Game #7 (BARF)
5th in Western Conference
SAN JOSE SHARKS
6th in Western Conference
Season Series Tied 2-2
Home Team Leads Playoff Series 3-3
6:00pm, Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA
NBCSN, TSN, RDS
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Guys... I'm a wreck. Seriously. Game 7 is tonight in Los Angeles and I can't think straight let alone put together a brand-new post for today's GAMEDAY PREVIEW. So in true #RoyalHalfAssingIt fashion... I'm re-purposing a post from 2011
for today. Presenting... A Brief History of Southern California vs Northern California Playoff Elimination Games!!!
2001: MLS Cup - Los Angeles Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes
On October 21, 2001 at the Columbus Crew stadium in Columbus, Ohio, the Los Angeles Galaxy faced the San Jose Earthquakes for the MLS Cup in front of 21,626. The most amazing part of this Northern vs Southern California matchup was that 21,626 people showed up for a soccer game.
Although I think that number may be slightly inflated.
Little did Landon Donovan know in 2001 that
Jeff Carter would eventually steal his hairstyle.
1993: RHI Murphy Cup - Anaheim Bullfrogs vs Oakland Skates
For a while, the Anaheim Bullfrogs were the most successful team that played a sport closely resembling ice hockey in Orange County. And in 1993, they faced their rival to the north, the Oakland Skates, in the RHI Murphy Cup.
(And I'm not talking about a Game 7 nerves barf here.
Just a good old-fashioned awful 90's logo barf.)
The Bullfrogs won the first 2 games to take the best of 3 series in front of their home crowd. Who could forget this classic intra-state roller hockey battle? I bet the people in this piece of tape wish they could.
2001: XFL Million Dollar Game - Los Angeles Xtreme vs San Francisco Demons
That's right, for a few months in 2001, one of the most important Northern vs Southern California Professional Sports Battles had a better national television contract than the NHL.
In the first and only championship game for Vince McMahon's upstart XFL, the Los Angeles Xtreme took on the San Francisco Demons at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. And with Tommy Madox leading the Xtreme to victory... this marked the only time in the history of Northern California-Southern California Playoffs that a grown man with the name "Tommy" had made a difference.
Cute try, Tommy.
The Xtreme won the Million Dollar Game 38-6. And true to its word, each of the 38 active Xtreme players, plus five on the practice squad, split $1 million, an average of $23,255 per player... or basically what Raffi Torres doesn't get paid for each of the games he's suspended for.
1988: MLB World Series Game 5 - Los Angeles Dodgers vs Oakland A's
Coming into this playoff series, there was a lot of worry that the Southern California team would struggle to match the offensive output of their Northern California opponent. But instead, the team from Southern California found itself not needing offense when it was able to stand on the shoulders of a quiet, awkward looking player... and shutout their rivals.
2011: NHL Conference Quarter Finals Game 6 - Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks
How could we forget this classic Southern-Northern California playoff matchup? The LA Kings' best player was out of the series with an injury... wait... is this 2013??? I'm confused.
Tonight at Staples Center... maybe we could use a little magic from that Dodgers team of 1988.
Well... at least if the San Jose Sharks win tonight at Staples Center we'll get to see a brand new version of something that has kept hockey fans laughing for the past 2 years.
The lamest goal celebration ever.
EDITORS NOTE: Please don't let this happen tonight, LA Kings.
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
From the LA Kings Twitter Account... a sneak peek of something big happening tonight...
Well, I don't want to play the role of spoiler... but announcing the first ever LA Kings-The Royal Half Fan Giveaway!!!
Free to the first 5000 fans in attendance.
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf