If you think the Florida Panthers have it rough drawing teams to come watch them play despite being in a major metropolitan area, imagine how difficult it is for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. As a result -- or maybe just from bad taste -- they have had some pretty interesting jerseys in recent times. Here is one. And then there's another here.
Well, they have another new design that's sure to draw plenty of attention.
A bit cartoony, you might say? Expecting to see Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star by a pineapple under the sea? Well yes, they are a bit cartoony, but that's because they were made by children. Literally.
Here is a little more from Woody Wommack of the Naples News in Southwest Florida.
The Everblades work closely with the hospital throughout the year, including donating toys from the annual Teddy Bear Toss and pairing players with patients for a special program called "'Blades Buddies." After Saturday's game on Nov. 19, the jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the hospital.
Perhaps they'll look better on the ice, but I'm told that the corresponding socks are also a little on the Wild side. Once the team debuts them in game action, we'll have more pictures.
While I imagine I would be a touch embarrassed if I were a player putting them on, I love the idea and after a minute or two, I would be beaming with pride.
Think of the kick those kids that helped design this uniform will get when they see it in game action. That's a great memory and a really cool way to give back by the organization. Bravo, Everblades.
Maybe the parent company across Alligator Alley will be inspired and try this next.
Photo: Naples News