NBC’s Jimmy Fallon lost a bet with the New Jersey Devils mascot and he has his beloved New York Rangers to thank.
Yes, the victory marked New Jersey’s first win on the year, but it also resolved a deal between the team’s mascot and TV personality Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon, the host of NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” is a passionate fan of the Broadway Blueshirts. The TV host was sold that rookie Kaapo Kakko and company would take down the Devils during their first matchup of 2019-20, and accepted NJ’s proposal to pie him in the face on air.
— NJ Devil (@NJDevil00) October 17, 2019
Luckily for Jersey, Fallon agreed to play along and fans can expect to see NJ appear on the show Sunday night while smashing a pie in Fallon’s face — reminding him again that the Devils took round one of not only the Battle of the Hudson, but round one of the Jack Hughes vs. Kaapo Kakko era.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) October 17, 2019
Of course, Fallon also displayed his humor after NJ trolled the comedian over Twitter with a fun picture during the postgame.
I can’t believe I took this bet.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) October 18, 2019
He made a deal with “Devil” and Jersey’s Devil didn’t forget.
— NJ Devil (@NJDevil00) October 18, 2019
Considering the game was televised via NBC Sports, this was a clever move by both parties but more than likely favored the Devils organization and their fans.
It’s safe to say that the Rangers-Devils rivalry lost some swagger over the past couple of seasons. The Devils have only clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs once since they took down the Rangers in the 2012 Eastern Conference Final.
Yet, a new identity for both teams is clearly bringing the rivalry back to form and giving the fans something to be excited about.
While Fallon will more than likely be wearing a suit when he gets smashed in the face with a pie, it would be neat to see him wearing a Rangers jersey when it happens. Or even better, he could wear a red Devils jersey.