ECSTASY’S END, APATHY

Maybe you’ve noticed that I haven’t written for something like three weeks.  I hope you’ve noticed.  I’ve noticed.

I also haven’t cared.  Sorry to say, but as much as I love writing for you folks and often need to cauterize my mental wounds with words, not a bug of prose has bitten me, not of necessity nor inspiration.  Hockey writers are always a bit starved for topics during the offseason, and sure, stuff has happened since we won the Stanley Cup, some of it even pertained to the Kings.

But does any of it matter?  Do you care about any of it?

We have gazed down from the top, and all stories of mega-offer sheets, blockbuster trades (like today’s Rick Nash to New York deal) and negligible hirings (Kompon in Chicago) look mighty small from way up here.  I suppose a potential lockout should interest me.  Yet, nothing concerns me.  Nothing agitates me.  My interest refuses to pique.

Does this make me a bad Kings fan, or a bad hockey fan?  Is the result of pure ecstasy always apathy, lest ecstasy renew itself?  This is no mere comedown, it is a state of biding.  I sit, and I wait, I do not even think, until I can next watch the Stanley Cup Kings take the ice once more and try to do it all over again.  So long as there are no battles being fought, no goals scored and no hits leveled, there is only the Cup.

I’ve waited my entire life for this summer and I’m not about to waste it doing the same inane things I spent the last 20+ summers doing by giving a damn about what prospect may or may not make the team, what idiotic move a desperate GM makes or that the Coyotes are somehow still in Phoenix despite how many times and ways the entire universe conspires to make their arena as parched for ice as their city’s denizens are for xenophilia.

Am I apathetic, or elitist?

Do you miss me?

Is there anything you even care to read about?  I suppose I could turn this blog into an outlet for social conventions that have been bothering me of late.  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how absurd it is that walking around in my underwear would be considered uncouth.  I made a really nice pasta primavera last week.  My shoulder is kind of fucked up and I can’t hit golf balls, I’m extremely the opposite of apathetic about that.  Batman kind of sucked, as does the circus surrounding the horrible shooting in Colorado.  I love this heat.

But I yearn for the cold.  The chill of stepping inside the ice rink.  The fervor of fans saturated with beer.  I tingle all over when I imagine the sight of the Stanley Cup Champions banner being lifted to the rafters on opening night.  I don’t even know if I’ll have a good cheer in me all season, because yelling, either in angst, rebuttal or support seems silly when all it would truly accomplish is to momentarily erase the smile from my face.

What’s my point?  I don’t have one, which, I suppose is the point.



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  1. The Cup! The Cup! Our Kingdom for the Cup!

    Okay . . . you’re taking time off to roll around in your own come. Izzat what this thread is about?

    I agree. It’s a GREAT summer. I’m still not used to being on this side of the winner’s stats, but I’m learning to get used to it.

  2. I have been reading your stuff on this site since last year and daily up until the cup was raised. I havent been back herd since. I’m just bored killing time and taking a long lucnch so I thought I’d drop by and see what going on here. You, in so many words, explained now I feel. This is the best off season ever, I dont really care who gets Nash, who signed suter and Parise. Every summer I have tracked all the signings, had way tlo much emotion invested in the big trades like Kovy, Richards and the like. This summer I get to think about my Kings and smile, relive watching Kopi and Brown raise the cup, smile again then go back to what I was doing. I dont even care to rub it in my cousins face (from SJ, sharks fan) ………….see you guys 10/12 (barring a lock out) BTW thanks for the best daily write ups during the playoffs. I cant help but to think you guys had, in some strange way helped the Kings be beyond great.

    • You haven’t been back here since? Do you know how many great pieces of prose you have missed? Mostly from me? Take this weekend off and catch up.

      • I take that back, only after watching the replays you guys posted,the comments from all the other fans of this site, adding my 2 cents regarding the BS coverage by NBC and their suck ass east coast announcers and general sharing the glory of THE KINGS being STANLEY CUP CHAMPS, did I not return till now. Is there more I that I missed, say about 4 or 5 days after the cup was raised? I guess I will have to check it out.

  3. At least on the NHL network they still make sure to run the Congrats to the LA Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup champions.
    After Boston won their cup in 2011, that memory was quickly erased for the daily, hourly, up to the minute Crosby status report.
    It became redundant, especially after the Penguins said no change, no updates, but still the NHL network, or NHL live wouldn’t stop.
    Kings of the NHL, Kings of Los Angeles, Kings of the World!
    Its good to be the King!

    • On my Direct TV recorded shows, I have the 4 hour Kings Parade and Staples celebration which I have earmarked not to be erased. My mental state just cannot allow me to erase it. Just seeing that it is available gives me great peace and solace.

  4. The spice of life is change when it is good, such as LA being home of the Cup. We finally received our wish after decades of waiting with no patience. This Cup metamorphosis change has been the top of the mountain. Previously, it was like being sick with some dreadful disease. Now, once cured, we go out and live a life. Still, I always find time to check the news in the NHL and with the Kings. Every free moment, the smartphone is looking at hockey land, the Kings in particular. Why?

