I'm Cordially Inviting Mr. Cammalleri And Mr. Severson To My Christmas Party And I Won't Take No For An Answer
So it's safe to say that the New Jersey Devils Dad's Trip was a wild success. Not only did they get three out of four points, but they did something that hasn't been done in decades. The New Jersey Devils actually showed the human side of their players. I love Lou Lamoriello, and I appreciate the foundation he built in New Jersey, but the fact of the matter is that we live in a society that is predicated upon pulling the covers back. As much as I appreciated what made Devils hockey so successful over the last 20 years, the closed door policy in term's of social media became all too antiquated as technology progressed. Sure, it leaves you vulnerable to public relations disasters, but when done right, social media can make hockey season much more exciting for the fans and players alike. What has made the Devils resurgence this season so much fun is not only the wins, although that certainly hasn't hurt, but also getting a look at the team not only as hockey players, but as people. The Devils opening their doors and giving the team fathers a look into their son's lives, as well as giving the fans a look at the family dynamic between the players and their dads is just another step in the right direction for this franchise. As of last year, being a Devils fan was an 82 night per year experience instead of the year long experience it is now. It's cool seeing things like Joe Henrique basking in the glory of his son's early season success, and that's something we have never been privy to until now.
Now that we have discussed the logistics of it all, let's get into the real take away from this trip, and that is that I have named Mr. Cammalleri and Mr. Severson my honorary uncles. Never, in all my life, have I been more excited to see two grown men that I have never spoken a word to gleefully wrestling at a sporting event. It gave me visions of Mr. Severson making a couple inappropriate jokes at dinner and Mr. Cammalleri breaking the awkward silence with a 'cheers'. I could already see Mr. Severson getting a little too drunk, bumping into a vase, and Mr. Cammalleri swooping in to catch it before it shattered into a million pieces and put an unceremonious end to the party. I got to be honest, Mike Cammalleri is in the middle of a ridiculous hot streak, and Damon Severson made a great pass to him to seal a victory last night, but I might just be more intrigued by their fathers. Only one weekend and they already feel comfortable enough to get physical with each other? These two are a match made in heaven. Hey Johnny Mac and Deb Placey, kick rocks. There's a new tag team in town, and they may never relinquish the belt. These two need air time like I need air to breathe. Their oozing personality all over the place, and they can't possibly be worse public speakers than the people the Devils already have doing the games. Whatever, maybe that's a debate for after the season, but the more pressing issue is that I need some addresses. These Christmas party invites to two of the best guys that I don't know aren't going to deliver themselves.
P.S. Naillllled it...