August 27th, 2008, 09:16 PM #1
Slogans - More Than Just Words
The smell of a new season beckons around every corner. That is music to my ears. Finally, a fresh start to a team and its fans that need it more than anyone would like to admit. With that, season ticket holders like myself received this season’s calendar and slogan to wet our appetites. The problem for some is fair. Each new season since the lock-out has only brought less than the year before. Heck, thanks to Willsie the Kings couldn’t even make it to the bottom and Stamkos, right? Wrong. Really wrong.
Last fall, I remember hearing a player say that there was nothing like the opening night of a new season. It means everything is possible and nothing is impossible. This is a feeling I encourage others to consider before downshifting to Tavares chants the way Stamkos ones preceded it a year ago. Kings fans may be conditioned for mediocrity but this organization’s past no longer has to define its present and future. That is a choice by all concerned.
PRIDE = PASSION = POWER
For some, it easy to look at the Kings’ new slogan, Pride = Passion = Power and use it as fodder for jokes. Hey, at least the Kings’ fans kept their sense of humor along the way to the bottom…right? How about being open to the possibility that next year’s rendition of this team is just that …. a new season with new opportunities not just a rearranging of deck chairs on what has been a titanic of a team post lock-out. I for one have no plans to book my reservation for the basement before the team hits the ice.
I easily admit that when I saw the articles and headlines about Doughty wanting to be a King, I assumed it was great programming by the guy’s agent. None of me believed otherwise. Then, I read some of Lombardi’s quotes about how Doughty had a Kings’ telephone and then reading how Doughty’s heart sank at the possibility of not being a King which was unthinkable to him. Why on earth is it so hard to fathom that there is pride in this organization and with its players to seize this day that is finally theirs?
Think about this… the quote that I revisited more than once last year from Lombardi was that he was most anticipating seeing if the team’s youth would take responsibility for winning. The funny irony to that expectation is that Lombardi asked the kids to lead but gave leadership to their elders figuratively and literally. That makes about as much sense as asking a car to drive without wheels and then scratching your head, kicking the non-existent tires and being shocked when the vehicle is rightly stationary.
Doughty not only wanted to be a King, the thought of being a Thrasher sunk his sanity during the draft. To be fair, it is not just that Atlanta is a challenging organization, it is that it is plain not Los Angeles. That gave me pause. Brown and Frolov took up residence at Toyota Sports Center this summer. Heck, Johnson knows the fan party line and responded in spades to the Daily News when he said age is just a number.
Before assuming this season is lost before a minute is played, why not get excited? Why not remember why you became a Kings’ fan in the first place? Why go from zero to sub-zero before giving the players a chance to be heroes because the present is finally theirs to make it what they want. Now. Seize the day; win one for the Gipper and all of that passion that makes hockey my favorite sport on earth. Consider going there first. There is always time to cry or drink in despair over another challenging season.
All I ask before you down shift your proverbial expectation you be open to the possibility that this team has power, passion and pride and wants to take it for a spin. If I was Kopitar, Brown, Frolov, O’Sullivan or Johnson, this season could not start fast enough. Finally, all the seniors left the building and took their losing letters with them. It is their turn. It is their team. It is their time. They are in charge.
Give these players your support, your pride, your passion and the power that every Kings’ fan has … your combined love of this team that can drive you to drink or inspire you. Let’s start by inspiring them by believing in them. What do you have to lose anyway? There is always time to book a ticket to Tavares. Seriously.
Last edited by Carla Muller; August 27th, 2008 at 09:46 PM.
August 27th, 2008, 09:42 PM #2
Very well put. Im so sick of everyones negative opinions on the upcoming season and am also looking foreward to the fresh start. See you at Staples.
Daiquiris for you.
August 27th, 2008, 09:46 PM #3
Kings fans aren't conditioned for mediocrity. Mediocrity would be fantastic at this point. I crave mediocrity. I yearn for the day the Kings are consistently mediocre. No... Kings fans are conditioned to awfulness.
Originally Posted by Carla Muller
August 27th, 2008, 09:48 PM #4
August 27th, 2008, 09:58 PM #5
This is one of the best posts I have read on here in a long long time. Thank you for this, and if I get to come out to LA this season, I hope to see you at Staples.
August 27th, 2008, 10:05 PM #6
August 27th, 2008, 10:11 PM #7
I don't get the slogan. Wouldn't it make more sense if it was a formula?
Pride + Passion = Power
The OP also has it written "Pride = Passion = Power" in the large font but then "Pride = Power = Passion". None of these terms seem to be remotely "equal". I'm confused. Does someone actually get paid to come up with this crap?
August 27th, 2008, 10:18 PM #8
August 27th, 2008, 10:42 PM #9
Introduce yourself at FF, Carla. We'll celebrate the season to be in style.
August 27th, 2008, 10:57 PM #10
Speak for yourself.
Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay
Being a Kings fan has been tough, but I am still here for a reason. I am not conditioned for mediocrity. Have I been let down? Yes.
I am pissed as all hell that we haven't done well in recent years, and I am pissed as hell that we have never won the cup.
BUT I EXPECT THEM TO WIN IT EVERY YEAR. And this year is NO exception.
To the Kings NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
In Dean I Trust. Building from within. Tattoos on everyone's butt. Taking the road less traveled.
Go Kings Go!