Yesterday I picked up a copy of the LA Times. I read through it. I hated it.
This is the second time in two years that a rival of my favorite team won a championship title. The Kings won the Stanley Cup on Monday and back in 2010, the Giants won the World Series. (I’m a Sharks and A’s fan.)
Since I now live in the Los Angeles area, I am surrounded by all this Kings love. When the Giants won, I was working in San Francisco. And it sucks to see a rival win a title.
When the Giants won it, it ended up avalanching into this whole wave of smugginess from the people of San Francisco and to me, it was just tough listening to all that while my favorite team is struggling to get back to the top.
Now with the Kings winning the title, it just hurts knowing that the Sharks have been better than the Kings for so many years yet couldn’t win it all.
Part of this is jealousy because I want what they have. I want a magical playoff run that sees its finality with the trophy. I want to celebrate. I saw the Rangers celebrate on the Coliseum field in 2010. It disgusted me.
I didn’t attend the Giants’ World Series parade and I won’t attend this Kings one. It would just hurt way too much seeing them having the joy that I wish I could have. It’s tough knowing that my favorite team has yet to do that.
I have never taken part of any championship parade. Despite being a 49ers fan, I didn’t become invested in the sport until 1998. Before then, I was just a little kid just learning something. I never got a chance to go to any of the parades the 49ers had.
So right now, I await taking part of a championship parade. Maybe the 49ers will do it. Maybe the Sharks will get over the hump. Maybe the A’s in a few years gets its act together. Maybe the Warriors… probably not.
It’s a little jealousy now knowing that the rival teams are doing it and my team hasn’t. I’m hoping sooner than later that it happens. I am sick of having these parades in my backyard and me knowing that it’s not for my team.
I am going to hold on to that newspaper and every time I see it, it will remind me of the feeling I have now. I hopefully will be relieved of this feeling very soon.