The Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings has gotten a lot of attention from media far and wide. It is, after all, the first championship between New York and Los Angeles since 1981. To people of those large cities, this series is rather important.
It is now especially important to rapper 50 Cent, who dropped a new album on Tuesday after dropping the worst first pitch in the history of baseball. The noted rapper was in Los Angeles, promoting “Street King Immortal” on LA Power 106 with deejay Big Boy.
The pair talked about their two cities meeting up in the Stanley Cup and though 50 Cent mused that he was not in fact a hockey fan, but he was interested in the series.
“I think it will be so exciting for everyone to watch, regardless if they're hockey fans or not,” 50 Cent astutely told Big Boy in the radio spot.
To play up the New York, Los Angeles rivalry, Big Boy asked 50 Cent if he would be willing to make a bet on the series. Big Boy challenged 50 to a $10,000 bet and after a few seconds of pause, the rapper agreed. There was a hand shake, so this is a done deal.
This bet was made on Friday. I'm guessing no one happened to inform Fitty that the Rangers were already trailing the series 1-0. After shaking on the deal, 50 Cent wanted to make sure all his LA fans out there weren't disappointed in him.
“I'm going to say this to you, “ he said. “Kings fans are my people too. I don't have an extreme passion for the game, but I'm going to take the bet.”
So it's settled. Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Martin St. Louis, etc., you don't only have your own hopes and dreams on the line as you play for the Stanley Cup. You are not only playing for your team's city. You are playing for a very rich man to not lose $10,000 to a less-rich man who says things on the radio.
As if the pressure couldn't get any greater.
(h/t Puck Daddy)