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"My (L.A.) Kings have won the Stanley Cup twice in the past three years and felt like I got hit by a car after every one of them. I told (NHL Commissioner) Gary Bettman, this is the only sport where, at the end of the game, the fans are more exhausted than the players. So, to me, keep doing what you're doing with hockey."
-Al Micheals of NBC Sports talking to reporters during the Television Critics Association summer press tour. More from Michaels by Bill Brioux at the CP via Yahoo.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
You probably can understand by now why Michaels found it both annoying and comical that a blogger lumped him in with other bandwagon-jumping L.A.-area celebrities who have been seen at Kings games.
"I have to laugh like crazy," he said, then guessed he has spent about $350,000 in tickets, parking and whatnot to attend Kings games over the years. "Yeah, I'm a bandwagon guy."
The Michaels family kept coming, even during the lean years between the 1993 Final and the run to the 2012 Cup.
"We would walk out of the building after so many games and say, 'Why can't we ever be the Red Wings?'" Al said. "In 2012 we morphed into the Red Wings."
Michaels recounted those playoffs in detail, including his mixed emotions when the Kings had a chance to clinch the Cup on the road.
On one hand, he wanted the team to secure the championship. On the other, "I didn't want to have them skate the Cup on television in Newark," he said.