It's Friday, so it's time to get freaked. This is a scary batch today because it's all real!
First, the most recent email in my inbox comes from J.D. Let me set the stage. January 31 was Golden Ice Night for the IHL's Kalamazoo Wings, sponsored by McDonald's. But it wasn't enough to just have yellow ice (really hope they used paint, by the way). No, instead every K-Wing was forced to dress like Ronald McDonald.
I totally wish I was kidding. The Wings actually took the ice against the Bloomington PrairieThunder looking like this. I think I need to set up a new section of Icethetics. Worst. Game-worn jerseys. Ever. Coming soon.
Michiganites (is that what you're called?), you can even relive it! Though, why you'd want to...
Anyway, on that same night, the ECHL was humiliating itself as well when for no apparent reason the team from Las Vegas decided to stick its nose into the issues with the Illinois governor — nearly a continent away. I told you about this last month and posted mock-ups of the specialty jerseys for Rod Blagojevich Night.
And there they are on the ice. At least it's white ice. There's no way that any number of pictures could possibly do this justice. So there's video! (A warning though, you might want to turn your speakers down.)
Best part of that is at :34 when we see the off-ice officials in the classic judge garb, robe and wig included.
But wait, now if you think the NHL is immune to that stripy nonsense, au contraire. The following night, Montreal Canadiens stepped out against the Boston Bruins wearing something that went out of style nearly 100 years ago.
Seriously? Worst. Game-worn jerseys. Ever! On the list. Personally, I think it's cool for a one-off sort of thing. But strictly objectively, holy crap.
What troubles me is how all of these monstrosities took place within two nights of each other. What? Were the hockey gods taking some time off? I know I was.