The Los Angeles Kings are poised for a franchise turnaround now that Taylor Swift has been removed from the Staples Center.
Kings fans created a Swift banner-curse because the Kings, among the NHL’s worst teams in the past two years, have gone without winning a playoff series since Swift was awarded a banner for having the most Staples Center sold-out shows in 2015. The Kings won the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cups.
Los Angeles sports radio host Arash Markazi noted that the banner was swiftly removed in a Tuesday night tweet photo showing its former spot in the rafters. Last year, the Kings covered the banner during home games because of fan complaints.
Staples Center and its tenants might be tempting fate.
That banner was presented to Swift by late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who said, “To celebrate those championships, we do something very special. We hang championships.”
Markazi reported that AEG, which operates Staples Center, did not make a comment on why the Swift banner was not present anymore. Last year, a Kings executive acknowledged to the Los Angeles Times that the banner was covered at the behest of fans. Now, we’ve got bad blood.
The good news was for another Staples Center tenant, the Los Angeles Clippers, whose fans now don’t have fewer banners than the Swifties.