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I'm dreaming of a white ... home jersey?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007
While the major hubub recently concerning jerseys has involved the "form fitting" jerseys that no one has seen yet just about everyone hates (seriously, I'm getting this mental image of form fitting and I imagine the new referee jerseys the refs in the NFL are using ... God, it makes me shudder), some news comes from Uni Watch, which certainly sounds quite interesting.

"Big News out of St. Looie, where several readers report that the Blues’ radio team spilled the beans on the NHL’s plan to go back to home whites next season."

Well, then! That certainly comes out of left field, doesn't it?
But to be honest, I'm not sure I like this.

I guess I'm in the minority, too; from what I've seen and read, a lot of people much prefer the home whites over the home darks, for a variety of reasons ranging from "It's traditional" to "The away team wants to be intimidating in its darks", and a variety of other crazy legitimacies.

Yet I like using the darks at home. I don't really have any logical explanation for why I do outside of, simply, "I like to see my home team in dark when I see them in person." It also seems that, preferred jerseys at home or away aside, that a majority of fans who I see at the arenas buy darks more often than whites; this coming from someone who has been selling those very jerseys for the past couple months, at that.

But maybe whites sold better back when they were still being used at home, so it's hard to compare when I don't really know for sure. Either way, it'll be interesting to see if the league confirms this any time soon; most likely at the All-Star Game at the earliest, and if not then, then definitely at the end of the season.

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  • At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Ski said…

    The NHL could try what the Jr. A league here does, 1/2 the season dark is home, the other 1/2 of season they switch it up and home is the white. Everyone around the league gets a chance to see the teams in both jerseys.

  • At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Drew said…

    I'm with you, Michael. I personally like the dark jerseys better (for us, anyway), and like seeing them at home. It also lets the home fans see the third jerseys more times per year, rather than have the away team carry both white and dark unis on an away trip.

    The one argument I've heard for home whites that I can get behind is that the fans get to see all manner of different jerseys when the road team wears dark. Sure, each franchise's whites are a bit different. But they're nothing compared to the differences you'd see in the dark jerseys.

    Either way, I'll reserve judgement on the form-fitting until I actually see one. And then when I see one on Keith Tkachuk... eww

    Oh yeah, and if I had known you were in the Hot Oil blogger Hot Off, I could have known what you looked like prior to my Nationwide Arena expedition. Awesome!

  • At 11:06 AM, Blogger PJ Swenson said…

    I hate darks at home. Whites are easier to photograph, easier to see on TV, and with the opponents varying dark jersies it adds something different each game instead of just having them in white.

    Uni Watch said something awhile back about the ECHL, who wears darks at home the first half of the season, and then whites the second half.

  • At 1:32 PM, Blogger Tyler said…

    didn't they switch to dark homes 2 or three seasons ago in an attempt to sell more jerseys?

  • At 4:59 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I'm with you. I like the home blues - though I'll be honest, I love the 3rd Jersey logo, and I really don't care for the main logo.

    Maybe if we can swap to the 3rd jersey logo when we make the uniform switch...

    Oh, well. See you at the DET game tomorrow night!

  • At 8:33 PM, Anonymous nancy said…

    Matt may have gotten his wish ...

  • At 8:42 PM, Blogger Matt said…


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