The 1980’s were about 3 things… Fast cars, cocaine, and music videos. If you weren’t involved with one of the 3 in some way you were a no name loser with no real purpose for existence. Back in 1985 the Chicago Bears started a revolution in the NFL. It wasn’t just the vaunted 46 Chicago D punishing offenses… Of course I’m talking about their impact off the field with their smash single the Super Bowl Shuffle.
The song caught fire and actually charted on the Billboard top 100 (41, but still). Some will even tell you this video, not Ditka, not Buddy Ryan, not Singletary, not Sweetness, is the sole reason the Bears won it all in 85.
You see the New England Patriots who played the Bears in the big game that year also put out a video right before the Super Bowl as a sort of countermeasure. I present to you “New England, the Patriots, and We”
To no one’s surprise the Patriots got POUNDED in this game and lost 46-10. If I was alive in ’85 and saw both of these videos come out before the game, without ever even watching a down of football it would have been the lock of a lifetime to HAMMER DA BEARS.
After the success of the Super Bowl Shuffle, which still stands as the unquestioned #1 team music video, other teams jumped aboard the train. It’s always been a copy cat league after all. The second best of the bunch has been forgotten and lost throughout the years, but has resurfaced on twitter after the Rams* (Refs) earned their title shot this year. Let’s take a look at “Ram It”
No clue how the Rams didn’t take home a Lombardi in 86. This shit slaps. It’s hard to fathom the amount of sex these guys had after dropping this. When I watched this all I could think of was being part of this team and having coach drop the bomb “Alright boys great win this week! Fucking great win! …. But we need everyone here on Tuesday… I know it’s your day off but we’re shooting the RAM IT! video. Listen, listen the owners wife wants it done just be here Tuesday at 1pm be here and be ready to fucking dance I don’t want to hear it.”
BONUS: I did a little more digging and found some BTS making of footage:
If the LA Rams have any shot of winning this upcoming Super Bowl against New England it only happens if they make a banger and drop a fire video. Their play on the field won’t be enough to capture the hearts of LA. They need to show they’re more than just macho athletes busting skulls to be accepted. They need to come together as a team the way insta influencers do and collab. They need to flex their creative muscles, their choreography, their bars, their ASMR skills, their EDM DJ samples, their vape tricks, their rollerblades, everything that truly defines and connects them with LA (I’ve never been to LA).
Weekly ramblings, musings, and thoughts to ponder about every team in the league.
Anaheim Ducks – Hanging on to a wildcard spot currently the Randy Carlyle effect has started to take hold as the Ducks have cooled off. John Gibson is doing everything he can to drag this team into the playoffs on his back but they are currently the only team with a ticket right now who have a – goal differential (-18).
Arizona Coyotes – Coyotes President and CEO Ahron Cohen addressed several rumors surrounding the team and thanked fans for their support in a letter to season-ticket holders. “Arizona is our home. We love it here. And we love playing for you, the very best fans in the NHL.” New Year, Same me for the Yotes, still trying to find a long term solution and stable ownership. It’s beyond time this team moved to another market with a supportive and capable ownership group.
Boston Bruins – Bergeron is back and the B’s get a big win at the Winter Classic in South Bend.
Good news for the league too in showing the Winter Classic still has huge appeal.
The B’s currently sit 3rd in the Atlantic. Tough to see them overtaking the Leafs unless they go into a big time slump and they’re battling with Buffalo for final divisional spot vs a wild card. Either way this is a playoff team but this division has become a powerhouse.
Buffalo Sabres – Jack Eichel got hurt in their game on Monday, seems like it’s day to day and he shouldn’t miss too much time. Goes without saying but Buffalo can’t afford to have Captain Jack miss much time this year, his line is basically their entire offense. Also his game day routine is insane and he hates “shitty apples.” Don’t we all.
Calgary Flames – The Flames are making people believers and are rewarded with an outdoor Heritage Classic game against the Jets next year in October. Despite the success it’s not all sunshine and rainbows as Michael Frolik is fighting for playing time and his agent sounded off claiming the Flames are trying to run him out of town. He aint what he once was, but Fro would be a solid depth addition to any team looking to make a run.
