Logo-gate and the Buffaslug
The furor over the Buffalo Sabres proposed logo is getting ugly. Really ugly. At this point, I'm almost expecting my western New York neighbours to trot pitchfork in hand to owner Tom Golisano's office.
The new logo, as you can see above in a rendering of the proposed jersey, is a rather awkward-looking buffalo's head which has earned the name 'Buffaslug' from the Sabres faithful. (As for the rumoured third jersey: Well, I'd thought the infamous Anaheim Mighty Ducks logo with Wild Wing would be the last time we'd see something on a jersey breaking out of the ice.)
The fan outrage, or 'fanrage' as I call it, has gotten to the point where a Fix The Logo petition has nearly 25,000 signatures.
In a bid to avert what was becoming a public relation's disaster, the team announced that 15 of the team's 41 home games would be played in a third jersey that resembles the traditional blue and gold motif of the early Sabres era.
One fan has designed an eye-catching model uniform and logo, and there's been a movement among some in Buffalo to adopt the design. As of yet, the Sabres still haven't formally announced the adoption of the 'Buffaslug' — but the word is they paid a pretty penny for the logo's design (and I wouldn't be surprised if the production of some of the offending jerseys had already started).
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
UPDATE James O'Brien from the Battle of California has a few more thoughts, as well as a brief tour through The Atrocious Jersey Hall of Shame.
As for his thoughts on the Sabres' rumoured threads, I can't say I disagree:
Seeing jerseys like these, I cannot help but ask: who are these jerseys for? Seriously, that isn't a buffalo or a "sabre" or any large scary beast. It looks more like a horned guinea pig than anything else.Good stuff. Especially since I've heard the soon-to-exist Kansas City team is looking for a new, rodent-themed nickname.