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Jersday Blog February 21st, 2019

The Round-Up

Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors Jersey

When it was announced that Miami was retiring Bosh’s # 1, it immediately begged the question: should the Raptors retire the number of the franchise’s leader in rebounds, blocks and All-Star games (tied with Vince Carter with five if you don’t count Vince’s 2004-05 after he was traded mid-season to the Nets).

While Bosh is technically a top five player in Raptors franchise history, I think that teams should only retire players who have taken their teamsย somewhere or at the very least have some regular season team success. In the Chris Bosh era the Raptors only made the playoffs twice and were bounced in the first round both times. Kevin Garnett is an all-time Timberwolf(?) because he led the team to the playoffs eight times (making it as far as the Western Conference Finals in 2004) while constantly playing like an MVP candidate. Is Michael Redd a Bucks great because he was the best player on a horrendous team for almost a decade? Bosh lies somewhere in the middle of these two players and I for one would vote “no” if asked to retire his jersey.

Vince Carter Purple Raptors Jersey

Vince Carter is another interesting conversation. Nostalgia goggles have made Toronto fans all but forget the time he stabbed the team in the back and forced a trade out of town. Formerly a pariah in Tdot, public perception has shifted on Vincanity. He is now regarded as an all-time great in the city of Toronto when he was the subject of some OG jersey burning back in the day.

The case for Vince is he was the Raptors’ first superstar, he is top three in virtually every Raptors scoring records, and was a basketball cultural icon while wearing Toronto purple and black.

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I’d retire VC’s 15 before I would retire Bosh’s number 4… But I think it would be cool if they held off like a decade and retire Demar’s 10 first.

Derozan is the franchise leader in games, minutes, free throws and points; He’s the been the face of the team during the franchise’s most successful stretch and he is by far the most loyal player they’ve ever had. As unlikely as it would be, I’d love to see Demar’s number as the first Raptor in the rafters with all of the Leafs and Bon Jovi.

Rafael Palmeiro Baltimore Orioles Jersey

569 career home runs and 71.9 WAR in 20 seasons. Palmeiro is definitely one of the most understated boppers of the steroid era. Like Bonds, McGwire and Sosa, Palmeiro is another juicer that makes you wonder just how good he would’ve been had he played clean. Well we’ll never know. What we do know is Palmeiro is one of the best hitters ever and he’s not one to listen to the haters.

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Jersey of the Week

Jack O’Callahan USA Jersey

Unreal. This jersey hits the mark. It doesn’t matter if you’re not an American, a hockey fan or even like sports. If you have a beating heart then you should’ve seen Miracle. For me it’s in my top 5 favourite sports movies. In no particular order I have: Money Ball, Miracle, The Rookie, Remember The Titans and Coach Carter.

OC’s playing baby!

 

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

1. @Acooksy19: 3
2. @wilsondrew17: 2
T3. @jefftrahan13: 1
T3. @phillydip4: 1
T3. @beamerr9: 1

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The only dunk worth watching in the dunk contest. Honestly what the hell was with that plane?

Cool in terms of basketball and rap culture. Pretty underwhelming dunk considering Diallo DUNKED OVER SHAQ.

Is that really much different?

 

I kind of love these jerseys. Just don’t think there’s anyone on the Marlins worth getting on a jersey.

 

I kind of need a chrome JR Flyers jersey now.

Tough look for the DO Double G. I’d throw that trash on the ice.

As a half-Irish Leafs fan this is right up my alley. I’ll need to scoop one of these puppies up.

Jersday Blog February 14, 2017

The Round-Up

Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors Jersey

Every Raptor fan’s favourite fat-turned-slim point guard has come a long way since his first years in Toronto.

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In seven seasons with the Raptors Lowry has surpassed Damon Stoudemire, Muggsy Bogues and Jose Calderon to cement himself as the franchise’s premier point guard. The Lowry-Derozan era Raptors were one of the most successful stretches in franchise history. Who knows how long the Kawhi era lasts and who’s to say what will become of the Spicy P & OG future. Lowry and Derozan may have never reached the Finals, but they delivered five years of consistent regular season success and playoff basketball, which just wasn’t a thing before 2014.

Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays Jersey

Here’s how JD No Whisky holds up among Blue Jays 3rd basemen:

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I mean… with a franchise with Rance Mulliniks AND Kelly Gruber it can certainly be tough to stand out. Yet there Donaldson stands, on the Mount Rushmore of Blue Jays greats. Now it’ll be tough to go from a perennial MVP candidate to **checks Blue Jays depth chart** Brandon Drury, but Donaldson’s dead arm campaign of 2018 should dampen the blow. Don’t get too impatient because, despite the MLB trend of manipulating superstar rookies’ service time, the next great Blue Jays 3rd base is right around the corner.

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1990’s LA Kings Jersey

This era of Kings jersey is my favourite. It slightly edges out the Marcel Dionne-era purple and gold but destroys the Ziggy Palfy purple and black. The current ones are a nice modern update on the 90’s look but in my opinion the original is King. Shoutout Kerry Fraser missing Gretzky’s high-stick on Gilmour. Dark times.

Sonny Weems Toronto Raptors Jersey

Money Sonny! Shout out to my boy Mikey G!

Sonny Weems was by far our favourite player in a shitty era of Raptors basketball. Whether he was getting his ankles broken

or absolutely throwing down

Money Weems made things happen when he was on the court. He wasn’t just jogging along to get his steps in. He had a couple of solid seasons in the NBA. His best ones by far were as a Raptor. But the guy is still making money moves overseas.

In 2017 Weems player 8 games for Zhejiang in the Chinese Basketball Association and averaged 31.7 points per game, 8 rebounds and 5.9 assists. The guy can hoop. I’ve often said that.

Jersey of the Week

1997 Anaheim Mighty Ducks Alternate Jersey

I honestly couldn’t identify this jersey at first glance. I honestly though it was some Walmart road hockey hybrid. But on further investigation it was used as a third jersey for exactly two seasons. Anytime someone throws a throwback Anaheim Mighty Ducks jersey at me it is an automatic contender for Jersey of the Week. Give me one dripping in obscurity and we have a winner.

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

@Acooksy19: 2
@wilsondrew17: 2
@jefftrahan13: 1
@phillydip4: 1
@beamerr9: 1

 

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These are awesome. I’m not well-read on the program but a quick Wikipedia scan show that that’s where Hot Rod Williams played. Cool.

 

On first impression I think I’m an Arizona Hotshots guy. Haven’t watched a game but I’d rock these jerseys:

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It’s simple. If the Mighty Ducks cast is involved I’m here for it.

Just a couple of GOATs. Throwback to the 2006 and 2011 Finals.

Speaking of GOATs…

Jersday Blog February 7, 2019

The Round-Up

Mitch Marner Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey

Now that Matthews is locked up the question on every Leaf fans mind has to be: “do we have enough room for Jake Gardiner?”

Kidding aside, I’m not concerned on whether or not Marner will sign. Dubas already spent half a year fighting Nylander tooth and nail. There is just no reality where Nylander is a Leaf and Marner isn’t.

Now Auston Mathews’ five year $58,170,000 will be a negotiation point but, regardless of how unreal Marn Dog has been, I can’t see him signing for more than the franchise center. For comparison’s sake here’s every RW contract over $6mil over the past five years.

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I’m torn on what I want a Mitch Marner contract to look like. If they signed him to the same Matthews deal like the Blackhawks did with Toews-Kane in 2014, that means Matthews, Nylander and Marner will all be UFAs in the same summer. But anything with more term would be more expensive for every UFA season the Leafs buy him for.

Either way, buckle up.

