Buzz Bulletin: You Need To Calm Down

By: Whitney Carroll McKinnon
Posted: October 17, 2019

All the jokers dressing up as Kings are coming for Taylor Swift once again.

There’s been bad blood brewing since 2015 about the presence of a banner hanging in the rafters of the Staples Center, commemorating Taylor Swift’s status as the best-selling performer to play at the venue. The banner has long been considered an eyesore, but it’s recently become a larger issue for unhappy hockey fans who know the sting of losing all too well.

Since the raising of the banner happens to coincide with the L.A. Kings’ decline into stagnant mediocrity, Kings fans have decided that the banner is to blame–and they’ve had enough. Citing the multitude of complaints they’ve received from fans about the banner negatively affecting their experience, the Kings have decided to cover it up.

Look what you made them do. (Credit: Arash Markazi on Twitter)

“The connection to our fans is our highest priority and through our engagement they have made it clear that the banner shouldn’t be part of their Kings game experience,” Michael Altieri (the senior VP of marketing, communications, and content for the Kings) told the L.A. Times. “We didn’t see an issue in covering it for our games and in fact see it as an opportunity to show our fans that we hear them.”

(Side note: As someone who had the misfortune of drafting Jonathan Quick in my NHL fantasy league last season, I’m fairly certain that Tay-Tay isn’t among the myriad of reasons why the Kings suck.)


The New Orleans Saints got some unlikely attention this Sunday.

In what was clearly a papal accident, Pope Francis gave the team a holy shout-out in a tweet meant to honor some recently canonized saints.

The original tweet has the Saints’ little fleur de lis icon accompanying the hashtag and everything. (Click the tweet to observe.)

No word on whether the pope has interceded to the Lord on behalf of Drew Brees’s injured throwing hand.

Worth Watching

Do you want a new weekly Buzz Bulletin feature? Of course, you do.

Here’s this week’s inaugural Worth Watching (working title), starring the Seattle Seahawks doing *NSYNC’s iconic “Bye Bye Bye” dance in the endzone. You’re welcome.

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Photo credit: LA Times, Popcrush, Arash Markazi

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