To the victor go the spoils, and after toppling the defending champion Blackhawks and then the Rangers en route to the Stanley Cup, the Kings can certainly be described as victors. And so it was that Los Angeles right wing Dustin Brown found himself next to general manager Dean Lombardi, receiving congratulations from President Obama via telephone in Lombardi’s office.
Just a nice moment for all concerned, right up until the moment Obama referred to the finals, saying, “That was a great series … although I guess if you’re a New Yorker maybe not so much.” To which Brown replied, “Or a Chicago fan.”
Zing! That jab left POTUS, a well-known Chicago sports maven, stammering a bit and wondering, “See, I don’t know why you had to go there.” Lest you think this was some sort of Canadian disrespect, though, be assured that Brown is from Ithaca, N.Y., and played for the U.S. team in the past two Olympics, so it was just good ol’ American disrespect. U-S-A! U-S-A!