You might think that potential buyers would be after the Staples Center or LA Live or the O2 Arena or the vast promotional reach of AEG Live. But no, obviously the suitors of AEG are after one thing and one thing only... the Los Angeles Kings. So in the time-honored tradition of TRH Off-Season Investigative Reporting... we take a look at the potential buyers of AEG and the LA Kings.
When in doubt, they could always try selling the Kings on Shark Tank.
"Pardonnez-moi, monsieur... this photo is for players only."
"Shut it, Bernier. I played more in these playoffs than you did."
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And in international news... The Royal Half was featured on television! Well... Canadian television... but it's still television nonetheless! Something called the Global News featured "Locked Out & I Know It" in their roundup of what dumb hockey fans were doing with their time off. You can check out the link here.
Ugh, TV adds 10 pounds to my blog name.
And finally, a few days ago Jesse Cohen released a massive diatribe against the NHL Lockout the only way he knows how... to the tune of a classic childrens' poem about Santa Claus. Which is pretty impressive for Jesse... mainly because he's Jewish. Here it is, in its entirety.
Twas the day of the lockout and no talks were planned
There would be no heroics, no late night last stand
The players and owners would fight over cash
While the hopes and the dreams of the fans were all dashed
They had taken to facebook and reddit and twitter
And as the lockout drew closer their words became bitter
“Up yours Gary Bettman!” “Screw you Donald Fehr”
“Please don’t make another season disappear”
But the lawyers on both sides had made up their minds
And politely told fans we could kiss their behinds
Despite all the owners griping and complaints
They were handing out contracts with little restraint
“Four more years for Shane Doan, $18 Million for Burrows!!!”
While the brows of the fans became wrinkled and furrowed
“Don’t blame us” said the players “for the owners confusion”
While their salaries climbed the fans grew disillusioned
We don’t care about escrows, profit sharing or rollbacks
Or if big market teams should pay a luxury tax
We want to see hockey not hear your regrets
or listen to lawyers posture and make threats
And the good news for fans, who might be so inclined
There’ll be hockey this year, you can watch it online
The juniors and minors will still play their games
While the NHLPA call the owners bad names
“It won’t be as fun as the big leagues” you’ll scoff
But it beats watching Baseball or Tennis or Golf
And before you all know it this lockout will end
And we’ll go back to watching the teams over spend
And in another six years or possibly later
We’ll find ourselves cursing a new batch of traitors
New owners, new players and a new set of lawyers
Brand new employees and brand new employers
They’ll fight over money and lengths of contracts
They’ll distort the numbers and twist all the facts
And we’ll keep on watching and filling the stands
Because the league knows we’re “the worlds greatest fans”
for us it’s not business it’s a piece of our lives
It makes us skip work and helps us survive
It brings us together, it makes grown men weep
It fills all our dreams when we fall fast asleep
So forgive us dear players and agents and owners
If we rant and we rave and we call you all moaners
You’re stealing our fun and you’re taking our hockey
Forcing us to choose between Norfolk and Milwaukee
We won’t get to see the Kings raising their banner
Or watch them defend it, (and do it for Tanner)
We’ll miss the NHL on our TV sets
The Leafs and the Habs and the Flames and Jets
The Sharks and the Blues, the Coyotes and Ducks
The Wild, the Flames and Vancouver Canucks
The Bruins and Flyers and Penguins and Red Wings
The Rangers and Devils and the joy watching them brings
So I make this last plea tho I know it won’t matter
Please cut through the jargon and bullshit and chatter
The reviews are in! And our article about the rise of LA Kings Stanley Cup Tattoos is a hit! To the face!
So... let me get this straight. You are upset that I put something out in public on the internet...
... that you already put out in public on the internet?
Oh!!! I'm so sorry. I didn't realize that the tattoos were free. THAT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING.
Yes, you are 100% right. I wrote a 1000 word review about LA Kings Stanley Cup tattoos just to deal with my issue of being too scared to get one myself.
Finally! Somebody with something smart to say.
(Actually @LA_CliffordBaby unfollowed me on Twitter last night. But, hey, who is counting?)
I have to say... this Kevin Young fellow is actually kinda smart.
