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What the outdoor game will look like
What the outdoor game will look like
Jeff Golden

Hey, remember that time I pointed out there was going to be some pissed off people because Los Angeles was going to be getting an outdoor game possibly? Well, it turns out that the Kings and Ducks will in fact be playing a game next season at Dodger Stadium as previously rumored. But more importantly, those pissed off people really came through as expected.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>An outdoor hockey game in Los Angeles next season???that would blow <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23wtf">#wtf</a></p>&mdash; Jack Jenson-Cook (@jenson_swag) <a href="https://twitter.com/jenson_swag/status/324363792035246081">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Jack is not a happy camper because...well, he just doesn't like the idea. Poor Jack.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Los Angeles will host outdoor hockey before Minneapolis. @<a href="https://twitter.com/nhl">nhl</a> fail. <a href="http://t.co/QesT6xn58N" title="http://m.espn.go.com/nhl/story?storyId=9180372&amp;i=TWT&amp;w=1cswf">m.espn.go.com/nhl/story?stor…</a></p>&mdash; Jon Vick (@jonvick) <a href="https://twitter.com/jonvick/status/324354469087309825">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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I specifically said Minnesota was going to be really annoyed. And to that I say, "Hahaha, fuck you."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Tell me how LA got an outdoor hockey game before Minnesota did...</p>&mdash; Zach Milligan (@zmilli05) <a href="https://twitter.com/zmilli05/status/324535281246146560">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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I wonder if Minnesota asks themselves this regarding the Stanley Cup also.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>How does the NHL expect to play an outdoor hockey game in Los Angeles?? <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23goodidea">#goodidea</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23butyourecrazy">#butyourecrazy</a></p>&mdash; Sam Tulipane (@SamTulipane) <a href="https://twitter.com/SamTulipane/status/324349485650169856">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Then there was about 5,000 complaints of the weather being too hot. I'll keep this brief and just point out a cool evening in L.A., specifically in January, gets to be about the same temperature as the interior of a hockey arena.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>an outdoor hockey game in los angeles has gotta be the stupidest thing ive ever heard. some of you might think its cool but i hope it melts.</p>&mdash; Josh H (@Book_of_Joshua) <a href="https://twitter.com/Book_of_Joshua/status/324346965775233024">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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*sigh*

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I will be interested to see how they put on an outdoor hockey game in Los Angeles. Have to be something to prevent the ice from becoming bad</p>&mdash; Tyler Clendenning (@tylerc1) <a href="https://twitter.com/tylerc1/status/324340732892688384">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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So how do you explain every other outdoor game's ice being absolute shit? Or the ice at the Honda Pond?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>An outdoor hockey game in Los Angeles. The phrase total failure comes to mind.</p>&mdash; Tod Hess (@railfan514) <a href="https://twitter.com/railfan514/status/324323220431990784">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Do people just ignore the technology that makes this event work? Do they not realize that they just don't throw a hose down in Boston or Chicago or wherever and hope it freezes?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I still don't get how they're gonna play an outdoor hockey game in LA, ice chilled lines under the ice? Cuz even in winter, LA is hot</p>&mdash; Collin (@commandercollin) <a href="https://twitter.com/commandercollin/status/324531425061785602">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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DO ANY OF YOU EVEN HAVE THE INTERNET? LOOK THIS SHIT UP. This just sounds like people are trying to defend their shitty weather where they live.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>LA's average high temperature in January is 68 degrees. It's April and STILL snowing in Minnesota. Who deserves outdoor hockey more?</p>&mdash; Devin Henry (@dhenry) <a href="https://twitter.com/dhenry/status/324340824575987716">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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"MY SHITTY WEATHER DESERVED HOCKEY"

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>the Ducks and Kings are going to play an outdoor game next year... huh? oh yeah, because LA has such a proud tradition of pond hockey...</p>&mdash; Zach Stoloff (@zachstoloff) <a href="https://twitter.com/zachstoloff/status/324506063221190657">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Yeah, since the Winter Classic is such a pond hockey experience with lights, refs, huge crowds, boards, and ice that takes a month to set up. And it's not like anyone in southern California plays hockey.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The outdoor game was supposed to be special, an honor. This is just catering to hockey markets. And LA.</p>&mdash; Gretchen Seidel (@bladebrunner) <a href="https://twitter.com/bladebrunner/status/324330353366011905">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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The first part of this tweet I actually agree with. The whole outdoor thing is an obvious cash grab. The last part though is fucking idiotic. "Catering to hockey markets"? Why the fuck would the NHL want to do that? And L.A.? The second biggest market in the U.S. and two teams that won Stanley Cups don't deserve shit. Fair enough.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>What the hell does California know about pond hockey/outdoor hockey? So why give them an outdoor game? SMH <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NHL">#NHL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23LAKings">#LAKings</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Kings">#Kings</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NHLDucks">#NHLDucks</a></p>&mdash; Rich Pierce (@Bills_Sabres88) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bills_Sabres88/status/324527892220506112">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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You know what? Screw this. You're right, ignorant flyover states. The ice is going to melt, the Kings and Ducks will play roller hockey, and no one will be at this game. In fact, it will be so hot out, the teams just decide to play basketball against each other instead, while they eat snow-cones on the bench. The NHL will lose so much money with this endeavor they will be forced to contract the league, specifically in the Minnesota and Colorado markets. There will also be a lockout to make sure L.A. always gets an outdoor game every year, at the cost of another franchise. Or

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/megalodonboc">megalodonboc</a> Avg. temp at 6pm: 57. Avg. temp of a hockey rink: 58.</p>&mdash; Rudy Kelly (@rudykelly) <a href="https://twitter.com/rudykelly/status/324334907113496576">April 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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