I keep thinking about W. P. Kinsella’s short-story, “The Last Pennant Before Armageddon.” The Cubs are on a historic hot streak, about to win the World Series, and their manager is having a recurring nightmare that the Cubs win it all and then the world blows up. He believes it’s a premonition. And he has to decide whether he should throw the series to save the world, or win it all and let the world explode.
Which ex-King will get a Stanley Cup ring first? Poll after jump:
And if no-one will take my previous suggestion, then AT THE VERY LEAST the Kings should record their own audio of Bob and Jim calling the finals and release it as a “radio” broadcast/podcast/download/CD later. They could raise a lot of money for charity, selling “Bob and Jim call the Finals” CDs. And then we…
Bob Miller has frequently voiced his fear that the Kings will win their first cup only after he retires. Presumably, if he retired he would still have a television, so his real issue is not whether he gets to see it or not, but whether he gets to call the game.
In order for a player to get his name on the cup, the player must either (1) have played 41 games or more for the team in the regular season (and still be property of the team at the end of the season), or (2) have played at least one game in the Stanley Cup Finals.
What’s most remarkable (and hilarious) about MacLean’s comparison is how halting and bumbling his delivery is, the pregnant pauses, caused (I imagine) by the sound of his producer in his earpiece screaming “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SAYING SHUT UP ABORT ABORT!”
And I’m shocked, really. I didn’t think the Flyers would lose to New Jersey. To the Rangers maybe, but not the Devils. I’m happy for Ponikarovsky and Harrold though.
Here is a great idea that I don’t have the ability to do, but which I would really love to see: a photo gallery showing each current Los Angeles King player circa May 1993 (a.k.a. the last time the Kings were in the Conference Finals). Clifford (born 1991) in diapers, Loktionov and Voynov (both 1990)…
Here is the line-up for the last (and only other) Kings team to play in the conference finals. It’s fun to stare at. How many of the Kings current players were out of diapers in 1993?
Some things I like about this matchup: Kings open on the road. Easy travel. More than that, I’m afraid to say. I am superstitious. But if I weren’t, I might have said I’m more afraid of Nashville.