There, I’ve said it. And I feel better having done so.
Of course, I’m referring to the cursed statue of Wayne erected outside Staples Center in October 2002. For those of you who are not L.A. Kings fans, this was at the beginning of the season where all the freakish injuries started happening.
The Kings are about to miss out on playoff contention for the second season in a row. They have set an NHL record in man-games lost this season, and nearly did last year as well. Their star players — Allison, Deadmarsh, Palffy — are all out. The statue is to blame.
And who knows, maybe the statue cost the Lakers their four-peat last year.
The only saving grace has been the Magic Johnson statue they unveiled back in February. Ever since, the Lakers have the best record (since the All-Star break) in the NBA, and the Kings have started getting players back. Unfortunately, too little too late in the latter’s case.
Why the curse?
I think it has something to do with the Gretzky statue outside Skyreach Centre in Edmonton. Check it out. See what he’s holding up in that picture?
The statue must go.