From time to time I look in on the goings on over at Uni Watch. I am by no means a connoisseur of “athletic aesthetics,” but I do appreciate a well designed jersey. (My favorite NHL jerseys are the Canadiens darks and the Bruins darks. If I had been a fan of hockey when they still existed, I would have been a Whalers fan just because of their jerseys. I don’t understand why everyone loves the Blackhawk jerseys so much. I think those jerseys are flat out ugly, not to mention a little racist around the edges.)
To put my level of interest in athletic aesthetics in perspective, I’ll admit that I’ve never been terribly horrified by the slug. Sure, it’s goofy and not even remotely dignified, but whatever, at least it’s not the goathead. The goathead was terrible in every way. Every. Way. When I hear people bitching about the slug, especially if they are over a certain age, I always think, “You survived the switch from the original jerseys to the goat head. How could the slug POSSIBLY be causing you this much pain?”
But I digress.
I encourage you to hop over to Uni Watch to spend a few minutes looking at NHL jersey patches. The Uni Watch guy has pulled many interesting patches off a website called…wait for it….NHL Patches. I found navigation of the original site to be a little cumbersome, so just start with Uni Watch.
I’ve never given jersey patches much thought, except to notice how they frequently mussy up an otherwise nice uniform, but it was fun to click through these bad boys.
I also learned something interesting which is that the Minnesota North Star apparently adopted the current Dallas Stars logo while still in Minnesota. I didn’t know that. The North Stars have become increasingly interesting to me lately. Many times I’ve tried to adopt the Minnesota Wild as my secondary team (maybe it will get easier now that Lemaire is gone), but it’s never really stuck. I think one of the reasons I don’t connect to them is because they didn’t exist when I was a child. The Wild simply were not a part of my childhood consciousness….but the North Stars were.
I didn’t grow up watching hockey, but as I’ve learned more and more about the league before my time I’ve experienced a interesting bout of retroactive love for the North Stars. I did grow up as a fan of the Twins and the Vikings, so I am familiar with the seemingly genetic attraction one feels to a team you grew up watching. Hockey is starting to feel more ingrained in me and although I don’t recall ever having watched a single North Stars game, some dormant Minnesotan in me has gotten more attached to them as my “childhood team”. Had I been a hockey fan growing up, I would have been a North Stars fan (and Gophers, of course). Today, for the first time ever, while looking at that North Stars 25th Anniversary patch, I felt a small pang of resentment very similar to what I feel when I look at pictures of “No Goal”. It’s a difficult feeling to describe. It’s not exactly a pain I can claim as my own, it’s just a part of my inherited pride.
It’s interesting that I have two inherited resentments towards the Dallas Stars for incidents that occured with two separate teams long before I even became a fan of the sport. I wasn’t even aware of it for the first 30+ years of my life, but the Dallas Stars and I have been locked in an extremely slow moving epic battle for decades.
Current score: Stars 2, Katebits 0.