Friday, December 21, 2012

Of All Time

Here's a list of the Top 10 Worst NHL Logos Of All Time.  That's right: of all time.

And look who's in 7th?

The Ottawa Senators had a perfectly good logo when they debuted in 1992. Then they came up with their first third jersey in 1997. And it had this multi-colored mark on the front. And we all asked, "why?" Turning the guy's head to make the logo more three-dimensional takes the logo to a weird place. And it just looks bad. The Sens thought they fixed the problem in 2007 by adding bolder lines and sharper corners. But they didn't. Long live the 2D head.

(looks up at the top right of this post) Long live the 2D head indeed.

While I agree that the 2D logo is superior, I'm not sure this qualifies as one of the top 10 all time. The 3D look never warmed me, for some reason I prefer the old* logo.

And I don't think the Jet's current logo deserves to be on that list either, even if my initial reaction was less than complementary. (Why is that jet bombing a curling rink?)


*= as opposed to the "classic logo", which is the barbershop-O. Which still looks like a zero to me, as in "how many stanley cups has your team won?"

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


One of the things that is floating around this lockout is the idea of some kind of retributive strike on the part of the fans when the league returns. A particular variation is along the lines of "a game for a game" -- that is, the fans would boycott the league one game after the return for each game that has been cancelled.

My first reaction is that this is a stupid idea -- along the lines of "you won't take my money when I want to spend it on you, so I'll stop spending money on you for longer!"

But on reflection, I think this is a great idea.  Think about it.  What's going to happen when the league comes back?  Faux-apologetic pricing discounts!  ie tickets which are marginally cheaper than normal!  And if the hard-core fans boycott the league, that'll mean there is less demand for them, which means A) I'll be more likely to afford to go, and B) I'll be more likely to get a good seat when I go.

And if the boycott really does have an effect, then at the very least the pricing will be extended -- if not reduced to actual-apologetic pricing!  Thus improving the chance that I'll be able to go more than once!

So I say on with the boycott!  Thanks for the seats!

But really, we know that the majority of those loudly proclaiming that they'll boycott will have their bums firmly in seats one the league resumes play next fall, and those who actually stop paying their money will be in a minority, so the net effect on attendance will be minimal.