The time has come to reevaluate the local sports scene. The Dodgers are average, so perhaps it's a blessing that most fans can't see them on TV, the Clippers are solid on the court but an embarrassment off of it, and the Lakers are a mess everywhere. However, the Kings are playing in their third straight Western Conference finals and are seven wins away from winning their second Stanley Cup in three years. I'd say it is past time for all Angelenos to jump on the Kings' bandwagon and help support the best chance we have of a championship season.
I invited my friend from Chicago to go with me to see the Kings in the playoffs at Staples Center, but Donald Sterling called and asked me not to bring any Blackhawks people to the game.
I am wondering why the L.A. Times finds it necessary to include in its hockey coverage the point of view from an apparent whiny, classless crybaby from Chicago. Neither informative nor interesting, it is just droll, no, insulting.
Can anyone imagine a paid, edited and published, fully grown adult newspaper writer spending an entire article bad-mouthing a referee's call that did not even affect the outcome of the game — that they won?!
What is this guy going to do when — not if — the Kings beat them and win another Stanley Cup? Perhaps someone could put the video of him bawling his eyes out on YouTube for us.
In Game 7 against the Ducks, the Kings, to their credit, came out with passion and intensity. The Ducks came out (and stayed) like they had an early tee time Saturday. Teemu played like it was his last game, which, unfortunately, it was. He and Ducks fans deserve a lot better effort than that.
I read a quote recently about the retirement tours of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. The quote was to the effect that Jeter is widely admired, Mariano Rivera was widely beloved. Here, in Teemu Selanne, we have one man who, in the world of hockey at least, matched Jeter in admiration and exceeded Rivera in being beloved.
OK, he ended his career two playoff series early, and he didn't get a retirement tour around the league. However, the show of respect the Kings gave him before they left the ice wouldn't have occurred if the Ducks continued on, and it was a worthy and telling way to show how much this one winger has meant to the Ducks, Southern California and the game.