The fans have spoken: Long live the Kings.
A few days ago, we invited you to vote in an informal survey to choose the top five Southern California sports stories of the year, and the results were overwhelming: The Kings' Stanley cup victory was the top story.
The Kings were named on 41% of the ballots, easily outdistancing the Galaxy, which was named on 25%.
The rest of the top five: the sale of the Dodgers (7.5%), the Lakers' acquiring Steve Nash and Dwight Howard (5.4%) and the Clippers' emergence as a Western Conference power (4.3%).
The editorial staff of The Times sports department was asked to rank their top five stories, with first place receiving five points, second place four points, etc. The results of that: