Last night was pretty special. We attended the LA Weekly Web Awards, where MayorsManor was one of four websites up for the title of Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles.
The event was held at BarDot - just a block north of the famous Hollywood and Vine intersection - where it sits atop The Avalon, formerly known as The Palace. It’s a small, intimate venue where I’ve seen so many great shows thought the years – including the Smashing Pumpkins at their peak, one of the Foo Fighters first concerts in LA and a record release party for Social Distortion. Of course, it’s also better known as the venue where the Ramones played their last-ever concert. But, now, there are some new memories coming out of the awards event.
Being nominated was quite the honor. But, let’s be honest, winning is even better…and we did!
In their full press release, LA Weekly had this to say – When the Southland came down with a case of hockey fever watching the Kings take home the Stanley Cup this year, there was no better place to follow the team than John Hoven’s Mayors Manor. Hoven, a longtime sports writer and freelancer, is “the perfect combination of seasoned pro and passionate fan, giving you a view of Kings so close to the ice you can feel the body checks against the boards,” one judge reports.
Many thanks to the panel of judges who helped chose the winners – Tony Pierce, Adam Lisagor, Willy Blackmore, Jo Stougaard, Kevin Bronson, Mitchell Frank, Shira Lazar, Ze Frank and Nancy Miller. They came from a variety of backgrounds, so to have them recognize the efforts of MM was very humbling.
We’d also like to thank the communications departments of the LA Kings, Manchester Monarchs, Ontario Reign and the dozens of WHL, OHL, QMJHL and college teams we interact with each season. It’s because of them that we’re able to gain such great access to the players and the games you all love and enjoy.
Most of all, we send a very special THANK YOU to all the loyal readers of MayorsManor! Simply put - without you, none of this would be possible. So, thanks for reading the articles, listening to the podcasts, watching the videos and especially thank you for all the comments on social media.
Keep up your support and we’ll continue to push the envelope with our ever-expanding coverage of hockey.