The Avalanche decided to shock me with their new RBK EDGE Jerseys. Here is the dark one:
And the white:
So, as promised, sort of, they didn’t change much…
EXCEPT THE SLEEVES!!!!
WTF?!?!? While the white is the least offensive of the two, it still isn’t attractive. The ends of the sleeves are
And I do not get the white stripes on the dark version going straight down the sides of the main logo. Who thought that up?
Why is it that every time you see a new jersey in the RBK EDGE style, it looks like it is apologizing? It’s like it want to say, “Hey, sorry about this, but it isn’t my fault. I’m just designed this way.”
Hey, John-Michael Liles, how much do you get paid to love these jerseys?
Wow, that’s a whole lot.
As you can see, the only part that lends itself any dignity over other RBK EDGE jerseys are the armpits. RBK and the NHL have a freaky, almost fetishistic fascination with the armpits. These are pretty understated, considering the competition.
Seriously, don’t do that to a jersey. It makes Mr. Bigglesworth angry. You get the sea bass.
OK, so what do you think they were going for? How about this?
Well, that’s better, and it isn’t just because of his winning smile, which doesn’t hurt. You know, it takes more muscles… Never mind.
And again, the mistake here is not following the KISS rule (Keep It Simple, Dummy). Why did they have to do that? Why run the red right through the blue? Why can’t you continue the blue through the shoulders, and leave it at that? As continues to be the case with the RBK jersey, it doesn’t take much to be too much. Too many of these jerseys are trying to do too much all at once.
Why can’t you just keep it simple, like the Toronto Maple Leafs?
But, hey, if that is the least offensive part of a jersey (except for the off color armpits), then you have a winner.
Yes, that much. For those of you not familiar, that is Joel Quenneville in the old Colorado Rockies jersey. Yes, that is based on the Colorado state flag, and yes, they suck less than the new Avs jerseys. The socks aren’t so bad, but at this point, that is about all I can muster up. You will note that Liles is not wearing the RBK EDGE pants. If this is because they are not yet available, or that he is choosing to wear Bauer is unclear, but I was under the impression that this jersey was going to be tucked in. Have we seen that yet? Beuller?
Over all, I am not impressed. Not a complete bag of suck, but not great. I am not going to completely condemn the jerseys until I try one on. Pictures are nice and everything, but they don’t tell the whole story. I love the materials of the one I tried on at the draft, but that was about it. If I were to make a recommendation to the Avs fans out there, I would tell them to go buy a classic Avs jersey right now, because like they say about real estate, they ain’t making any more.
Images from the NHL Tournament of Logos blog, except the last one. So there.