Before going onto today's normal concept post, I wanted to talk about something I've wanted to talk about in the past. The outdoor games are just around the corner, and the one I'm looking forward to the most is the Winter Classic. I do not think that it is so classic anymore though. With all the outdoor games I think it lost a lot of significance this year. If the Stadium Series think continues sure I'll watch the games because I love outdoor hockey, but I can never think of them the same.
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That is not what I want to talk about though, I wanted to talk about how great the Winter Classic is. I'm going to be using an example that will always be in the back of my head as a true classic. The first NHL Winter Classic. I attended the 'Ice Bowl' (what it was commonly called here in Buffalo) and boy was it an experience I'd never forget. At the time I was 12 years old, so I don't have any pictures to show you guys from the game that I took, but I soaked it all in with my head, and it was truly a beautiful day.
First thing is the fact that is was the first. No other Winter Classic will ever be the first, so knowing that it will be that classic first Winter Classic gave me an awesome feeling. Second is the throwback feel it gives. I thought it was a fantastic idea to give the teams a throwback. One part of me just wants teams to use straight throwback uniforms instead of fauxbacks, but I understand it in some circumstances.
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Another thing that I think that made the first one the best was the weather. If I remember correctly this is the only one that snowed during the game. The other ones had clear skies the whole game. I read an article, and the writer said that the best weather so far for all the Winter Classics was the Boston one, because it was clear, and wasn't too cold. I think that's what made it the worst weathered Winter Classic. If you are going outdoors I think the weather that was in Buffalo that day was perfect. Really testing all the elements and giving a true classic feel to the first Winter Classic. I would like to know what you guys think of the games? Which one was your favorite? Was it because your team played in it? The atmosphere? The game itself? My favorite part about this coming one already is the jerseys, and where it's being played. Seeing the game at the Big House might be a great sight to see.
I hope I didn't ramble on too much, but I'd love to know how you guys feel about everything!
Of course Sidney had to win it in that fashion...of course.
COTW Dec 9-15 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
NCAA Outdoors Top 5 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Team Denmark - (Jake88)
Concept Rating [9/10]
Quebec Nordiques Concept - (Christian L.)
Concept Rating [7.2/10] It still looks pretty nice with what I said. Just not quite there yet.
Phoenix Coyotes Concept - (Wings98)
Concept Rating [4/10] since it's not that original [6/10] In my opinion of the look Also I think the TV numbers are a bit large.
Edmonton Oilers Concept - (Wings98)
Concept Rating [4.5/10] not much of a concept again. [6/10] not a fan of the look. And same execution mark.
Boston Bruins Concept - (Michael G.)
Concept Rating [7.8/10] Switching the yoke could make the jersey look better, or maybe even the striping to match the yoke.
Anaheim Ducks Concept - (Stephen T.)
Concept Rating [5.9/10]
Boston Bruins Concept - (Stephen T.)
Concept Rating [7.3/10]
Vancouver Canucks Concept - (Stephen T.)
Concept Rating [8.5/10]
Calgary Flames Concept - (Matt Mc.)
Concept Rating [7.3/10] Some small changes would go a long way with this one especially.
Lethbridge Hurricanes Concept - (Ryan D.)
Concept Rating [5.6/10]
Medicine Hat Tigers - (Ryan D.)
Concept Rating [6.3/10]
Toronto St. Pats Concept - (Rob C.)
Concept Rating [8/10] Numbers are the thing that hurt this.
Moose Jaw Warriors Concept - (Ryan D.)
Concept Rating [4/10]
Carolina Hurricanes Concept - (Matt Mc.)
Concept Rating [8.3/10]
Buffalo Sabres Concept - (Matt Mc.)
Concept Rating [8.8/10]
Was the grading today harsh at times? I thought it could've been, but at the same time it's just my opinion, and some mistakes need fixing for progress.
Did you agree with everything I said about the Winter Classic?
Let us know everything in the comments!
Have a great day everyone!