Carolina Hurricanes – What?
Chicago Blackhawks – Though they lost at the Winter Classic they take advantage of a floundering Peter Chiarelli in Edmonton and sent Brandon Manning up north.
Manning has a history with Edmonton captain Connor McDavid, too. Two years ago, Manning broke McDavid’s collarbone with a hit and later admitted intent in causing the injury, prompting McDavid to call Manning “classless.” Good work Peter. The Hawks get Drake Caggiula to help out on the wing in return and vet D man Jason Garrison for depth on the blue line.
Colorado Avalanche – You get an outdoor game! You get an outdoor game! You want one? You too! Colorado will host a stadium series game at the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs in 2020. No opponent named in that game yet. The Av’s are looking a little vulnerable lately but can’t afford to let up, they only a small lead over the Stars in the standings. The offense has dried up a bit as they have 2 goals or less in 6 of their last 7. Rantanen finally relinquished the overall points lead to Kucherov (65), but still sits 2nd (62) with MacKinnon in 3rd (59). I’ve been saying these guys are going to top 100 points and now it looks like they might have some company at the end of the year.
Columbus Blue Jackets – With Pittsburgh right on their heels in the division CBJ have stayed hot going 7-2-1 in their last 10. For years the Jackets have been struggling to find that true #1 center to match up with the talent in their division and Pierre-Luc Dubois is drawing some favorable comparisons to show he can be that guy.
Dallas Stars – Interesting few days for Dallas. Currently in a wild card spot their two best forwards Benn and Seguin get ripped by the team owner. “They are fucking horseshit, I don’t know how else to put it,” Lites said to The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro. “We are a stars-driven league, and our stars aren’t getting it done,” he said. “It’s embarrassing, and no one writes it. Write it!”
“(Benn is) the leader of the team, he stirs the drink, but he’s not doing it. He’s got to get it done,” Lites told The Athletic before turning his attention to Seguin. “He’s hitting posts, ‘wah-wah.’ That’s what I say about hitting posts. Get a little bit closer to the action, actually go to the spot where you score goals. He doesn’t do that, he never does that anymore. He used to be a pest to play against, people hated playing against Tyler Seguin, they don’t anymore.”
Thing is they’re not actually playing as bad as Lites’ tirade makes it sound. If you’re into numbers you can see those here.
I would argue the Stars bigger problem is lack of quality depth and a sub par blue line.
On the bright side they also get an outdoor game as they host the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl, opponent tbd… My vote? the Vegas Golden Knights ORRRR hear me out… The Houston Coyotes…
Detroit Red Wings – Dylan Larkin has 7 goals and 10 assists for a 14 game point streak. Detroit started out this year terribly, then rebounded stringing a bunch of wins together. Water has found it’s level as they’ve settled into mediocrity now but that’s ok! They’re in an incredibly tough division right now and a major roster overhaul. They need to stay the course, keep collecting draft picks and prospects, and hang tight til Stevie Y is running the show next season.
Edmonton Oilers – Interesting thought here from Justin Bourne
and with injuries to Klefbom and Russell now the pressure multiplies. Bringing in Brandon Manning and Petrovic from Florida is a stop gap move and Edmonton is LONG overdue for a #1 D man. I understand they don’t grow on trees but its very apparent Adam Larsson isn’t the guy they hoped they were getting when they shipped Taylor Hall out.
Florida Panthers – Florida finds itself 7 points back of the Habs for the final wildcard position in the East with 44 games left. I’m calling it, they’re dead. Bold move I know, but they just don’t have the horses to get it done. They have a solid group but without a superstar this team seems like it’s destined to just be perennial middle of the road fodder.
Minnesota Wild – I’ve been saying for weeks now the Wild need more from their guys up front and only having 1 guy in the top 50 scorers in the league wasn’t going to cut it. Well it gets worse now with Matt Dumba out for 3 months after surgery. Dumba was having a killer year with 12 goals from the blue line.
Montreal Canadiens – Tomas Tatar has been the just the rebound the Habs needed to get over Max Pacioretty the break up. He’s been outperforming Max this year and is on pace for a career high in points.
