Well, my Flyers have been knocked out of the playoffs by a Pittsburgh team that got lucky. As usual, I can’t watch hockey until the next round. That’s how I mourn. So, I’m miserable and now have time to focus on annoying jerseys and logos. Here’s my Top 10 Annoying Jersey and Logo Design Features list:
|#10 Hockey Stick in Logo
We get it … You’re a hockey team.
|#9 Black Jerseys
No matter how hard you try, you’re not pullin’ off the Oakland Raiders tough uniform. Let the black die, so we can all switch to bitching about the forced “retro” circle logos.
|#8 Phoenix Coyotes
Seriously … Have they EVER gotten anything right?
|#7 Wordmark Crest
It’s no surprise that the Ducks are on this list. They, like the Phoenix Coyotes, can’t get any design right. Is it so hard to come up with a crest design? Oh, and cool 1990’s swooshies, dudes.
|#6 Forced Retro
I got a feeling that this circle “retro” logo design will become a wide-spread disease like the black jerseys – or swine flu! I hear that the Panthers may be trotting one out next year. Sad.
|#5 City Name on Jersey
This one really bugs me. I gotta figure that the people who decided that a city name had to be on a jersey because – you know – fans are just too damn dumb to figure out where they’re from. Do they assume that the city name wouldn’t be on the ticket, the scoreboard, on the Internet, in the newspaper, in the game-day program, etc.?? Dallas is the worst offender, but I’m also lookin’ at you, Vancouver.
|#4 Vertical Piping
The traditionalist in me doesn’t like this design at all. I like thick horizontal stripes. I relate thick to strong and thin to weak. No need for thin stripes on a hockey jersey. It also looks more like a practice jersey than a game jersey. I like the Reebok Edge cut and style, but don’t like a lot of the design schemes that Reebok seems to be forcing on teams.
Anything worse than fan-created nicknames for their team? Yes, there is … putting that nickname on a professional team jersey. I can’t imagine the Flyers having “Fly-boys” written in some lame font, angled up or down their jersey. Let’s hope this is not a trend.
|#2 Balance be damned
One of the rules of good design is balance. I guess the movers and shakers in the Thrashers’ art department forgot about that when they designed this jersey. Hey, if you hadn’t noticed you were playing a team from Atlanta, they thoughtfully placed the city name on their left sleeve. How thoughtful and terribly out of balance. Perhaps they’ll re-introduce Cooperalls and have “Thrashers” down the right pant leg.
|#1. Baby Blue
Yes, I know Penguins fans think that baby blue is adorable, but you simply can not go out on the ice, play a tough sport like hockey, and wear a baby blue uniform. The Penguins will never win a cup in these things … and if they do, they will be doing some Stalin-like Photoshopping so the history books will show them as wearing black and Vegas gold! (I’m never gonna stop hammering them for this baby blue jersey! haha. All in good fun, people.)