Kings unbeatable #1 favorites sweep sweep cuppity cup!! 

Barry Melrose says the Kings are unbeatable. NHL Tonight says the Kings are the front runners. Ken Hitchcock says the Kings are just playing better than the Blues. Barry Boudreau says the Kings are going to the Finals. Helene Elliott is writing thoughtful comparisons of this team to 1993, of Mike Richards to Bobby Clarke. Kopitar might well be on the cover of NHL13. Doughty has matured!

Remember how the Kings used to blow those big leads going into the third? Those days are over. OVER! Remember when the Kings would score a goal only to give one up ten seconds later? Or give up a goal and then give up another one right away, just to make their hole a little deeper? NO MORE! Remember when the Kings would freak out at home like kindergarteners at the school play? Distant, fondly-recalled memories of our youth!


Look. These people have to say something. Most of them are reclaiming their summer predictions of Kings dominance, as if the hellish regular season in which the Kings nearly fell off the map never happened. “They are peaking at the right time.”  Yes, just like every team that ever won a playoff series in any sport ever.

Melrose says the Kings are unbeatable? That’s a win/win for him, and for all the other pundits and their pronouncements. It’s not like they won’t all just shift to the next narrative if the wheels fall off the Kings bandwagon. All this highly-charged hyperbole is understandably drawing a lot of new fans to the Kings (yay, welcome) and making most of the long-time fans nauseated with terror, night sweats, paranoia, and all the other PTSD symptoms that come with a Kings Fan Club membership.

The key, I’ve decided, is to celebrate fully each victory as it happens, while resisting the urge to celebrate future victories that may or may not materialize.





  6 comments for “Kings Pre-Game: POINT/COUNTERPOINT

  1. USHA#17
    May 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Just call me PTSD#17

  2. DougS
    May 6, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    I tend to take a middle position — that this post-season represents an evolutionary stage for this team, no matter what happens today and after. We’ve seen some favorable developments — particularly, Brown leading from the front consistently and effectively — that bode well for the future. The core of the team is still young enough to keep playing at this level or higher for at least several more years. The overall plan is still valid, still working.

  3. DougS
    May 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    And don’t let Rudy see that pic. It looks intensely painful for the dog.

    • USHA#17
      May 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

       Wonder whats going on in the back seat….

  4. YzGuy
    May 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    exactly right! the commentary is so overboard right now. At least NBC added a CBC castoff to help balance the drivelling must-over-explain-every-play-so-the-masses-unerstand-hockey announcing from the Edddie O’s and McGuires….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.