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06-14-2012, 09:26 AM
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Pomp and Circumstance of Kings Title is Unmatched in LA History

Plaschke with another terrific article.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-spk...2911091.column

"The noise was so enormous, all of the loudmouths in the press box fell silent because we couldn't hear each other speak. The roar was so strong, I actually felt the building move. I've never heard such sincere screaming, such joyous celebrating. And as officials wheeled the 35-pound Stanley Cup across a red carpet unfurled on the ice, the noise continued unabated.

Have you ever seen the actual awarding of the Cup before? Did you have any idea it would be so powerful in its simplicity? Many in my business agree the Stanley Cup ceremony is the greatest trophy presentation in sports and it's not even close. Now I know they are right.

What we were seeing and hearing was history. I have been fortunate enough to witness many dramatic Los Angeles sports championships, from the Dodgers' 1988 upset of the Oakland Athletics, to the Lakers five titles in the last 13 years, to compelling crowns won by USC football and the Angels and the Galaxy. Yet none of them were felt as deeply, and celebrated as emotionally, as that moment the city of Angels became a community of Kings.

It hit me in the final seconds of the final game, as the fans counted down the final ticks of the clock as if they were 16-year-olds watching a high school basketball game. It hit when the thunder hit me, a rolling, rollicking thunder, the sort of noise that reached levels previously unheard in Staples Center's dozen years of existence."

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Wow, great article.

Nice of Plaschke to finally extract his head from the up and locked position long enough to write something like that because he and others like him (Simers) were some of the demons the Kings exorcised on Monday. Tiny little insignificant demons, but still demons.

It's almost a shame someone like Plaschke gets to be on the ice with the players and the Stanley Cup over anyone of us that write here or the several other fans that have gone on to establish blogs writing about the Kings since most of us truly get "IT" on a much deeper level than Plaschke and have a much greater appreciation of what the Kings accomplished.


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To be fair to Bill, he's written a ton of terrific articles this postseason about the Kings.

He's ripped on the Kings plenty of times over the years, but let's face it.. the Kings weren't that good - particularly from 04-09. One series win in the last 18 years prior to this year will jade anyone.

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To be fair to Bill, he's written a ton of terrific articles this postseason about the Kings.

He's ripped on the Kings plenty of times over the years, but let's face it.. the Kings weren't that good - particularly from 04-09. One series win in the last 18 years prior to this year will jade anyone.
To be fair to Bill? He didn't just rip the Kings, he ripped hockey and Kings' fans in general plenty of times. Not as much as Simers, but he had his moments. Plaschke, Simers, and Elliott aren't getting any passes from me in the long run.

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