Thursday, September 13, 2007

New Oilers jerseys: We've seen the future, and it just plain sucks

David S.'s comment in the last post about Global possibly broadcasting a preview of the new Oilers jerseys piqued my interest, and in sniffing around for a photo I came across these pics posted by "oilmann89" in this OilFans.com thread.

As fans of video games may know, EA Sports shipped its new NHL 08 game with all the new RBK Edge jerseys included, but locked until they were released to the public. The poster says that RBK posted the unlock code on their Edge site (www.rbkedgejersey.com) today, but I can't find it anywhere.

At any rate, the following are screen grabs of the new Oilers jersey unlocked in the game. Needless to say, I dislike them strongly, which is pretty much par for the course with all the new jerseys released this season — save the Bruins, who got it so right you have to wonder why every other team has fucked it up so badly. Hopefully, the RBK Edge redesign will go down in history as a laughable — and shortlived — experiment.

Anyhow, here you go. Hope you like piping and pointlessly halved sleeve stripes in lieu of character:

Mike W Update: Clearly, I'm reeling here. But if you want to look at the rest of the NHL Reebok Edge jerseys (some of them aren't half-bad), click here.

56 comments:

grease trap said...

I'm a little OCD and those half-stripes are driving me out of my mind!

My Word Verification is: piralal

As in, I must be in a piralal dimension where suck is the new cool.

Colm in Belfast said...

The away one is wretched, while the home version is merely terrible.

grease trap said...

At least we have Sunspot on our team.

Colm in Belfast said...

Another thought. If any of you have ever been to Europe, you'll have noticed that in alot of touristy places they sell knock-off versions of various jerseys. It's like the Oilers have decided to eliminate the middleman and deliver the ill-concieved and shoddily designed goods straight to the fans themselves.

Mike said...

They look like kids' pajamas. Just dreadful. But there's no flags, so the new Falmes jersey are still worse.

Pleasure Motors said...

All of the sudden that Al Hamilton number looks pretty goddman hot, no?

pikey78oil said...

they just look like practice jerseys to me....and there needs to be something on the shoulders...damn Gary Bettman!!

Simon said...

The piping is a little superfluous, but I actually don't mind them. Simple, and simplicity is good. Look at the Canucks gong show, or the Falmes' disaster. Holy Christ, I laughed at my friend from Calgary for 10 minutes the other day over those things. He was just shaking his head.
The EIG are still devils, though.

Chris! said...

Upon further reflection, I'm going crazy over that truly idiotic half stripe on the arm. Why just half? Is this their idea of "design"?

Too cute by half, EIG. TOO CUTE BY HALF .

No character, no colour, no personality. I'm so fucking sick of these goddamned Edge jerseys. What a mistake.

d said...

I hate the half stripe and the piping. At least there isn't a cartoon character on the front.

Ugh, I feel the need to colour in the missing stripes on the white jersey with my magic markers.

mike w said...

NOOOOO. Shut down the blog. I can't be a fan of this. Not anymore.

The fucking final straw...

Chris! said...

Mike, and you wondered why I didn't want to shell out for NHL Centre Ice this year...

rstahl said...

Upon further reflection, I'm going crazy over that truly idiotic half stripe on the arm. Why just half? Is this their idea of "design"?

Just a guess, but that may be where the number goes on the arm.

mike w said...

Anyone who buys these is HURTING hockey.

Chris! said...

"Just a guess, but that may be where the number goes on the arm."

Possibly, but that still doesn't explain why it can't just go all the way around.

There are no ideas here. This is merely redesign for redesign's sake. And it does a terrible disservice to what was once one of the best jerseys in the league.

It's just sad. How much of a moron would you have to be to actually *buy* this?

PJ said...

Just a guess, but that may be where the number goes on the arm.

Or even better - the national flag of the player's country of origin on one side, and for the Canadian players the provincial flag on the other.

Pleasure Motors said...

NOOOOO. Shut down the blog. I can't be a fan of this. Not anymore.

It is official: we can't even cheer for laundry anymore.

McLea said...

Personally, I'm a big fan of the black oven mits. I think it's a good look.

And guys, it's just a jersey. Take a deep breath.

Chris! said...

The oven mitts are fine, sure. But those skin-tight black hoods are going to cause some problems.

And come on, just give us that "just a jersey" crap, McLea. We're hockey fans. This is the sort of thing hockey fans care about.

MetroGnome said...

"TOO CUTE BY HALF" — Reggie Jr.

That rules.

