It's going to be 106 degrees today, and Phoenix is pumped up for some hockey.
The Phoenix Coyotes are an incredible story. Every year, it seems like the city of Phoenix doesn't know whether this will be the last year hockey will be played in the desert. Perhaps that uncertainty has instilled a carpe diem type of attitude for this Coyotes team and their fans. And perhaps that's why it's so special for this city to be playing in the Western Conference Finals for the first time - because today very well could be the last professional hockey game ever played in Phoenix.
Phoenix is playing L.A., who always seem to be the villains in any sports saga. Why is it so easy to root against L.A?
1. Sports fans in L.A. typically don't wear the free t-shirts given to them at playoff games because they prefer to wear their own fashionable attire. (Unless you're the Clippers, because a free playoff t-shirt IS a fashionable item)
2. L.A. sports teams always seem to have a chip on their shoulder.
3. "Beat L.A." is an irresistibly fun thing to chant among 17,000 people.
You can see why It's easy to root against L.A.
So tonight, Phoenix Coyotes fans will pack Jobing.com Arena and chant "Beat L.A." to cheer on their team. They'll be wearing white to "White Out" the stadium (a tradition that follows the Coyotes from their days in Edmonton). If you're attending the game, watching on the NBC Sports Network or streaming on your computer because you don't get NBC SN, root on your Coyotes and keep an eye out for fans wearing white from our Coyotes collection.