Not on Team Coco.

It’s hard being a true hockey fan in a sunny place. There is an inherent skepticism that comes with liking a cold weather sport in a town that is very, very warm. I blame my fellow jaded Canadians for failing to see the hypocrisy in complaining that there are no fans in sunny places and then questioning the legitimacy of said fans when they come out. Seriously folks? Come now.

One individual who has taken it upon himself to consistently wind up the LA Kings and their faithful is none other than television’s Mr. Conan O’Brien. It started during the Western Conference Final with this gem of a tweet…

Which prompted this gem of a reply from the Kings…

And now we are in a full fledged back and forth.

Needless to say Conan is a little skeptical of the merits of Los Angeles’ hockey fanbase and delivered this compelling assessment of what the scene in LA will be tomorrow after game four. He was filming during the game and had no idea how it would end. We now know it will be the former.

“We did it” indeed.

Also, wherever they filmed this looks beautiful this time of year. I can see why it would be hard to play hockey there outside of Mighty Ducks 2.

Comments (2)

  1. Conan O. Has got to be the weirdest looking TV host ever.

  2. “I blame my fellow jaded Canadians for failing to see the hypocrisy in complaining that there are no fans in sunny places and then questioning the legitimacy of said fans when they come out. Seriously folks? Come now”

    There isn’t really hypocrisy there. Just showing up doesn’t make you a ‘legitimate’ fan, and saying “no fans” is clear hyperbole. Obviously every team has a small number of ‘legitimate’ fans, probably more than 1k. But when it’s cheaper to fly from Toronto to Phoenix and get tickets to the Coyotes game (with free parking, I believe), as opposed to going to the game in Toronto, it’s clear that there are not enough ‘legitimate’ fans in that area to support the game.
    I think everyone is allowed to complain about ‘fairweather’ fans, no matter the location or sport. So when I saw the Phoenix Coyotes having near sellouts in the playoffs, I was perfectly justified in commenting that they still had few ‘real’ fans, and mocking the fans who were going. Where were they during the regular season?

    The packages are the worst though. There were tickets to a NYI game; “$51 includes: Lower Level VIP ticket, an Islanders hat, and pre-game buffet at the Marriot”. If Marriot’s have similar prices, just the hat and buffet with Canadian equivalents would be close to 51$…I will never understand how Toronto and Montreal have just one team while Greater New York has three – despite having fewer fans than either Montreal or Toronto.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *