20/11/2011

Pretty sweet with the gold foil on the bottom of the jersey

Shoulder up it looks like a pretty sharp looking sweater. But I agree with Jeff, the logo is going to make all the difference. I'm not sure about the whole "SENS" thing, but we might all be wrong it could look good. I personally think that the Lightning actually pulled it off pretty well. The San Jose Sharks first came to the NHL in 1991, and their Cheap Winnipeg Jets Jersey were basic, aside from the fact that they had something NO ONE in the WHOLE NHL had. The color teal. And with that, they had an identity. Even through years of frustration, you knew when San Jose was on the ice by their signature color. Can't wait to see what this looks like when it comes out. I was amp'd when the Hurricanes and my Blues 3rds came out, I have considered getting this one too. I think I'm going to like the striping that goes down the side, it'll be interesting to see what comes out of this one.

There are no stripes around the base of the sweater and the numbering and lettering style appears to be the same as the current home and road uniforms. What it's obvious from this image is whether the letters and numbers will be trimmed in teal or not at all. The laces are a nice touch - especially with this 'traditional' bent that SJ has been kinda angling for. Kind of reminds me of Anaheim's Black 3rds. When the Sharks added orange, traditionalists shrieked. I shrieked. People looking at their philadelphia flyers jagr jersey puked. To this day, it's horrible to watch any Sharks games simply because of the color orange. Home jerseys, away Hunter Pence Jersey, whatever. It's just friggin' disgusting. The Sharks had carved their identity, and it was thrown out the window because the NHL and Reebok wanted to make a quick buck off of San Jose fans. Plus without the yoke and the bottom horizontal stripe, the chest number doesn't seem to make it overly busy anymore. Will wait to reserve judgment on the 'SJ' wordmark on the shoulder until a clearer picture surfaces, but I might consider getting one.

If one of our talented readers would like to take a stab at creating a graphic that enhances what we're seeing here, I'd be thrilled to add it as a follow-up to this post. One thing even I hadn't noticed before was the subtle hint of piping on the back of the Cheap Flyers Jersey in the grainy image. It's not a sure bet, but it seems pretty likely. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. We all know it could have been worse. Really, really simplistic, kind of like their previous 3rds, but has establishes a new look. I'm glad it's not an exact retread of the old 3rd and not simply just a black version of the current uniform set. Disappointed. I wish they would incoroporate more of the orange and teal. I would have liked to see as much orange as on the Flyers third with some teal and black. It would really stand out, and as stupid as it sounds it would be ugly, but it would be different. The black looks boring.

My thanks to the artists who sent these in. If I had to guess, I'd say the actual design is somewhere in the neighborhood of what we see from Ivall and Dan Stover above. So for all of you whining about orange, get over it!!! The new ones still look better than the second generation Cheap nhl Jersey and look better than this new black one. It's a pity, since all they needed to do is just add a little orange trim to the numbers, some teal and white trimming (with or without a little orange) on the bottom of the jersey (like Columbus uses) and replace the silly SJ shoulder patch with the diagonal fin logo and you'd have an extremely sharp black jersey. As it is, this jersey is okay. Sharks fans can only hope they'll go back to the original jersey as a third someday. As the owner of every Sharks Baseball Jerseys they have ever had, I wll definately buy this one. I love it. I am slightly disappointed they went with the SJ instead of the Shark Fin on the shoulders however. Are you sure this is no Orange stripping on the arms? I seem to detect a hint of orange stripping in the original grainy picture. It would make sense sinse the teal and white both have orange stipes. I also like the teal piping on the front and back. Thank goodness they went with the Full body shark instead of the shield.

10/11/2011

when the Jets do go with a third jersey

jets jerseyPart of the problem with trying to come up with a new-but-iconic look for the jets jerseys is that they don't have anything nearly as iconic as those old Senators barber poles in their history. On top of that, the Jets' original looks were more-or-less borrowed from the Rangers.
All the fuss only for that? That redesign does not deserve teasers and whatnot. It is an okay design at best, just an Edge-ified 1990's Jets jersey with a darker shade of blue and some almost-invisible accent colors. Many Icethetics designers could have done this or better, and they don't get the star spotlight that Mr. Barrette gets. And worst of all, in my opinion, is the crest. It looks too simple, with just a wordmark in a circle, like it was done in 10 minutes. Taking out the winnipeg jets jersey in the original logo is not simplifying it, it is denaturing it.

I do like it, but I worry that if the Jets do go with a jersey that is similar to their old ones, they will just go that way and the new jerseys and everything they have done for a new franchise will be lost. I like that the old Jets are being remembered, but they are not this team. I want this team to continue to have its own identity and not go back to a franchise that they aren't. There are too many teams that come out with throw back cheap winnipeg jets jersey that end up coming back and being their "new" identity. Since I don't see the Jets as the same franchise they were in the 90's, I really don't ever want to see this jersey on them. As much as I do like it. I like the balance of old and new - just because it's simple doesn't mean Jacob didn't work hard. Subtlety can be tough. Not sure how I feel about the missing jet. I didn't like the text shading when I first saw it, but it's growing on me. I'm curious as to why he went with a dark third and not white. Winnipeg was on of the few teams that prized the white over the dark jerseys.

Brief word to the whiners: Knocking this jersey for its "lack of originality" is like knocking the Leafs for their third Cheap Jerseys. The point is for it to be a throwback design with modern updates. He's not reinventing the wheel here. And to every person that feels the need to tell us all that you could've done this... here's my question: Why didn't you then?No one's calling it perfect — least of all me — but at least appreciate it for what it is. An effort to start a movement. It worked once. Why not again? And I'm sorry for the "whiners" crack, but that is kind of what some of you are doing.

So there's a lot less to work with in the first place, but the fact that the logo doesn't include a jet seems like a miss. The longest-serving Jets logo, 1973-1990 I believe, included a jet in a circle. The new Jets' primary mark is a jet in a circle. There's your link between old and new right there. With all the pains they've gone through to link the new Jets identity with the RCAF, I'm hoping a future 3rd Hockey Jerseys resembles the '48 RCAF Flyers to a degree. But those Senators 3rds are beautiful, I'll give you that.