The new Oilers uniforms. I don't like them. You don't like them. MacT doesn't like them. The team's captain doesn't like them. And now it turns out that the team's owner doesn't even like them.
So the question is, if no one likes them, who is responsible for these shameful apron-stringed pajamas? According to a Terry Jones article, it's Patrick LaForge, team CEO and President, the same snake oil salesman that's laid out some real nose-stretchers about the team's finances and the Oilers "dire" need for a new arena, not to mention the ever-classy disparaging of Ryan Smyth after he left town.
"It was meant to be a sort of a Baltimore Ravens look," LaForge said of the new design, which was really meant to make fans forget how truly terrible the team was last year. Never mind a nice little thing called "tradition," or the fact that the no one was ever clamouring for a redesign of the old Oilers jersey, which happened to be the silks of the Western Conference Champions only two seasons ago.
Anyway, I imagine the new jerseys must not be selling as well as they hoped, as even LaForge has kept the door open for reverting back to the old striped glories, perhaps by 2009.
Best news I've heard all week.
UPDATE: LittleFury has a delightful piece of PhotoShop work that simply needs to be in this post. Man, I love the modern age.
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