October 29, 2009
One thing to expect from minor league sports is the array of horrendous-looking jerseys teams will wear as part of special promotions.
The Las Vegas Wranglers donned prison-inspired jerseys last year as part of "Rod Blagojevich Night", honoring the disgraced former Illinois governor. Then there was the sight for sore eyes that the Milwaukee Admirals team wore to pay homage to "Major League"/"Mr. Belvedere" star and legendary Milwaukee Brewers announcer Bob Uecker. Oh, and the Quad City Mallards must have just gotten done watching "Unforgiven" or "High Noon" and decided to dress up as cops from a John Wayne movie.
In keeping with this glorious tradition, the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL have decided "This Is It" and will be honoring late music icon Michael Jackson with their "King of Pop Jersey Raffle & Auction" Friday night when the team faces off against the Utah Grizzlies.
They will wear oh-so-perfectly themed King of Pop jerseys (production art here), modeled above by team captain and Anaheim Ducks prospect Shawn Weller(notes) -- sweaters that could give those Don Cherry Military Night jerseys a run for most nightmarish red hockey formalwear.
Plus, if your name happens to be "Michael Jackson" or "Billie Jean", then you get a free ticket. Apologies to anyone named "Macaulay", "Webster" or "Bubbles" -- you'll need to drop some cash for ducats.
Lest we forget, this week is the opening of the Michael Jackson concert movie, "This Is It". As with most of these funky jersey promotions, the Condors' sweaters will be auctioned off to benefit Children's Miracle Network.
Minor League Malarkey focuses on the goofy world of minor-league hockey. Know of a quirky upcoming hockey promotion? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. H/T to Icethetics for finding these memorable jerseys.