Nashville Predators – The Preds were slumping and limping out of 2018 with a 6 game losing streak (losing their last 10 road games!) but 2019 is already looking up. Sometimes you just need to come across someone else is a little more down on their luck than you to appreciate what you really have and that’s just what the Preds did shutting out the Flyers 4-0. Once this team heals up they’ll be fine.
New Jersey Devils – The Devils have won 3 straight and managed to climb out of the gutter without Taylor Hall on the heels of back to back shutouts by Mackenzie Blackwood. Though I think it’s a bit early for headlines like “Devils may have found their franchise goalie” after those shutouts came against Vancouver and Carolina.
New York Islanders – History has not been kind to the Isles recently so let’s take a look back at something fond for the fans to remember.
Also a fun fact for you RIP Mean Gene:
New York Rangers – Jimmy Vesey is the 4th leading scorer on the team with 10 goals, 10 assists. Jimmy Vesey is a healthy scratch tonight against Pittsburgh. Go ahead and figure that one out if you can. Not sure how much longer until the Rangers are open for business but I would expect Vesey, Shattenkirk, and Zuccarello to all be wearing new uni’s in February.
Ottawa Senators – Congrats Ottawa! After a somewhat surprising start and a sudden 5 game L streak the Sens are now bottom of the bucket in the East. Honestly not terrible at home but absolutely abysmal on the road going 4-14-1. Mark Stone apparently called the team out in practice for how bad they’ve been which is interesting considering he’s in the midst of contract talks and may not even be there after the deadline.
Philadelphia Flyers – Not a lot of bright spots for the Flyers this year outside of the promising start of young Carter Hart’s career. Things are about to get even tougher.
The Flyers play 13 games, 6 away and 7 at home, in the first month of the new year. Three of those games take place against opponents who are leading their respective divisions. Two of those games take place in the first 8 days of the month, and are only three days apart.
Pittsburgh Penguins – The Penguins have finally woken up. 8-2 in their last 10 on a 6 game win streak and just 3 points behind Washington for the division lead. There are still questions about the blue line but the goaltending seems to have solidified… for now. Murray now has a .959 save percentage in his first five games since returning to the lineup. Those are outstanding numbers. So outstanding that it is the highest save percentage he has had over any five-game stretch at any point in his career.
San Jose Sharks – The Sharks were none too happy with this hit from Sam Bennett on Simek with 25 seconds left in the game against Calgary. Pavelski called it “gutless” but there is no further discipline coming from the league.
St. Louis Blues – The Blues have taken over the distinction of worst team in the west but they did get awarded the 2020 NHL All Star game…. So that’s cool right?
Tampa Bay Lightning – The Lightning led the League in wins (57), points (119) and goals for (313) in regular-season games in the 2018 calendar year. Over the past 25 years only two teams (the 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins and 2005-06 Ottawa Senators) have scored more goals than Tampa Bay’s 154 through 37 games. Not sure if they even lost a game in the month of December. Pencil them in for another trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Mitch Marner is currently on pace for 100+ points with 53 in 39 games. He gets more expensive every game as the Leafs will have to find enough money to go around to make everyone happy.
Vancouver Canucks – Elias Pettersson (39pts in 36 GP) is the only rookie to lead his team in points, while 11 players age 23 or younger are their team’s leading scorer in 2018-19. Sixteen of the League’s top 30 point-getters this season are age 25 or younger.
Vegas Golden Knights – MAF led all goaltenders with 44 regular-season wins since Jan. 1 (44-22-7 in 73 GP), marking the third calendar year in which he has recorded 40 or more victories (also 46 in 2009 and 45 in 2013). He also recorded his league leading 6th shutout.
Washington Capitals – Ovechkin has already came out and said he’s skipping the ASG to rest and recover. After the offseason he had I don’t think anyone can blame him.
Tough for the league to stomach as Ovi is a personality you want on a stage like that but it does give a chance for some of the young guys to shine. Alex is committed to going back to back.
Winnipeg Jets – Byfuglien is out with a leg/ankle injury until around the ASG and this is the type of adversity that can galvanize a team. If they can rally around losing the big guy and keep stringing wings together it’s going to make them a much tougher out come playoff time. Also just thought this is weird, Blake Wheeler is 10th in points in the NHL with only 6 goals, but he has 44 assists. Shoot the puck Blake!
