childish Franchise...will never forgive them for putting 19,040 as the seating cap at the swamp.

Fishsticks= Everything wrong with suburbia.

Flyers= Goons ...the franchise that almost singlehandedly killed the sport.

Penguins = Special Needs Franchise ...The Pittsburgh Bettmans.

For us old timers

Bruins= Red Sox with skates.

Callagraves 11-25-2011 06:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WheresBarnaby (Post 39925915)
I did too lol- but if you think of it in the sense that the whole league seems to revolve around Crosby then it kinda makes sense.

That's really what i was going for. Hockey gets more than it's fair amount of attention in Pitt, as well.

RangersDif 11-25-2011 07:19 PM

My ranking of how much I hate teams in the Eastern Conference:

1. Pittsburgh - I bet Bettman jacks off to Crosby
2. Philadelphia - Like morffin said; goons.
3. NY Islanders - A joke now, but it's the New York battle
4. New Jersey - The most disgusting team ever
5. Montreal - Most annoying fans ever
6. Washington - Ugliest Russian ever
7. Boston - I dunno, I just don't like 'em
8. Carolina - Probably since last year and Eric Staal
9. Toronto - Nope, never liked them
10. Ottawa - They're OK I guess
11. Tampa Bay - Same here, but boring
12. Buffalo - Buffalo, New York?
13. Winnipeg - Like them more than Atlanta for some reason
14. Florida - So what?


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