NHL Vs. Your Grandpa: How Every Team Looks The Same
Poor Grandpa, every time he watches a hockey game, he thinks he's watching his favorite player, Sidney Crosby. In his defense, way too many teams have almost the exact same jersey! It's nearly impossible to tell who's who anymore.
Was this done on purpose by the NHL to make us stay on the Versus channel a little longer? You be the judge.
Pittsburgh Penguins Winter Classic Jersey
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Aww, Sid, don't be sad, Grandpa has lived a long life. Your navy blue jersey with the logo INSIDE a circle is just all the rage right now. It's okay that Grandpa can't tell the difference between this and...
Columbus Blue Jackets Third Jersey
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"No, Grandpa, all the Penguins aren't hurt, you're watching the Blue Jackets. Yes, I promise."
Kudos to Columbus for getting rid of that awful "Yellow Jacket wearing a Blue Jacket" logo. I'll take a Civil War cannon any day over that!
Again we have a navy blue jersey with the logo in a circle. Surely there's not a third team-
Florida Panthers Third Jersey
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Wow, really? Is there one lazy graphic designer making ALL of the jerseys for the NHL?
"Timmy, this looks exactly like the other jerseys you designed."
"What?! Jeez, I switched the logos out! What more do you want?!!"
St. Louis Blues Third Jersey
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"Grandpa, maybe you should watch the NBA."
Buffalo Sabres Home Jersey
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OK, this at least doesn't have a white circle but it's still blue with a circle logo. That must be it, right?
Edmonton Oilers Third Jersey
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"Kids, look, Big Ben, Parliament."
How many blue jerseys with circle logos can there be in one league?!!
New York Islanders Home Jersey
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(pounding head on desk) "Oh no, Grandpa, you're watching the Islanders. Turn the channel quick-"
P.S., Islanders, please move to Manhattan or Canada. Your choice. I don't care. You play in a high school gym on Long Island that no one goes to.
Current 2010-2011 attendance: 10,111 per game. Worst in the league.
Boston Bruins Home Jersey
Technically, yes, this is black with a white circle but poor Grandpa is colorblind.
Chicago Blackhawks Third Jersey
Don't Toews me, Bro, these weren't my idea.
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"Don't Toews me, Bro, these jerseys weren't my idea."
Et tu, Blackhawks?!! You have arguably the best jersey in sports, you didn't need to copy every one else.
Minnesota Wild Home Jersey
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Ugh. I almost can't even blame the Wild. They already have the worst name in hockey.
They have the worst team colors in hockey. Yay Christmas! Why not use a cliche design?
They could've at least left that "I'm a wildcat, no, I'm the woods, no, I'm a silhouette of both!" logo out of it.
A Breather: Anaheim Ducks Third Jersey
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Apologies to the Anaheim Ducks. I have called this jersey disgusting in the past with it's black, orange and TAN color scheme but at least it's NOT a logo in a circle!
Black + orange = awesome. Black + orange + tan = The vomit you see on Bourbon Street year round. But for our purposes right now, design-wise, yes, Anaheim Ducks, you skyrocket up to a C minus.
Pittsburgh Penguins Third Jersey
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"Stop! There! There are your Penguins, Grandpa!"
The Penguins are the only team in the league to use this design twice! Sheesh, why don't you marry it, Penguins?
It's fitting I guess with their Schizophrenic attitude regarding their uniforms. "We're black and yellow, no, we're navy blue and light blue!"
11 different jerseys right now in the NHL have nearly the exact same design.
I hope you all have huge TVs with HD channels.