Dear Buffalo Sabres fans:
When it comes to hockey jerseys – sorry, old-schoolers: sweaters! – I’m a sucker. No, I don’t own a ton . . . but not for lack of trying. I would buy a sweater a week if they were not so damn expensive. Without a doubt, a hockey jersey/sweater/WHATEVER is the coolest piece of sporting apparel, in my mind at least, one of the few items of clothing that makes me respect you as a human being with good taste automatically.
Yes – I judge hockey fans by the cover of the book. Sue me.
And when it comes to hockey sweaters, I have to say: even if I was not a die-hard fan of the Buffalo Sabres, I would consider their jerseys (especially their home ones) to be among the best-looking in all of the NHL. Everything about their current line-up of sweaters is classy and appealing to the eye . . . which is probably what disappoints me so much about the newly-revealed third jersey: it is neither classy nor visually appealing, due to its blending together of disparate styles and colors. Essentially, the third jersey tries to hard to make me like it, and therefore, in my eyes, it fails miserably.
And yet . . . the collector in me wants to purchase one simply because in a few years there won’t be any more to buy. Even if I manage to resist this insane urge, could I resist my 8 year-old son if he asked me to buy one? Probably not. As much as I dislike the new design, then, I might just wind up owning one (or two, maybe even three if the youngest son gets jealous of the 8 year-old)!
Curse you, allure of the hockey sweater!
Enough about me, though: where do you stand? Do you see yourself picking up one of these new sweaters, possibly with the last name of one of the Sabres’ young stars-to-be embroidered on the back of it? Take one last look at it . . .
. . . and now vote, and provide your rationale below or @theamazingMrS!