A mere hours away from gametime, a few Los Angeles Kings Hockey Bloggers have been responding to the great RudyKelly's Game 6 Questionnaire. So I figure... if I can't be as funny as RudyKelly... I can at least copy him, right?
Am I disappointed with the way they've played this series?
Game 5 was a blowout that can happen in any series (See Detroit losing 5-2 at home to Phoenix today as an example.) The only game I've been disappointed with was the 3rd period meltdown in Game 4. If Luongo doesn't make that amazing save in Game 1, this series could have been over by now.
Do I wish the Kings had called up Jonathan Bernier?
No effin' way. This is Quick's season. Bernier gets his chance next year.
Do I wish Randy Jones were shot into the Sun?
I don't know if that technology is available but I would rather have Peter Harrold out there, yes.
Is Randy Jones the reason the Kings have lost any one game?
Yeah, right. I wish you could pinpoint playoff losses on one player.
Is Terry Murray just an average in-game coach?
Average in-game? Sure. But look at the work he has done over two seasons to see how good of a coach he is; Kopitar's transition to a defensively responsible player as well as the leaps forward Wayne Simmonds and Brad Richardson have taken this season.
Does he deserve anything but adulation for his overall performance this season?
Don't forget that the Kings finished 9th overall in the league. Why shouldn't Coach Murray get consideration for the Jack Adams Award?
Has this been the best season since 1992-93?
Do I have any regrets spending countless hours writing about a hockey team on the internet?
It was a hell of a lot easier when this team sucked, I'll tell you that.
Do I want the Kings to win tonight?
Want? Of course. Need? Yes.
Will I be devastated if they lose?
No. I've been a Kings fan for 20+ years. I'd be devastated if they won the Stanley Cup.
Am I proud of this team?
Yes. And seeing the way Staples Center has lit up during this playoffs makes me even prouder of its fans.
Would I change anything about this season?
Not one thing. Sports are the ultimate reality show... you don't get to change a thing.
So there you have it. If you so desire, you can answer Rudy's questions in the comments. I'm leaving for Staples Center in a few minutes to watch Game 6 of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It's win or go home. And whenever I see a team in that situation, I can only think of this.
Go get 'em, boys. Take those Twinkies down.