Pierre-Luc Dubois Columbus Blue Jackets Jersey

What a pick. What a jersey. I’m a big fan of Columbus’ current digs and Dubois looks like the number 1 center Jarmo Kekalainen promised. I was personally skeptical that they took Dubois over Jesse Puljujarvi but that doubt was quickly put to rest. Check this shit out:

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Take another L Chiarelli

Paul Pierce Boston Celtics Alternate Jersey

Here’s my power ranking of Boston Celtics in order of jersability (the amount of heat radiating from a jersey):
1. Larry Legend
2. Paul “The Truth” Pierce
3. KG
4. Bill Russell
5. Brian Scalabrine
6. Ray Allen
7. Kevin McHale
8. Glen “Big Baby” Davis
9. Rajon Rondo
10. Tony Allen
11. Kris Humphries
12. Isaiah Thomas
13. Gerald Green
14. Kendrick Perkins
15. Jared Sullinger
16. Dominique Wilkins
17. Shaq
18. Darko Milicic
19. Popeye Jones
20. Kyrie Irving

Jersey of the Week

Shane McMahon WWE

Here comes the money!

If you have a WWE jersey you’re definitely more inclined to start wrastling people when you’re drunk. RKO’s, throwing people through tables, Stone Cold beer shower and yelling “suck my dick”. There’s definitely a type.

I’m personally not a big wrestling guy but I respect the art of the sport. Back when I used to play Smackdown Vs. Raw on PS2 I was a big Rey Mysterio and Big Show guy. The 619 into The Showstopper Slam was the ultimate tag team.

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This guy sucks

Shooting straight from the hip, Oakland, Detroit, Colorado, Royals and White Sox brought the heat. Just when I think I have enough hats I get roped back in.

Zut alore… Who cares

These Stadium Series jerseys stink out loud

Jersday Blog February 1, 2019

This blog is a day late and for that I apologize. Sometimes you have to work to pay rent, phone bills and groceries so blogging about jerseys has to briefly be put on the backburner. So without further ado enjoy the Friday edition of the Jersday Blog.

The Round-Up

Rob Gronkowski Patriots Jersey

The Patriots are in another Super Bowl and it makes me physically ill. As a fan of the Bills, Blue Jays, Maple Leafs and Raptors I can’t imagine the feeling of winning one championship let alone having one of my teams winย five Super Bowls. That sort of success has quite frankly left Boston sports fans arrogant, spoiled and glutinous. Quite frankly I feel sorry that Patriots fans haven’t been afforded the life lessons and teaching moments that come with your team’s constant failures. I feel as though I have come out the other side a better person.

Either way my prediction is that the Patriots will win 27-21. I hope I’m wrong.

Martin St. Louis 2014 Sochi Olympic Jersey

Of all of the jerseys I own this is a dead-heat tie at number 1 with my Spud Webb jersey. Both are two of the GOAT short guys in sports history. Someday I hope to be right there with them, I just need to find a sport. I’ve already tried baseball and basketball. I’m too frail for MMA, boxing, wrestling, football, hockey and lacrosse. Soccer players are usually signed by pro teams at age 12 so I may have missed the boat there. I think I’ll have to become a horse jockey or rowing coxswain.

Alex Ovechkin 2011 Winter Classic Washington Capitals Jersey

These are my favourite Washington Capitals jerseys. Of all of the iterations that played on their old colours, I think this Winter Classic look is the best spin on their vintage look.

While we’re here why don’t we check in on the Crosby vs. Ovi race that has been ongoing since 2005:

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Holy shit these guys are fantastic.

Dwight Howard Orlando Magic Jersey

Say what you will about the current public image of Dwight Howard. There was a time that Dwight Howard was the NBA’s best center and comparisons to Shaq weren’t so farfetched.

From 2007-2012 Howard averaged 20 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks with the Orlando Magic. In that span he made 6 All-Star Games, won 3 Defensive Player of the Year award, finished top five in MVP voting 4 times, was named to 5 First All-NBA teams and Dwight single-handedly dragged the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals where they lost to Kobe and the Lakers. The guy was on a fast-track to the Hall of Fame.

