Good morning from the International House of Pancakes on the corner of Manchester and Sepulveda — actually, not too far from where the Kings once played, at the Forum.
Impressively, a tired Dustin Penner, operating on very little sleep, is serving pancakes, signing autographs and having his picture taken with Kings fans. Considering more than $3,000 was raised for the Kings Care Foundation, there was this obvious question for the marketing whiz kids, Penner and Kings fan John Hoven, who runs the website Mayors Manor.
"Probably wrestling," Penner said with a shrug and a smile.
That was the same wit he displayed when he talked about getting hit with debilitating back spasms, missing the Kings' game against Columbus in early January. The next day at practice Penner then told us — with that same sly wit — how it happened. He added that he had hurt his back when he sat down to eat pancakes made by his wife, smartly noting that they were "delicious."
The incident, as if often happens these days, went viral on the Internet. Penner became a major target in cyberspace, apparently from those not knowing that you can hurt your back with the slightest of movements.
— Lisa Dillman
Photo: Dustin Penner serves up some pancakes. Credit: Lisa Dillman / Los Angeles Times.