“I’ll tell you something that a normal elected official wouldn’t admit to,” exclaims Los Angeles city council president Herb Wesson. “I drank a beer with Quickie in the float!” He pauses, allowing the throng of Los Angeles Kings fans, bandwagon and otherwise, to roar in approval. “And I’m gonna keep that can for the rest of my life.”
“Quickie,” of course, is Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick. And the float in question was the centerpiece of the Kings’ victory parade Thursday.
And judging from Quick’s public address — comedy worthy of a best man’s speech from some Judd Apatow script — Councilor Wesson might not have been the only one to share an adult beverage with the athlete.
“Look at this (expletive) team right here,” Quick motions to his teammates as he sways at the podium. “Look at these (expletive) guys.”
The crowd cheers, and the goaltender’s fellow Kings laugh their beards off.
There’s a pricelesss shot of Drew Doughty — Toronto Blue Jays cap intact — cracking up at the guy he tries to protect starts slurring F-bombs. It’s like a Bruce Boudreau 24/7 rant in slow-motion — but happier and harmless.
Ah… day drunk.
Quick’s live-televised profane language — well-intentioned, mind you — occurs mere hours after Kings captain apologized to NBC for doing the same thing on-ice after the team’s first Stanley Cup victory on Monday.
If anyone is permitted a little slip-up, it should be Quick, who made so few mistakes during L.A.’s 16-4 championship run.
Instead of judging the man, let’s all just be glad Quick didn’t try to freestyle rap.
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— Jonathan Quick (@JonathanQuick32) June 15, 2012