Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly in the AHL's Specialty Jerseys

While cruising through the AHL website, I came across their "Week in Pictures" and decided to look at Week 23, which is the latest week. Now, I get that minor league teams like their gimmick jerseys and promotions, but it almost seems like this is going too far. It's brought to you by the Binghamton Senators and it's....well, you can take a look-see.

I don't know if they got really sloppy with the Mickey D's Shamrock Shakes when they were bringing over the jerseys and socks, but oy vey-- who thought this was going to be a good idea. While I will say they cover most of the colors of the rainbow, it's poorly executed and really should be retired never to be seen again. Not only are the jerseys and socks hideous, but the fact there's that white stripe down the front of the sock really bugs the hell out of me. Always has, always will.

Now, on the flip side, the best representation of promotional jerseys were the San Antonio Rampage. Teams in all level have been doing plenty of things to honor the Military, but mostly with warm-up jerseys and stuff like that-- at least in the NHL. However, the jerseys that the Rampage put out for their Military Appreciate Night could trump all.

The Rampage do a great job representing all branches of the Military in their crest, with the Rampage logo in the middle of them all. Also on the front, was a nice subtle name-tag, replicating the uniform worn by the men and women of the Armed Forces. The nameplate on the back is a white font on a black background, much like the Philadelphia Flyers' white-retros.

There's plenty of hits and misses when it comes to the minor league jerseys and this displays one of each. Granted, I bet that there's going to be a lot more St. Patrick's Day jerseys in the same template of the B-Sens, especially since that's how most holiday jerseys have worked in the past. So, be on the lookout for those, mostly because they could be as horrific as that.

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