A COCHLEAR PLEA

I don’t want to take anything away from the Kings’ win tonight, and I won’t.

I don’t even really want to be negative, but I must.

Those that attend games at Staples Center become very familiar with Dieter Ruehle’s antics. Even if you don’t know who Dieter is, you are aware of what he does; he is in charge of playing all the music and sound bites at Kings’ games.

Dieter runs a tight ship, and rarely strays from the norm. Typically right before the puck drops to start a period, there are bells played, one to start the game, adding another with each passing period. Ding. Ding, Ding. Ding, Ding, Ding. For the opening face-off of the game, he throws in a prolonged yell of “Are you ready?!?!”

Tonight, however, I heard something I NEVER want to hear at another Kings’ game. After perhaps the worst performance of both Countries national anthems by a woman whose name I would prefer not to know (some lowlights – singing “so gallantly strAme-ing” and “home of the brah-ave”), I settled into my seat expecting the usual “Are you ready?!?!” Not that I care for it very much, but it works and its comfortable. Instead, my ears were assaulted by a different voice. A woman’s voice.

She didn’t want to know if I was ready. No, in fact, she didn’t even have a question. She had a statement.

“Let’s get it started it here.”

Just like the song.

Yup. Those first few notes you hear on that video were blasted to the Kings’ faithful.

It’s wrong.

It’s bad enough they play “Poker Face” after every “McMuffin Minute” announcement (let’s not get started on how lame that change is), purely because the word ‘McMuffin’ is in the lyrics.

I know the Lakers play at Staples too. I didn’t come to see a Lakers’ game. I don’t want rap or anything close to it with my hockey.

Where is the Pantera? Where is the Slayer? Where is the hockey music? You know, the music that is like the sport. Brutal and exhilarating.

I hear it at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh and at the Blackhawk’s Chicago Stadium. What gives?

So please, Dieter, Kings, heed my plea. Never do the Black Eyed Peas thing again.

They have their place, and that place is far, far away from the ice.

I’m ready.



Categories: L.A. Kings News

7 replies

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. That singer was terrible and the opening song horrid… On the other hand, I like McMuffins!

    • I like McMuffins too… if McDonalds served breakfast all day, I think I wouldn’t complain.

      Speaking of complaining (not that I ever do that ;)), and the last comment on cheering at games… why is it that some people refuse to get in on a “LETS GO KINGS!” chant, and yet will yell “ICE CREAM ICE CREAM!” during that last minute of the second? If you can cheer for ice cream, you can cheer for your team.

      That always bothers me.

  2. Completely concur with the crumby music. Slayer would help, but maybe they should go more old school: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Myabe some stones, Let it Be for goals being reviewed for the Kings, Ozzy, Van Halen and maybe some Zeppelin

    • I hear some AC/DC and Ozzy at Staples. I would love more Zeppelin and the Stones would be amazing. They actually play better music during the pregame warmups than they do during the actual game. Probably because the people they are trying to appeal to with the hip hop music are never there early enough to see the warmups…

  3. Never. Try and stop me.

    You should want me there anyways, at poorly attended games like last nights’, without me, there would only be one other person cheering.

  4. HEAR HEAR! i say Gary Glitters Rock n Roll #2… all the time…
    i wish we dint have all these dumb ass games and t-shirt cannons… and the bad music that goes along with it…
    i remember going to games at the forum when i was a little kid and all we needed was some Van Halen… some Rock n Roll #2… some Stones… show some babes on the jumbotron… enough with the strobe lights, the lame fake paper-mache castle, the “make some noise” pleas… enough with everything that distracts the fans from enjoying the game for the beauty of the game itself… f-ing consumeristic entertainment driven corporations…

  5. why dont you go back to your f-ing letsgokings.com or whatever crap blog you usually read

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