The New Jersey Devils are finally finding some success and with Tuesdays win over Tampa Bay they have now earned points in each of their first four home games (2-0-2). But while the Devils are playing well in front of their fans, somethings not right. And it has a lot of the Devils Army members irked.
When the new Devils owner, Joshua Harris, mentioned a “new era of Devils hockey” in his press conference back in August he apparently really meant it, as the goal song has been the biggest and most significant change as far as the in-arena experience is concerned.
For years it’s been Gary Glitter that fills the arena following a Devils goal. He’s been there for three Stanley Cups and the fans even had a routine in which they clap along to Rock and Roll Part 2 before pumping their arm up in victory.
But while the team is winning games, they aren’t necessarily winning over the fanbase.
Over the last few games the Devils have introduced new goal songs to the Prudential Center crowd, narrowing the final vote down to three songs that visitors of the Devils website can now vote on.
Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes
Righteous Smoke by Monster Truck
The Whip by Locksley
One of those three songs will be the new goal song for the rest of the season and beyond at Devils home games, but not all of the options are pleasing those that spend money and want their tradition back.
“Fan experience matters.Tradition matters.Also, we hate change.” Rob Barra, a Devils supporter since 1983 Tweeted and many fans are sharing the same sentiment.
Either the new group of owners in charge don’t care or they are completely oblivious to the anger Devils fans are feeling about the whole situation.
While there are a group of fans that just want this to all go away and move on, there is a bigger group visibly unhappy with what has transpired.
Judging by the reaction, which has been goals followed by booing from the home crowd, the new owners being unaware is highly unlikely. In fact their inability to block out the displeasure is why the fans are doing it in the first place.
“I fully support our fan base’s use of booing,” Barra told ventwing.com. “It’s really the only form of protest that can’t be ignored.”
For now though, the 13,500 fans in attendance have been ignored and whether that will change at some point remains to be seen. In the meantime, Devils fans might want to start choreographing a new routine, because the days of fist pumping with Gary Glitter look to be behind them.
Let us know how you feel about the song change and what ways you have found to voice your opinion. Have you called, e-mailed or Tweeted the Devils to let them know you’re unhappy? Were you ignored? Is it childish to keep whining about? Answer or rant below in our comments section, we know you have more than 140 characters of feelings bottled up!