September 15, 2009
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, e-mail a photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in future installments.
One of the delightful things about the Jersey Fouls series is the way it has spread through hockey fandom like a venereal disease. We were inspired by Seth Rorabaugh's Jersey Fouls Bill of Rights, and in turn others have been inspired by our silly blog. You'd think the proliferation of this concept would reduce the number of egregious crimes against hockey fashion we witness in bars, parking lots and arenas around North America. And yet, here we are again, aren't we?
Sens Town runs a Jersey Fouls series, and pointed to the sweater above honoring the celebrity hockey relationship of Ottawa Senators center Mike Fisher(notes) and country star Carrie Underwood. All we can say is Jesus ... take the wheel.
Truth be told, it's a Jersey Foul with some virtue: The Fisherwood sweater is part of a charity auction that includes the one-of-a-kind jersey, "a custom autographed Mike Fisher Carrie Underwood Sens jersey, an autographed Carrie Underwood 8x10 glossy, an autographed 8x10 Mike Fisher glossy, and a pair of Sens tickets." And so far, the inclusion of Ottawa tickets hasn't scared away the bidders.
Sens Town wants to give it a pass because of that charity angle, although it notes that "on the plus side, this will be an awkward celebrity collector's item when they break up." (Ouch.)
(Coming up: When captains aren't captains, the San Jose Sharks' Scott Nichol(notes) T-Shirt Foul, a bad trip to the tropics, a questionable Mario Foul, New Jersey Devils retina-melting, a Sarah Palin Foul and a jersey that should be shaken, not worn.)
And here ... we ... go.
From JT Utah at 25Stanley.com comes this Foul featuring Mike Komisarek(notes), who doesn't even have a 'C' in his name let alone ever having one on his chest with the Montreal Canadiens. While his potential captaincy was debated before he left for the Toronto Maple Leafs, he never actually joined the storied list that includes Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Bob Gainey and inexplicably Mike Keane.
Puck Buddy Matthew C. writes:
Spotted another Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey foul. This one is considerably worse than the '84 Crosby jersey that seems to be popular. Someone took at '67 white jersey and had Lemieux put on it.
This ties into a question we were asked on Twitter this morning:
"Would a #15 Laughlin Capitals sweater be a jersey foul if my roommate uses the new jersey?"
Why is it so hard to understand that the jersey the player wore when he was playing is the jersey you should wear. Gretzky never wore purple in LA. Mario never wore the '67 sweater. Mike Bossy was never a Fishstick (thankfully).
One special dispensation, before you ask: Throwback jerseys are, of course, exempt. So when Zach Parise(notes) throws on the Christmas tree sweater for the New Jersey Devils, so can you. Speaking of which ...
If you took a postage-sized sample of this seemingly endless array of Fouls and placed it under the microscope, you'd actually kind infinitesimal societies of microbial Jersey Fouls quietly going about their business.
Let's not limit ourselves to Jersey Fouls here, folks. Nathan from Ideas From The Tank passes along this repurposing of a Sharks shirt:
Early in the off-season I ventured of to the Sharks store. In there I saw this wonderful T-shirt on clearance for 5 dollars. I thought, I MUST have it. So I got it. A few week later it was announced that Semenov would not be on the Sharks team any longer. This broke my heart. Then a few weeks later the Sharks signed Scott Nichol. Until recently I learned that Scott Nichol would be wearing #21, the same as Semenov. I rejoiced.
He has a short photo essay on how he transformed one shirt into another. Spoiler: It involves tape.
Fail: This is hideous, even if the eBay seller pimps it as a "Hawaiian Sunset Authentic Hockey Jersey" that is a "cool, unique-looking hockey jersey, very nice! Awesome custom quality!" It's also a 3XL, so the wearer may, in fact, fool some people into believing they're actually looking at the horizon.
Pass: If this is some sort of homage to "Waikiki Hockey."
From longtime Puck Buddy (back to the NHL Closer days), Yostel:
"OK, so my new wife loves the Monroe County Fair here in Michigan, it's something she grew up with and it is a lot of fun. So yesterday, we took in the fair with members of her family and one of the events we took in was '4 H Small Animal Dress Up' which is amazingly descriptive of what we saw -- small animals being dressed up. But, it was one of the "trainers" of the animals that committed the jersey foul you see here.
"Yes, this is a 10-year-old girl who is wearing a Detroit Red Wings Edge jersey letter up for Sarah Palin last year. It was a really nice lettering job, which makes it all the more of a shame."
Now here's the thing: Sarah Palin did in face receive a personalized Detroit Red Wings jersey during at least one of the McCain/Palin campaign stops. So the dueling questions: Are political campaign prop jerseys, in fact, Fouls? And if so, is the Foul lessened if said jersey finds its way into the hands of a third party?
Of course, they may just be a kid whose parents gave her a Sarah Palin hockey jersey. In which case, we've told Congress "thanks, but no thanks" on this Foul to Nowhere.
Finally, from Puck Buddy Mike R.:
"This is a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jersey... from behind taken on my way to see the Stanley Cup with my kid."
It's Foul ... Jersey Foul.