Kings fans coming out of the woodworks

2012-05-31T01:09:00Z 2012-06-01T14:40:46Z Kings fans coming out of the woodworksBy Joe Bailey/Sports Writer/ Santa Maria Times

You might have heard by now.

I know I have. I’m getting tired of hearing about it.

Sure, guess you could say I’ve always known there were several closeted fans on the Central Coast, but this is starting to get out of hand.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m talking about the incredible run the Los Angeles Kings are on.

The Kings are within three wins from the franchise’s first Stanley Cup after Wednesday’s 2-1 OT thriller over the New Jersey Devils.

Now with the Lakers bounced from the playoffs, people are starting to learn who Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick and Anze Kopitar are.

If you’re checking your Facebook, email or phone this morning you’re most likely being inundated with friends who are suddenly claiming to be “huge” Kings fans.

It’s great for the team and all the die-hard Kings fans that’ve been waiting for Lord Stanley’s glory. This is a franchise that couldn’t even win the Stanley Cup with “The Great One,” on its roster.

But please do me a favor. If you’re enjoying the greatest season in Kings’ history that’s fine, but don’t pretend to be a fan of hockey and blow up Twitter and Facebook to let every single friend you have know that you’re a Kings fan.

You probably don't even know what icing is.

When they were firing their coach and backing into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, not this many people cared about the Kings.

It’s a part of sports, but it’s still annoying.

I went through the same thing when my St. Louis Rams made it to and won the Super Bowl XXXIV against the Titans.

“Oh, you’re a Rams fan now,” stranger on the street would tease mockingly.

True Kings fans must be annoyed. I knew I was.

The Kings have a ways to go. I wonder what the reaction will be if the Kings win. What if they lose?

If you're not a longtime hockey fan, don’t try telling the world how much you love the Kings.

Let’s just enjoy the ride. Even it’s on the biggest bandwagon in town.

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  1. Natewil
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    Natewil - June 06, 2012 1:33 pm
    Its Kopitar with a K Domin!! Its just tough as a true Die hard Kings fan to see people that are wearing Kings gear that who before this run was obviously not a Kings fan. Like the guy in the supermarket when I said "Luc Robitaille looks real excited for this" and he reply's "yeah he has been playing great lately!!" WTF come on people don't fake it!!! Oh and Icing is when a pass crosses two lines and then the goal line! Oh and you get 2 min for HOOKING!!! Hey the Kings deserve some tag alongs with the awesome play they have been exzibiting!!
  2. DominOrcutt
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    DominOrcutt - June 01, 2012 12:25 pm
    The Kings bandwagon welcomes all!

    Usually, you need to see a game in person to get hooked. But, with HD tv and some pretty good (albeit totally pro NJ) tv coverage, this is a great opportunity for non hockey fans to see some great games. Trust me, you won't be wondering if Dustin Brown feels like playing today. There will be no doubt that Quick, Copitar and the boys will be ready to fire. And, I guarantee Marty, Zach and the rest of those boys are going to bring all they got!

    Buckle up and have fun watching players play their hearts out to win a championship!

    And, as always, and now more than ever.......... GO KINGS GO!!

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About Joe

Been at Santa Maria Times since Aug. of 2010

BIRTHPLACE — Born in Salinas, Calif. Moved to Santa Maria in 1993.

EDUCATION — Tunnell School, from third to eighth grade. Santa Maria High School, Class of 2005. Fresno State, Class of 2010.

EXPERIENCE — News reporter for The Collegian at Fresno State. Sports contributor for the Fresno Bee. Sports Writer at Santa Maria Times since Aug. 2010.

INTERESTS — I enjoy all kinds of sports. Besides football, baseball and basketball I enjoy playing or watching golf, hockey, soccer or even tennis. My favorite sports teams are the Yankees, Rams and the Clippers. Probably not the most beloved teams around here. I also support Fresno State athletics.

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