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Blog: Los Angeles, Anaheim unveil Dodger Stadium Series jerseys
I try to reserve my judgement on these sorts of things. I have to.
Because, as a fan and knowledgeable historian of everything "sports uniform" related, I was looking more than forward to seeing the Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings slug it out in Dodger Stadium in each franchise's glorious tunics form the early 90's.
You know, Anaheim in the Gordon Bombay-based purple and teal green duds, with that classic duck goalie mask and two sticks in the middle?
You know, Wayne Gretzky's Oakland Raider-esque sweater, that one that was intimidating because it was so simply black-and-silver?
Why couldn't they just do that?
But then I realized, upon seeing Ryan Getzlaf in that burnt orange peel and Dustin Brown in that conglomeration of all the wrong things, that this is a new game.
In the United States, and especially in California, hockey isn't an outdoor game with history. It's something new. Something kinda like roller blades. Something you watch when the Dodgers or Angels aren't good, or something you turned to when the Raiders and Rams left town at essentially the same time.
Hockey is something you like when it's convenient.
It's something you need to be made to be excited about. It's the kind of sport that, just maybe, should suit a bright orange or a boring grey. Because it's the closest thing the sports world has to Tron, so you may as well embrace both the electric past and the hipster future.
But I'm still sad, because I really wanted to see this one and this one. And, if not, then I certainly wanted to see L.A. in their late 90's Burker King sweaters and I certainly wanted to see Anaheim in whatever in the world these were.
But I'll settle. I'll settle because it's not my business. It's not in my backyard.
And, I get to see the Canucks and Senators at BC Place, and they did the jersey thing right... so why would I rain on Cali's party?
And hey, unlike Vancouver or Ottawa, those teams in Orange County and Hollywood have actually won Stanley Cups. They've earned the right to do whatever they want.