San Jose previews new sweater with Instagram video
Out of the blue tonight, the San Jose Sharks used an Instagram video to give us our first glimpse of one of their new sweaters — slated to debut this fall.
The teaser clip is four seconds long and features a creepy Jaws-like musical stinger with the hashtag #TheNextWave and an incredibly brief one-frame flash of the jersey (seen above). At the end, another title comes up reading "Coming Soon..."
Based on the sharktooth stitching (clever!), we're likely looking at the elbow of the teal home sweater. The key difference — if you can call it that — is we now have one orange stripe instead of two. I'm sure there are at least a few more changes to make this relaunch worthwhile, but we'll probably have to wait to see those.
I think it's funny they're calling the new jerseys "The Next Wave." You may recall the Sharks when the Sharks launched their third jersey in 2008, they nicknamed it "Black Armor".
I'll keep an eye out for any more teasers from the Sharks. I'm sure there will be more.
Sharks tease more of jersey with second video
Woke up this morning to another Instagram video from the Sharks. Same idea as before with #TheNextWave hashtag and single frame of part of the jersey. Looks like this time it's the numbers from the sleeve. (I'm really hoping they're doing away with the chest numbers.)
Like the previous teaser, there's a lot less orange in the picture — none on the numbers at all, apparently. Did they really get that many complaints about using a bright color trim in their uniforms?
Since it was just 12 hours between the posting of these two videos, we have to wonder if an unveiling is right around the corner — and how many more sneak peeks we'll get. I will say this. They're doing a better job than the Sabres by at least offering different views of the jersey.
So are you happy to see the orange mostly going away? Or were you a fan of it?
Sharks' third teaser indicates unveiling is only 24 hours away
Well, the Sharks aren't messing around, are they? Today at 5pm PT, the club released a third teaser video on Instagram. As you can see in the screen grabs above, there are two big developments.
First, it seems the black shoulder yoke is gone from the teal home sweater. But the nameplate appears to be the same — white letters outlined in black. The teal shoulders harken back to the Sharks' original jerseys from the '90s — the ones with the fins on the shoulders.
Could the 2007-updated fin logo make an appearance on the new sweaters?
The other major news of course is that the end of the video says "Tomorrow...", perhaps meaning that the full unveiling is less than 24 hours away. Same with this tweet. I'll be keeping an eye on that.
When the first video last night said "coming soon," I didn't realize how soon!