To get the ball rolling (or the puck sliding?!?!) with it being less than a week until Christmas, what hockey jersey would you like to show up under the tree next wednesday? Let's get some discussion and comments going (I will also post this discussion question on facebook, so we can discuss over there!).
I know what Ryan wants for Christmas... Your votes. I am going to stop writing and send mine in right now...
[7 minutes 43 seconds pass, Colin returns to the keyboard with a steaming mug of hot chocolate]
That voting took me longer than normal, but that was only because I got sidetracked by hot chocolate.
You too could take 7 minutes and 43 seconds to send in your votes and make some hot chocolate. Doesn't that sound delightful?
COTW Dec 9-15 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
NCAA Outdoors Top 5 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Detroit Red Wings - Michael G.
Change: I would make the chest stripe match the sleeve stripes... the 2 extra stripes come out of nowhere.
Real Salt Lake - MLS - Phil B.
Change: The striping does seem a bit too much like the Colorado state flag (and seeing as the Colorado Rapids have a state flag jersey, and are RSL's rivals) best to steer clear of that. I would use a red base for RSL's sweater, signifying royalty (Real = Royal in Spanish).
Navy - Patrick N.
Change: Remember that stripes go OVER the jersey template lines.
Regina Pats - WHL - Ryan D.
Change: Get that striping perfect, colour in the collar and reebok logo. For single digit TV numbers, you need to cut them in half to display them authentically. Check out the tutorials.
Calgary Flames - Stephen T.
Change: My 2 biggest pet peeves about the Flames unis remain. that weird striping on the hem and side panels, and the flag shoulder patches (Hey Calgary, you aren't exclusively Canada's team, or Alberta's team...)
Rating: 6.5/10 not much new on these sweaters, updates are good but minimal.
Seattle Thunderbirds - WHL - Ryan D.
Like: Again, arched text over logo looks good.
Change: INot going to beat a dead horse about execution errors, you know what must be done. I am tired of seeing the same number 9 on all these concepts, part of making a good concept is choosing a good font, and seeing the same font, same numbers looks lazy to me. Also, This is not a good colour scheme for the T-birds... this is like a mariners jersey from the 70's. Seattle has a great united city colour scheme of navy blue, teal, lime green. They should not move away from those colours.
Sporting Kansas City - MLS - Phil B.
Change: There are a couple elements that just seem a bit boring to me. The collar, and the numbers could use a bit of spicing up, they are a bit bland currently.
Buffalo Sabres - Stephen T.
Change: I don't like the mono-blue look for the home, and there is a huge execution error on the back of the white sweater (uncoloured panels). Overall too much blue, not enough white and gold.
Pittsburgh Penguins - Kaner88
Change: This concept is very pixelated, so it is hard to tell how well it is executed. The number on the back is undoubtedly too big, and i would get rid of the vegas gold on the side panels. Also, the collar and yoke piping need to be coloured in, and TV numbers should be added.
Rating: 4 /10
Dallas Stars - Matt Mc.
Change: The star template is hard to see, and would be even harder to see on the ice. I think the outside of the star needs to be a different colour than the inside for this to work properly.
Red Deer Rebels - WHL - Ryan D.
Change: Still issues with stripe consistency, and colouring in the Reebok logo, and a few loose pixels in the collar and around the logos (I always erase the TM, because it doesn't show up on a jersey, that is where you are having some issues)
Toronto FC - MLS - Phil B.
Change: I am not sold on the hem stripe here. It seems a bit thick, and you might be better off without one in this case.
Edmonton Oilers - Matt Mc.
Change: My only gripe is with colour balance. Both jerseys look great but the blue one makes the orange pop, and the white one emphasizes the blue. It would be great if they could both emphasize the same colour.
Vancouver Canucks - Caleb F.
Change: I don't think that the home jersey needs a yoke in his case. I really miss the green, but understand it not being on the jersey because it is not in the logo.
Detroit Red Wings - Matt Mc.
Change: I think that these sweaters would benefit from the collar and collar insert being the same colour, creating a completely white collar on the red sweater, and a completely red collar on the white sweater.
Well, that's it for today. Remember to get you votes in, and have a fantastic Christmas, a happy holiday, Festivus, whatever. Enjoy yourselves HJC!