Thursday, June 7, 2012
I Puck You Not
Many years ago, before I was married, I had season tickets to the Los Angeles Kings. This was when they were still playing at the Forum. "Back in the day" I was a die hard fan of all teams Southern California - the Lakers, the Dodgers, the Angels , the Rams (yes, they used to have an NFL team) and, of course, the Kings. The Kings are now one game away from winning the Stanley Cup for the very first time, and I got to thinking about the good old days. Of driving to the Forum in Inglewood for every single home game (some might not think driving through Inglewood late at night was especially smart, but there were lots of us, so it was okay). Getting there 2 hours early just to watch pregame stuff - - and watching the zamboni get the ice perfectly smooth and glossy! Heaven!
And the time I almost got my head taken off by a puck. Ah, yes. The good old days. My seats were behind the goal. Up about 15 rows. If you've never held a puck before, then maybe you don't know that it is solid rubber. And it is hard. Very very hard. Before the game the players line up and practice their shots into the goal. If you've never seen a slapshot before, then you probably don't know that the puck travels at about 100 mph. If you've never seen a puck coming straight toward your forehead with no time to duck, then you are lucky.
All I can say is thank you to the thin metal bar that went across our row, at just about the right height, to deflect that solid rubber puck coming at me at 100 mph. Otherwise, I'd either be dead or have a puck halfway through my forehead.
Ah, yes. The good old days.