Normally, this early in a Los Angeles Kings season when they are playing an important division rival, I would watch the game from home, obsessively watching and screen-grabbing every frame of the game. But since the Kings Marketing Department was having an official Kings Watch Party somewhere not in Long Beach, Indiana Matt and I decided to leave work a bit early and check out the scene at Barney's Beanery in Burbank. And by pure coincidence, it just happened to be the Los Angeles Kings Ice Girls 2010-2011 Calendar Release Party!
Wait a second... what kind of a calendar is this?!
Kings 5, Stars 2, Ice Girls, A Plenty
Now normally when you go to watch Los Angeles Kings games in local bars around town, you have to track down a manager and ask if they'll put the hockey game on... and when they say "we don't have the hockey package"... you then have to say "no, it's on locally, Fox Sports West." Then the manager looks at you weird and says "you mean, the Lakers?" But at Barney's Beanery in Burbank, they seemed to have the best interest of hockey fans in mind.
Let me pull back the camera a little to show you what this sign means.
The Kings were on the big screen. While the World Series game...
...was on a slightly smaller screen and surrounded by hockey.
4th most popular major professional sport FTW!!!
Now of course, the night didn't belong to the players on the ice... this night was for the tight-bodied women that cheer them on and clean up the ice during the television timeouts. Now there has been a lot of talk about how Ice Girls are bad for the game. But tonight, there were plenty of smiles across the faces of out of shape, middle-aged men... so how bad could it be.
Wow, they really went all out if you bought one of those calendars.
I'm protecting him in case he has a wife and family, but trust me, he had a big ole smile.
In between periods, I don't want to watch in-depth analysis from Bob Miller and Jim Fox... no, I'm in public at a sports bar... I want to watch amateur porn!
So the Kings Marketing department felt it was necessary to show the making of the Ice Girls Calendar in between periods. What they didn't feel like it was necessary to do was be able to switch back to the live feed of the game once it started back up.
Eventually they figured out how to get the game back on the big screen and all order was restored in bar. The Kings put forth an impressive overall game and Jon Quick has Kings fans saying "Bernier-who?" I would also like to take this moment to say that Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy has always been on Team Quick. It is I that have been on Team Bernier, but after last nights game... wow. Quick looked Sharp. What a pun that would be next time the Kings face Chicago! After a strong performance by the Kings against Dallas and a lot of fun fans cheering them on at a local bar... there was only one thing that could make this night even better!
Live interviews with Heidi Androl!!
That's right, Kings Sideline Reporter Heidi Androl was in the house. And she made a great day, even greater.
Actually, I lied. There was one more person that could have made this night a little more fun.
To purchase The Royal Half's first t-shirt, please check out the brand new The Royal Half Gift Shoppe. Unfortunately, I don't think you'll be able to get the shirt in time for Saturday's game against New Jersey, but better late than never, right?
Oh, I know one more place the Los Angeles Kings go....