Yesterday watching the game I was a roller coaster of emotion, dreading about what happened in the first week.
I didn’t want to gain too fast of a lead like week one, only because that means Aaron Rodgers would have an other epic comeback and I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if they did that to us again.
Alright here were some other thoughts going through the ol’ cranium. The Packers were 0-6 or 7 on the road. They Didn’t have Mike McCartney (not sure if that was good or bad). Was Mitchell Trubisky healthy… End of the day I knew that the defense would come through. I also knew Mitchell was on another level when he came in with this sweater.
So many plays stuck out from this game but for some reason this Khalil Mack butt sack..stuck out the most. Maybe because this is the first time I’ve seen a defensive player do this. Usually the first thing a coach teaches you always keep squared up with the ball but for some reason Khlil was able to do the impossible and get the tackle…I just imagined the truck back up noise when he made that tackle.
Coach Nagy was obviously a big part of all this.. I was saying last week he’s a legit football genius. His whole mantra “Be You” has created a culture in the locker room. You can see the whole team rally behind that saying and believing in their coach.
Coach Nagy is the second rookie coach to take the Bears to the playoff since George Halas and thats also been almost a century since that happened. Brings me to this why are the Bears winning I talked about it earlier. The culture that this new team has created is amazing…but I think one of the major reasons for this is CLUB DUB
End of the day people doubted what Bears could be.. I never doubted my quarterback or my team. I knew it was going to be a good year and whatever happens in the playoffs I’m behind them. Can you imagine a Club Dub Super Bowl Party. Let’s do it.
Weekly ramblings, musings, and thoughts to ponder about every team in the league.
In case you’ve been too caught up in CFB, NFL, NBA, CBB, and everything else going on in the sports world to realize that we already 1/3rd of the way through the NHL season I’m here to help you get caught up to speed. Let’s roll through each team and see what’s happening. In case you missed last week’s as the site wasn’t quite live yet check it here.
Let’s get into it…
Anaheim Ducks – I don’t think anyone saw the Pacific division as anything other than the Sharks playground after the Erik Karlsson addition but the Ducks and Flames have been standing tall. Anaheim is 8-2 in their last 10 and they have Daniel Sprong doing things like this
Arizona Coyotes – Anti Raanta is out for possibly the entire season after having “lower body surgery” which revealed more damage than initially thought. Lower body surgery is tough folks, it’s impossible to predict because it’s essentially 50% of your body, extremely hard to estimate damage and accurately diagnose such a broad area. Good news for the Coyotes is they seem to have found a gem in Rookie Adin Hill. The former 3rd rounder is 6 foot freaking 6 and he’s gone 3-2-0 with a 1.82 GAA and .936 save percentage.
Boston Bruins – Big weekend for the B’s as they find themselves in the middle of one of the more surprisingly stacked divisions and snatched up two divisional game wins pounding Toronto 6-1 and edging out Ottawa 2-1. May not seem like much but they need every point they can get until their injury bug subsides. There’s also a rumor floating around the internets of trying to bring Lucic back? Don’t do that. Play the kids!
Buffalo Sabres – Things were looking up! Finally the Sabres were getting some recognition and putting the league on notice! Jeff Skinner has 20 goals! What!? No seriously I know it’s insane look it up…. Then… 0-3-2 in their last 5. Carter Hutton was on the ice this morning and his return should help sure some things up.
Calgary Flames – Sean Monohan is a top 10 point getter and the Flames are currently 1st in the entire Western Conference after spanking Nashville 5-2. We’re about 1/3rd of the way through the season and the Flames are proving a lot of doubters wrong looking like a playoff team. I don’t think they hold onto the top spot in the division but at the least have wild card potential. All of this meanwhile with James Neal only having 3 goals and 6 points on the year. Wow.
Carolina Hurricanes – The Canes are getting in the Xmas spirit rocking the red and green breaking in those Whaler throwbacks.
