Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 11/19/11 at 01:32 PM ET
This is the Live Blog, and I changed the post title…which is going to make Paul crazy and screw up your feeds and all that. A note and reason why at the bottom.
In sixty minutes Mrs. Iwo and I are climbing in the Chief Mobile and headed north to the Staples Center. We’re going to watch the Wings. They’re going to win. A serial killer will re-emerge, so will a couple Swedes. Jim Howard will be brilliant, and I probably will be as well.
But that’s not the story, the whole story anyway. Check this out.
This is the text of an email I got about two months ago:
I’m writing you from up the road in Los Angeles. I’m in charge of a couple pairs of Kings season tickets, and as a thank you for your service to the country and as an acknowledgment of your antagonistic and excellent blogs I’d like to offer you my pair of “downstairs” tickets for the Wings at Kings game at Staples Center on Saturday 11/19 at 1:00 p.m. In this case “downstairs” means the 16th row in Section 111, which is center ice. I share my tickets with a loose configuration of folks and I’m bringing one of the 19 as a guest and using the “upstairs” seats for this game.
Since you probably don’t get many readers who are not one of the 19 offering you tickets to games, here’s a bit about me: I’ve been a Kings fan since moving to LA in 2002 and adopting them as my Western Conference team, I’m originally from Pittsburgh and first and foremost have been a Penguins fan since the late 70s. I was as disappointed as you were that our teams did not get to have the “Clubber Lang” round in 2010, but two straight trips to the Finals followed by the Olympics will do that. Maybe it’ll happen this season if the Kings don’t get in the way.
Anyway, please let me know if you’d like the tickets, and thanks again.
Amazing, eh? And so we’re taking him up on that today. You look back at why you do something like this, blog about hockey, and the reasons don’t include generosity like that. But when it happens, I have to take a step back and shake my head. What a gesture.
So we’re LA bound and the beers are on me.
For the rest of you…it’s a Live Blog bitches.
IwoNote: I should have mentioned this at the start, but didn’t. This isn’t the first, or even third or fourth, instance of friendship between this blog and Pens fans. It started back in 2008, under the craziest circumstances, and it’s continued. The PensBlog guys are readers of this blog and frequent hilarious antagonists of mine over email. We all know Tony and what he’s meant to KK and us over the years. And there are more than a few Pens fans commenters here at A2Y who are always welcome, despite their allegiance to the team who is our most legitimate rival when you consider the high stakes. Just an interesting relationship between us and them. One that could have been pretty ugly (like the dick Blues fans), but has somehow turned out differently.
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