With the game clock standing at two minutes left in Game 5, the huge crowd jammed into in JT Schmid's across the street from the Honda Center could hardly wait for the Ducks' Stanley Cup win to become official.
The din of the Ducked-up revelers swelled and swelled as the clock reached 10 seconds, when everyone, in unison, began the countdown to the very first California Stanley Cup victory, one that, I'm sure, has many a Canadian grinding his teeth. Palm trees and hockey, after all, do not mix.
All the hallmarks of a great sporting celebration were there – thrilling if admittedly typical. The boisterous crowd boiled out onto the sidewalk, where they found the one true hallmark of any good time in Orange County: cops. Lots of them. Typical. Not thrilling.
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Still, good times. Be sure to check out the slideshow.