Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Hockey jerseys — Nike style

CasonBlog offers a scathing indictment of the Nike jersey's used in the Olympic hockey tournament last night:
On certain days, every item of clothing the Czechs wore was red-their helmets, sweaters, socks, and breezers, all nearly solid red. It practically burned out the picture tube on my beloved Sony.
That sounds ungood.

Personally, I'll confess I've never been overly interested in any aspects of hockey fashion, and that didn't particularly change during the tournament. I do recall thinking I'd like a pair of those funky hockey socks the Slovaks were wearing (picture at right), and, even now, looking at them, they look 'slick'.

Vertical lines on a hockey sock! Sacrilege!

Still, Cason makes some great points about the Nike-ization of hockey, the main one being, in essence: 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.' Let's just say you'd be hard-pressed to find many who'd complain about the aerodynamics of Team Canada's old, gold-medal winning jerseys.

As Todd Bertuzzi said of the new duds: "They would look good with a pair jeans going to a bar maybe."

And, as we all know, that's for after the game — not during.

(By the way, if anyone knows where to get a pair of those Slovakia socks, lemme know. I'll be the belle of the beer league.)


At 9:53 a.m., February 28, 2006, Anonymous Martin said...

Nice that Bertuzzi had time on his hands to sport his new duds around the bars and cafes of Turin.

At 10:48 a.m., February 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice how the Gold went to a team NOT wearing those horrifying new Nike designs? Karma, baby. Canada seriously needs to lose that Nike look. Nike managed to completely destroy some previously nice college football uniforms, and now their evil ways are spreading to hockey. Kudos to Sweden for keeping their traditional look.

At 3:01 p.m., February 28, 2006, Blogger CasonBlog said...

I wonder if anybody in a beer league will ever be comfortable enough with their masculinity (or lack thereof) to show up in these Nike "tube socks." To Nike I guess there's no difference between their hockey socks and the ones many of us wore in high school gym class-in the '70's.


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