The Worst Pro Jersey Ever?

I love sports uniforms. There is something so amazing in a lot of the design that goes into these things, and there are so many great examples of teams that look absolutely amazing on the field or on the ice. And there are, of course, so many incidents of them going horribly wrong.

I can be a bit of a junkie for unis. I have a collection of about 60, across a variety of sports. I also am a loyal follower of uniwatch.com and icethetics.info. Hearing about the upcoming rumors of new jerseys, tweaks and the impressive concepts submitted by dedicated fans. It’s amazing. I love to critique them when they come out, debate their merits, compare them to older versions, pick apart what I like and don’t like. I still have debates at work about the new Team Canada Olympic pyjama jerseys.

For all of us uni junkies out there, a new third jersey is always exciting. The anticipation of something new has a certain fun to it. Debating on what it will look like, what the primary colours will be, will they butcher it as they always tend to do with thirds (I’m looking at your latest, Islanders).

And then this happened over the summer…

Oh yeah, don't forget that the back is a different colour.
Oh yeah, don’t forget that the back is a different colour.

I think a lot of people thought it was a joke, but now that the team has finally started wearing this abomination on the ice, in actual professional hockey games, I guess we have to look at it in the pantheon of all-time terrible hockey uniforms. Giving a lot of the accidents that happened in the 90’s, such as the Kings Burger King uniform, or the brutal Blues thirds that Mike Keenan refused to have his team wear, or the incredible Wild Wing uniform out in Anaheim, the new Buffalo Sabres jersey has to be considered one of the worst ever.

This is awful. I like the idea of a yellow Sabres jersey. But there is so much wrong here, it’s almost hard to make the list. Two shades of yellow. Ridiculous white piping that doesn’t go all the way down. A wrist area that looks like it was wrapped in duct tape. The absolutely, completely unnecessary “Buffalo” wordmark above the emblem. The mishmash of colours around the collar. And maybe the potentially most interesting idea, but yet another flub on this mess: the different colour on the back (it is dark blue, the same as on the shoulders).

Disaster. The people who made this, and even worse, those who approved it, should no longer have jobs.

The Sabres thirds are an ugly joke. Much like their season, so I guess it is all pretty fitting. I love when new unis come out. Especially when they are such easy targets, as this one is. I have yet to talk to someone who thinks they are nice. I wonder how the sales are? I can definitely see that they will have some kitsch value down the road. Much like the now, sort-of-beloved-but-still-really-hated Islanders fisherman jerseys. I would kill for one of those.

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