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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 win 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.

The Weekly News Dump

 

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.

 

Bench Life Jersey Thursdays October 4th 2018

I’m starting this weekly jersey blog because I’ve always been a huge jersey nut but have yet to really do much blogging on the subject. The idea for these blogs will be to write about any cool or funny jersey talk circulating around the internet and to roast some real jersey fouls that pop upon my Twitter feed. As someone with a checkered past with jersey purchases, I do have some insight on these matters. As I go along I hope to have some people send in some cool jerseys for me to blog, but more importantly feed me the bad ones. Since this is a new feature on the website it’ll obviously take some time to gain any steam at all so in the meantime I’ll do a quick run through on my some beauties that I’ve acquired. But in the future, if you want to put your buddy on blast for an old Aki Berg jersey but are too polite, send them my way.

Now to give a taste of the highs and lows of my jersey collection:

The Good

The 2014 Sochi Olympic Martin St. Louis jersey is easily the best jersey that I own. These jerseys were kind of divisive compared to most of the other jerseys that Canada has rolled out. This was the first year of the modern Nike necklines and the jersey definitely fits like a lighter athletic material than the typical hockey jersey. I personally thinks it’s awesome because of the seeming throwback design to it and cool little details like the 12 golden maple leafs on the front representing (at the time) Canada’s 12 combined gold medals in men’s, women’s and sledge hockey.

On a personal level this jersey is awesome because, when I was growing up, Matrin St. Louis was one of mine and my grandpa’s favourite players. If you were a fast, skilled player and/or a good old Canadian boy my grandpa seemed to be a huge fan. Martan St. Louis (old grandpa Waind pronounced Martin like some sort of Quebecois but then butchered the  last name and pronounced it like the city of St. Louis) seemed to be at the intersection of a Venn diagram that had the Sedin twins on the one side and the Sudbury born Staal brothers on the other.

Anyways, the summer before the 2014 Olympics my grandpa passed away and when Marty finally cracked team Canada I knew I had to scoop up this jersey. It was just an awesome scene waking up early to watch my guy win the gold and get thrown on his shoulders by back-up goalie Mike Smith. Simply the best.

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The Bad

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Yikes.

The kicker here is I got brainwashed by the Cliff Fletcher propaganda when he and the Toronto media labeled Luke Schenn the future captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. You would have thought that I would’ve seen the writing on the walls after the poor play and Dion Phaneuf trade. But I still thought that the hulking Saskatchewan native would eventually turn it on and become the Adam Foote calibre shutdown guy we were promised. The Schenn-for-JVR trade that happened right after I got this jersey sucked because, as a hockey move, I knew it was a home run from the moment it was announced. As a consumer of mediocre hockey jerseys it made me nauseous.

I actually rocked this jersey last night at the sports bar for the Leafs opening night dub over the Habs (not a biiiiig deeeeeal). As a jersey, the 2010’s Maple Leafs Reebok third is one of my favourites. And since it has Luke Schenn on the back I don’t mind wearing it out and risking some beer spillage. It also separates me from some of the fair weather fans rocking the Tavares jerseys who would have no idea who Mikael Tellqvist or JS Aubin are.

The Ugly

Why would I buy this?

In my defense Rasmus hits big daddy dongs.

Like the Blue Jays front office, I was tricked by the sweet swing and luscious mullet. He had the speed, power and tools of  a hall of famer but just didn’t know what to do with them. In 2007 Baseball Prospectus had him ranked as the 8th best prospect in baseball wedged between Cy Young pitcher Rick Procello at #7 and Buster Posey–easily the best catcher of this decade–at #9.

I just remember at the time I got this jersey, the Jays were in flux. Bautista and Encarnacion were just starting to breakout, the bullpen was headlined by Casey Janssen and the fans were being sold on the youth of Rasmus, Brett Lawrie, JP Arencibia and Travis Snider. For me it was a coin flip decision between Rasmus or a Ricky Romero.

I sometimes wear this jersey to the bar because–like the Luke Schenn–I don’t care if I spill a drink on it. I still get the odd guy yelling “Who the fuck buys a Colby Rasmus jersey?” at me. Who the fuck indeed.

Jerseys around the internet

I don’t have a tonne to take on this week. I plan to get out a blog within the week power ranking the new NHL third jerseys. Speaking of the third jerseys how those Coyotes throwbacks?

If you look closely the Coyotes actually cheaped-out on giving Biz Nasty an authentic Adidas sweater and hooked him up with a replica jersey. He’s a team employee on the media side and one of the most beloved the players in franchise history but they couldn’t shell out that extra $100 bill? I was going to make a joke about the NHL having the team on a strict budget…but apparently they actually have an owner now? Andrew Barroway? I couldn’t care less about this team.

If you want to show off a sweet jersey (like one time in class I saw a guy with a Florida Gulf Coast Chris Sale jersey), or want to put a buddy with a jersey-buying problem on blast, be sure to send your submissions to me over Twitter @twaind4