December 24, 2010
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 email@example.com for inclusion in future installment.
Sometimes, a dude in some backwater town spots a UFO and is the only one to document the strange lights with a shaky VHS camera he's had in his shed since 1992. Other times, the unidentified object is seen by dozens, maybe hundreds of people in a larger metropolitan area, as they flood police with reports of OMG AM I CRAZY OR DID YOU SEE THAT TOO?
We began to hear reports of its existence in the press box of Verizon Center last night, eventually seeing photographic evidence to validate the sighting. As the night continued, more and more images arrived in the Puck Daddy Inbox. This was no swamp gas! This was a Pittsburgh Penguins/Washington Capitals Jersey Foul for the ages!
Not only that, but there were two different Frankenjerseys, both with Winter Classic patches. The first one was sort of clever if you think about it: The '5' from Mike Green(notes), the '7' from Sidney Crosby ... a '57' for Heinz Field. Ho ho ho.
But then the remnants were turned into a companion jersey, as Puck Buddy JW explains:
Yeah, that's half Crosby half Green, with the Winter Classic logo nicely centered between them. Her male friend was wearing the fraternal-twin "57" jersey. What really honked us off, though, was the "Washington Capitals Fan Club" tote bag she was wearing with it. This is why many of us hate the WCFC.
Ouch. So we suspect this is a Winter Classic Tribute Jersey, which is a FAIL because neither of the sweaters are actually from the Winter Classic.
But is it something more? Is this a noble attempt to bridge the divide between the warring factions? To bring two of the most well-mocked players in the rivalry into harmony? To show the beauty of the two logos comingling in ...
... ah, screw it. It's cold, there are plenty of homeless in D.C. and these jerseys would start a great garbage can fire.
Thanks to JW, Erick P. and Christina Y for the images.