They chanted "Sac-ra-mento" and a few even yelled out suggestions that Mayor Kevin Johnson run for governor, and even president. And even though the mayor reminded the crowd at Firestone Public House that the battle hadn't been won yet- the assembled fans were ready to celebrate Monday after the announcement that the relocation committee has voted unanimously against the proposed relocation of the Kings to Seattle.
As media, I was in a booth up close to the mayor, but it was anything but the best seat in the house – a photographer jumped up on the back of the booth behind my head and attempted to balance while snapping, what I can only assume were amazing shots. Still, he kept wobbling. I was eyeing the integrity of the tables, should I need to dive under mine at any point. He didn’t even get down when security asked him to- but he didn’t ever fall.
One of the fans I talked to said the atmosphere was so wild it was like being in the playoffs- I agree.
Check out some of those excited fans in my story below.
My first ever Kings game – and it could be the very last in Sacramento if the Maloofs get their way and the team is sold to Seattle. But that’s not the way that most of the fans who I spoke to believe it’s going to go.
We’ll likely have to wait until May to find out.
Until then, check out the cutest little girl – and one of the Kings’ youngest fans at the end of my story.
Jessica Gutierrez was walking to school when she saw a dirty old white pouch that looked out of place, and when she picked it up, she found it was full of hundreds of dollars. Remembering that her mother had told her never to keep anything that wasn't hers, she turned it in to her school. Local PR consultant Ann Fogerty says it was then returned to the frantic woman whose pocket it had fallen from.
Jessica's family is very poor, and they definitely could have used the money, but she never even considered it. That's why Fogerty wanted to organize a special day for Jessica. She will be picked up for school in a white stretch limo, complete with a police escort.
Then at school she and her classmates will be treated to a show of tricks from Fero, the Dixon PD's latest K9 officer. There'll be a pizza party for her class, and the girl will receive free pumpkins for life from Cool Patch pumpkins each fall.
Perhaps most importantly, they've organized a college fund for Jessica. All donations can be sent to "The Jessica College Fund, Attn: Chief Jon Cox" at First Northern Bank in Dixon. The address there is 201 West A Street, Dixon CA 95620.