One of my life goals has been to go to an away Caps hockey game, so it was pretty darn exciting when I was able to check that off my list while on my latest trip to Los Angeles. I had basically planned the entire trip around going to the Caps versus Kings game, as one of my friends lives out in L.A. and is a huge fan of their hockey team.
The experience turned out to be fun, even though the Caps lost and the fans were difficult to sit near. (Although to be fair, I should have known that being the minority in a stadium full of fans for the “enemy” was not going to be easy.) I suppose I could have sat calmly and just enjoy the hockey game for what it was, but alas, I am too much of a Capitals fan to just sit there, so it could be argued that I would have done the same thing, if I were in the opposition’s seat.
Anyways, below are some thoughts of mine from last night’s hockey game (which I wrote to myself throughout the evening). I think it gives a pretty accurate description of the game…
– Skid Row is only a few blocks away from Staples Center. Omg.
– Omg, Jack Johnson plays for the Kings. Omg.
– The Kings apparently make fun of their fans, as fans must catch balls for prizes. Catching balls? Kind of degrading, no?
– Kings fans chant “Go Kings, Go” because “Let’s Go Kings” would probably sound too much like “Let’s Go Caps!”
– Kings fans would rather boo against the Caps instead of cheering on their own team, when given the chance.
– Kings fans don’t all stand up for a good fight. Only the lower level stands up. Total culture shock.
– Throughout the game, Kings fans love to say, “We’ve got [x number] goals!!!” What- you need help counting? Do you need to remind yourself of the score? Sounds pretty dumb to me…
– The Kings are perhaps the only NHL team who have sparkles on their jersey. Go team Sparkle!!!
– Ok, Kings fans pay a mere $4.50 for popcorn, whereas at the Verizon Center, popcorn is $6. Woah- best part about the Staples Center yet!
– All the players on the Kings look like they’re going through puberty! Except Westgarth. He looks like Mac (from, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.)
– Culture Shock #2: The Kings do not have a specific song they play during the power play. Thus, the crowd does not go wild/there is no collective emotion during a power play. Wow.
– Worst part about the game (aside from the loss) was that in the last minute of the game, a lady who was sitting in front of me turned around to tell me she didn’t like how I had been comparing everything to what a Caps game in D.C. is like. You know what? Don’t wait until the last minute of the game to complain- especially if your team is winning. Like, calm down. Or voice your concerns earlier, because I’m not going to stop. It’s too late for that. She was a total jerk.
– If there’s one thing I learned from attending an away game, it’s that it makes me want to go to a home game THAT MUCH MORE.
– Going to an away Caps game just made me totally appreciate being a Caps fan all the more: Caps fans really are more enthusiastic and frankly, THE BEST.