– Pookie worked the late shift tonight, so we were admittedly a little bit sleepy when we settled down in front of the TV for some turkey burgers and whatever late hockey the schedule had to offer. But even with that said, we don’t think we’re too far out of line to say the NHL is completely out of control with its revolving door of monstrously ugly third jerseys. We sat in stunned silence through On The Fly’s plays-of-the-week highlight reel, totally unable to recognize any of the teams. We realize we’re marginally out of touch, but we spend almost all of our recreational hours watching hockey on television, and we have no idea who these people are in this endless reel of fugly sweaters. Surely this madness has to stop soon, right?
– Oh, and speaking of that plays-of-the-week highlight reel, what the hell were the criteria for that highlight reel, anyway? It was like every single goal, fight and hit from the entire past week, minus any sign of the Devils. Is Mike Brophy in charge of editing it? Or is it not a plays-of-the-week reel? What was going on there?
– We are constantly amazed by the genius of that NHL Store commercial with the family of Rangers fans and one Flyers fans. There was our initial reaction of loving how correct the whole concept is, what with the Rangers fans being utter douchebags and the Flyers fan living a miserable existence; seriously, that’s a microcosm of real life, isn’t it? But the more we think about it, the more humbled we are by the thoughtfulness of the choices of teams for it. There is no other combination of teams that could produce the desired emotional response. The asshole family members simply have to be Rangers fans, because if they were anything else, it wouldn’t be believable. And the unloved son couldn’t then be one of the Rangers’ bigger rivals, because if he was an Islanders fan his family members would have killed and eaten him long ago, and vice versa if he was a Devils fan. But Flyers? Perfect! Any other notable rivalry might produce too much empathy for one side or the other, but everyone will immediately accept the douchiness of the Rangers family members right off the bat, and no one is going to feel too sorry for the kid because he’s a Flyers fan. It’s genius!