July 22nd, 2014, 01:28 PM #1
Repping the Kings in Sharks country and meeting new Kings converts.
So I just got back from a vacation that gave the chance to proudly wear my Kings gear in places outside the LA area. (I apologize in advance for its length)
Our first stop was in Frisco over the July 4th weekend. Me and Mrs. take the little ones to Fishermans Wharf to catch some fireworks and I wear my SC Champs official hat and shirt. While walking around I got more than a few sideways looks by folks in bay area sports gear, the dudes in Sharks gear seemed to stare longer and actually muttered and shook their heads. At one point, while near a couple of guys wearing Sharks hats I hear "Go Kings Go!" and some dude wearing a SC hat walks up and gives me a fist bump. I respond with "Hell Yeah!" to the dismay of the Shark fans , they had this bummed out look on their faces like they wanted to talk trash but knew they couldn't.
The next day while in shop I was waiting for Mrs. KP to buy stuff for the kids when a guy who worked there walked up, noticed my Kings cap (different one from the day before) and talkes about that he and fellow Shark fans were still in shock that they blew that 3-0 series lead. At this point another worker, in a Sharks hat, walks up and asks what we are chatting about. "How his Kings destroyed our Sharks!' the first guy says. "oh yeah, that still hurts!" says the second. They actually were cool guys and gave all sorts of props to the Kings.
On to the Redwoods! We stopped at a place called the "Trees of Mystery" ( sounds a bit cheesy but isn't) and while waiting for a tram ride my wife asks one of the workers how long a certain hike took. The guy responds with "About 25 minutes, but twice as long for Kings fans. Are you guys from Sacramento?" Now in his defense, the back of my cap just had "Kings" spelled out across it, I don't think he had a look at the front of my hat. I am about to respond when another worker (evidently a guy who grew up in LA) says "No you dumbass! That's a LA Kings hat, they just won the Stanley Cup!" The first guy apologizes and has a dopey grin on his face and I tell him not to sweat it. He then says that he was glad that the Kings beat the Sharks because "Shark fans are annoying", we then had to board and I did not hear who he was a fan of. Then while leaving a couple of hours later on the way to the car I hear "Go Kings GO!" yelled across the lot and turn see the second dude with his fist raised.
Then we head to eastern WA to visit a consultant from my wife's work. To set a little back ground my wife works for a company which is owned by another company based in Chicago and all the big cheeses are huge Blackhawk fans (A little more on that later) but they bring consultants from all over. So one of these consultants is super nice guy based out of Seattle who comes in a couple of days a week to my wife's company. During playoffs, on nights he was in town, we invited him to come over watch the games with us and our friends. Though not being a hockey, or sports fans in general, he really got into it. Every time he was in town on a game night he came over. At the start of the Chicago series he sent a text to my wife "Go Kings Go! Check out my new hard hat!" On the hat where a company logo usually goes, he had a sticker with the Kings logo and "GO KINGS GO!" semi-circle over it.
So fast foward to meeting him at his project on our vacation/road trip. He is wearing his Kings hard hat and gives us a tour of the facility and we enter a building were a couple of workers are working assembling some big machinery. They too have Kings hard-hats, we are infromed that all hats on the project are "GO KINGS GO" hats. We are introduced to the workers and my wife says "Sorry, we are responsible for the hats." the workers tell us that they love them, they were not big hockey fans before but "the boss", our consultant friend, got them hooked on the Kings during the playoffs. "We may be new but we are Kings supporters now!" the lead guy tells us.
All throughout the rest of the trip, a week camping in Idaho, a couple of days near the Grand Canyon, I had the occasional person comment about the Kings, all good stuff.
Ok to make a long post even longer (again I apologize):
I had mentioned that all the corporate head guys at Mrs KP's company are Chicago based and huge 'Hawks fans. They gave it to her pretty good last season when the Kings lost in five., all good natured, but she heard it. Imagine that you are working hard in your office and you get buzzed "The VP is on line 4 for you.", you pick up and said VP yells "WOOOOO 'Hawks baby! I've got no work related stuff. Just Go Hawks go!" They of course started up this playoffs as well.
So a couple of weeks after the Final they all fly in to do a quarterly meeting and Mrs. KP has to a huge presentation on all sorts of business stuff.
