Aug 27, 2013 was the final day of the 2-day Team USA Olympic orientation camp, held in Arlington, VA.
As with most camps, there was good news and bad news.
Now the bad news. Team USA/Nike revealed the jerseys which will be worn at the 2014 Olympic games.
Judge for yourself. I understand beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but these are jerseys only a mother could love.
Just a snippet of the responses from hockey fans in social media:
"I don't care for these, I liked the last 2 (and of course, 1980)"
"Ugly. Thank God Canada's better"
"I hate the jerseys but still love the team. Go USA"
"Ugly; they look like Slovakia"
"Don't like them"
"Finally, a jersey that Florida Panthers fans can make fun of "
Perhaps this last one sums it up best: "Not sure what to think of these. I don't hate them, but it doesn't really seem like your traditional hockey sweater"
That's it !
Olympic hockey is steeped in tradition. As far as USA hockey, it has always been about the big letters "USA" across the front of the jersey in international competition. Sometimes it's best to just leave things as is, rather than make changes just for the sake of making a change.
The Olympics are about National pride, but now for the first time, "USA" is NOT the most prominent thing on the front of the jersey.
We all remember the quote from the movie 'Miracle', "The name on the front of the jersey is a heck of a lot more important than the one on the back."
I understand that change is the only constant, but this seems really unnecessary. There have been subtle changes in past jerseys, but all maintained the integrity of the prominent "USA" lettering.
In all fairness, maybe these new jerseys will grow on me in the coming months, but as for now, I am not on board with it.
One other thing, I am so used to seeing the medal hanging right in the center of the huge letter "S" right in the middle of the jersey. On these jerseys, "USA" is printed so small that the medal may cover it completely.
Hopefully the medal hangs low enough that it will be hanging in the middle of that family crest looking thing, and we can still read USA.
Yes, many other countries have a shield which is the focal point of the jersey. It matters not. Team USA is Team USA, that's that.
It has never been necessary to squint in order to read USA on our jersey. You could always spot it a mile away.
Of course if Team USA takes home Olympic Gold in 2014, these could then be considered "lucky jerseys".
Other than that, I currently see no upside.