Now the artist formerly known as D12 is injury prone, a stylistic dinosaur and he has become a bit of a social pariah. Regardless, when he was going, Dwight was an absolute monster.

Jersey of the Week

Peter Forsberg Colorado Avalanche Jersey

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This is probably the best submission to date. Growing up Forsberg was by far my favourite player. Silky smooth mitts and the guy racked up stats like it was nobody’s business. 885 points in 709 regular season games split between Quebec, Colorado, Philadelphia and Nashville. It’s a shame he had so many leg injuries because guy was an absolute beast.

Of all of the Chel games, NHL 2004 was the game I easily played the most. So much so that Punk Rock 101 by Bowling for Soup is burned into my brain permanently. Back in those days I would only play as the Colorado Avalanche because it may have been the most stacked team of all-time. We’re talking the regular suspects like Forsberg, Sakic, Milan Hejduk, Alex Tanguay, Rob Blake, Adam Foote, David Aebischer and, for one season only, Teemu Sleanne and Paul Kariya. This may be the best team to not win a Stanley Cup.

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Incoming: all of the “updated” spring training looks. Capitalism is a beautiful thing. ALso these jerseys are also beautiful. I’m a sucker for a powder blue baseball jersey.

Don’t sleep on the Big 3. What other league will you see a 40 year-old Scalabrine get crossed up by a 40 year old Jason “White Chocolate” Williams?

OBJ repping my boy Spicy P(ee).

It’s been years since an all-star game jersey moved the needle for me.

 

Jersday Blog January 24, 2019

The Round-Up

Milan Lucic Winter Classic Boston Bruins Jersey

How many Bruins jerseys does this guy have? Each week Burgess pumps out a new one out of the vault that Tim Thomas built.

Despite the $42 million albatross of a contact Lucic currently carries and his lowly 5 goals in 50 games, there was a time he was one of the games premier power forwards. From 2011 to 2015 Lucic scored 105 goals with 253 points, 503 PIMs and 1006 hits in 367 games for the Bruins. The guy hit hard (and illegally), was always ready to throw off the gloves and knew how to plant himself in front of the net.

In his prime Lucic was one of the league’s most hateable players. I can see why Bruins players would like him. It’s the same reason they’ll defend Marchand to the death. They’re all morons.

Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals Jersey

Another example of an albatross contract that overshadows a player’s former greatness. Sure a lot of people remember him as an all-star. But there’s a whole generation of baseball young fans that don’t necessarily remember him as one of the best first basemen of all-time and the third-best hitters of the 2000’s (I’d put him behind A-Rod and Barry Bonds). From 2000 to 2010 Pujols was second in the MLB in fWAR with 77.5, second in wRC+ with 169, second in home runs with 408, first in batting average with .331, third in OBP with .426 and second in slugging with .624.

To sum it up, Fat Albert was a stud. When he does retire Pujols should follow suit with Mariano Rivera and get in unanimously.

This is a great jersey. The St. Louis Cardinals have a classic, timeless look that still plays in 2019. And of all of the greats to suit up for the Cardinals, Albert is at the top for me when it comes to jerseys.

 

John Tavares New York Islanders Jerseys

This guy must’ve been hit hard in July. Well for anyone keeping track at home, the Islanders are going into the All-Star break in first in the Metropolitan with 63 points while the Leafs are second in the Atlantic with 62 points. Anyone that thought the Islanders were dead in the water without Tavares (hand up I thought they were toast) can go eat crow. The Islanders have the least goals against with 118 due to surprisingly one of the best goalie tandems in the NHL (where the hell did Lehner and Greiss come from?!) and a sturdy system put in place by Stanley Cup winning coach Barry Trotz.

But at the end of the day…

Suck it.

Jersey of the Week

Larry Bird Boston Celtics Jersey

Larry Legend. The Hick from French Lick. This jersey gets a tonne of appreciation from Celtics fans, middle-aged white dudes, and college kids on St. Patties days alike.

This jersey gives me visions of championships, mullets, step-back jumpers, no-look passes, Converse sneakers and short shorts. The white, gangly assassin is unintentionally one of the most gifable basketball players of all-time.

