AEG's teams in L.A. -– the Kings and the Galaxy -- haven't been impressive on the ice or the pitch. The Kings finished 27-41 last season (and second to last in the Pacific), and then had to watch as the Anaheim Ducks became SoCal's first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. The Galaxy did sign David Beckham, of course, but after yesterday's loss to the Revolution, their record is 3-7-5. Beckham's ankle is still wobbly, and the Galaxy have been relegated to page five in the L.A. Times' sports section. (At least their new uniforms are spiffy.)
But there's hope in AEG-land. This past weekend, their own L.A. Riptide, of Major League Lacrosse, clinched the Western Conference title with a 9-3 record. In just their second year of existence, the Riptide advanced to MLL's championship weekend in Rochester, N.Y., on Aug. 25-27. They'll have to get by the Rochester Rattlers, which'll have home-field advantage in lax-crazy upstate New York, in one semi-final; if the Riptide can prevail, they'll play the winner of the Philadelphia Barrage-Denver Outlaws semi-final.