Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Go Kings Go!

Tonight is Game 3, and I am both nervous and excited.  We've had a tough go of it the first two games, and at numerous times in those early matches the Kings looked unrecognizable.

Who were those guys?

The Kings had seemingly lost their way.  They aimlessly tried to catch up with the Sharks speed, but ended up chasing the puck to their demise.  Kings hockey had disappeared, and if they want to have any chance of winning this series they had better find it again. 

Coming back home to the Staples Center is a good place to restart things.  They'll have a friendly crowd ready and willing to cheer them to victory.  I suspect it'll be loud, but I fear that some early nervous tension will set in if the Kings do not set their pace. 

I, for one, plan on being loud throughout.  I'll be sitting in my usual section with my friends in tow.  We'll scream and chant, cheer and bellow, yell and shriek. 

We might be down for now, but the count has not even begun.  We are standing in our corner ready for the referee to restart the fight, and like Ali in Manila we will shake off our misery with a tough win in the end. 

The bout starts at 7:00 PM, and you had better glue your eyes to the tube for this one.  This evening may prove to be the bellwether. 

Go Kings Go!

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Blog Kiosk: 4/22/2014 - Dodger Links - Arruebarrena Plays, More Dodger Give-Away Previews and Greinke

This is a great photo of an unfortunate play.  Carlos Ruiz tags out Yasiel Puig between 3rd and home in the 1st inning.  It set a tone for the rest of the game as they would not get another runner to 3rd base.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.
  • Via Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest, "Dodgers’ SS prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena makes professional debut."
  • Here's a peek at the Dodger pennant being given away at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, May 10th against the Giants.  See it on the right.   It has a old-timey kind of look to it.  
  • On Tuesday, June 17th the Dodgers are giving away a facsimile autographed Dodger Baseball.  See it on the left, below.  Awesome, right?
  • Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider explores, "The crazy rise in strikeouts for the Dodgers."
Dodger pitchers have never struck out more than 1,292 batters in a season, a record set in 2013. This year, they’re on pace for 1,543. And Clayton Kershaw hasn’t pitched in a game since March.
In the novel, the reclusive writer was the real-life J.D. Salinger. Why was he not a character in the movie? The answer involves both moxie and cowardice.
  • Jon Chapper at Dodger Insider tells us that the Dodgers are nearing 10,000 total franchise National League wins, and we are either 3 or 16 wins away from it - depending on who you ask.
  • Greg Katz at the LAist shares some delectable photos of some of the new foods being offered at Dodger Stadium.  Yummmmm...
  • Eno Harris at FoxSports notes that Greinke has always played around with his pitching repertoire in order to stay ahead of hitter.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Dodgers name training room after Dr. Jobe."
  • ICYMI:  The Dodgers recalled right-handed pitcher Jose Dominguez from Triple-A yesterday and optioned infielder/outfielder Chone Figgins to Albuquerque.  This is expected to be a short term move, so as to help out an overworked bullpen.

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