Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kings Hockey: Stanley Cup Playoffs

This truly is the best time of year.

Not only has a new Baseball season started, but hockey is about to begin its second season. That's right, it's the Stanley Cup Playoffs!

This year the Kings got in by the hair of their chinny-chin-chin. They took the the 8th and final spot in the Western Conference, and hope to move on past the 1st round of the playoffs for the first time in ages.

This time they face off against their 2010 playoff foes, the Vancouver Canucks. The first game is tonight at 7:30 and can be seen on Channel 13.

To get you in the mood check out this great video.

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Here is another video to get you excited. (Hat Tip: Surly & Scribe)

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If you are looking for some positive prognostication then go no further than the always reliable Kings cheerleader Barry Melrose while on ESPN. I realize the Kings are far from being a favorite this year, but ya know... who cares? The Stanley Cup Playoffs are about upsets, and the Kings certainly have the pieces to make Vancouverites riot once more.

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Blog Kiosk: 4/11/2012

Be sure to check out Jon SooHoo's pics from Opening Day. Above, members of the Los Angeles Dodgers 1962 roster meet for photograph Tuesday, April 10, 2012 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles,California. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012.
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    "At every game this season, we're going to have undercover officers in the opposing team jerseys," Sgt. Mitzi Fierro said. "If somebody is going to harass a fan from an opposing team, it increases the possibility of them coming in contact with a police officer. It kind of requires people to be on their best behavior."
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    In January 2009, just shy of his 80th birthday, John Burgeson logged on to Wikipedia and edited the entry for fantasy baseball to include this: "An early form of fantasy baseball was coded for an IBM 1620 computer in 1960 by John Burgeson, IBM Akron."
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