Sorry 'bout the new jersey fellas. Kinda reminds of children's pajamas.

Least they don't have flags on the shoulders though.

Chris! said...

Also, doesn't EA's "83" rating for offence seem excessively high for a team with almost no scoring depth at forward?

McLea said...

And come on, just give us that "just a jersey" crap, McLea. We're hockey fans. This is the sort of thing hockey fans care about.

Well your boy mike w sounds like he's about to put a bullet through the back of his head, which strikes me as being a bit of an over reaction.

On the whole, the changes are subtle. Same old colour scheme, same old drip logo. They look pretty much the same to me, so forgive me for not understanding all this hysteria.

But the important thing to note is that the Flames self-proclaimed themselves "Alberta's team", and this claim went uncontested by the Oilers. At least you guys know your place in the provincial hierarchy.

mike w said...

On the whole, the changes are subtle

Yes, from 50 yards away.

But the important thing to note is that the Flames self-proclaimed themselves "Alberta's team", and this claim went uncontested by the Oilers.

Back to trolling again McLea? It'd be more believable if you didn't have such a boner for all things Edmonton Oilers.

I think I've seen you comment once on any of the Flames blogs -- you may as well come out of the closet already...

peter said...

Given the team rankings on those pictures, isn't the real question here, "can you win NHL '08 playing the Edmonton Oilers?"

Chris! said...

"At least you guys know your place in the provincial hierarchy."

PFF. Is that seriously your A material?

If you're going to troll, at least put some effort into it. Our readers deserve better.

mike w said...

For any of those that missed it, here's the rest of the leaked jerseys:

http://picasaweb.google.com/nhllogos/EASportsNHL08Gallery

Anonymous said...

It's perspective. Considering the other jerseys seen so far I think we dodged bullet. Look what happened in cowtown. Not great but not egregious.

But of course this is coming from a Coilers fan, at this point we can be sorta satisfied at not being shitty.

Duke

Scarlett said...

That can't be the real jersey. It can't. How ugly is that? Although I like seeing a bit of orange, but where's the rest of the jersey??? This looks like some kid in a basement made those up.

McLea said...

Back to trolling again McLea? It'd be more believable if you didn't have such a boner for all things Edmonton Oilers

Dude, I was just joking around.

People are hyper emotional around here today.

Chris! said...

Dude, you need a new act. You're boring us.

David S said...

Global has a habit of beating stories to death, so I'm sure you can catch a glimpse at 6:00 and 11:00 tonight.

Don't forget, this is the BASIC jersey. They still have to install numbers and assorted logos (I wouldn't be at all surprised if the EIG claimed the "Support our Troops" ribbon).

Just wait. By the time you see the final version your breath will stink for a week after puking so much.

I'm betting there's some factory in Taiwan doing triple shifts right now sewing the patches the EIG ordered to answer the "Alberta's Team" shot from Calgary.

Pat Laforge (with a roman helmet sporting a whisk broom): "Ooooo those nasty Flames. If its war they want, its war they'll get."

mike w said...

David S, I believe you are almost certainly correct.

grease trap said...

David S said:
Just wait. By the time you see the final version your breath will stink for a week after puking so much.

Now that's the Quoute of the Day!

Pleasure Motors said...

Don't forget, this is the BASIC jersey. They still have to install numbers and assorted logos

Actually, if the Oilers end up turning this into a Euro-league style advertising platform, I might be happy with these jerseys.

I assume the Rexall Logo will go somewhere across the chest.

David S said...

Strangely enough, I kinda liked the Euro-league logo-laden style. I dunno, it just seems so blatantly commercial yet so obviously "professional". I never understood why that sort of thing never caught on here, with so many teams scrapping for sponsor dollars.

But hey. At least those Euro jerseys are big, bulky MAN jerseys.

Rod said...

Those are just awful--in particular that atrocious away white jersey. At least they weren't so insecure they felt a flag was necessary. Or even two. Phew.

Anybody notice that 'NHL' logo in the "V" of the neck? Seems a lot of teams got stuck with that one (although the Thrashers have some sort of spider crawling up theirs, while the Bruins have a Star of David keeping the shoulder bars attached). Did some marketing genius figure that an NHL logo needed to be in every picture of a player in order to "grow the brand"? Or maybe they copied the NFL. Whatever, it looks like a dumb afterthought, and it'll look even worse from a corporate standpoint after the first fight involving a bleeder.

LittleFury said...

Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?

