Last night I went to the Sharks Teal & White game, an intra-squad scrimmage between the players and prospects trying to fight their way on to the team. Usually, this game is reserved for season ticket holders and group event organizers only, so I wouldn’t normally be allowed to go. Luckily for me, apparently my work arranged a group outing to a Sharks game last season which put us on the list of people invited to the game, and further luckily for me, the gal who organized the event last year wasn’t interested in attending. She offered up the invite to my boss, who in turn offered it up to me, knowing that I am one of the people in the office who not only would be interested in going, but would actually be desperate to go.
So, all in all this s another example of me being a lucky duck in my new job.
The game itself was highly entertaining; the new jumbotron and Message Ring at the Tank are totally awesome. I was one of the biggest pooh-poohers on the block about the need to install a mega-jumbotron; it kind of struck me as an example of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Sure, a new jumbotron would be nice, but there were so many other important things for the Sharks to spend their money on, like the crappy ice conditions and free agents (especially a good d-man now that Hannan has bailed for greener pastures).
But after having seen the jumbotron in action, I have to admit, it was pretty dang nice. Like, ridiculously so.
And the Message Ring thing didn't bother me so much because it mostly remained static showing ads and looked pretty much like it used to when the ads were made of plastic with lights behind them.
The only thing that bothered me was when they were showing a graphic on the Message Ring with the words "Teal & White Game" with a shark fin racing around the top and bottom ring of the jumbotron and the style of the graphic was "jittery." It just made my eyes go all jittery in my head and made me feel nauseous if I looked at it too long. I swear, if they constantly show these jittery, shaky, caffeinated graphics on the jumbotron and the Ring 'o Death, someone at the Tank is going to have an epileptic seizure. I just hate that kind of stuff. It makes me seasick.
But the HD replays on the jumbotron were really suberb, I must admit. All I have to say is “WOW.” It’s gorgeous.
(photo courtesy of chumnomore from The Feeder)
Before the Teal & White game began we were treated to a kids’ game played by 8-10 year olds. They were pretty good, but there were many train wrecks and kids tripping over each other and taking each other out and whiffs and failed breakaways. It was really cute. How awesome would it be to be 10 years old and get to play a hockey game on real NHL ice? That must have been pretty special for those kids.
After the kids played, they brought the Sharks onto the ice for introductions and began the Teal & White game. It was so nice to see the boys out on the ice, skating their hearts out. I am so ready for hockey season to start.
One thing I must say, I really do not like the new uniforms the team is sporting this season.
I can live with the new unis, but even after seeing them in action last night I still don't like them one little bit. Screw Reebok and their RBK line, they completely suck trying to make NHL uniforms look like NFL uniforms.
This is really petty, but I really don't like the bottom hem of the jerseys. They're curved at the bottom like a crescent whereas before they were straight cut across the bottom. It just looks stupid, like a dress shirt that you forgot to tuck in. I don't like the tight fit, I don't like the stripes, I don't like the orange, I don't like the numbers on the front of the sweater, I don't like the new logo…
I don't like the new secondary logo….
(yeah, tell us how you really feel).
The best I can say about them is that they could have been worse. But that's not much of a ringing endorsement, is it? I hate being a negative nellie, but I just don't like these unis much at all.
I just flat out resent the new unis that are being fobbed off on loyal fans by the NHL & Reebok. All that "uniform system" and "8% more aerodynamic" talk is just so much crap. It pisses me off. It's a flat out money grab by the league. If they were honest and up front about that, I might not be so angered. But I really resent being marketed to as if I were an idiotic child.
The NHL is famous for constantly fixing that which isn't broken. And in so doing, they cheapen their product by trying to turn it into something it isn't and by ignoring traditions. Hockey is what it is -- let it be what it is instead of trying to redefine it in terms of other, more popular sports.
Anyways, that's basically in a nutshell why I hate in the new unis. They represent all that is bad with the league tampering with what is good about the game.
But, just because I hate the new uniforms with the fire of a thousand suns it doesn’t mean that I’m not looking forward to the start of the season with baited breath.
First preseason game is tonight at Los Angeles, radio only game. And the first home preseason game of the year is Friday night, for which I have tickets. Yay! Hockey’s back!