Over the course of nine seasons, there were 180 episodes of Seinfeld but our favorite has always been The Face Painter – a storyline that focuses on one man’s passionate devotion to his sports team.
Elaine Benes’ boyfriend, David Puddy, planned on attending a Stanley Cup playoff game between his beloved New Jersey Devils and their rivals, the New York Rangers. Puddy, portrayed by Patrick Warburton, decides to paint his face because, as Jerry Seinfeld jokes, he’s “gotta support the team.” The rowdy behavior of Puddy with devil-looking face paint leads a priest to believe he’s actually seen the devil, all while Elaine admits that she cannot stand Puddy’s face painting tendencies. So, when that gets disapproval, Puddy decides that chest painting might just be a better option to show his support.
For almost two decades that episode has been a joke synonymous with the Devils franchise, especially in the hockey community, most notably on social media. Well, Warburton quietly attended Game 4 between the Devils and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark as his air-headed alter ego, complete with face paint. But then, donning a Devils jersey, Warburton was summoned during a timeout to help get the crowd riled up, at which point he took off his sweater, revealing a “D” painted onto his chest. The 53-year-old actor, who most recently can be found on Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, yelled, “we’re the Devils” into a microphone with the help of NJ Devil, the team’s mascot. Of course, the sold out crowd immediately lost its mind when seeing the team’s biggest “fan.”
Warburton seemed thrilled to reprise his Puddy role but the Devils wanted to make sure to thank the actor in a special way. According to Warburton’s Twitter account, the organization made a donation to St. Jude. Clearly this was a win-win for Warburton, Devils fans and humongous Seinfeld nerds like us.
— x – New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) April 19, 2018
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to push the Devils past the Lightning, losing 3-1 in the contest and now, trailing 3-1 in the series, the action is heading back down to Tampa for Game 5. It’s not over until one of the teams wins four games though and we know Puddy would be supporting the team until the end.