The Sacramento Kings are continuing on the pre-Valentine’s traipse through the NBA countryside today and have stopped at a patch of wild Pop-ies with the … okay, on second thought, I’m going to stop right there. That was bad, or at least, extra bad. I’ve got that pre-All-Star Break drag that every one gets around this point in the season but woof. The Kings are in San Antonio today. The Spurs have lost eleven of their last twelve games and six of them in a row coming into tonight. It would be a pretty embarassing moment for the Kings to lose tonight, even against a team with a legend like Popovich at their helm. Okay, going to talk about something else for a second today.
Let’s talk Kings basketball blogs!
When: Monday, February 1st, 5:00 PM PT
Where: ATT Center, San Antonio, TX
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140
For Your Consideration
Spur of the Moment: If you’ve read more than seven or eight words of my writing, you know that I’m a bit of a sap. Yeah, surprise, surprise – the guy that, after years of lurking, first came before your eyes asking for votes to see someone he cared about live out their dreams, who couldn’t process his own brother’s untimely demise without first see the tragic ending of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, who got so upset with his favorite childhood sports team being trash that he waxed angrily about donating to charity instead of buying tickets and merch (and accidently raised $16k and counting)… THAT guy is a bit of a sentimental fool. So don’t for a second pretend you’re surprised he has a bit to say today about Vox Media shuttering Sactown Royalty later this month.
Yes, I know that Greg covered it here a couple of weeks ago, before we knew for sure that our former home would be gone for good. I share all his sentiments – I’m sad for our friends who worked tirelessly for those sites, sad for the thousands and thousands of commenters that will be left without a sports hub dedicated to their brand of, not just basketball, but any sport they cling to for entertainment while trapped in the belly of this horrible machine.
In hindsight, we’re incredibly lucky to have gotten dropped by Vox when we did. The pandemic allowed us time to plan, time to get ourselves together financially, get support built from fans, other writers and all while basketball was on pause, for what could have (at that point) been forever. Bad basketball allowed us to hone in a little bit on what we wanted to do, what you all wanted from us, what we could and couldn’t afford to do. Imagining our group trying to recover from being dropped today? With life returning to a level of normalcy and in the midst of the best season in over a decade for the Kings? I’m not sure we’d have made it.
Sactown Royalty was… no, it still exists… Sactown Royalty IS an incredibly special place. Chase off the readers, lobotomize the comment section, ask Lakers fans to scrape away every shred of what made it a thriving place for Kings news and commentary… Sactown Royalty is still hallowed ground. We organized Here We Stay Nights, we ran off Jamal Crawford, we had coaches, GMs, reporters, hell Jerry Reynolds, reading and arguing and commenting and threatening lawsuits on the site. Sactown Royalty, even without the words of the fanbase in the comments, is a living record of all our collective grief, all our false hopes, our annual descent into basketball madness. It’s the home of CowboyRon’s hot hand, Tom Ziller’s cat, LaBradford’s credit card information, Carl Landry’s top hat, an unexpected Yeti or two. We mourned our losses, we celebrated the wins when they came and while there was the occasional threat to stab, it was the safest home for Kings fans around the world.
Going over to Sactown Royalty now is like coming home from college to find the family dog greyed and hobbled and misty eyed with cataracts. Leo Tochterman, Vince Miracle and Jordan White have done their best with what Vox has given them, namely, a scorched earth with salted top soil and moldy seed. I commend them for all they’ve had to put up with since being allowed to be Kings fans on a Kings blog. They’re the last remaining librarians in the Library of Alexandria, adding necessary books to shelves as the smoke billows up the aisles. A thankless job, that I thank them for.
Someday, hopefully a long time from now, The Kings Herald will post it’s last article. It might be a tearful good-bye from whoever the editor is then, it might just be some random preview for a game that gets scheduled previous to knowing an asteroid the size of Vox’s mistakes was falling through space on a collision course with Earth. I hope, regardless of the circumstances, we go out having earned the love, the money, the trust that you all have put into us, everyday since Kings Herald’s inception.
I know Sactown Royalty received all of our eulogies in the closing days before we left three years ago. I know this was a lot of talking about the inevitable and things we already knew, already covered. But, I warned you at the beginning, I’m a bit of a sap. Par for the course that it would take me a little extra time to process the death of something I loved.
Thanks for being here today. Long live Sactown Royalty.
Kings win. Vox loses.
Kings: 119, Spurs:108