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The Southern California Rivalry, 20 Years in the Making: are Fans Taking It Too Far?

May 13th, 2014 at 8:42 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

For the first time, Southern California rivals, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks are facing each other in a playoff series.

The Kings advanced to round two after coming back from a 3-0 series deficit against the San Jose Sharks, and the Ducks advanced to round two after 4-2 series win over the Dallas Stars.

Each team has a Stanley Cup under their belt, and an immense amount of playoff history. Fans, players, coaches, and observers, have long awaited this matchup, 20 years at that, and in May the battle of the two teams begins.

Earlier in the season the Kings and Ducks faced off in the first ever Stadium Series, and Dodger Stadium. Southern California hockey has come a long way. There’s the “Great One” aka Wayne Gretzky to thank and the success of these two teams to popularize hockey in Southern California.

You don’t want to miss this match-up and big moment in Southern California hockey history.

Playoffs are the time of year in the NHL where the competition gets tougher and the battles get more heated.

But are fans taking the rivalry too far? Ducks fans popularizing the hashtag “#DIEKINGSDIE”, is that taking the rivalry to the next level? During Game 4’s intermission Chef Ludo came out with a raw duck chopping its head off and tossing it into the crowd to get the audience hyped up, later creating a dish with mascot Bailey, possibly taking the rivalry too far? Even after game two at Honda center some fans got into a physical fight, that’s not what this is all about.

Some fans may find it entertaining and just the craze of the long awaited rivalry but others may find it disturbing and being take too far. The fact of the matter is it’s a sport, and the real battle should be on the ice. Sure rivalries between fans make the experience more hyped and exciting but when things get taken a bit too far that’s when it becomes less fun and more of a serious matter.

If long time Kings color commentator Jim Fox had to make this video you know things are more heated than ever.

So fans, keep the rivalry fun and smart, not personal and physical.

Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

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