For Northern California, the new millennium has been a nightmare.
So far there has been a record drought, the 4 worst fires in California history, followed by rare snowfall that hadn't been seen in 5 decades. So far in 2023, Northern California has broken records for rainfall. And this doesn’t include Covid which claimed 1.2 American lives.
For sports, it’s also been a nightmare. The Raiders left for the second time and the Warriors left for San Francisco. The A’s are probably Las Vegas bound and the fans and city of Sacramento had to fight to keep their basketball team for the second time. Frankly, it’s amazing how much has happened here.
Some people were making fun of the emotions seen out of Sacramento when the King's management and fans knew that they were going to the playoffs. Let’s face it over half of the NBA goes to the postseason and you have to be pretty bad to be left out. Unfortunately, though, the Kings have been pretty bad for 16 years, so finally making the playoffs after Wednesday's 120-80 drubbing of Portland was very special.
Kings fans who had made the trip to the Moda Center in Portland started chanting “light the beam” about a purple beam that is lit at Golden 1 Center when Sacramento wins a game.
Equipment manager Miguel Lopez cried in the hallway in Utah on Saturday and 26-year employee and now Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis said she had her cry on Sunday. Head coach Mike Brown and several of the players told media outlets that they wanted to do more than just make the playoffs.
So light the purple beam and good luck to the Sacramento Kings. The San Francisco & Sacramento area can use all the positivity it can get.
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