July 3rd, 2012, 09:42 AM #1
Hello from Michigan
I figured I would introduce myself for those that care. I have lived in Michigan (Upper Peninsula) for 45 years. No one in my family liked or watched sports, so at age 14 I decided I wanted to root for sports teams but wasn't sure which teams to pick. I looked around and determined that I did not wish to root for any team from Detroit or Green Bay (Packers) so I looked at all the teams and determined that I loved the city of Los Angeles (why, I don't know, maybe just the name) and also loved their sports teams names Rams, Lakers and Kings...I also loved the uniform colors. So in 1981 I started rooting for those teams and have been a fanatic with them ever since. Even with the Rams moving to St. Louis.
In 1982, though, I saw the Dodgers and did not like the name nor their uniform colors so I picked the Baltimore Orioles instead. Cool name, cool players...etc. I was a young kid, so....other than baseball my teams I watch are from LA (even love the Galaxy).
Followed the Kings by watching ESPN or CNN headline sports to catch highlights and scores, also used Sporting News for box scores, trades, etc....We were fortunate about 12 or 13 years ago to get NHL Center Ice. I have had it every year since (except 2004 for obvious reasons) and have watch many, many Kings games. Can't stay up and see as many now, but at one point saw 600 of about 630, mostly because those 30 games weren't televised. I even recorded them on VHS when I worked midnights (start time 1030 here) and watched them when I got home. Also watch Toronto, Washington, NY Rangers...or if they aren't playing I watch matchups that look good to me.
Never had a chance to go to a live game as no one else I know liked hockey. Where I live it's all football and it's all Packers as we live about 100 miles from Green Bay. But that changed when my son, who posts as Cheap, started loving hockey also. He got hooked on the Kings because I always talked about them. When I realized that he actually loved hockey and it wasn't just a passing fancy we took a road trip to see them in Chicago, Columbus, Nashville, Detroit and MInnesota. Now, I told him that since they won the Cup we'll take a trip to LA and see them at home...so we are planning a trip in the future to do just that.
Most favorite moments, the Miracle on Manchester (I'll never forget seeing ESPN sportscenter with Tom Mess when he said, "This you won't believe, but I swear it's true.." Then told about LA's comeback. The Gretzky trade, getting Ziggy Palffy, and many more with #1 being the Stanley Cup. It's been a fun 31 years, and look forward to more.
Hope I didn't post too long or bore you but just wanted to tell my story.
July 3rd, 2012, 09:55 AM #2
July 3rd, 2012, 10:13 AM #3
Welcome aboard the Kings train, you need no ticket just get on board.
July 3rd, 2012, 10:14 AM #4
July 3rd, 2012, 03:40 PM #5
July 3rd, 2012, 11:03 PM #6
Well done yupper! (is that how they spell it?)
July 4th, 2012, 06:13 AM #7
It's yooper.....but close.
Originally Posted by jammer06
July 14th, 2012, 09:00 AM #8
Greetings from the poster from N.E. Wisconsin.
Born in the Ann Arbor area, Saline, to be exact. Been in the west since 79, grew up at the old Olympia watching the Wings. Welcome aboard and enjoy.
July 15th, 2012, 05:46 AM #9
Hello and very cool to see other Michigan or ex Michigan folk here! I grew up in Sterling Hts Michigan about 40ish minute drive north of Detroit. I got into the Kings around the Wayne era BUT I was already feeling something with them going back to the triple crown line and the fact that the weird idea of being able to surf during the day and play the most awesome sport at night seemed so wild and cool to a very much younger version of me.
August 17th, 2012, 10:06 AM #10
Hello from Michigan