They’ll be sporting these on the 23rd and some folks are none too pleased. I understand people are still a bit sour about the way the team left Hartford but this is most definitely a tribute and as an innocent bystander I think it presents a cool chance to watch some hockey history, it’s not like Justin Williams is some Buffalo Bill copycat skinning corpses creating some ungodly hockey monstrosity. (Also it’s definitely a money grab, a smart one… These are sick sweaters).
Chicago Blackhawks – Turns out firing coach Q has created more problems than solutions. The Hawks are 1-9 in their last 10 games and at the bottom of the Western Conference. What happens first? Coach Q gets a new gig or GM Stan Bowman gets the axe?
Colorado Avalanche – *Checks the points leaderboard* – Yep Rantanen and McKinnon are both going to score over 100 points. It’s funny most people still don’t know what a beast Rantanen is or how far we’ve come with the offensive explosion… This was what we were dealing with in 2015!
Columbus Blue Jackets – Time to stop sleeping on Cam Atkinson… DYK Since the start of the 2015-16 season, he’s 13th in the league with 105 goals. More than Connor McDavid, Nathan McKinnon, Taylor Hall, Phil Kessel… That’s a fun fact from Aaron Portzline but it’s impressive for sure. Put some respek on his name
Dallas Stars – Martin Hanzal hasn’t played since last February. He is a 6’6 12 year NHL vet who just came back from spinal fusion surgery, let’s see how he fared in his two games back…
Yup seems to be holding up fine
HE SCORED WITH HIS BACK! HE’S BACK FOLKS!!
Detroit Red Wings – This saucy paws pass to Larkin to seal the game is so damn beautiful…
Also why is Dylan Larkin fighting Josh Bailey?
Edmonton Oilers – ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!? 13 points (4-9) in nine games for No. 97 since Hitchcock took over. Oilers 7-2-1 under Hitch.
Florida Panthers – Things aren’t… great…
Still not dead last though!
Los Angeles Kings – Also not dead last after the Hawks recent slide. I reiterate as I said last week BLOW IT UP! It’s time the Kings tear it down and rebuild. Move pieces while there’s still time to get premium value.
Minnesota Wild – Last week I wrote “The Wild have two of the top 10 scoring D men in terms of points in the entire league (Ryan Suter, Matt Dumba) Only 1 fwd in the top 50 (Granlund). Seems problematic.” – Still problematic, Granlund is hanging on there, but barely. He’s 48th. Minny needs some big time production.
Montreal Canadiens – How long can this team hold a playoff spot? Their PP is damn near dead last, their PK is 18th. They don’t score a ton or defend particularly well. Carey Price hasn’t exactly been shutdown this year, yet they continue to win. The Max Domi revenge tour continues though, 31 points in 30 games.
Nashville Predators – I mean I understand EVERYONE loves the city of Nashville, myself included I spent a month there one weekend, but these guys need to get over the home cooking and figure it out when they’re on the road. For a team this good they have lost their last 6 away games.
New Jersey Devils – Still last in the East, but the Flyers are making a case they deserve it more! Also this is just strange:
New York Islanders – According to multiple sources, the Islanders have been engaged in contract negotiations with Anders Lee and his agent on a long-term extension in the six-to-seven year range. They can’t afford to let their leading goal scorer leave after the Tavares decision. Have to wonder if he was thinking about 7 mil a year here when he had his head down and got KRONWALLED
New York Rangers – Rangers have some decisions to make. It seems they’re very likely going to move on and trade Zuccarello at some point this season, but what about Kevin Hayes? He’s on pace for what could be a career year in points… Do you sign or trade him?
Ottawa Senators – Look out league!
Philadelphia Flyers – Much like the Hawks, it seems like they fired the wrong guy. Dave Hakstol’s clock is ticking but the Philly faithful are are fed up and one of them hucked a Hextall jersey on the ice after a 7-1 loss to the Jets. We’re getting close on the Philly DoomsDay Emergency Scale, first it’s beers, then it’s jerseys, then batteries are next, and eventually human heads.
Pittsburgh Penguins – Just when you think this team is starting to turn a corner putting up 6 goals in back to back games, beating the Islanders in an important division game, they lose to Ottawa in OT. When will we see Matt Murray back in the net and will it be the good or the bad version?
