Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in future installment.
When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup with two goals in 17 seconds at the Boston Bruins, it sparked a cottage industry of “17 Seconds” gear.
There are T-shirts for sale. We’ve seen many personalized jerseys commemorating the event.
But this … this one is on another level.
The Blackhawks jersey, snapped by Jason Butler, is on another level as far as Commemoration Jerseys go.
Not only is it a “17 Seconds” jersey, but it features Cup-winning scorer Dave Bolland battling Andrew Ference and Tuukka Rask of the Bruins in a recreation of that historic tally. It’s like a walking mural dedicated to Blackhawks glory, only without the pig nose.
It’s a heck of a piece of hockey art, even if it’s a total Foul.
If nothing else, we imagine it’s another thing from the 2013 playoffs that Gregory Campbell would refuse to sign.
Coming up, more Blackhawks Fouls, a dirty Duck, some Devilish sweaters and other offenses to humanity.
And here … we … go.
Via Veronica Hernandez comes this clever commentary on the Los Angeles Kings/Sacramento Kings juxtaposition that seems to vex the local media in LA. Now, we all wait to see a Sacramento jersey with Brad Doty on the … oh, right, we’ve already seen it.
Blackhawks Zone sends in this Foul from the Windy City and a sweater only Snooki could love. Obviously not a Foul if it’s a Fernando Pisani jersey, however.
According to Mariah C., this nameplate reads “V For VIKTOR”, which is either a whimsical lesson involving the alphabet or a rather salacious come-on. We’ll always assume the latter, of course.
Doug Hoekstra sends in this double-team effort, explaining what the Philadelphia Flyers do if the Rangers suck. The ‘88’ we’re guessing is a reference to Eric Lindros. Guess you pretty much have to have your “SWALLOW” buddy with you, lest you parade around the Rock with a “FLYERS” NJD jersey, which is dumb.
From @Hockeychick107 comes this Nashville Predators Foul. Admittedly, we had to look up “JoJo the Bunny,” which appears to be some type of toy for preschoolers. Is this a reference to Sidney Crosby we’re not getting?
Reader Ike Kim spotted this last season:
From the mecca of Jersey Fouls (Shark Tank in San Jose). There's a thousand uses for duct tape. This is not one of them. You take the jersey of a five time All-Star, and do this to it? For a rookie who's scored all of 4 points? SMH! But it gets better. This is a grown man, wearing a kids Shark head gear even!
OK, that last part, we can’t defend. But again, there’s no problem with someone taking duct tape and creating another nameplate with it. This is a staple of Protest Jerseys … even if this one seems to be a bit more about being too lazy/cash poor to buy a new sweater.
And so do our eyes now. (via Corey Kindness)
From reader John Gannon:
I can appreciate the rivalry between the Hawks and Wings with it being our 800th meeting and Game 1 of the conference semifinals. I have no love for the Wings, but I had to do a double take when I saw this guy doing his best Pocahantas impression. It was no easy task trying to take a photo as I moved through the 100 level concourse during a sellout using a cellphone without getting caught.
While Detroit may suck, I did feel that this was worthy of inclusion in jersey fouls and would not let the crowd or a moving target deter me from snapping a photo. Thanks.
Well, at least Daniel Snyder’s off the hook for the time being.
Finally, from Jersey:
Sergei Miledin sends in two of what we imagine are a multitude of anti-Ilya Kovalchuk jerseys from the New Jersey Devils’ new season.
Hell hath no fury like a Devils fan scorned.