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Poll: Is the Islanders’ new third jersey their worst design yet?

Aug 22, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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Earlier this month, we took a look at what many believed were “leaked” designs for the New York Islanders’ new third jerseys. Sweater-centric blog Icethetics provides a confirmed final version of the third jersey, with the simple shift from white to gray accomplishing the impressive feat of downgrading the duds from “uninspired and bland” to downright ugly. (This post’s main image is of Icethetics’ mock-up.)

Quick impressions

Let me get this disclaimer out of the way: I’m not a fashionable human. My typical summer garb is a bland T-shirt, ugly slip-on shoes and “perpetual tourist” shorts. So feel free to criticize me with cries of “glass houses” and such but … ugh, these are awfully unappealing sweaters.

The Islanders decided to disregard the more recent lemming-like move toward the use of blue for the ’90s inspired black jersey. It reeks of Xtreme marketing to the point that I wonder if the artist rendering had some Doritos’ Nacho Cheesier smudges on it. The gray switch adds another layer of blandness, although Greg Wyshynski points out that perhaps the Islanders’ might be making a nod to the New York Mets and Knicks.

Are they historically bad?

Much like music, fashion can be a very subjective thing. Under normal circumstances, we’d ask if PHT readers like the design. You can feel free to argue the merits of those new duds in the comments, but let’s have a little more fun with this instead by asking a simple question: are these sweaters the worst the Islanders have pumped out?

Judging from the team’s best and worst sweaters of all-time, this third jersey faces some serious competition. Before we get to the poll, here’s a chance to take a look at the three major candidates.

1. These third jerseys.

Here’s one more look at those bad boys.

source:  (Again, this image comes from Icethetics.)

2. The infamous “Gorton’s fisherman” duds.

source:  (Photo credit: Islanders Point Blank.)

3. Their crushing orange third jersey look from 2002-03, which Joe called their worst of all-time – but that was before today’s unveiling.

Others?

Naturally, the Islanders have been around for decades, so it’s possible that another ugly design slipped under the radar. That’s why the poll has a write-in “other” category in case you think that there’s an uglier option out there.

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OK, now that we’ve got those introductions out of the way, which is the worst Islanders’ design? Let us know in the poll and feel free to provide further critiques of the duds (or critiques of our critiques) in the comments.

  1. bcisleman - Aug 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    I didn’t vote because–quite frankly–I don’t care that much about the “sweater” design. This design isn’t very appealing–their practice sweaters are nicer if they needed an alternate design to make money–but who cares as long as the team wins? Non-issue for me although I would prefer it if the Islanders, Mets, and really any sports franchise stuck with traditional threads.

  2. cannonblast14 - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    ill give my judgement of the jersey once i see it on ice. Its different when the pads and socks go with it. Just the jersey alone…ugh

  3. kopy - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    It does remind me of the Knicks and Mets. I’ve always liked the idea of a city’s sports teams sharing colors. Since New York City’s colors are orange and blue, it makes a little sense, but it would make a lot more sense if the Isles move to Brooklyn. Also, the script looks like the exact same font for the Rangers’ 3rd from last year, only curved.

  4. mianfr - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Basically it looks like some bored guy in a design studio said, “The Mets and Knicks think that just because they combine orange and blue they can have some of the ugliest jerseys around, but I’ll show them, I’ll create something so hideous that no one can love it.”

    Which I guess was made into a real jersey.

  5. comeonnowguys - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    It’s usually a bad idea to try and shoehorn in four colors when one of those colors isn’t white. Fish Sticks is the lesser of the three evils, and it’s not even close.

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    I’ve seen worse.

  7. trigzter - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    the top 2 are so ugly that i can’t decide between which is worse.

  8. quizguy66 - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    We Want Fishsticks!
    *clap* *clap* *clapclapclap*
    We Want Fishsticks!
    *clap* *clap* *clapclapclap*
    We Want Fishsticks!
    *clap* *clap* *clapclapclap*

    -QG

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