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Any Given Sunday – L.A. Kings Edition


 

It’s almost hard to believe that the Los Angeles Kings are one game away from their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 19 years. Game 4 is Sunday, and, as in football, no one can predict what can happen on any given Sunday but the belief of any Kings fan polled on the street right now would be that the Kings will probably complete an improbable back to back sweep to gain their place in the Big Show. To put the 19 year gap in perspective, let’s travel back to the summer of 1993 when Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille led the Los Angeles Kings to their first ever Conference Title.

First, the Local Teams: As it is this year, the Lakers were also in the playoff hunt (though they got knocked out in the first round) and over at the Sports Arena the Clippers were in the playoffs (just as briefly).  Maybe it’s a perfect storm that comes about every 19 years when all three L.A. teams that conclude their seasons in the summer qualify for the playoffs?  Who knows, but right now, the city is rife with playoff fever.

Second, The Venue: The Great Western Forum. Oh, the memories of games at the Forum. A small part of me that thrives on the nostalgia of memories of days gone by can’t help but miss the house that Jack Kent Cooke built. Were it not for Cooke’s efforts, the Kings would not be here. When the NHL expanded (The Second Six), Cooke put in a bid for a franchise, competing against Dan Reeves, then owner of the L.A. Rams. After some heated exchanges between the two and, of course, Cooke’s winning bid, Cooke went on to built the Forum and the rest is history.

Other Notable Events in 1993:

  • President William Jefferson Clinton took office for his first of two terms.
  • Ty Beanie Babies launch
  • The Pentium Microprocessor is introduced by Intel.
  • The World Wide Web is created at CERN (with no assistance from Al Gore)

Popular Movies included:

  • Jurassic Park
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • The Fugitive
  • The Firm
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Indecent Proposal
  • In the Line of Fire
  • The Pelican Brief
  • Schindler’s List
  • Philadelphia

By the way, the average price of a gallon of Gas was $1.16. I filled up this past weekend at $4.07. The Dow closed at 3654 to end the year and I was in my first year of service in the U.S. Navy, one year removed from high school.

Thanks for reading, I now feel a little old and crusty around the edges.

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