Also in the least surprising news ever, Kris Letang is a big brooklyn guy over playing at Nassau. How’s he supposed to flaunt those dashing good looks and incredible flow in the city when he’s stuck at that trash heap on the Island.
San Jose Sharks – Kinda concerning for SJ fans that Erik Karlsson and Joe Pavelski are this far in and still not signed huh? They are awfully tight against the cap so it’s kind of a waiting game. I assume this would be the last year of Jumbo in San Jose and they would flip his money to little Joe P’s if they choose to have him stick around.
St Louis Blues – Let’s see how the players are handling the stress of a losing year in St. Louis…
Oh good (Also the Owner was attending practice… Yikes)
Tampa Bay Lightning – When is Vasilevsky coming back? Oh he’s practicing this week? Oh it doesn’t matter? Ok, cool. Louis Domingue went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .957 save percentage, giving the Bolts their sixth straight win overall and a six-point lead atop the NHL standings.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Get ready for a yard sale this offseason you guys. It could easily cost $22 million to re-sign Matthews and Marner, crushing the Leafs’ cap space with to over $78 million tied up in just 14 players. They’d probably love to keep Jake Gardiner, but is there room?
Vancouver Canucks – Elias Petterson is continuing the trend of tremendous Swede’s in Vancouver. He has 30 points for his career already which puts him at 6th on a list of rookies with mesmerizing starts over the last 30 NHL seasons
The Youth movement is on in Vancouver and is paying off…
Vegas Golden Knights – Before the season started VGK and William Karlsson avoided arbitration with a $5.25 million 1 year deal. The ultimate show me deal. Karlsson scored 43 goals last year after never scoring more than 9 in the season. Vegas was hesitant to commit big money long term and rightfully so. So where does he stand this offseason? He’s got 10 goals this year and is on pace for 25ish. He’s 25 years old, 5 years x 6 million per sounds about right.
Also MAF own’d Kuznetsov
Washington Capitals – After struggling early the Caps are back on top of the Metro division. I don’t expect them to ease up either and will take the Metro title for another year. This Kuzy goal is straight filthy. I’ve seen him try this against the Pens more than a few times
Winnipeg Jets – After dummying the Flyers, the Jets had to feel even better than usual after a big win when 7! different players scored in the game. Who said this after the game “Honestly, that was pretty ugly from our group…” Go ahead take a guess… Got it? No not a Flyer offering up some accountability, It was a Jet! Tyler Meyers actually, just straight savage on the winning side of a 7-1 ass beating and speaking some hard truth.
More new sweaters for a few teams around the league dropped and this time they’ll actually be worn on the ice, not just a video game (Digital 6 Jersey Release).
Thanks to IceThetics we got a good look at the Bruin’s Winter Classic sweaters they’ll rock at South Bend.
This is as vintage a look as you can get. They’re styled like the B’s jerseys in the 50’s and went with the big block B logo and ditched any Bear reference. Big fan of these as a special occasion once a year wear.
The Blackhawks haven’t officially released their look for the game other than their logo. IceThetics are big on designs and projections though so here is a mock they think it could look like based on the logo.
Woof, let’s hope not. Chicago’s got it bad enough with the fans ready to riot over Coach Q getting the axe.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
The Kings, Lightning, and Leafs, new thirds leaked yesterday.
Kings: This is what we’ve come to expect from a Kings jersey. Solid, not spectacular. They seemed to have learned their lesson since the ‘Burger King’ days and keep things simple. Crest, Crown, Black/Silver… Print ’em
Bolts: WTF… That’s it? It’s just… Black? I imagine the folks designing this one forgot about the due date, we’re out at a happy hour boozing their worries away, one of them got an e-mail that the new thread design was due and he opened up MS Paint and went to town. “Just going to drop that clip art logo here… oooh look I can do the gradient thing on the sleeves too! Perfect! Attach file… Sent!!” Roller hockey rec league teams wouldn’t even wear these. Tampa does have a history with getting a little eccentric with their uni’s. I’d be surprised if they don’t modify these by the time they hit the ice.
