An open invitation to Mark Purdy of San Jose Mercury News

When you started out your article by saying ‘At playoff time, the National Hockey League is famous for impossibly raucous, loud and intimidating buildings. Staples Center is not one of them, though,’ you had my attention.

Shortly thereafter you said ‘HP Pavilion can be a Metallica concert when the puck drops.’ I get it, they’re from the Bay Area too. Cute.

However, when you went on to say ‘Staples is more of a Kenny G experience,’ it was obvious you don’t know a hockey puck from say, those nasty garlic fries served at a Giants game.

As noted in my recent article, Rating the NHL Buildings, I’ve been to just about every arena in the league. And trust me, San Jose isn’t anything special.

Perhaps it’s true what Jim Rome says, you’re all just jealous we steal your water.

You want to use a quote from Doug Murray to bash the fans in LA? Some guy who asked the media to start calling him Douglas because his mom didn’t like ‘Doug’ – saying it sounded too much like dog?

Whatever Doug.

“I would put it in the middle of the pack,” Sharks forward Ryane Clowe said. Yep, just like the Sharks playoff success.

What was your point anyway?

Was it all about trying to write an article where you could drop in names like Lindsay Lohan and the Kardashians? This is hockey buddy, not a TMZ commercial. Nobody cares.

So, here’s the deal Purdy, you want to ask ‘How tough a place is Staples to play, really?’

I have a suggestion for you, a personal invitation if you will…

You complained about the height of Staples and think it prevents the building from getting loud – well, leave your press box seat. Come sit next to me for one game.

Section 119, row 9.

You’ll see why men of far greater importance than you – players like Shane Doan, Brenden Morrow, Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick, Ray Whitney and a list infinitely longer than even the number of times the Sharks have choked in the playoffs – have all called it one of the toughest buildings in the league.

You could have said Los Angeles is the Dodgers’ town or even the Lakers’ town and I would have let it go.

But, Staples Center is the house that Gretzky built.

The Kings fans who fill it are, by far, the most passionate group of sports fans in Southern California.

And they’ll prove it once again tomorrow night staring at 7:30pm.

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