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    Default So, how does the difference between the two feel?

    So it's been a week now. Time to rest, reflect, and re-collect. The giddiness has (mostly) worn off. Now we get used to saying "TWO-time Stanley cup champion Los Angeles Kings!" Wooo. Give that a taste.

    I feel confident now in saying that the first one was "better". 2012 just erased so many years of heartache and misery, all in one fell swoop. I've only been a Kings fan since 1993, so there are those who suffered far longer than I did! McSorley's stick, OD's penalty, Blake's beating us in '01, 14 consecutive playoff losses staggered over fifteen or so years... all washed clean. When the Kings got thumped in the WCF finals last year, it sucked, but ya know, not too bad. You can't win every year, you know?

    This one... well, to be honest, I keep looking over my shoulder, thinking someone is going to take it away just for being greedy. TWO cups? You want TWO cups? Not really fair is it? Think of all the poor Canucks fans. I mean, laugh at them too, but think about how much it sucks. One of my buddies is a Canucks fan. He texted me Friday: "I hope you die." (No, don't worry, he's okay, we're okay.) To win two cups in three years is just selfish. It's exhilarating, but I alllllllmost feel bad for everybody else. It doesn't really get better than the first one, though, you know? Can you die happy twice?

    I think last time for me was all about the outpouring of emotion, the tears and the relief, that never again would I be cheering for a team that eternally failed. This time... I'm just kinda mellow. Oh yeah, you know, two cups now. Sweet. Even if the team goes into a tailspin of suckitude for twenty years... you know, that time, two cups. You know. Wow. That was sweet. If anything, I was forced to learn that it really ain't over 'til it's over. Down 0-3 in the 1st round? Gonna win the cup. Yep. That's my attitude now. "What? Down 12-1 in the third period? Yep, we'll win. Sweet."

    Funny thing is - my kids are 5 and 6, so championships and cup parades are all they know. They think this **** happens every year. "Can't wait to go to the parade again next year, Daddy!" I give my head a shake and try to explain to them how totally alien this is. Can you imagine? They're growing up in a generation of Kings fans who only know the team as excellent and a model for the rest of the league to follow. They're going to be like Yankees fans. They feel entitled to a championship run. If that doesn't blow your mind, nothing else will.

    So dudes and dudettes, I'm just chilling out. Two cups, you know. All summer to pontificate on that point.

    Friggin' sweet.

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    First Cup: I can die happy

    Second Cup: That **** damn near killed me. Easily took 10 years off my life.

    EDIT: The first one was completely surreal. up 3-0 every series. Surreal experience, outpouring of emotion, dancing in the middle of fig like the biggest idiot imaginable. The first one was surreal because the Kings did the impossible. They won the cup as an 8th seed, and we all wept with Joy to hear Bob Miller FINALLY (178 pt font) call the Kings winning the cup.

    The second was even more surreal. It didn't even feel like the same year they were down 0-3 to the sharks in the first round. I never thought watching a game of hockey could take so much out of me until I wanted to go to the airport after the Kings beat Chicago in game 7 and I was like "man I can hardly walk to my car right now, there is zero chance I'm driving to the airport" (I wasn't drunk, just so drained from the anxiety). The second one was just "well yeah, I watched them win the first one and this is a better team than they had in 2012". I don't want to say it was expected...but I know I'm not alone in that going into the playoffs I was telling anyone that would listen that this team was better than the one they had in 2012.

    The second run also made it crystal clear to anyone not paying attention during the 2001 playoffs: It's never over until it's over. Never. I told my coworker via email when they were down 3-0 and he shot me a "man that's tough" email that "if there's any team in the league this year that can come back from 0-3 to win four straight, it's this years kings team". Also, before going to game four I was facebook debating with a friend who said the series was over and we needed to win a game big just to not be emarbarassed and my only responses were "nope, we just need a win. It's never over until it's over." anddd that's staying on my facebook forever.

    <Insert "Don't Stop Believing" youtube video>
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    Quick's F-bomb was better than the Mayors contrived F-bomb.

    So 2012 for sure.
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    You nailed it. 2012 was like lifting a piano off your shoulders. All that failure and misery blown away. Actually seeing the Cup being presented to my team was an amazing sight and feeling.

