Today, the L.A. Kings probably have their biggest audience over the airwaves ever--not because they're playing the "Original 6" New York Rangers (with ex-Kings rabble rouser Sean Avery) but because they are on KTLK, the Socal "progressive talk" radio station. Listeners who tune in to hear the latest on Barack, Hillary, and the various propositions on Super Tuesday are hearing Nick Nickson talk puck.
On that note, here's an artifact that I didn't donate to Goodwill after cleaning out my kitchen over the weekend. It's the Frosted Flakes box made in honor of the Kings' 92-93 Stanley Cup run. It's hard to believe that such a product was made; who ever gets remembered for being number two? (They fell short to the Habs, who were backstopped by the red-hot Patrick Roy.)
But it was an amazing run, and Wayne Gretzky (below, next to Lucky Luc and under current radio color guy Daryl Evans, the original "Finnish Flash" Jari Kurri--I think--and Tony "Cammy's brother" Granato) still says that fueling hockey's popularity in L.A. is one of his proudest accomplishments. Yes, the box is impressive. Too bad the Kings' rivals, The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, have rendered it irrelevant by by becoming the champs last year.
Nonetheless, the continually rebuilding Kings are still my team, and right now they are beating the Rangers 2-0 in the first period. Oops, make that 2-1 at the first intermission. Crap!