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It was just a normal mid-Summer day at the beach this week, when we happened upon something unusual.

Not one, but two volleyball practices on different stretches of beach. Small gangs of mere civilians honing their craft.

And then the reason struck: The 6-Man is coming. Heck, it's next week.

Below (or at this link) you can see our brief, fun video celebration of last year's 6-Man volleyball tourney.

Yes, with its new mid-week timing, the tourney was at a modest scale last year, but still good fun.

Enjoy the video! And make your plans for next week: Weds. July 30-Thurs. July 31, all day, on the beach. Call in sick. The players are.

Volleyball is just the kickoff to week's worth of events, including next Friday & Sat. night's Lifeguard Championships…

The Kings have done their job.

Now let's see the city fathers do theirs, here in MB.

Two years ago, when the nearly all-local Manhattan/Hermosa Kings won the Cup, who hosted the big public celebration?


And who hosted the private, invite-only, off-the-radar celebration locked inside city facilities, where Kings fans lucky enough to happen by were told, "No, this is a closed event?"

Manhattan Beach. Ugh. (Dave snuck in so you wouldn't have to. See our post from 2012, "The Cup's HB/MB Tour.")

This tony, above-it-all, VIP-only attitude does not have to prevail in 2014.

The Cup needs a little drink of Pacific Ocean water at the MB Pier (which is festooned for the occasion), a little waft of the breeze in Downtown MB, a Cup Moment at Pancho's in…

The Kings are in the Stanley Cup finals again, and Manhattan Beach is in the grips of Cup Fever. (Don't take our word for it, the New York Times said so this weekend in a feature on players who live here.)

Here are just a few downtown shops and restaurants displaying Go Kings Go! paraphernalia. Game 3 tonight...


Happy New Year and welcome back.

You're probably noticing by now that MB Confidential has an updated look. Here are the main differences and new features:

Mobile-Friendliness: You can now easily read MB Confidential on a mobile device, and use search functions tied to your location.

We're now using a "responsive" design (tech industry jargon for "the site knows if you're on mobile or not, and adjusts the display accordingly"). We've also custom-designed some pages, like the popular MB Dashboard, to optimize them when shown on a small screen.

Look Ma, No App! You don't need to download a special app to access MBC on mobile, but you will get a special navigation screen at the home page. (Pictured.) This menu quickly directs you to the