Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Complaints (Over Sheer Stupidity) Abound with Offseason, Draft Looming

Potential Third Jersey Concept (Source: Icethetics)
Islander Country is in a state of unrest these days. Ever since word got out that the new third jersey would include black, there's been an ever-increasing amount of fan backlash.

I have to be honest: it's flat-out pathetic.

The fact is, there are much larger issues surrounding this team, such as, where the heck the Islanders will play in 2015, the arena vote, the development of certain prospects, the draft, free agency and just about any of the issues that should matter this time of year.

Ultimately, I don't care if the Isles wear pink, as long as they're winning hockey games. The on-ice product matters far more to me than the jerseys they're wearing.

For those of you who are upset about the Isles "breaking away from tradition" by including black, it's time to put things into perspective. The NHL allows a team to sport their alternate sweaters a grand total of 15 times per regular season.

15 times. That's it. There are 82 games in a hockey season.

This means that there will be 67 games for the Isles to wear their traditional home and away jerseys, so basically, you're choosing to dwell on something that will occur less than one-fifth of the time.

And besides, the Islanders haven't even unveiled the design yet. This team isn't even being given a chance! At least wait and see it first before you decide that it's horrible. It's the least you can do. When it comes out, you can choose whether to buy it or not. No one is going to force you to purchase the third jersey if you don't like the way it looks.

I, for one, believe that if the Islanders do it right, this could turn out to be a very nice jersey.

I understand that it's a slight deviation from the standard blue & orange, but the new shirts will still include both of those colors. The Isles aren't re-thinking their entire color scheme.

Also, as I mentioned before, it's the on-ice product that matters. Maybe you love the Islanders' current home and away shirts, and I do too. But at the end of the day, we support this team because they're a part of our community here on Long Island and because watching Tavares, Grabner, Moulson and Co. makes your heart jump.

You're going to jeopardize all of that because of A JERSEY?

If you're a fan, you stick with this team, no matter what happens. Now, of all times, is not when we want to be showing discontent. As August 1 nears, Islander fans need to show team pride. There are plenty of things that matter, and this jersey isn't one of them.

The Buffalo Sabres recently switched back from the "Buffaslug" disaster to their original jerseys. Were fans ticked off about the previous logo? You bet. Did it, in any way, affect their interest and support for their Sabres? Not at all. Attendance has hovered around the 18,690 (maximum capacity at Buffalo's HSBC Arena) mark for the last several years.

Wake up, Isles fans. There is more to a hockey team than the sweaters they don.


Comments are welcome.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think there is as much backlash as you are reporting. Very few people have even seen the concept of the jersey. Even fewer people care what the 3rd jersey looks like.

The most I hear from the few fans that are relying on the icethetics design as the definite Islanders 3rd jersey - is that they just won't but it. Haven't heard anyone say anything worse than that so far.

Anonymous said...

*buy it

Daniel Friedman said...

There has been a lot, especially on Twitter. I've gotten several complaints from fellow Isles fans about the new jerseys. While it may not be as much as I may report, it's a lot more than you think. Most of those complaining aren't upset about it because of the Icethetics concept. They're upset because it includes black to begin with, and because the Isles have finally gotten the jersey thing right and never design jerseys well, the current home and away sweaters being the exception.

Jess Rubenstein said...

I think the reaction is more because past attempts are redesigning Islander colors and uniforms have kind of made the franchise look cartoonish.

3rd Jerseys are designed with one purpose in mind to get the fans to spend more money on team merchandise.

Best way to deal with it is if you dislike it then do not buy it.

Daniel Friedman said...

Agreed. As I said: If you like it, get one. You don't like it, don't spend money on it,

TheBard said...

Don't agree with you here, I think it's better to have a passionate fan base then to have a disinterested base. People care about the team, and it's a tradition in some families. It feels like somethings wrong with a good friend.

Plus they only debuted the New/Old Jersey at last years draft party, and they are already throwing a new 3rd into the mix? Before that the 3rd jersey was the current white Uni's, and before that the 3rd Jersey was that horrible Orange monstrosity. They could have given it one more year before putting a new 3rd out there.

And the black and orange (if they don't include blue) feels Flyer-ish.

Daniel Friedman said...

I never said that I'd rather have a disinterested fan base. I said that at the end of the day, what we should be passionate about is the team itself, the players and the coaches, not the jerseys they wear. At the end of the day, it's the hockey that matters more.

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