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Sabres to wear third jersey (which may or may not be a ‘turd burger’) for 10 games

Oct 3, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

Third jersey Ott

Back in early September, after the Buffalo Sabres released their new third jersey to less than rave reviews, we wondered if they may go back to the drawing board on the design.

Today, we learned they won’t.

Via Puck Daddy, here’s what Sabres president Ted Black told host Howard Simon this morning on WGR Radio:

“It’s received a ton of criticism and a lot of attention. I think it had over 4 million mentions on Twitter. I’ve seen it. It’s something that doesn’t offend me. I think people have had a lot of fun with the criticisms of it. Judge for yourself whenever you see it. If you come into the store and you look at it and say I don’t want to buy it or you do buy it, in terms of moving the needles on revenues, it won’t do anything.

“If it doesn’t sell, it won’t really mean anything to our bottom line. It’s a third jersey. If it’s a turd burger I’ll have to put it on a bun and eat it. It’s the way it is.

“We kept the logo the same. We wanted to do something that was a little bit more non-traditional, so it’s two-toned; it’s gold in the front and blue in the back; it has different colors for numbering; it has the Buffalo font in the front. Like I said, no one’s gonna twist your arm, put a gun to your head if you don’t wanna buy it, Howard, you don’t have to.”

Black confirmed the Sabres will wear the jersey — and “wear it proudly” — for 10 games.

  1. hockey412 - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    ” If it’s a turd burger I’ll have to put it on a bun and eat it. It’s the way it is.”

    Most awesome quote from any president of any organization ever.

  2. elemeno89 - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Step 1: Get rid of the “Buffalo” on the chest.
    Step 2: Keep the blue on the shoulders and down the arms. Get rid of the cape like dip along the back.
    Step 3: Use only one shade of yellow and wrap the entire “body”.
    Step 4: Get rid of the grey/white on the wrists and down the arms, use it only for numbers (outlined in blue), and name plate, and trim of collar.

    There is a jersey design that looks much better, keep most of the elements that they wanted to implement, and it doesn’t like it was created by some high school student with a photo-shop fetish. Forget about firing Darcy, I think it’s time time to fire the jersey designer, especially as it’s most likely the same guy involved for the slug.

    • buddysguys - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      step 5: Fire Darcy

    • imleftcoast - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      We have beer league jerseys that are better. How about a PHT jersey contest? Trip to the Minnesota pond hockey tournament as a prize?

  3. thegonz13 - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Call me crazy but looks an awful lot like an old version of a Predators jersey with a different logo…

  4. whitdog23 - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    I like it! wear it for 30 games

  5. ibieiniid - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I’ll have a turd burger with extra extra mustard.

  6. ibieiniid - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    also, I love Ott’s face in that picture. he’s like “what? these stupid things are in production already? i gotta tweet this. #turdjersey”

    • buddysguys - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      really enjoy #turdjersey

  7. gmenfan1982 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    They should have just gone with their normal alternates that say “Buffalo” across the chest. Those jerseys were sick.

  8. jb8588 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    As bad as this jersey is (and for the record, yellow is my favorite color), this still doesn’t come to being as bad as the old Atlanta burgandy third jerseys were. Talk about YUCK.

  9. pxland - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    At least that’s 10 games that will give people something to think about other than how terrible the Sabres are….

  10. earpaniac - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I guess I’m in the minority. It’s not a Blackhawk sweater, but it’s not that bad. I wouldn’t be ashamed to wear it if I was a Sabres fan. However, I would be ashamed to even be a Sabres fan. Kidding! Seriously it could be way worse. Ever seen some of those NFL throwbacks?

  11. sjsharks66 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    I think the worst part is it makes Ott look like he is wearing a blue cape. The design is just bad.

  12. eagles512 - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I’d love it if it didn’t look like Nashville so much

  13. jacketsfan7 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Ewwww those jerseys suck

  14. bozokarl - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    These jerseys are ugly but they’re still not as bad as the slug.

  15. gibbstastic - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    What should happen is the blue/yellow scheme with the old red/black logo.

    A lot of people liked the color change but not the “slug” when the initial change happened and it was talked about a lot, at least in Rochester.

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