Leaving On A Jet Plane…To Support Our L.A. Kings

It was on. Then off. Then damn. Then fuck. Then the scheduled commitment for Monday morning in Van Nuys miraculously got moved. I had little to do with said fortune but a quiet fist pump and a whispered hell yeah caused me to call Surly with a “I’m in!”

He took care of the rest with the flight, hotel and of course tickets in section 113, row Y. There are 4 of us total as our buddy Marc and his son join our motley crew.

When I made the trip to San Jose for game 2 in last season’s playoffs, my emotions were on edge. Not this time. I find myself calm but with a ready energy. All of the chatter about the Kings being favorites in this series bounce off me. We beat the 1st and 2nd place teams in our conference. Now, we play the 3rd. The Coyotes are a good team and, like us, have earned the right to be here. To win, we simply have to be the better team and, one thing everyone can agree on, the L.A. Kings have given us confidence to believe they can be exactly that.

What will we do when we arrive tonight around 8:30…unpack the very small duffel bag and go check out what Glendale, Arizona has to offer, harass Coyotes fans, congregate with fellow Kings fans who made the trek as well as those who live there, drink beer, and think about how I can channel all of your fervor, my brothers and sisters of puck who won’t be there with us, through my own lungs during the game tomorrow. I will be loud. Surly will be loud. We intend to start many Kings chants. We intend to immerse ourselves in every shift, every hit, pass, shot and goal our boys put forth, every save Jonathan Quick makes, all to the hopeful victory that awaits us by Sunday’s end. Let the Hockey Gods bless us from the game’s start tomorrow to the playoffs’ final end.

Sobriety and state of mind will determine whether we launch the Surly & Scribe Podcast Show from there, tomorrow night and after the game or whether we wait until Monday.

Are you ready for game one of the Western Conference Finals? Oh I know, it was a rhetorical question. You have waited for the day for a while.


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20 replies

  1. LET’S GO KINGS!!!!

  2. Go kings!!!! I’ll be there in spirit… All the way from France

  3. See ya there!

    Go Kings Go

  4. Unfortunately, we’re going to be on the other side of the arena from probably the largest group of Kings’ fans. We’ll be in Section C5, Row E. Doesn’t matter. We are there to support our team and won’t care about the bandwagon Coyote fans around us. They are coming out of the woodwork.
    We’ve lived in AZ for 13 years, and love it. We have no plans to leave. But the Coyotes face a sticky problem with fans here. So many people move here from northern states when they retire, and they bring with them their hockey (and other sport) allegiances. I can hardly blame them, as I have essentially done the same thing – albeit I am not retired. The Kings are my one true hockey love. They have gone with me from LA to New Jersey to Texas to San Diego and, finally, to Arizona. I see no change on the horizon.
    There are only two things I miss about California – the ability to go to Kings home games, and the beach. And, believe it or not, the things which keep me in Arizona are more beneficial and important than those things. Not to mention all the cons of living in California.

    • The only thing I have against Phoenix is its weather.

      It’s always been a source of amazement to me that pioneers crossed the country looking for the promised land and brought their covered wagons to a halt in Phoenix, saying, “This is it. This is paradise.”

      I had the impression that the name comes from the mythical creature that rose from the ashes — at least that’s the story the local chamber of commerce gives out.

      Then I read that “Phoenix” is actually a corruption of an Apache word that means, “Jee-zuss fucking Christ! This place is hot!”

  5. “Let the Hockey Gods bless us from the game’s start tomorrow to the playoffs’ final end.”


  6. Safe trip, be well and be loud. We’ll be looking for you, wearing black in the whiteout. Represent!!

    • Eh. My white J Quick jersey may just have to make an appearance. Fuck their whiteout. It’s lame and it means nothing to me. The real whiteout of Phoenix is their pathetic immigration policy.

      • You defy logic in your jersey color and your immigration thoughts!

        Good luck down in Scottsdale, or Glendale, or whatever dale they use to make a desert sound appealing.

        If the KIngs do lose, it is on you with your color choice of jersey. Just sayin…

        • I’ve asked many people and the consensus is that I should go with what’s hot, and that’s the white Quick jersey. It’s the same one Quick himself Will be wearing. Another reason white outs are stupid, the fans are wearing the road team’s colors.

          • … The whiteout isn’t even Phoenix’s tradition. They stole it from Winnipeg.

            Now that Winnipeg has an NHL team again, it’s best for Phoenix to move on and get with the current program.

          • Back when it made sense because the road team wore the dark colors.

          • Fair enough. Just giving you a hard time. Whatever your mojo is go for it.

            I was just internalizing it, knowing if I went id want to look different than everyone else so when I’m yelling, everyone would know who was doing it.

            But that would make it being all about myself and not the Kings, so I understand your choice.

            I’m jealous you two. Make us proud and be loud!


  7. I’m flying back from the east coast during the game. I really hope they have wi-fi. I don’t want to miss any of these games!

    Jealous you’re going to be there. Game 5 in Vancouver was unforgettable!

  8. I know Im getting way ahead of myself, but how poetic would it be if the Kings, an 8 seed, beats the 1,2 and 3 seeds to face NYR, a 1 seed, who beats the 6,7 and 8 seed?

  9. If you’re going to the game in Phoenix, WEAR BLACK !!!

  10. It has been a long, long week of waiting. But it has been a wonderful week to give the Kings plenty of time to rest, practice, and prepare for their next battle to dispose of this desert vermin. The Kings are on a now strongly proven mission to win, and they will show up and play very spirited and intense hockey with all of their weapons, which right now is heavy duty. There is no denial of that.

    They are on the verge for the big break through to rise above and beyond the occasion to step up individual skills and team tactics to get the job done. They have clearly displayed that they want it badly and are loose and confident. They have the veterans now that have the experience and desires to take this series. They have the mix of grinders and young players to bring balance and exuberance. What more can be said about Quick, where he has become progressively better game by game.

    The hot streak since February proves all of this to be so true. They found their chemistry and the individual roles on the total team effort.

    Agreed, this can be a drawn out process with some ups and downs along the way. Yet, in the end, the Kings will succeed and slam down the unbelievers.

    Just let the Coyotes chase and scramble and run around wildly confused, so that they sink themselves and crash and burn:

    GO KINGS GO!!!

  11. The Kings are ready no question about it. They must play smart so we don’t have a Shanahan axe. Let those measly pooches screw up with stupid plays and penalties and misconduct.

    The recipe is pressure and more pressure.

    You know how a dog squeals when they are hurt? That is precisely on the Kings’ game plan
    No howls but squeals and then all will be happy endings for us.

    GO KINGS GO!!!

  12. See you there! We’re in section 112, row u. GO KINGS GO!


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