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.
As you know, No. 69 jerseys are the scourge of NHL fandom, a bat-signal of douche-o-city akin to wrapping your Tucker Max book in an Ed Hardy T-shirt. That established … well, this is sorta clever.
From reader John, a couple of Minnesota Wild Fouls:
Seen leaving Xcel - I get the sophomoric humor of the "Dyslexic" jersey, but the "bassackwards" confuses me since 66 backwards is... 66
This is an excellent point. Unless they’re going for a ‘99’ jersey, which is just as stupid. But we’re not even sure if ’99’ is ‘66’ “bassackwards” because we’re not entirely what qualifies as “bassackwards” in this day and age.
(Coming Up: Devils fan swallows; epic Dave Steckel foul; Preds fans get Horny; a Van Halen foul; a weird Sidney Crosby DIY jersey; and a sneaky Red Wings ‘69’ sweater.)
And here … we … go.
From reader Mark Willoughby, on a randy Nashville Predators Foul:
“As much as I like the way Patric Hornqvist plays hockey, I don't feel this strongly about his game. Seen at the Predators/Blackhawks game.”
We’ll remember this jersey the next time he’s called for high-sticking.
Reader Pete Johnson brings us this natural high from the Chicago Blackhawks, as ‘420’ apparently wasn’t hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-loaded-bong direct enough as a pot reference. Unless Mary Jane is a rather obese woman, in which case we apologize.
Crossbreed Jersey Foul, for you. From the Van Halen concert at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, this guy is losing at a thing we like to call life. Complete with the Jorts. Enjoy!
While this may be true, please know that the real disappointment here is that he didn’t get OU812 on the back of the sweater.
This one is … odd. Testify, reader K. Schuess, from a New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game:
It was from Crosby's first game back, and this man I guess decided to pay homage to the love New York has for Crosby by taping Crosby's name on the back of his Rangers t-shirt. And if that wasn't enough, he was also wearing a Predator's hat.
I'm confused, and I'm guessing he was a little confused too.
We’re confused too. In the sense that the guy next to him appears to be eating a Granny Smith Apple at a hockey game.
One more Sidney Crosby reference, this one from the archives:
The Puck Buddys tweeted this out last season (via Peter Hassett). It is exactly what you think it is: a Washington Capitals David Steckel jersey and a reference to his concussing (or whatever) Sidney Crosby in the Winter Classic. Wow.
Er … uh … reader John Millan explains:
I'm not sure if this falls into the jersey fouls category, but, this guy sat next to me at the islanders vs. devils game on 1/31/2013. Although you may not be able to make it out in the picture he has two jerseys and two hats on. One from each of the teams playing that night.
He also proceeded to celebrate every goal scored in the contest which became annoying as hell seeing that there was 9 goals scored that night. Devils fans eventually started booing and throwing stuff at him.
What would you say his problem is? Split personality? Bipolar issues? Or, does he simply swing his stick both ways?
Big fan of the blog and MvsW. Keep doing what you guys do best!
Our guess: Islanders fan that became a Devils fan when they moved into the area. (i.e. like a certain hockey blogger’s father).
Via friend of the blog Graeme Matear:
Spotted this foul at the Devils home opener against the Flyers. Devils fans have always trolled Eric Lindros for not being able to keep his head up. But, I am having a hard time finding the words to describe this. Wysh, so I don't blow it, can you please explain what comes after the "Rangers suck" whistle?
That would be “Flyers Swallow.”
And finally …
Reader Courtney Fathers explains:
just saw this at the Joe, wish I had a better pic. The guy was moving fast thru the crowd. The number is 69, and the lettering is GODHEROV.
Since we've had plenty of Russians in Detroit, the 'OV' threw me off momentarily...and then I pronounced it completely.
Yeah. Real classy.
And here we thought the San Jose Sharks had the cheeky Russian name market cornered…
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