Check your protective cup: Stanley’s crumbs can be a sugar rush

There are very few perks left in today’s non-profit world of sports writing, believe it or not. We don’t even need a confirmation from Careercast.com to tell us that we’re part of a business considering having the worst-rated job in American today.

Worse than a freakin’ lumberjack.

“Of course, newspaper reporters have fared poorly in the Jobs Rated report for years due to the job’s high stress and tight deadlines, low pay and requirement to work in all conditions to get the story,” they say. “But journalism is not a dying art, nor is reporting a profession without prospects. Rethinking the industry has made reporters adapt.”

We could, in fact, try baking cupcakes.

So two guys dressed as Stanley Cup security rang my doorbell this morning. I figured it to be just another Fed Ex delivery until I saw a white van in my driveway. The two pictured above, Brandon and Chris, had the white gloves on and were on both sides of a large black box.

Did the Kings finally give me my own 15 minutes with the Cup alone? Nope, this was an NBC Sports Network media relations-scripted production here.

Behold the Stanley Cup cupcakes, an official creation of Crumbs Bake Shop chain (for which there are stores in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Glendale, the Larchmont area of L.A. and Malibu).

I would, of course, like to share these, but I’m not sure how. Any suggestions? My first thought: Take them down to the Redondo Beach Cafe for tonight’s viewing party (although I’m sure the Tsangaris brothers watch their games via CBC on the dish).

Meanwhile, we do need to remind you: NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network have every playoff game.

The Kings’ Game 1 opener tonight at St. Louis is on Prime Ticket (not FSW) and blacked out on CNBC at 5 p.m. (pregame at 4:30 p.m., no postgame). The rest: Game 2 (6:30 p.m. Thursday) only on CNBC (with postgame on FSW at 10:30 p.m.) FSW has Games 3 and 4 from Staples Center on Saturday and Monday (both at 7 p.m., with pre- and post-game shows). Games 5, 6 and 7 are TBA.

The Ducks’ Game 1 opener tonight in Anaheim vs. Detroit is on FSW (not Prime) and blacked out on NBC Sports Net at 7:30 p.m. Game 2 on Thursday is 7 p.m. on Prime (blacked out on NBC Sports Net). Games 3 and 4 are in Detroit on Saturday (4:30 p.m., KDOC) and Monday (5 p.m., KDOC), blacked out on NBC Sports Net and CNBC respectively.

Confusing enough?

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