TRH RECAP – ANAHEIM DUCKS ROUND 2 GAME 5: THE QUACKENING


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KINGS 3, DUCKS 4

Here we are again.

Recapping the third straight Kings playoff loss in a row, after this series started so well.

Here we are, trying to find humor in what is now a desperate situation for the Kings and their loyal fans.

BUT WHO CAN LAUGH AT A TIME LIKE THIS??!  I WANT MY SECOND STANLEY CUP AND I WANT IT NOW!!

Whoops…

I don’t see what the problem is here.

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OVERLY PHILOSOPHICAL REBUTTAL TO PEOPLE TROLLING KINGS FANS ON TWITTER:

Let me explain something, LA haters. Being a Kings fan is a little bit like feeling like you’re in the Truman Show. In the first act, you grow up in sunny Los Angeles and paradoxically come to love a game played on ice. In the next act, you go your entire childhood and most of your adult life with your cherished team winning absolutely nothing of any circumstance. And then, finally, a magical 8 seed run to the cup that seemed so unstoppable you hardly had time to question what you were watching. It’s so storied, so seemingly scripted, that you’re imbued with a real sense of destiny; as though the Hockey Gods themselves chose you to experience this unlikely blessing.

It turns out, the answer is “Kings fans”.

Then, an extra-long summer makes you feel like the entire hockey world has stopped just to let you celebrate and decompress after so many years building up anticipation for this worthy moment. When it finally comes time for another crack at the playoffs, only an unholy demon team full of mulleted taxi driver bullies is able to derail the Kings.

And now a year later, after falling behind 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks in the first round, you could be forgiven for thinking that your time in the Golden Period of Kings fandom was coming to a bitterly disappointing end. AND THEN… a #ReverseSweep. A #REVERSESWEEP!!!!!!

Stop.

Truly absorb that accomplishment and what it feels like to be a fan of the 5th team in North American professional sports history to complete such a comeback, and realize that it really is a magical thing to be a fan of these 21st century Kings. If you’re a Kings fan and you’ve lived these exact circumstances from zero to hero, you know what it’s like to stare down the barrel of incredible adversity time and time again, only to be shown that miracles really do happen. That no matter how biting your cynicism, how doubtful your logical mind, your Cup can runneth over with sweet triumph. For Kings fans, this allegory permeates into daily life, restoring a bit of the innocence and exuberance of unbridled optimism that we all crave: Anything can happen. Don’t give up.

As Kings fans we sit perched on the edge of the unknown once again, our hearts echoing Darryl Sutter’s words today: “I’d rather be playing a Game 6 in May than playing Game 82 on the 15th of April, saying, ‘Ooh, I can’t wait to watch the playoffs.’”

And that’s all there really is – a chance. Still breathing, still talking Kings hockey on May 13th when nobody in the world (except for PumperNicholl) thought we would be here after the first 3 games of the first round.

Enjoy it.

It’s good to be (a fan of the) King(s).

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Until next time Kings fans,

Tufficult out.

-King Tufficult (@KingTufficult)

As a child, King Tufficult liked to hang out at Iceoplex to watch his dad's summer skating group that included many gloriously mulleted individuals. Some of the people attached to those mullets played for the early 90's LA Kings. It was destiny. Since then, King Tufficult has enjoyed such hobbies as: watching his lifelong favorite sports team achieve their first championship in history, being unable to pee at Staples Center if too many people are waiting for his urinal, and "contributing" to The Royal Half.If you're a glutton for punishment, you can follow King Tufficult on Twitter @KingTufficult.