Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; A general view as fans arrive with a home-made Stanley Cup before game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings championship shirts on sale before Game 5 begins

The Los Angeles Kings can clinch the Stanley Cup tonight when they face the New York Rangers at the Staples Center in Game 5 of their best of seven series.

Key phrase there – can clinch. They haven’t done it yet.

So why then are there Kings championship t-shirts for sale before the game even begins? The epitome of overconfidence, perhaps?

Check out this photo of a vendor peddling the possibly bogus duds.

Obviously those aren’t fully licensed shirts that are approved by the league. Those are kept boxed up and aren’t opened until the final horn sounds.

Or are they?

I guess when you’re a street vendor and you’re at the point when the next game could be the one, you have to make hay while the sun shines and hedge your bets.

Right now the Kings lead the Rangers three games to one, and if it weren’t for a couple of pucks that were stopped on the goal line in Game 4 by a small pile of ice chips, those shirts might already be speaking the truth.

Should the Kings make that vendor’s cotton dreams come true, it will be their second Stanley Cup championship in three years, having won it on home ice in 2012 in a Game 6 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

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