Celebrations…

Second post that WordPress kept holding up…

So in my previous post I told the history of my devotion to my two favorite teams. Why does this matter? Well, the fact is that barely able to afford season seats for both my teams, traveling to see them was impossible. For the Kings it really didn’t matter they were mediocre at best. For the Galaxy it meant that I didn’t get to see them win two championships, whenever the MLS Cup final was in LA, the Galaxy weren’t there.

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In the last year that changed. In November I stood in the LA Riot Squad section singing and chanting, jumping and hugging as the Los Angeles Galaxy won the MLS Cup vs the Houston Dynamo at the Home Depot Center. It was amazing, and to be there to witness it, made it so much better. Having so many people there ready to enjoy the moment. I only wish my father could have been there to enjoy it with me. I still can’t believe it. As a fan that is the greatest experience you can have… unless…

Both your teams win. Eight months after I stood in the HDC cheering on the Galaxy, I was sitting in the Staples Center, silently, in complete disbelief. I was on the verge of witnessing the Los Angeles Kings win their very first Stanley Cup. And it was at home. And it was a thorough domination of a very worthy opponent. I still can’t believe what I saw.

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Being a fan can be a trying matter. Your very soul hurts when your team loses. People that aren’t fans don’t understand. You try and explain, but it’s futile, only another fan could possibly understand what you’re going through. For a long time I’ve been a fan of underdog teams, and disappointment was frequent enough to where I didn’t expect much. However, not only are my home teams like the Dodgers and Clippers good now, but my two most favorite teams are champions. The Galaxy which has gone to many finals only to lose and the Kings whose only final appearance was a lose and 19 years ago… they are champions. I can get over saying that… CHAMPIONS.

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History…

So I tried posting these posts a while ago, but for some reason WordPress was fighting me. Now that it’s fixed I’ll be posting 3 times today to get these drafts out there 😛

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a sports fan. I’ve enjoyed playing and watching all sports. My dad would go nuts during the World Cup, and I beside him would emulate as best I could. Eventually I developed my own passion for teams. First through a sweet old couple whose kids had moved away and built their own families, but still had their 4 Dodgers season seats, they’d invite my sister and I after having met us at our church. It was great I was a baseball fan, but could not grasp team loyalty, I was only 5 after all. I started collecting baseball cards which is how I finally started understanding the way teams worked and all, this led me to follow the Angels (my first card was a Rod Carew).

The when I was 11 everything changed, I learned about city pride from my sister (she was 16), I would also learn about what became my favorite sport. I was in sixth grade, and my teacher dressed up for Halloween. She was dressed as a Los Angeles King, complete with a black eye and “missing” teeth. She showed us highlights of the Kings failed journey to the ’93 Stanley Cup. Ever since then I’ve been a hockey fan. The team wasn’t as good as it had been in ’93, but I was a follower, and would slowing learn how dedicated and desillusioned Kings fans were.

In 1994 my dad’s dream came true as the World Cup was finally in our backyard. Unfortunately, we could afford tickets, so we did not get to enjoy it they way we hoped, but the atmosphere just being near a stadum was insane. My dad told me how crazy it was to go to a home town team’s games in his native El Salvador, and I would imagine how it was, but never truly knew. Thanks to a requirement from FIFA, the US Soccer Federation had to create a US soccer league, in 1996 MLS was born. My father and I finally had a home team, except we couldn’t really go to the Rose Bowl, it was too expensive for us, and we had no car. As much as we both wanted to go we couldn’t.

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I graduated from high school in 2000 and immediately went into the working world, convinced that I would finally be able to afford the things I wanted. It didn’t go quite as planned. Minimum wage jobs didn’t quite get me there. However, by this time, both my dad and my sister had cars so I knew I was closer to enjoying my favorite teams. In 2003 the Galaxy would move to the Home Depot Center, and not wanting to miss this momentous occasion I bought partial season tickets.

I got Kings seats the same year, and after the 04-05 lockout I moved to the newly created Die Hard seats which lowered my ticket price and allowed me to upgrade to full season seats for the Galaxy. I met more dedicated Kings fans in that section than ever, and the next year at the Galaxy games I discovered the Riot Squad, the Galaxy Supporters group. These discoveries lead me to a new far more dedicated fanhood, which I’ve dragged my whole family through, lol.

Well…

I haven’t posted in a few months. I’ve been neglectful.

Anyway…

Born and raised in Los Angeles I have been privileged to have sports teams of all kinds locally. I have become a huge sports because of this, passionately sporting MOST LA teams (more of that in a second). As I stated in a previous post, the Los Angeles Galaxy won the MLS Cup, and I was incredibly happy and drunk at the time. Now the Los Angeles Kings are in the Stanley Cup Final, and if they win it, I’ll be happier, and much, much drunker (is that a word?). The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in baseball, and the Clippers… THE CLIPPERS… made the playoffs, holy crap. This has got to be the best year ever for my favorite teams.

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You’ll notice I’m not a Lakers fan, it’s the only LA team I don’t support. In my younger days having great pride in my city I supported all LA teams, but apparently Lakers fans feel you can’t support the Lakers AND the Clippers, so I told ’em all to fuck off and became fully devoted to the Clipper Nation. After suffering for so long there’s a bright future. The Clippers have good players, it seems they want to stick around (Chris, Blake… please sign extensions) and they showed a lot of potential. I really think they would still be playing if Chauncey Billups hadn’t been injured.

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Speaking of suffering… My beloved Kings. The team that stands with the Galaxy as my favorite above all others, are in the Stanley Cup Final. I became a fan last time they were in the Stanley Cup Final. It was the first time I saw hockey. My 6th grade teacher brought highlights of their Stanley Cup appearance to my class that fall, it was great. Now they’re back and I’m a season ticket holder. Thanks Mrs. Brunell.

Now if only the Rams would move back to LA…