Game 2 of the Vegas Golden Knights’ Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Los Angeles Kings is tonight, and Vegas is dressed for the occasion.
One thing can be said for this year’s expansion Vegas Golden Knights — they’re fun. In a city known as one of the entertainment capitals of the world, the Knights are outmatching — or should I say trying to outdress — the competition this season when it comes to traditions.
Although it’s not strange to see sports teams dress their statues with the current team’s jerseys, Vegas doesn’t really have any statues since this is obviously the Golden Knights’ very first season in the NHL.
So what do they do? They simply build a gigantic Vegas Golden Knights Jersey and outfit it on one of the most iconic statues in the world, a replica of the statue of Liberty that sits in front of the New York, New York hotel.
If you have followed the Vegas Twitter account at all this season, you have certainly been entertained on a daily basis. This photo of this 600-pound, 28-foot-tall jersey is the latest in a season chock full of memorable moments for this bustling franchise. Las Vegas, famous for its shows, currently just might have the best one in town playing regularly until this summer at the T-Mobile arena.
Long sports history vs. Lady Liberty
Now, the Los Angeles statues are many as the Staples Center foyer is packed with statues from the Lakers legends and hockey superstars of the past alike. Hollywood is not far from downtown L.A., as well, so does the Kings’ established star factor win out here?
Our decision comes down to numbers versus size — or it could be the sheer audacity that one team has to go big and use the most internationally known statue in the world. So is seeing a Kings oversized jersey on Hall of fame announcer Chick Hearn or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky or Magic Johnson more impressive? The Kings have several statues and the Knights have none.
So who wore it best?
And the winner is…. all of us fans of hockey. What an enjoyable, fun, exciting time it is to be a hockey fan and to see today’s social power present such an array of entertainment to complement fandom.
Ask the fans of either team and they will most definitely argue that their statue(s) wore it better, but if we’re being honest, if the Statue of Liberty in the heart of the Las Vegas strip decked out in her Golden Knights best doesn’t signal the true embrace of the City of Sin than we would be doing them a disservice. Winner: Vegas.