Leafs: Before they were the Maple Leafs, they were the Toronto Arenas. The Arena Company owned the team when it went bankrupt and the rights were given to a new group who renamed the team the Toronto “St. Patricks” who would eventually become the Leafs. This look is essentially the same as they wore last year for a game against Chicago. It’s about as generic as it gets for a throwback, not a whole lot to love or hate about it.
What do you think? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Let me know
Big day in the hockey world and life comes at you fast. Coach Q guided the Hawks resurgence with 3 Cups in the past 11 years but gets the axe after a first round sweep at the hands of the Preds, and missing the playoffs all together last year.
11 years is a lifetime for an NHL head coach as most guys run their course and their message runs hollow on the team after 3-5 years. This is likely a last gasp effort by the GM Stan Bowman as well as his job has been questioned in recent years with some questionable contract and cap management decisions.
Chicago is currently 6-6-3, but trending the wrong way at 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. Let’s see if this jump starts the team or more moves are to come.
Out of nowhere today the Original 6 NHL teams just stunned everyone by debuting brand new sweaters! WHAT!? ARE THEY GOOD!? ARE THEY SHIT!? EVERYONE FREAK OUT!? CHANGE IS WEIRD! … relax, the jerseys are only for EA Sports NHL 19. That’s right the real teams will not be actually wearing these jerseys on the ice… yet.
The collaboration of Adidas, EA Sports and the Original Six teams are being labeled The Digital Six. The 6 jerseys will be first available in Hockey Ultimate Team mode on Nov. 5 and additional game modes on Nov. 19.
The thing with hockey and it’s fan is they love tradition, they love old school, they don’t handle change well. They take a longgggg time to adjust to anything new. This is especially true in the sense of the storied Original 6 teams that started the league. Of course they’ve all tried different looks with little tweaks and some aggressive third jersey choices throughout the years with varying degrees of hits (the Rangers Lady Liberty sweaters) and misses (the Bruins mustard bear).
Here we have a similar approach with these new digital jerseys (Sorrey… Sweaters) , some are traditional approach and some are… well… awful.
Detroit – The Red Wings jerseys here are almost perfect. The candy stripe socks and single red accent line on the sweater itself make ’em pop. It’s an homage to the Wings sweaters of old with the striping. Straight, simple, sexy.
Montreal – Les Habitants de Montreal took a safe route here. Even if you’re the embodiment of Canada you put Red, White, and Blue (bleu, blanc et rouge… Sorrey) and it’s going to look smooth. They ditch the logo on the chest for the MTL abbrev and it’s got a beautiful old school feel.
New York – Like I said you take the Red, White, and Blue and throw it on anything and it will…. Welp I was wrong. These look like some K-Mart clearance specials. These shouldn’t even be practice jerseys, these are dish rags. The only saving grace here are white gloves. White gloves fuck.
Chicago – The Blackhawks have iconic (potentially racist depending on how you feel about ’em) jerseys. When they rock the all red and all blacks they are tops in the league. They know this and so they really only made a small tweak. They added a couple stripes and made some of them a prominent green. Boy oh boy does it look like shit. I assume the green is because of the green feather in the hawk logo and I assume it has some type of significance I’m blissfully unaware of but this looks like when all the white guys in the 90’s tried to be Rastafarian and listened to reggae all the time. Get some albino dreads out of the back of the helmet and smoke em if ya got em. Maybe…. MAYBE, this works on a white sweater but on the black it looks like junk.
Toronto – What? No seriously this is it? This looks like they tried to play off the 72 Summit Series sweaters and ended up with what you would expect in a game that couldn’t get the actual team licensing and property. Can’t wait to play with the Toronto Blue Leaves! John Tavares didn’t sign for this…
Boston – From the look of it the Bruins just said fuck it do whatever you want Adidas. Murder out the logo and throw some stripes on it! 3 Stripes?? NO MORE! MORE STRIPES! YESSS! Never go half stripe, either stripe the whole thing or keep the stripe guy in check.
Ultimately does any of this matter? No. These are made up jerseys for a video game. 97.9% chance these are just for the game itself and will never be worn on the ice. HOWEVA, if I was making moves in Detroit I would highly consider mass producing those bad boys and getting them on the ice and scrape up every penny you can.
What do you think? Like em? Love em? Hate em? Who cares? Leave some comments and let me know.