KTLA reporter said Kings parade was ‘Lakers victory parade’ (Video)

The Kings just don’t seem to be able to get any respect in Los Angeles. Whether it’s local TV stations using the wrong Kings mascot or team logo during telecasts, there has been an ongoing struggle with the LA media to get things straight.

On Thursday, KTLA tossed live to a helicopter for a traffic report and the reporter talked about covering the “Lakers victory parade.” I’m sure he was just saying that out of habit considering the Lakers have won five titles since 2000, but the parade was for the Kings, which actually won a championship and didn’t lose in the second round of the playoffs.

You gotta do better than that.

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Kings accidentally sent plans to withhold stats from Devils coaches to the media

The LA Kings’ plans to withhold stats from Devils coaches as payback were made public after en email was accidentally sent to the media.

The Kings apparently were upset that the team’s coaches didn’t get stats from the Devils’ PR staff until the final two minutes of the second intermission during Game 5, so they’re planning to do the same in Game 6.

Here’s what the email, that was accidentally sent to members of the media, said:

“Jersey PR (whether it was their fault or not) didn’t get stats to our locker room until about two minutes left in the intermission. Our coaches were not happy about this. So we are going to do the same to them tomorrow.

“So unless you hear otherwise from me make sure their locker room does NOT get stats UNTIL about two minutes left to go in the intermission. Even if you literally have to eye the clock and wait. If they ask what’s taking so long just tell them our copy machines are down.”

Ah, the old copier was down excuse. That’s going to be my go-to excuse in life from now on. When people talk about home field or home ice advantage, this is just one example of the many advantages a team can have.

Relax, Devils fans, it could be much worse.

H/T Deadspin

Charlie Sheen flips when Kings security won’t let him back in after cigarette break

Either Wednesday night’s Stanley Cup Finals game in Los Angeles was the first time Charlie Sheen has ever attended a professional sporting event, or it was the first time the American icon has not been given preferential treatment. According to TMZ, Sheen left Staples Center at some point before or during Game 4 between the Kings and Devils for a cigarette break. The security guard decided that the “no re-entry” rule applies to movie stars as well as common fans, and Sheen was not allowed back into the arena.

As you can see in this video over at TMZ.com, Sheen flipped out on the female security guard before eventually leaving.

A female, no-nonsense security guard would not budge when Charlie tried to get back in, then Charlie snapped, yelling, “You know what?  F**king blow my balls, alright, you f***ing asshole.”

A little later Charlie’s buddies try in vain to keep him away from the camera. The “Anger Management” star then explains, “Have common sense and common courtesy gone in society? That was what I was trying to impress upon her.”

TMZ also added that a fan asked Sheen if he has ever tried bath salts when he first arrived at the Staples Center, to which he responded: “Would you ask me that at a f***ing dinner party, you moron? Go f*** yourself.”

Just a guess here, but I can’t imagine this is the first time Charlie has left a sporting event for a smoke break. Judging by the way he reacted, I’m guessing it’s the first time a security staffer told him no re-entry means no reentry.

Kings are closing in on a Stanley Cup, and Los Angeles is finally taking notice

Wait, so Devils were playing in Los Angeles and it wasn’t a home game? (I really could have used a response from a sidekick like Ed McMahon for that one.) It’s almost official. The L.A. Kings are having their name removed from a rather lengthy list of teams never to have won a Stanley Cup. In response to the team’s meteoric rise, most of the city has come to realize that there is no monarchy within the city limits but indeed a pretty good hockey team.

Los Angeles and hockey is a funny concept. Think about it. The closest thing to icy the city ever gets is the daily interaction between fellow drivers on the 405. Vulcanized rubber? Sure, if you’re thinking about the constituency of a starlet’s face, not a hockey puck. Fighting and violence have traditionally been confined to Chavez Ravine, a few miles north. However, since the beginning of the 2012 NHL annual marathon postseason, Los Angeles has been the center of the universe for the so-called “fastest game on earth.”

Since the Los Angeles Kings ascended to the throne in 1967, the team has been more of a veritable peasant in a sports market saturated with more popular sports. For many years, the running joke in the league while the Kings played in the Forum was that the folks across the street had a better chance at the Cup than did the franchise. (The team’s former home was situated next to a cemetery.) The latest slapshot in the face was when the Los Angeles-area NBC affiliate tried to show a graphic celebrating three simultaneous playoff runs with the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings all in the postseason for the first time since the opening of Staples Center, where all three play, in 1999. The only problem was that the Kings logo was portrayed as the Sacramento Kings. Perhaps, one can chalk this up to a lazy graphics editor, not realizing the fundamental fact that Sacramento (scrawled across the top of the logo) is not Los Angeles, or the fact that double-checking wasn’t all that necessary because no one would care. One would highly doubt that such an error would happen in hockey-crazed markets like Detroit or Boston.

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L.A. Kings fans heckle Devils with giant ‘Jersey Shore’ heads (Picture)

The Kings currently hold a commanding 3-0 lead over the Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals. The series is all but over. In fact, all four series the Kings have played in this postseason have been all but over after a mere three games. Los Angeles has completely dominated the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They are the first NHL team to ever take a 3-0 series lead over all four of their playoff opponents, so I’d say their fans are pretty much entitled to do whatever they want. That includes heckling the opponent with giant “Jersey Shore” faces.

As the Devils watched their Stanley Cup hopes drift further away on Monday night, they also had to look at giant cardboard cut-outs of Mike “The Situation,” Snooki, and some of the other stars from MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” If this was Game 1, we’d call it a pretty weak attempt at heckling the opponent. Since the Kings are in total control, it’s hilarious. You may not appreciate it, but we know a certain NFL coach who would love to give these fans a pat on the back.

Conan O’Brien zings L.A. Kings on Twitter; Kings zing right back

Let’s be honest. With the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals, a lot of people in the L.A. region who haven’t a clue about hockey or the Kings are jumping on the bandwagon (driven by Enter Your Favorite Hollywood Star Here).

And while Conan O’Brien isn’t jumping on the Kings bandwagon per se, he showed he obviously has no grasp on anything NHL- or Kings-related when he tried to make a topical joke about the team in this tweet sent Friday:

Not bad, Conan — if it was sent a week earlier. The Kings, of course, disposed of the Coyotes on Tuesday, making Conan’s tweet outdated and useless. Knowing Conan, he’ll probably joke that an intern will get fired for letting him send that tweet. If Twitter was fair game for Conan’s Fan Corrections segment, the tweet would probably be the subject of a hefty portion of viewer submissions.

The Kings’ Twitter account, which has been on a roll these playoffs, was none too amused by O’Brien’s failed attempt at a joke and fired back with a joke of its own:

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CBS LA shows wrong Kings mascot (Video)

At first it was NBC LA botching the Kings’ logo, then it was FOX’s Liz Habib butchering some highlights, and now it’s CBS’ turn to screw up something LA Kings-related.

CBS rolled some Kings mascot footage before showing Kings-Coyotes highlights from Game 4, but they used the Sacramento Kings mascot.

Disappointingly, the blunder gives CBS LA into repeat offender status.

H/T Marcus Vanderberg