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Florida is killing its “JetBlue” third jerseys

Mar 16, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

Panthers Jerseys

On Sunday, Mar. 25, the Florida Panthers will wear their blue jerseys for the final time.

/pours 40 out

Yes, the 25th will be “Shirts Off Our Backs” night at the BankAtlantic Center, during which the Panthers players will wear their two-tone powder/navy specials against the Islanders. They’ll then give the jerseys away…and never speak of them again.

More, from George Richards of the Miami Herald:

So why do we call these jerseys the ‘JetBlues?’

Well, word is Michael Yormark [Panthers President and COO] was one of the few proponents of this color scheme and brought it in to help lure the discount airline to become a major sponsor.

If that was indeed the thought, it worked. JetBlue is a team partner to this day. I have never gotten Yormark to confirm this story, but I have heard it from a good number of people. So, whatever.

Anyway, Yormark liked the look so much the Panthers were on the verge of changing their official colors from the original red-blue-gold to the two shades of blue.

In the summer of 2010, the Panthers had changed everything to those colors and it looked like the team was going to go to those colors exclusively for the 2011-12 season.

Only Dale Tallon [Panthers GM], Mike Santos [Assistant GM] and Bill Torrey [former President/GM] hated the look and refused to wear anything with the Cat-In-A-Circle logo on it. They quickly made it known that they hated the blue look and the Panthers quietly started phasing it out.

The blue jersey’s final death knell was Florida launching the “We See Red” marketing campaign in June. (Red being the opposite of blue, according to most bathroom sinks.)

Rest in peace, JetBlue jersey.

  1. govtminion - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Good. Here’s hoping they do something interesting for a third jersey next time instead of just doing the same jersey that Pittsburgh and Columbus already used. One of my least favorite jerseys in the league.

    • izlez - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      and St. Louis and Winnipeg…

      this trend of every team in the league copying this extremely boring jersey needs to end

      • govtminion - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Amen. It was boring when half the league suddenly started doing black jerseys, but at least some of them looked decent. With these, I can’t think of any team where the navy blue/sky blue combo doesn’t bore me to tears.

  2. firstandonlywarning - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Florida Panthers should relocate

    Waste of a franchise

  3. bjscher02 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    izlez you forgot to mention columbus and chicago, they have the same jersey scheme too.

  4. quizguy66 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    The Islanders should wear their Fishsticks jersey in solidarity!

    -QG

  5. kingbuccaneer - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    GOOD! The ole Pusscats can go back to their red and navy. I actually like their colors and the jumping Panther.

    GO BOLTS

  6. chiadam - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    When do they wear the yellow Chico’s Bail Bonds jerseys?

  7. scottfmullin - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    As a Panthers fan, I say good riddance. It looked like we tried to capitalize on Pittsburgh’s look and we wasted our leaping panther logo. We need a more clever navy third than whatever this was.

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