Vartan – HOOOOOOO!!!!

You follow the Los Angeles Kings through ups and downs for over 20 years. You start a blog so you can talk about the team. You post ferociously (only because you are off work right now and don’t start working again till January). You get some nice feedback on your postings, maybe get a couple repeat commenters… then this happens:

You get featured as a link on a Michael Vartan fan site. And you get over 130 unique visitors to your blog in a manner of hours. I’m not talking about a couple of Alias fans from Los Angeles… I got hits from Italy, Sweden, Japan, Australia, the Philippines and from Israel!

I never watched Alias. I never even knew who JJ Abrams was until I started watching Lost, a season later than all my friends. So when I decided to post about Michael Vartan’s interview with Heidi Androl during Saturday’s game… I had no idea it would be this popular.

I have no problem with Michael Vartan being a hockey fan or even a Kings fan. I’m all for celebrities supporting hockey. And when Michael Vartan talks about hockey, it’s obvious he knows the game… he’s much more Tim Robbins than Snoop Dogg, you know what I mean? Also, he seems to be able to convince writers to construct scenes around the game of hockey, no matter how awkward the dialogue:

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Does his government job pay for that ice time at the rink?

One more:

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Seriously… ice time is expensive… how does he afford it for just 2 people each time?

I invite you to spend some time on the VartanHo.com website. It is seriously in-depth. It has a list of enemies of Michael Vartan (including the Atlanta Braves). You’ll find fan art, fan songs, a review of an un-aired pilot that he starred in and my favorite… fan created slideshows and videos.

I only wished my website was able to follow the Kings in such amazing detail. Someday… But until that day comes, I’ll continue to support the Los Angeles Kings and maybe I’ll even run into Michael Vartan at a game. We can share a beer and chat about the worst King ever. I’ll say “Todd Elik” and he’ll say “Gary Shuchuk” and then we’ll laugh and both say “Brad Chartrand.”

I’ll be at the game tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Your move Vartan.

UPDATE: I wrong this post last night at midnight. In the 9 hours since then, an additional 150 people have come to my blog from VartanHo.com. As VartanHo “Heather” writes, in her poem “Reason We Appreciate Michael Vartan”:

The Korean prison scene in “Crossings.”
The Casablanca airport scene in “Prelude.”
His fantastic body.
His devotion to the LA Kings.
– Heather
I, for one, welcome our Michael Vartan overlords to this hockey website. Stay a while… and chat about 18 year old Drew Doughty’s chances of winning the Calder Trophy this season.

UPDATE #2: December 1st just ended…. I received 440 unique visitors who all came over from the Michael Vartan fan site. In one day.

The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.