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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Royalty w/o 3/14 in review‏

After work Monday night I went to Newark, NJ to see the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics visit the Prudential Center to play the Nets.

There were plenty of New Englanders in the sold out building to see their Celtics play on the road.

The last time the King and I saw the Nets play the Celtics was in Boston on February 27, 2010. We managed to see the Nets get a rare win too.

Ironically on this night the Nets did it again. This time they hung tough most of the game and they pulled away late to escape with a 88-79 victory.

Those who came in special for the game had a very long ride home.

Tuesday night after work I went back to the "Rock". This time to see the red hot Devils host the Atlanta Thrashers as the playoff push continued.

This game was similar to the one we saw in Edmonton last month with the Thrashers. They took a 2-0 lead and they went on to blow it as the Devils scored four unanswered goals including an empty net one with hardly any time remaining. Just before that the Thrashers almost tied the game but after looking at the replay it was confirmed the puck was knocked in with a high stick.

Wednesday night I went home after work to catch up on rest since they were no games in the area to attend.

Thursday night I went to Madison Square Garden to see the Knicks entertain the Memphis Grizzlies.

More importantly, I was able to visit my buddy Eric Hasseltine, the radio announcer for the Grizzlies. Stay tuned because I'm going to do a special post about him.

As for the game, since it was St. Patrick's Day the crowd was rather rowdy. I had a few idiots who stood up most of the night for no good reason.

Luckily the game was one sided so I was able to tolerate the distraction for the most part.

The Knicks easily cruised to the 120-99 win. The Grizzlies came in clinging to the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

They played without their best player, Rudy Gay.

Friday night I went back to Newark to see the Devils play. It was cool because they wore their old retro jerseys from their inception in NJ back in 1982.

Unfortunately for the Devils they played like the teams that wore those sweaters on a regular basis.

The Devils wound up getting shut out by the surging Washington Capitals 3-0 despite having a sellout crowd.

We did get treated because for this special occasion they brought back their original public address announcer, Bob Arsena.

It was great to hear his voice again behind the mic. He was the voice of the Devils from 1982-2005.

Stay tuned as I'll go into detail regarding our getaway to Norfolk, Virginia and Washington D.C. over the weekend.

I'll be doing some special posts so please bear with me.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

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