The Coolest Trophy in Sports - 06/04/14

Is without a doubt, the Stanley Cup.  It's SO MUCH cooler than any other trophy, there really isn't even a close second.  The Vince Lombardi Trophy?  It's not bad.  The World Series trophy?  It's ok.  The Larry O'Brien Trophy?  Please.  (That's the one given to the NBA Champ in case you were wondering.)

The only one that remotely comes close is The BCS Crystal Ball.  And I'm not sure that one will even still be given once the college football playoff begins this year.  Doesn't say much for the "coolness factor"  does it?

This year's battle for the Cup comes down to teams from opposite coasts, with opposite fortunes recently.  The Los Angeles Kings are hoping to hoist their second Cup in three years.  The last time the New York Rangers claimed the Cup, Mark Messier was their captain.  That was 1994.  A long drought for a team from the number-1 media market.

In addition to the fact that 17 Kings remain from the championship team, there's the fact that L.A. has already won three Game 7's this post-season.  ON THE ROAD.

The Rangers are no slouches though.  In fact, they appear to be a team of destiny this year.  They have arguably the best goaltender in the world in Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes.  He can not only singlehandedly win a game or two, but the series.  Then lead the ticker tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes.

That being said, I'll still take the Kings.  In six games.  They're so mentally tough.  How can you go against a team that is 7-0 in elimination games?  I can't.  That's why I think L.A. will once be crowned Kings of the hockey world when it's all said and done.  Enjoy the series!  I know I will.  


 

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