The only remotely redeeming thing I can think of is how much worse it could have been. As someone else mentioned already: at least it's clean.

That said, I can't for the life of me figure out what the hell is going on with those arm stripes. And why in the name of all that's holy did so many teams ditch the torso striping? Obviously it's not as if it couldn't be done (see Boston, Carolina, etc.). I guess that look was just to old fashioned for a team on the "edge".

If you want to see a new jersey done right, look at the new Sharks togs. Classic and modern all rolled into one. A real beauty.

Baroque said...

Could somebody please give mikew a hug? He's got me worried.

Ick. Just ick.

And I think the NHL logo at the throat actually is an attempt to build the brand. Just in case you are watching an interview as you scroll through the channels, and think "huh. An athlete. I wonder what league he plays in?" and then you see NHL at his neck and everything becomes clear. I guess.


(I just showed the pictures to my coworker who came on shift, and he thinks the dark jersey looks like a target for training snipers. Interesting take.)

therealdeal said...

Oh come on. What the fuck.

Another good excuse not to sink any money into this ill conceived jersey idea.

Rock Deputy said...

whoa man! those new jerseys are sweeeee-eat! Make mine a Souray!

rickibear said...

Add copper (orange) jersey # on the blank spot on the half sleeve stripe and the roughneck back on the shoulder. I would be happier.

the sieve said...

I kind of like them. Better than the Canucks' fiasco.

Eyeris said...


Don't forget, this is the BASIC jersey. They still have to install numbers and assorted logos


I'm still holding out hope that we won't get the Alberta shoulder patches. This is based solely on the fact that the Alberta shoulder patch (though not the Canadian flag patch) is included in the Calgary game jerseys.

Also, I'm really curiously as to how the back looks. If there's only half and arm band, there will be nothing on the back. However, the more I look at it, the more it looks like the armband DOES go all the way around. There's just a vertical white stripe going through it.

Anonymous said...

I don't hate them. Won't buy one though either.

LittleFury said...

Check out the AHL jerseys. there's a good dozen there that are better than anything in the big league. The Falcons' jerseys are pretty sweet.

Anonymous said...

The new uniforms are cute.

The main logo looks like a hockey puck.

And there is a cute little string going around that the players can tie their mitts on.

Anonymous said...

You're bang on man. These new uniforms are absolutely horrible. I still can't believe Oilers management actually approved these jerseys.

Anonymous said...

I suspect all of the above is not really about the jerseys, just like that fight with your special lady is not really aboout which video you rented at blockbuster.

I didn't think they were that bad, so I showed them to my staff who have no clue as what an NHL is (their collective favourite sports are...drumroll...badminton and snooker) Anyway as simply dispassionate observers of trendy things they all thought they were pretty good.

So Coiler fans, vent your spleen about the "jersey", but remember the '"jersey" will not last forever. Hopefully one day Cal Nichols, er, I mean the "jersey" will get get gonoreah and die.

I feel your pain,

Duke

Baroque said...

But would your staff buy them?

Or is the intended market hockey fans who need to be convinced to replace/"upgrade" their current jersey collection?

If reebok is simultaneously trying to market to both demographics, they may be in trouble, because different characteristics of the jersey appeal to each.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or do the AHL Iowa Stars unis look way better than the Dallas Stars unis?
And I'm also guessing our AHL boys have another reason to be glad about having their own team now - those Wilkes Barr unis are bad, bad, bad. So are the Hershey Bears. The Falcon unis are so so, could've used more orange/copper.

Now that that I've had some more time to ponder these, I've decided I'd like my hockey jerseys with those horizontal stripes along the hem area and they need an accent on or across the shoulders. They could've used a little more orange but I'm glad they didn't do it like the Islanders. They still look clown-like to me

Lord Bob said...

I'll take a Toby Petersen in the new sweaters, just to really fuck people up.

Julian said...

What the fuck is so wrong with horizontal stripes across the bottom? It's what makes a hockey sweater a hockey sweater.
They look like practice sweaters this way, as everyone else has said.


Those Bruins ones aren't bad at all though.

ZOZ said...

They look like fucking "Enterprise" uniforms. Seriously.

o<

McLea said...

This is almost too good:

Souray confident he'll leave up to expectations

I love the Globe.

Baroque said...

I also saw that. :D

Not everyone can be a good speeler.

Leave and let leave, I alwaiys say.

Anonymous said...

The Falmes jerseys already had the flags on them on that site, so I would say our stoopid new jerseys are probably just as we see them here, half-fuckin' stripes and all.