Welcome Back! (California edition)

welcome200b.jpgWelcome to the newest feature on MYFO: Welcome Back! We know there’s a lot of fans of football teams that have nothing to pay attention to anymore. Knowing that, they’re turning to other sports. We’re happy to help. Every time a football team’s season ends, we’ll welcome those fans back to the fold by giving them an update as to what that city’s team has been up to this year.

Welcome back, Chargers fans! As I was watching the AFC Championship game, one thing struck me as I watched CBS cut time after time to LaDainian Tomlinson seemingly frozen to the bench behind his black visor. What could he be thinking about over there? Midway through the third quarter, it hit me: he’s thinking about how to score Ducks tickets.

Your Anaheim Ducks, until being finally stifled over the weekend by the Stars, had been riding a six-game winning streak. Scott Niedermayer sort of retired, then he came back, and since then the Ducks have been on a serious roll. They had already brought in Mathieu Schneider in case Niedermayer had stayed retired. With those two and Chris Pronger each playing about 30 minutes a night, the other three D-men on the roster see less ice time than enforcer George Parros. At this juncture, it would appear that only the Red Wings stand between the Ducks and a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Ducks, from my faraway vantage point, also seem to have a very solid contingent of female fans (something we at MYFO heartily encourage). There are any number of female bloggers covering the Ducks.

Your Los Angeles Kings, on the other hand, are comically bad. In the stacked Western Conference, where nearly all the teams have a Lake Woebegone-ish +.500 record, the Kings stand out for their ineptitude. Marc Crawford, apparently, is a better coach when Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy are leading the way, rather than Mike Camalleri, Derek Armstrong and Jason “Hanna” LaBarbera. Who knew? The team’s leading scorer, Anze Kopitar, is a frightening -11. The Kings, in fact, do not have a single ‘+’ player on their roster at this writing. So if you can’t get Ducks tickets, LT, just hop across town to the Staples Center and catch the Kings to cure your hockey jones.

Also, we at MYFO are heartily sorry that up to this point, we have failed to welcome back fans of the Oakland Raiders and San Franscisco 49ers with a recap of the Sharks’ season thus far. Honestly, when we started this series we were only looking at professional football teams, and somehow the Raiders and Niners escaped our notice. We have since been reliably informed that both teams are still, technically, in the National Football League. Sorry about that. So, here you go:

Your San Jose Sharks are plugging along, sitting fairly comfortably at fifth in the Western Conference standings. Like the original Vagina Monologues, however, the Sharks are pretty much a one-woman, er man, show. Joe Thornton has twice as many points as his nearest teammate. Evgeni Nabokov is having another fine season. I was shocked to learn that he is only 32; it seems like he has been around longer than that. The Sharks might be a serious contender if Patrick Marleau (-20) stops sucking like something that sucks a lot. Johnathan Cheechoo, after seasons of 56 and 37 goals, currently has seven. Hockey isn’t as heavy into technical statistical measures as baseball, but I believe this is what is called a “dropoff.”

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  1. you know, I didn’t realize the ducks had so many female bloggers on the whole. There are kings female bloggers as well (http://purplecrushedvelvet.blogspot.com and http://aqueenamongkings.blogspot.com) and a couple sharks ones too (http://www.asharkfanknits.com/hockey_blog.html). But you know, I’m very proud to see my team plod through. I’d like to see them knock Dallas of the top of the Pac Div though… *grr*.


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