During her power point presentation she snuck a few slides: the first was the "Blackhawks Down" pic we have all seen here, a few minutes later a pic of a 'Hawk getting knocked on his ass by a King, then after a few more a pic of the Kings celebrating a few seconds after Alec won it OT, with dejected 'Hawks in the backgroud, then more business stuff and the end? A pic of Brown with the raised Cup. She then flips on the lights and asks "Any questions?" All the suits are shaking their heads and grinning "Ok, well played, you got us!" the CEO sayes "Well gentlemen, I think we had that coming." They all thought it was pretty cool but warned next season it is on again.
So I guess the moral of these stories is: It is good (and fun) to be a Kings fan!
July 22nd, 2014, 01:40 PM #2
Having moved up here a couple of years ago, there's one thing that stands out more than most: Bay Area residents LOVE their home teams. I went to a company event at Pac Bell park and EVERYBODY was donning a Giants jersey or some other piece of paraphernalia. As much as I dislike every sports team up here (maybe excluding the A's), the fans are very passionate. Of course, that makes it even more fun when the Kings bitchslap the Sharks.
Thanks for relating your story, but I have to make one request in line with the locals. In the future, please don't call it "Frisco". It just doesn't sound right for anybody.
July 22nd, 2014, 01:45 PM #3
I'm heading to Chicago in August for a week. Bringing as much championship swag that I can fit in my suitcase.
July 22nd, 2014, 02:03 PM #4
Concur with most of this. Misguided maybe but passionate for sure. Also not a fan of the Frisco.
Originally Posted by salami
If you ever get around the east bay shoot me a note and we might be able to catch a game!
July 22nd, 2014, 02:09 PM #5
Great stories, thanks for taking the time to share them with us. Awesome!
July 22nd, 2014, 02:52 PM #6
ha, i'll be in the bay area this weekend. maybe i should wear my kings stuff around, lol.
July 22nd, 2014, 08:07 PM #7
You being up there are the right man to ask: why are folks up there so sensitive about "Frisco"?
Originally Posted by salami
I must confess, it will be a hard habit to break. I worked for number of years with two brothers from SF. Good guys but when it came to sports they became two of the loudest most obnoxious guys you would ever meet. Hanging out we would be downing brews and sling insults at each other that would make sailors blush. But if some one said "Frisco" they would get all butt hurt like some line was crossed.
Me being, well, me, started using "Frisco" because it drove them crazy. I also used the term "No Cal" instead of the preferred "Nor Cal" because it also drove them nuts. Insults matches would literally stop and they would say something like "C'mon man, why you gotta be like that?" if either phrase was used.
Something I also loved to do: someone would ask them where they from and they would always say "The Bay Area" which would always elicit the follow up question "Where in the Bay". They loftily reply "The City!" I would loudly say "You mean Oakland?" It drove them nuts.
Now for the record we were friends and they gave me as good as I gave them and I always enjoy my time in the Bay Area. But no one has ever explained to me why "Frisco" is so offensive, even those two guys could never give a straight answer.
Last edited by Kings Provisional; July 22nd, 2014 at 08:09 PM.
July 22nd, 2014, 08:45 PM #8
ya, my cousin lives in San Jose and grew up in the area, pretty much living there from 1981 and on and he used the term "frisco". I was actually surprised (other) NorCal people bristled at that term. he also says "hella" and is kind of douchey so who knows.
July 22nd, 2014, 08:59 PM #9
So I was in LA last week, and spent some time with my aunt who lived up here for a couple of decades, and I asked her that very question. Her response was to say that as charming, beautiful and sophisticated San Francisco is, to reduce an equally beautiful name to "frisco" is a crime. If you haven't noticed, residents of San Francisco can be a bit pretentious, so I think that plays a part as well. I honestly like it up here, yes, even more than Los Angeles; I anticipate living here for many years, and who knows, maybe some day I'll be offended by the use of the word "frisco". You'll never catch me saying "hella" though.
Originally Posted by Kings Provisional
July 23rd, 2014, 06:57 AM #10
The whole NorCal thing is also confusing. Did SoCal ever catch on as a thing? I feel like I left the LA area in 97, came to the Bay area in 2007 and there must have been this big NorCal SoCal fad that happened in between. Either that it's just everyone up here with NorCal stickers and sweaters and nobody in LA ever gave a ****.
The folks in this area are a bit pretentious though, and what the hell is up with their undying love for all things Northface?
Also if lunchbox is in the area again let me know if you'll be around the farmers market in Walnut Creek on sunday. Our fam is planning to get crepes down the street and then pick up some stuff.