21 Days to Go: Only 10 Cups Away from Owning LA
LA isn’t quite Title Town, but there’s a reason you have to win to get attention.
Our countdown to the 2016-17 season continues, with 21 days to go...
Did you consider yourself a long-suffering Los Angeles sports fan before the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012? If so, you’re either not that old, or you don’t like all the teams in LA. (Talking to you, Laker haters.) Despite the Kings’ 45-year run of futility, the city of LA and, indeed, the “LA metro area,” has done well in the four major sports leagues, winning 21 titles. Yes, we’re including Anaheim in the tally, but only because we gotta meet the number requirement. Sorry. (We’re also leaving out the Galaxy, who have won five MLS Cups. Again, this isn’t Day 26.)
Here’s the distribution of championships, by team. The Kings have launched themselves all the way into third place over the past five years.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS: 11
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 5
LOS ANGELES KINGS: 2
LOS ANGELES RAMS: 1
LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM: 1
LOS ANGELES OF ANAHEIM DUCKS: 1
So if you’re expecting the Kings to overtake the Lakers or the Dodgers anytime soon in popularity or historical success, give your head a shake. But if you want to see why you see so many shocked “Hey, wow, hockey is popular here now!” every spring, the Kings’ additions to the LA count help answer that question.