To Mr. Joe Thornton:
Hi, Rudy Kelly here. You probably know who I am. Anywho, just wanted to send you a invitation that I know you've been hoping to get for a long, long time.
Joe Thornton, I'd like to cordially invite you to join the Los Angeles Kings.
Now, Joe, I know you're excited. Hopefully your tears of joy haven't washed out the rest of this letter. I'm sure the chance to leave the hellish landscape that is San Jose is what you've always wished for. But, in the remote, miniscule chance that your years in San Jose have left you blind to the opportunities out there, I'd like to highlight a few of the many, many reasons you should sign with the Kings this off-season:
1) It's Los Angeles
2) You'll No Longer Have To Carry The Load
It must be tough being you, Joe. I can't imagine how hard it must be for you, to have to wake up knowing that you're going to have to carry a bunch of untalented boobs around every day. Imagine, instead of having to be the best player on your team, you could be safely ensconced at 7th or 8th best?
And the center depth, Joe, my god the center depth! Instead of carrying the burden of #1 center with trash behind you, you'd get to enjoy the wonders of being a winger alongside Jarret Stoll. Imagine! Jarret Stoll! Do I even need to say more?
3) We have a Great "Alternative Lifestyle" Scene In Los Angeles
Speaking of no longer having to carry the load...
4) A Chance To Finally Be A Winner
But deep down, don't you have a desire to be a winner? Don't you want to have a remote chance to win a championship? You can't get that in a suburb. You need a big city, where you can interact with real fans who will make you feel like a winner. Plus you wouldn't have to be clutch because the Kings have lots of real hockey players like Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty who can be clutch for you.
I'm reminded of a cautionary tale that I saw as a child about a boy named Adam Banks. He was a cool rich kid that was forced to play with losers. At first he was rightfully disgusted, but eventually he forgot that he was better than them. In the third film of this sad saga, he was given the opportunity to play with winners but he declined the opportunity, resigning himself to loserdom for the rest of his life. Don't be Adam Banks, Joe. Be a winner.
4) No Patrick Marleau
No more invitations to play laser tag, no more panicked calls because Patrick accidentally swallowed his wife's birthday control pill, no more Patrick Marleau. Wouldn't that be glorious?
As a mammoth that moves like he's covered in tar, I think you'll find yourself right at home here.
6) Better Beer & Wine
Wouldn't it be great to drink quality beer like the beers from Stone, Smog City Brewing & The Bruery instead of swill like Firestone, Lagunitas & Lost Coast? Not to mention that you'll finally be able to visit the best wine country in California: Temecula! I'd highly recommend it.
Hopefully you're now more than convinced. I look forward to working with you, Joe. You won't be able to wear your #19 here (too soon after Kevin Westgarth left) but I'm sure you'll look great in # 78 or #99 or something. See you soon!
Your Dear Friend,
Rudimus P. Kelly
Video Gamery: My 39th-favorite video game is Clive Barker's Undying. It combined an innovative first-person shooter game with a fantastic horror plot from Clive Barker. You can watch the trailer here.
P.S.: I know I promised in my previous gameday post that the person taking over for me for the next three games wouldn't be Rudy. Sorry about that. I guess I lied.
Prediction: I fuck Dustin Brown.