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Slow, methodical and elegant. The Larry Bird way.

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I give the early advantage to the Rams on this one.

The mashup nobody asked for. I’d rock a Ryan Getzlaf Angels hockey jersey.

I’m in on these as long as Rougned Odor isn’t involved. I hate that guy.

Early impressions… these are solid… but kind of boring… kind of like the Twins.

 

The 80’s were a wild time for basketball. Everyone was on coke and sometimes jerseys went missing. What a time.

This year’s Hall of Fame class is awesome. Mussina was one of the American League’s best starters throughout the 90’s. Edgar Martinez is arguably the best DH of all-time (all of the Ortiz stans need to drop the pitch forks already). The best closer of all-time is the first unanimous vote-in in Hall of Fame history.

And my boy Doc Halladay rightfully got in on his first try. Now I wish he was going in as a Blue Jay, it doesn’t change the fact that he is the best pitcher in franchise history, one of the best pitchers in the league for over a decade and a universally beloved player in both Toronto and Philadelphia.

Quack quack Mr. Ducksworth.

That settles it. I need an O’Dog jersey.

So much respect between these two. Great for the game.

The Jersday Blog January 17, 2019

The Round-Up

Pavel Datsyuk 2013-14 Winter Classic Detroit Red Wings Jersey

Since the lockout, Crosby has undoubtedly been the best player in the NHL. Ovechkin the best goal-scorer, Joe Thornton the best set-up man and Cal Clutterbuck the most-hitting player. But in my mind, Datsyuk was easily the most fun to watch. Lock the door, put a sock on the door knob and and feast your eyes on this puck wizardry:

This guy was pure electricity. Not to mention he also won faceoffs! And actually back checked! And won 2 Stanley Cups! His 2007-08 season where he won a Selke for league’s best 2-way forward, scored 31 goals and 97 AND won a Stanley Cup has to be one of the most impressive seasons in the modern era. What a stud.

Auston Matthews Centennial Classic Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey

Auston Matthews Jersday Count: 3

Let’s take a look in at how Matthews has been doing lately.

Not a hot start to 2019 but there’s a reason the season is 82 games long and not 2 weeks. Anyone panicking about the Leafs current slide are the same ones who kept projecting Matthews’ scoring totals back when he was on pace for like 100. But that’s the Toronto sports scene for ya. The sky is always falling.

Just remember… the Leafs have Matthews, Marner, Tavares, Reilly and Andersen. LFG.

Travis Konecny Philadelphia Flyers Jersey

I’m a big fan of the Flyers’ oranges. They look a lot better than their mid-2000’s black primary jerseys from the Robert Esche era.

As for Konecny, he’s a cool pleyer to root for. The former Chatham-Kent Cyclone and Ottawa 67 has been a real player for the Philadelphia Flyers. The speedster was taken 24th overall in 2015 but is ninth in scoring from his draft class (ahead of him are McDavid, Eichel, Rantanen, Marner, Aho, Barzal, Werenski and Hanifin (holy shit this was an awesome draft year)). While he’s have a slow year compared to his 24 goal 2017-18, Konecny has a lot in the tank.

Cam Neely Boston Bruins Jersey

Greatest power forward of all-time is a bit of a stretch. Then again guys who average a point-per-game and around 100 PIMs a season don’t grow on trees. Fighting is a bit of a lost art form these days and anytime a guy can effectively chuck knucks and score goals I do take notice.

Some people think that I hate the Bruins and that… well that is true. But that’s only been a recent thing. Pre lock-out 2005 the Bruins and Leafs never seemed to be good at the same time so I could appreciate the Joe Thorntons, Sergei Samsonovs, Cam Neelys andย  and Ray Bourques or what have you. But that ship has unfortunately sailed. Kick rocks Burgess. I have no time for your irrational Matthews-hating ways.

