The new PA announcer kinda sucks...
Sad to say, but kinda glad my wife dragged me out of bed to go have an early dinner a quarter of the way through the 2nd.
Which lead to electronics shopping.
Phone case shopping.
More electronics shopping.
I was perplexed by it's positioning too but Bailey posted a picture from later in the day which showed that it was moved right next to the Western Conference Champions banner. They only put it there so that the players would be able to hook it up and we could watch it being raised.
They did the same thing when they retired Robitaille's jersey didn't they?
- The ceremony was great, especially how they passed the Cup around the rink one more time.
- I liked having the Stanley Cup banner where it was, in the middle, by itself, because it is more important than the others. It does at least stand out in its permanent location by virtue of being black.
- Great to see the video with the childhood pictures of the Kings again. And Pia.
- I very much appreciated that they took the time to have the David Courtney tribute. At first I thought it was a stretch bringing in the Sandy Hook family all the way from Connecticut, but it was moving in its simplicity and to be able to do something for a kid who just lost his sister and parents who just lost their young daughter - I applaud the Kings for that.
- The game was not great and I had to remind myself that most of the money I paid for my ticket was for the ceremony. The Kings were just crap for the first 10 minutes, then they seemed to turn it on after the third Chicago goal. I thought they might actually claw their way back when they kept it up to start the second period, but after the disaster that was the fourth Hacks goal, the momentum vanished and I proverbially wrote 'game over' in my proverbial notebook.
- Drewiske made me wonder when Mitchell comes back.
- Except for Penner, I did not notice any of our top forwards the entire game, and only Kopitar has an excuse. I may have spotted Richards once or twice. It figures that Penner is the one to actually show up after last season.
- Chicago played exceptional defense in their zone and the Kings rarely were able to get past just trying to keep possession. When the Kings did have a few chances, there was a lack of finish.
- I really couldn't blame Quick for any of the goals until the last one (maybe a bit of the first one, but it was 5 on 3 and Kane fired right off the pass). However, Quick was leaving some fat rebounds that were not converted by the Hacks.
- That fourth goal was so disgraceful that I am relieved it did not happen in a close game where it was the difference. Two defensemen go after the shooter and leave the rebound there for the next Chicago player.
- As appalling as it is that a giant yellow 'M' is going to be stamped all over everything, I was very happy that the one on the replica banner is on the back. As long as I hang it against a wall, there is no sign of a sponsor.
- I'd rather the Flame Broiler be the main sponsor. There is something fascinating about how an eatery that only sells rice bowls is expanding at a Starbucks-esque rate. - They probably opened up a new store every time Chicago scored. I bet somewhere there is a Flame Broiler with a Starbucks inside it, and inside the Starbucks is another Flame Broiler. Inside that second Flame Broiler? A RedBox.
- I really loved how, for the starting lineup, when each player's name was announced, the scoreboard showed that player's name on the Cup. Only works if every player was on the team when it won the Cup. I guess Anthony Stewart can never be a starter at home.
- I pray that the "Gangnam Style" TV timeout segment was just a one-time thing and will not permanently join the "I'm Sexy And I Know It" TV timeout segment in making me want to throw myself off the edge of the 300s. Was there a "Mararena" segment in the 90's? A "Who Let The Dogs Out" segment? Let's just go really only-slightly-old school and have a "Thong Song" segment.
Taves? Or did you mean Toeweres?
I "should of" never read this thread.