Yes, Kevin Young. I've been going to LA Kings games for nearly 25 years, paid for 1/2 Season Tickets the last 10 seasons, watch the games religiously, traveled to Europe to watch them play and I blog about them nearly nightly all in an effort to support my pro-Ducks, anti-Kings agenda. You figured it out.
Well if there isn't a clearer definition of what a blogger is than this, then I don't want to know.
So any fucking idiot can start a blog but I'm expected to do research? Man, this blogging thing is tough!
When I set out to really find a way to drive tons of traffic to this site... "write a niche article about LA Kings Stanley Cup tattoos" shot to top of my list.
I have no idea what this means. But man, I'd love #TheRoyalHalfAssingIt to become a trending topic.
Maybe I just don't understand this generation... but if you think a blog post is complete bullshit why would you tattoo it onto your body? Seems counterintuitive to me.
No argument here, sister. The Kings winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history was one of the greatest days of my life too. I just chose to not memorialize it with a free tattoo.
All of that above was just the positive feedback! Check out what some really upset people had to say:
Well, at least they aren't saying any more bad stuff about me on Twitter anymore. Nope, they've taken it to Facebook!
On a very special edition of All The Kings Men Podcast, Jesse Cohen and I (and even John Hoven from Mayor's Manor) welcome Jack Wilson, a producer at Fox Sports West, to talk about his trip across Canada following a few members of the Los Angeles Kings organization during their day with the Stanley Cup. And after talking with Jack about his adventures... it's easy to say that Jesse and I hate him more than anyone else we've ever met in our lives.
Ugh... I HATE this guy.
To listen to Jack's amazing stories about his time with the Stanley Cup you can check the latest All The Kings Men here, subscribe to it on iTunes or listen below.
I know that I haven't been writing with the regularity that you would come to expect after the Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup Championship in 44 seasons in the NHL. But after two months time of refreshing and recharging my hockey soul, I am more ready than ever to start blogging all about the upcoming NHL season. And boy am I excited to watch some hock.... WHAAAAAAA?!?!?!
Whew! For a minute there I thought you were about to say the NHL was going to have a lockout!
This above is simply a photo of one of Mike Richards many sex toys.
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I was asked by Yahoo's Puck Daddy to contribute to their NHL Essentials series. If you are curious what I think the seminal moments in Los Angeles Kings history are... you can read the Los Angeles Kings Essentials here. Come for the article... stay for the comments.
You nailed it, DaveGeek. You nailed it.
So unfortunately... unless there is some sort of miracle agreement between the NHL and NHLPA... us hockey fans are going to have to spend our Fall watching awful Hollywood re-makes.
Although the trailer for Dumb and Dumber 3 wasn't too bad.
Wow... I can't believe they are re-making No Country For Old Men already!
Seriously... how does a photo like this even exist?!?
It's so funny how I used to actually care about the NHL Awards and the NHL Draft. But then the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the 1st time... and I just can't find the effort to care about anything else. So instead... The Royal Half Mom provided me with a review of the NHL Awards Show from this past Wednesday night.
Like devoted hockey fans, Dad and I watched the NHL award show last night... in fact, I recorded it. What a flipping waste of time. I could have written and produced a better show - hell, your 5 year-old niece could have done a better job. Whoever produced it must be sleeping with someone important because it was so bad that it made us cringe. Not funny, not clever and where in the Hell did they find the presenters? Let's not forget that other than Mark Messier no one even mentioned the Kings. The audacity of a West Coast team to win the Cup. All the awards went to LOSERS who were praised beyond belief by the numb–nuts on the show. Once again, NBC Sports had their heads so far up their asses they couldn't see the light of day with a flashlight and a road map. And tell me, where does Tracy Morgan fit into the hockey world?
I sincerely hope this travesty will not go unnoticed by the Royal Half and I am praying with all my heart that the Kings win it next year too just to shut them all up.
P.S. Feel free to quote me.
The apple sure falls far from the tree, huh? In other news, on June 18th I appeared on The War Room on XM Home Ice. For the last 2 seasons I've been the Los Angeles Kings Disaster Correspondent for hosts Mick Kern and Peter Berce... so imagine their surprise when they had to talk with me about my favorite hockey team winning the Stanley Cup. It's by far one of my most favorite radio spots I've ever done (except for this one of course) and we rambled on and on for 16 minutes about the joys of being a fan of the greatest game in the world.