UPDATE 8 AM Saturday: Well, like the old saying goes, it ain’t over until the tall mayor sings. Or something like that. The Los Angeles Kings closed out the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final last night with a(nother) thrilling and exhausting double-overtime win, becoming champs of the hockey world for the second time in three years. That means, under the terms of the bet between the mayors of Los Angeles and New York City, after Kings defenseman Alec Martinez gathered in a rebounding shot and put it back between the pipes to win the series, that Bill de Blasio will be warming up his very different pipes to sing I Love L.A. on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with L.A.’s Eric Garcetti looking on. According to a release from Garcetti’s office, the two mayors will appear “on an upcoming episode.”
In the meantime, a victory parade and rally for the Kings has been scheduled for noon Monday in downtown Los Angeles. It will begin at 5th Street and Figueroa Boulevard and come south on Figueroa to the Staples Center for a tickets-only rally. If you’re heading downtown Monday, Figueroa will be closed between about 10 AM and 1 PM, so plan accordingly.
June 5: The traditional joke bets between city officials whose sports teams are meeting in a championship hit a high note this week when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti challenged New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to a song and a hot dog on Jimmy Kimmel Live! over the outcome of the NHL Stanley Cup Final. If the Los Angeles Kings win, de Blasio will have to go on the show, which tapes in Garcetti’s old Hollywood council district, and sing “I Love L.A.,” the slightly mocking Randy Newman chestnut more typically associated with the Kings’ Staples Center neighbors the NBA Lakers. If the New York Rangers win, Garcetti will have to sing “New York, New York,” the Kander & Ebb-penned classic that Frank Sinatra basically owns.
The loser also will have to provide Kimmel’s audience that night with hot dogs. If Garcetti has to pay up, the dogs will come from Pink’s, the eternally busy La Brea Avenue stand. If it’s de Blasio, they’ll come from Gray’s Papaya, a New York institution that now has a Hollywood outpost.