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Disenchanting: Puddy, the big Devils fan from Seinfeld, also likes the Kings

May 18, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

Pretty funny piece here from the Wall Street Journal about Patrick Warburton, the actor that played David Puddy on Seinfeld.

Puddy was many things: Mechanic-turned-car salesman (not a grease monkey), Arby’s enthusiast, devout Christian and a face-painting, Brodeur-jersey-wearing, rabid New Jersey Devils fan.

But now, according to the WSJ, Puddy’s allegiance is compromised.

While he was born in New Jersey, Warburton actually grew up in Southern California…

The Devils and Rangers are back at it in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals, stirring those mid-90s memories. Brodeur, now 40, was the winning goalie in Wednesday night’s 3-2 Devils win in Game 2. Warburton is one of the stars of the CBS sitcom “Rules of Engagement,” and has done voice work for numerous productions including “Family Guy.”

But he still feels a fond connection to Jersey’s hockey franchise. Warburton has noticed that the Los Angeles Kings may be on their way to this season’s Stanley Cup; as a kid, he attended a bunch of Kings games. But rooting against the Devils would be tough, he admitted.

“Yes, it will certainly tear at my allegiances,” Warburton said. He wondered out loud if he could get away with painting his face half Devils red, half Kings black.

“Can you do that?” Warburton asked.

Thankfully, Warburton said there was no way he could ever paint his face like that.

High five.

  1. shutyourfivehole - May 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    A Kings fan? Argh. In Puddy’s own words: “You’re goin’ to hell”.

  2. ron05342 - May 18, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I was at the Kings game last night, and a fan there was wearing a half-Ranger, half-Kings jersey. No fooling.

    There were too many people crowded around him asking questions, so I didn’t bother. You see it all in the playoffs, and the crowd at Staples has gotten increasingly stranger as the Kings have moved on from round to round.

    • jimw81 - May 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      wow, what an exciting and supportive fan base.

    • blomfeld - May 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Ron – that’s an interesting observation. LA’s a big town and it sure has it’s fair share of “different” types, eh ? … perhaps even more than it’s fair share ? Last year here in Vancouver, I vividly recall the almost “surreal” atmosphere among the general population right about this time. Toddlers, little old ladies, bus drivers, house wives, plumbers, you name it … they were all “Canuck” crazed, with many appearing to be “possessed” by some demonic force ? A neighbor of mine who is a “quiet and kindly” lady of about seventy, was a typical example of this phenomena. Despite not being a hockey fan herself, this particular woman literally morphed into a crazed “lunatic” during the course of the Canuck’s playoff run last spring ! She began wearing a Canuck jersey everyday, she started slamming doors, she began drinking excessively, she started getting into confrontations with other tenants in our building, etc … if fact, her overall demeanor became extremely aggressive, to the point of what you’d have to call “anti-social” ! But as soon as the Canucks lost in game seven to Boston, then immediately all went back to normal. It is strange, very strange indeed …

  3. pastabelly - May 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Gotta support the team.

  4. blomfeld - May 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    “Cooler heads always prevail” …

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