Hot off the presses at HFboards.com come photos of the Dallas Stars' Rbk EDGE uniforms...
...or so we'd be led to believe.
As many have stated, what stands out most is the lack of an NHL shield at the collar — a feature on all the new EDGE uniforms. But that's not the only reason why I'm leaning toward the belief that these are fakes. Look at the material. We've seen lots of photos of the new sweaters at this point. These seem too thin.
Check out the back of the collar where the tag is supposed to be. Nothing. And not a Reebok logo in sight. Another good question: Why is "DALLAS" written across the home black jersey? Shouldn't the home crowd know where their team is from? And why the lack of color and such thin striping around the sleeves?
You think you know where I'm going with this? No, it's not a Photoshop job. While I cannot state to an absolute certainty that is true since I've only been looking at these pictures for five minutes, I'd bet real money on it.
My feeling: Somebody actually made a mock-up of a Dallas Stars jersey — then took photos of it to pass off as a "leak." When Photoshop skills lack, tailoring skills can be money in the bank. Someone with a sewing machine and some extra fabric went out of their way to create a concept so much better in quality than any of the concepts I've ever featured on this site. You can actually touch that sucker.
So color me impressed. I don't want to sit here and tell you for a fact these aren't the jerseys, but there's too much wrong about them for me to believe it. And I've been looking at these jerseys for a long time while running this blog.
Now is your turn. Are these real or are we seeing stars?
UPDATE (8/2 2:03 PM): The general consensus seems to be that these uniforms belong to a junior team in Dallas which has traditionally worn the same sweaters as the Stars. Makes more sense than somebody creating a prototype just to have a little fun with people.
Anyway, it's not clear if that practice will continue and these are close to what the Stars' uniforms will look like or what. We'll have to wait until September 14 when the Stars are supposed to unveil their jerseys.