    This year was great because of the comeback and the game 7s and the dramatic ot goal. But I knew how the red carpet would be put down and the carried out. The game drama was great but the Cup novelty was largely gone for me. The 2014 highlight for me was my six year old seeing the Cup won in person. In 2014, seeing the Cup was fantastic; in 2012, it was a bucket list event.

    And I had the same discussion as you trying to impress on my boy that seeing the Cup won is an amazing thing. Many teams have zero. We are spoiled as current Kings fans.
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    I think part of the reason I loved the "Welcome to the Black Parade" video from 2012 was the lyrics.

    He said, Son, when you grow up,
    Would you be the savior of the broken,
    The beaten and the damned,

    He said, "Will you defeat them,
    Your demons and all the non-believers,
    The plans that they have made,
    I think any long time Kings fan felt like the broken, beaten and the damned at some point, plenty of demons in franchise history and plenty of non-believers too.

    2014 just seems like icing on the cake right now. Plus there was so much stress, needing so many comebacks this year, the games that were enjoyable from start to finish were few and far between.
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    2012 was very emotional. I couldn't believe the Los Angeles Kings had won the Stanley Cup. The players jumping over the bench brought a tear to my eye. I've been a fan since the late 70's and I just didn't think a Stanley Cup was possible if they couldn't get one with Gretzky.

    2014 was a heart attack waiting to happen. It was the longest most exhausting playoff run I've ever witnessed. I was ecstatic we won, and yet relieved when it finally ended.

    I personally think this 2014 cup is far more impressive though. Sharks, Ducks, Chicago (especially beating these guys), NY and the way it was done. In 2012 we snuck up on people, plus we played playoff newbies in the Blues, and Coyotes. I don't care that they were 1,2,3 seeds. The Devils were also a worn out shell of their former championship teams.

    2012 more fun
    2014 more impressive

    I hope they start the rebuild this year so they will suck for a few more decades and I can live in peace for a while. I don't think I could make it through another run like this last one, I care too much.
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    There's nothing more to say about the 1st cup. It was, and almost certainly always will be, the greatest.

    The second one was a totally different feeling. The first was complete and total elation. The second one, really solidified this team as an elite team. That feeling, in and of itself, is what every fan hopes for. After that first round comeback against the Sharks, I think every game after that took on a different feeling. It was the difference between thinking they were a good team, and knowing they were a good team. Hoping they could win, versus knowing they could win. It was really nice too, to shut up the critics from 2012 that laid it all on a hot goalie, or a hot team. I think the past 3 seasons have really cemented this team as elite status.

    The confidence and experience this team has now should be really fun to watch next season.
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    2012 :

    2014 :

    2012 was so new and exciting and I was so happy and I had no idea what we were all supposed to do or how to act or anything. I was just so happy because even if we never won it again, we had THAT. And it was magical and perfect and ... easy.

    2014 was exhausting.. for them and for me (for all of us!). The emotions were high and low and as much as Darryl tells everyone to not get too high or too low, it was hard not to. I'm legitimately going through some form of withdrawal right now because for 2 months, the games were at the forefront of my mind and my life.. my bosses and family and friends have been very understanding. lol I'm still in a state of shock and disbelief any time I actually think of where the team had been at certain times and how they came through it all in the end.

    Both were satisfying to me, in very different ways. I'm proud of both teams, but the way the 2014 team battled through elimination games and coming from behind within so many games where other teams may have faltered. That's special. It was SO special, and we're probably never going to see it again.

    I just feel very lucky to have witnessed both runs, really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    I think part of the reason I loved the "Welcome to the Black Parade" video from 2012 was the lyrics.

    He said, Son, when you grow up,
    Would you be the savior of the broken,
    The beaten and the damned,

    He said, "Will you defeat them,
    Your demons and all the non-believers,
    The plans that they have made,

    I think any long time Kings fan felt like the broken, beaten and the damned at some point, plenty of demons in franchise history and plenty of non-believers too.

    2014 just seems like icing on the cake right now. Plus there was so much stress, needing so many comebacks this year, the games that were enjoyable from start to finish were few and far between.
    I felt like some players on that team had something to prove, too. That's partly why that song was effective for me, too. Every time I watch that video and see the back of Richards' jersey during the "non-believers" part, knowing how he was treated in Philly, it fills me with a sense of vindication.
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    The First One, was a heart meltor........first, first, first, focused.

    The second one was a Heart Breaker........come back, come back, come back, done.

    The third will be a real ..........hold your breath................................till........ .....................................next year.

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