Steve Nash 1st stint Phoenix Suns Jersey

Heavens to Bettsy I’m blushing. What a jersey. This era of Suns jersey was before the long hair and MVP trophies.

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Full disclosure. Steve Nash is my favourite basketball player of all-time.

But any Canadian and/or basketball with a beating heart can appreciate MVSteve. He’s the only Canadian to win NBA MVP and is the 11th player to ever win back-to-back MVP’s.

Here’s a fair warning, I’m about to hit you with a Datsyuk montage and a Nash highlight reel in the same blog. Buckle up.

Jersey of the Week

Jaromir Jagr Czech Republic National Team Jersey

The man, the myth, the mullet. The jersey speaks for itself.

Jagr has officially suited up for the Czech Republic for 133 games internationally in his career. That’s more than his time in Philly, Boston, Dallas and Calgary.

1921 points in 1733 career NHL games. He left the NHL last year at age 45 to play in the Czech Republic. The guy was an absolute legend. I doubt we’ll see him in the NHL again but don’t be shocked if it happens.

 

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The Jersday Blog January 10, 2019

The Round-Up

German National Hockey Jersey

In the 2020 World Junior’s Germany is back in and Denmark’s gonna be watching from home. I can’t imagine the German’s tournament will last long considering this year’s backwards results has left Germany in the group of death:

Yeah definitely not ideal.

In honour of a sweet jersey and an 2020 elimination in advance, here’s the best of what the German hockey machine has churned out.

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Sure you can have your Draisaitls and Kolzigs. The Uwe Krupps and Korbinian Holzers are what German hockey is all about.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau Alternate Reebok Ottawa Senators Jersey

These are by far the best jerseys that have been in Ottawa’s rotation. The striped look is one of my favourite looks. It makes any team, even a 90’s Senators expansion team, look like a classic. Also I’ve never been sold on the roman centurion logo. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a member of the Canadian senate but they certainly aren’t leading hundreds of legionnaires into battle.

As for JG Pageau, I always appreciate an off-the-board jersey selection. On most good teams Pageau would be an effective middle six forward. On a bad team Pageau is the lead penalty killer, the go-to faceoff man and scores in bunches.

Rick Nash 2003-07 Era Columbus Blue Jackets Jersey

The classic Koho jersey with the neon green still mixed into the Blue Jackets colour scheme. Kind of ugly yet sublime.

For over a decade Rick Nash was the only reason to scoop up a hockey ticket in the state of Ohio. The 6 time all-star and 2004 Rocket Richard winner did nothing but put the puck in the net for the hapless Blue Jackets. Here’s a taste of his supporting cast for his time (2002-2012) in the Buckeye state.

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Too many people remember recent Nash years as a washed-up goal scorer on the Rangers (save for his 42 goal 2014-15 season). But with the Blue Jackets he was one of the best scorers on the planet despite being flanked by elite teammates like David Vyborny, Christian Huselius and Geoff Sanderson. While he hasn’t officially announced it yet, it looks like 34 year-old Nash is likely done in the NHL. Pour one out for Columbus’s first real star in franchise history.

Jersey of the Week:

Baker Mayfield Oklahoma Sooners Jersey

This is a huge jersey. Mayfield is one of the best young talents in the game and also one of the most popular players. I’m a huge fan of any pro athletes’ college/junior/minor league jersey. Cleveland Baker will probably win offensive rookie of the year. But Oklahoma Baker rode bunches of touchdowns, passing yards, wins and big time cellies to a Heisman.

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Meh. Not the best. Not the worst.

We get it. People like PK Subban. Josi and Rinne have both made all star teams before so I don’t really understand the ceremony or point of this video. This isn’t Subban giving a jersey to some Make-A-Wish kids. Nice Adidas infomercial.

I’d make these the permanent 3rd jerseys.

Happy Halloween.

These jerseys are unreal. The throwback look conjures up images of Kurt Warner fresh out of the Arena Football League as the front man for The Greatest Show on Turf.

I though Dallas had a chance before I saw this tweet. Rams by 21.

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