This is a Sharks fan.
I got this picture from a friend of mine, who had a friend of his pick him up this shirt during the game last night at SAP Center. This shirt says “BEAT LA”.
That annoying, pain in the ass, basketball-lifted chant that those in the North shout in unison at their Southern counterparts. We’ve spent years despising this chant. It is not a playoff thing, it’s a San Jose thing.
Up until late last night, Kings fans on social media, led by Bailey, were spouting the hashtag “BeatSJ”. Apparently this nonsense was around last year too but I don’t think I noticed. Or I did and purposefully drank those memory cells away. How anyone, team official or fan, thought this was a good idea is completely beyond me. My rage over this is irrationally large and totally justified. Luckily after the 4th or 5th goal against, Bailey decided to stop. Not a moment too soon and good riddance. If people actually try to chant “BeatSJ” or “Beat Jose” at Staples, I may hit the other side of anger and just begin to cry.
Does anyone give a shit about the Jennings trophy?
I know that after the Kings were locked into 3rd place in the division that there wasn’t much to talk about. During the last few games of the season I was reading this endless parade of literature about the Jennings trophy with a confused and furrowed brow.
Sure, trophies of any kind are nice and team defense is something to be proud of but I didn’t care then and I surely don’t care right now. I am not going to blame the Kings’ porous defense in games one and two on the obsession over the Jennings towards the end of the season. However, life has a fairly frequent insistence on throwing things such as this in your face. The NHL awards is the time to get all giddy about the Jennings, the week leading up to the playoffs was not.
Seriously though, does anyone give a shit?
I can’t go to the game tomorrow. I am upset. Luckily, this all but guarantees an exciting win. Don’t be surprised if one of those “once-in-a-lifetime” things happens. That’s my track record with missing playoff games. Last playoff game I missed was the Stunner at Staples.
I knew I didn’t know how to install an electrical outlet. Now I really know I didn’t know.
Not giving Pearson-Vey-Toffoli time to gel as a line in the NHL is the biggest mistake of the season. Bigger than not getting another defenseman at the deadline. I wrote an article called “The Rookie Factor” the November before we won the Cup. We leaned heavily on rookies throughout those playoffs. San Jose has Nieto and Hertl jamming through for them, lending all sorts of energy. The Kings had Toffoli rolling at one point in the season and Pearson was very effective towards the end of the season. Vey had a short but strong streak. I believe that coincided with some of the best hockey the team played all season, though I could be misremembering. I’m not saying that having the three rookies out there would have made a big difference the last two games. Actually, that’s exactly what I’m saying.
I’m angry about everything.
We are going to win tomorrow.
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