Originally written November 13, 2012 on The Royal Half:
I know that I get criticized a lot for not being a "true" Los Angeles Kings fan. That sometimes... god forbid... I might dare to question the quality of the product that my favorite professional ice hockey team is putting out on the ice. Well, fear not dedicated and true LA Kings fans... for at least once a year... I am one of you. Over the past few seasons, no matter what the outlook for the team heading into the regular season has been... I've placed a $100 bet on the Los Angeles Kings to win the Stanley Cup. That's right... even when the Kings were about to embark on their 71 point campaign of 2007-08... I laid down a cool Benjamin in blind support of my favorite hockey team to win it all. So imagine my surprise in mid-August when waking up from a Stanley Cup-induced hangover... I found this in my pocket.  It's faded because I'm pretty sure that I used it to wipe my tears by accident during Game 6. Indiana Matt found himself in Las Vegas in mid-July of 2011 and placed what I'm sure he thought at the time was a total suckers bet for me on the LA Kings to win the Stanley Cup at 12 to 1 odds. Honestly, in the madness of the LA Kings actually winning the Stanley Cup... I had totally forgotten about this Golden Ticket. And since the NHL and NHLPA have combined to completely deny me the chance to claim this ticket in person at Frozen Fury in Las Vegas... I mailed the ticket into the Venetian in early October and then a few weeks later received this: The only thing better than the LA Kings winning the Stanley Cup?Winning money for the LA Kings winning the Stanley Cup! So here we are... day 59 into the NHL Lockout and I've got $1300 dollars in my pocket. What ever could I spend that money on?!? Awkkkkkk-waaaaaaard. All apologies for the infrequent posts on The Royal Half... be lets be honest. There isn't much to talk about. So make sure that you are following me on Twitter... because that is where the real hot TRH action is going on right now... with gems like these:   Step aside Aki Berg... Alec Martinez getting hit in the face with a puck is now the worst Finnish thing to ever happen to the LA Kings. — The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) November 13, 2012     Nearly minutes after stepping on the ice for a Manchester Monarchs practice, Jon Quick was given the Baz Bastien Award. — The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) November 12, 2012     This is what you force me to do when you don't play your season, NHL. twitter.com/theroyalhalf/s… — The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) November 12, 2012   The best side effect of the NHL Lockout dragging on 59 days? I've been getting plenty of time to read great books about hockey. Make sure you check out Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL: The Untold Story of Hockey’s Great Escapes. While reading it I learned that the first Russian-born player to ever play in the NHL was Victor Nechayev for your Los Angeles Kings. I'd recognize that Commie smile anywhere! Yup, there it is again.
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