    It is a residual of my hockeycoholism. Winning the Cup did do wonders, and gave me great strides in my addiction. But it is long road to be weaned from the addition.

    I cannot find a hockeycoholism AA program to attend in my neighborhood. I suppose there are some out there. Maybe there is an hockeycoholism AA meeting at LA Live somewhere. Maybe I will need to attend one in earnest, but, maybe first I can prevail on my own account.

    So instead, I just borrow from the AA 12 step program and work diligently on a cure. So far, so good this summer on this program:

    1) I must admit that I am powerless over hockeycohol—that my life had become unmanageable.
    2) Came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity. (i.e. winning the Cup)
    3) Made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of the hockeygods as I understand them, even though for years and years they had forsaken us die-hard Kings fans.
    4) Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself, where now I clearly see the wrongs of my hockeycoholism.
    5) Admitted to the hockeygods, and to evereyone, and to other human beings the exact nature of my wrongs.
    6) I am entirely ready to have the hockeygods remove all these defects of character as long as the Kings stay an elite team.
    7) Humbly asked them to remove my shortcomings., which is that nagging doubt that the Kings will actually win close games, or in the shoot out.
    8) Made a list of all persons I have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all, except to the Devils, Dogs, Aqua Music-Notes, and Cansucks.
    9) Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    10) Continued to take personal inventory, and when I am wrong, promptly admitted it, with exception to DL.
    11) Sought through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with the hockeygods as best as they can be understood, by praying only for knowledge of their will for us all and the power to carry that out.
    12) Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I tried to carry this message to hockeycoholics, and to practice these principles in all my affairs.

    Wish me good luck that this 12 step program this summer will help me to remove hockeycoholism from my body and soul, but, not Kingscoholism. That is something that will be there always.

    • You suck. Go take a cake in silverlake and pat yerself on the back for letting hockey gods let kings win.

  5. Stay surly, my friend.

  6. I get it Surley..this time of contentment. I am still interested in who is going where, since I want no one to enter our Sacred Kingdom. And I am always game to learn all the intricacies of a contract, or more about a players development.
    The Stanley Cup CD is out. While at first I said..so..it is not Miller’s, I saw it will have in depth interviews and video not seen so I am in. Why not..one more item to add to my growing collection.
    And Yes you have been missed!
    GO KINGS GO!!!
    WWTC! !!

    • I feel a quiet rage at the fact that I seem to be in the vast majority of King fans that prefers Miller’s call to Nickson’s. ‘the Kings can wear their crown’ just doesn’t do it for me. However ‘this is for you, Kings fans… IT’S OVER!’ gives me goosebumps.

      • Forgot to sign in to my own website… That’s a first.

      • that’s contentment for ya :)
        No contest Bobby’s call is THE CALL. He had thought it out and written down what all long time King loyalists felt.. so many many years and so many souls of the the King’s won that night.
        Miller speaks from the heart.. he has mine.
        GKG!!!
        WWTC!!!

        • I agree. I don’t understand the infatuation with bm. NN is the standout who deserves the attention that bm gets. All that frothy emotional appeal having bm call the final? Its does not suffice(take that joco!). NN called it. As it ought to have been.

          • I feel compelled to ask, how long have you been a Kings fan?

            And either I have gone illiterate, or you disagree, not agree.

            NN just had the catchy, gimmicky line. It is a good line, and if we are talking JUST about the final 3 seconds of the call, then fine, NN did well. Bob Miller’s call has to be taken in context of the last minute of the game. So if you have a short attention span and are looking just for a hook line on a commercial, or a sound bite for the radio, then yes NN called THAT. If you are a long suffering Kings fan who wants to soak it all and relive the emotional ride of what it means to win the Cup as a Kings fan after so many years, so many ups and downs, then Miller is the only way to go.

          • suitably beaten.

          • Thank you Surly.. just catching up here and read that responce and said WTF
            GO KINGS GO!!!
            WWTC!!!

  7. So Surly, how the hell was Conic Con? Batman ruuuuled

    • The Con was awesome. Spent too much money, but so much cool stuff and artwork! Definitely hope to go again, even if it is one of the most insane, awkward experiences.

      And Batman was a movie that had a lot to talk about and nothing to say. Fun, but soulless. Meandering and monotone.

  8. For all you Colbert fans:

    Scott Howson: Great GM? Or Greatest GM?

    *Round of applause*

  9. A few things here:
    I am 100% obsessed with this blog. Can’t stand Hammond’s shit.
    Surly: You are hot and the passion you have for our Kings makes you exceptionally sexy.
    Can someone sock MATTYG in the balls all the way back to Anaheim where it seems he came from?!
    Lastly, GO STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS KINGS GO!!!

  10. Yeah. I care that Phoenix stays put. Short trip for Kings. Other than that, not really.

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