Um, Hey, Yeah, About Those New Sharks Uniforms … They Seem Like They Have Nice Personalities

September 19, 2007

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A couple weeks ago, we revealed the new Sharks logo, complete with goldenrod eyes and cartoony meanness.

Yesterday, the Sharkies finally unveiled the actual uniforms; the biggest difference is the incorporation of the goldenrod stripes as the main accents. You’ll remember—or not—that the Sharks’ old accent was silver. We prefer the silver to the burnt orange.

In our best Ralph Barbieri voice: “Go Sharks.”

Also, as you may be able to surmise from our trimonthly hockey posts, we’re not the biggest hockey connoisseurs, so if you know hockey or can write with a computer, drop us a line. Canadians also welcome.

Cry of the Fishmonger Special Report: Sartorial Splendor [SFist]

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The Sharks Logo: Now With Goldenrod Eyes!

July 24, 2007

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From the official Sharks site: “We put a lot of research into this and feel the fans will thoroughly appreciate the updated logo and new marks,” said [Sharks President and CEO Greg] Jamison. “The players were heavily involved in the process and they are extremely happy with the outcome.”

It’s like the original logo is a normal shark and the new logo is one of the super-sharks from Deep Blue Sea starring LL Cool J.

What?


The 10 Ugliest Bay Area Uniforms

June 7, 2007

The Bay Area is home to some of the best uniforms in sports. In just about every case, classic uniforms are best and the Giants, A’s, Niners and (gulp) Raiders all currently sport aesthetically simple yet tradition-rich uniforms. Plus, the Warriors “The City” jerseys get our vote as the best uniform in the history of the NBA, if not all of sports.

With that said, we’ve been witness to some visual pollution over the years and there are still a good deal of atrocities roaming the playing fields (and rinks) of our fair cities. So without any further ado, we present our first draft of … The Ugliest Bay Area Uniforms.

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10. Cal Bears football: Solid color pants rarely work, especially when the accompanying jersey is bright yellow with navy claw marks sneaking up into the arm pit areas. But the good news is that there are worse uni’s in the Pac-10.

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9. The 1970 California Golden Seals: A’s owner Charlie Finley bought the struggling NHL team and outfitted them in the Athletics’ trademark yellow and green. But the team sucked, lost money and became the Cleveland Barons.

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Nostalgia: Whatever Happened To … The San Francisco Spiders?

May 9, 2007

In the fall of 1995, Spider fever hit San Francisco!

Well, not really.

But there were a bunch of billboards alongside major freeways with the Spiders’ logo, which was basically the Kool-Aid guy after he went homeless, got skinny and became addicted to crack.

The Spiders were an expansion team in the International Hockey League, a league that existed from 1945 to 2001. With teams such as the Sarnia Sailors, Long Beach Ice Dogs, Minnesota Moose, Indianapolis Ice and our personal favorite, the Toledo Goaldiggers, it’s hard to figure out how the IHL lasted almost 60 years.

Unfortunately, the San Francisco Spiders lasted about 1/56th as long. At the end of their only season (which they obviously finished in last place), they had to disband the team due to poor attendance at Daly City’s Cow Palace.

Yes, shockingly, people did not want to go to Daly City to see pretend hockey.

San Francisco Spiders [Wikipedia]


Sharks Fizzle As Summer Vacation Comes Early

May 8, 2007

T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men” concludes with the following four famous lines:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

That pretty much sums up the end of the San Jose Sharks’ season.

All in all, it was another disappointingly “blah” season-ending series for the Sharkies, who thought they had the pieces for a Stanley Cup run, but just couldn’t get it together after their epic Game 4 collapse:

Yes, the series turned on the way the Sharks crumbled at the end of Game 4, giving up a bad game-tying goal to Robert Lang with 34 seconds left, but the killer wasn’t that goal, or even the goal by Mathieu Schneider in overtime that won Game 4 for Detroit, but the fact that the Sharks had two more games to re-establish control of the series and failed, sometimes miserably.

Last night, Detroit scored twice in the first period and that was enough for the visiting Red Wings to finish off the tepid Sharks, who struggled throughout the series, particularly the last three games. They scored only one goal after Game 4, and the power play–absent during the Nashville series (2 for 30)–continued to prove troublesome against Detroit (2 for 27 overall, 0 for 15 in the last three).

You gotta feel for the Sharks, one of the more entertaining teams in the NHL, as they really established themselves as a franchise that wants to win a championship. At least they have time to watch the Warriors now.

San Jose still can’t get over the elusive hump [SFGate]

[Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma]


Clickery: The Weekend That Was

May 7, 2007
  • The Tim Lincecum Era didn’t start with a bang, but the Giants still managed to split the four-game set with the Phils despite a Sunday night loss. His line: 5 1/3 innings, 5 runs, 5 walks, 5 K’s and 100 pitches, including one that topped 100 on the radar gun. More on the Giants later. [SFGate]
  • Nick Swisher and his increasingly long hair hit another homerun yesterday as the A’s took two of three from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. [SFGate]
  • During the 7th inning stretch at Yankee Stadium, Roger Clemens announced to the crowd that he was coming back for $28,000,022. The last two digits match his uniform number. Classy guy, that Rog. He’ll be 45 in August. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the entire Giants starting rotation (Zito, Morris, Ortiz, Lowry, Cain) is making a total of $22,395,00 this year. [ESPN]
  • Mayweather beat De La Hoya in a pretty entertaining fight on Saturday night, despite the inevitable and predictable grumblings for a sequel. [Youtube]
  • The NBA Playoffs continued. The Jazz beat the Rockets to earn the right to face your Golden State Warriors (tonight). Meanwhile, the Cavs, Pistons and Spurs all won their first games in the second round.
  • No, this won’t jinx anything. Not. A. Thing. [100% Injury Rate]
  • Brady Quinn’s girlfriend is getting more mockery attention than she ever dreamed of. Poor girl. Unless you believe all the rumors. Because then she seems kinda mean. [Kissing Suzy Kolber]
  • Oh, and something happened with the Sharks and that hockey business. [SFGate]

Hey, It’s Hockey Season!

April 29, 2007

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Now, it’s a particularly busy time around the Bay. The Warriors are on the brink of the biggest upset in NBA history (There, I said it). The Giants found HGH the fountain of youth and are tearing up the National League. The NFL has been reading names out loud for the last 36 hours or so. Hence, “hockey” has been relegated to background noise … even more so than usual.

Since San Jose is (barely) a part of the Bay Area, we figured it’s only right to show the Sharks some love, you know, considering they’re in our subtitle and all.

So, it’s still hockey season. Even more importantly, it’s playoff time in the hockey. Most importantly, the Sharks are still in these alleged play-offs.

Last night, the Red Wings of Detroit defeated the Sharks 3-2 in Game Two of the Western Conference semifinals. Jonathan Cheechoo scored 36 seconds into the game and Joe Thornton added his own a couple minutes later, but the Red Wings scored the next three goals to tie up the series. It was the first time a team in the playoffs has blown a lead.

Our main man Ray Ratto summarized the game as “a moderately embarrassing loss” that was not really worth watching:

In other words, this is about less than even grinding out a win. This is about being persistent enough to hope that the other guy runs into the referee, or trips on a squid, or gets confused by concepts like uniform color. This series has shown no sign yet that incandescent talent will suddenly emerge, unless you want to credit the two goalies. And even then, Nabokov has outplayed Hasek and has no egregious clearing errors to his debit.

And there’s your incandescent hockey update. Game Three is Monday night. Maybe that one will be worth watching. Probably not … but you never know.

In case you missed it, there wasn’t much to miss [SFGate]