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  1. Crimson

    Hockey Metal

    No pics only because the musicians are so ###### obscure, but Matt Laporte and Shane French out of the Tampa area are/were/might still be guitarists involved in some incarnation or another of bands that stemmed from Savatage, whether it was Circle II Circle or Jon Oliva's Pain (horrid name, but what're we gonna do?). They only played small clubs and Europe, but both Matt & Shane were frequently seen on stage wearing jerseys (especially the old Mighty Ducks sweaters). And to add another log onto the fire: radio play/Billboard charting does not a "good" band make. Otherwise, I'd not hate Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, and Nirvana to the core of my being. SOAD was the most unique and creative band to come out of the new/nu-metal explosion of the late '90s (and when the drek at the time consisted of the aforementioned whine-core bands, even Korn was refreshing). Of course it wasn't of the Metallica/Megadeth/Testament Bay Area Thrash genre -- that stuff fell out of favor once the '80s ended. SOAD was more musically diverse and subtle in their construction and arrangement, and in a way defined what prog-metal was supposed to be (after it became nothing more than jazz-influenced keyboard-driven operatic rock with tenor singers...aka Dream Theater clones): progressive. Never mind that Daron's grammar in song-writing sucked and the last SOAD album was pretty much System of a Daron, which contributed to the band effectively splitting up and Serj releasing his solor album...which was even MORE musically odd, if that's possible. Progress beyond the norm, the accepted, the standard. And when I mentioned that SOAD was the definition of prog-metal for the 21st century, a whole bunch of my metal cohorts wanted to string me up for such blasphemy....except one guy, who was actually an accomplished musician with a diverse range and expertise, but was still a metalhead at heart. Once he and I discussed why we thought that way, that was when I knew that most of my metal brothers & sisters were stuck in the '80s and would probably never emerge.
  2. I rather like them, actually. And to me, it's rather amusing that we're sitting here griping about how everyone's going to that vintage look when I believe it wasn't that long ago (oh, like when RBK introduced the EDGE system) when we started complaining about the piping, the lack of stripes at the waist or elbows, the color panels, etc. and the egregious lack of any acknowledgment of tradition. And now that we have it, we still find things to nitpick and be dissatisfied about! Goes to show that teams will never be able to do right by the jersey snobs
  3. Probably not. The Premiers they sell in stores are awful (the customizing) -- the Detroit ones are all on namebars (blech) AND the bars are too long, on top of it! Looking at the on-line price for authentics, I can't imagine how it'd be remotely worthwhile, even with the "free" customization since D's is selling the authentic for nearly $100 more than the going rate (maybe that's where the "free" customizing comes in...).
  4. They are a good company. I've ordered from them many, many times and because they're a local Michigan company, though they don't have a retail storefront anymore (otherwise, I'd just drive there ). They can sell jerseys cheap because of that -- no retail overhead, small operation, and they rely on Yahoo to provide their Internet presence, so their costs in maintaining their Web site is also comparatively low.
  5. Same as everyone else, just about. Turn 'em inside out to protect the crests and patches, then wash cold, air dry.
  6. Gotta give a + to xcdude. Bought his Rangers & Bruins, he e-mailed promptly and I received the jerseys within days.
  7. I own a Premier for the Red Wings and Bruins, and an EDGE for the Bruins. I definitely like the EDGE better just in material construction and weight. The Premier is okay, but I really feel gypped with the shoulder patches on the Bruins one. I don't mind the Red Wings one since they don't have shoulder patches anyway. I removed the tag on the Wings one with a seam ripper and less than 5 minutes. I just haven't bothered with the Bruins one since I might just get rid of that one anyway. If given the choice between two Premiers or one EDGE, I'll still go with the EDGE. Better to have fewer high-quality products I can be proud of than just filling out the numbers with mediocre items.
  8. Big time local news for us. Overheard it while out at dinner with my wife on Monday night.
  9. Here's the problem with reacting emotionally to a perceived problem. It's not eBay's job to police every market and pick out the counterfeits. That's why they stay hands-off until/unless the intellectual-property owner steps up to make a claim AND provides proof. It's not just restricted to eBay, and it's also easy to cast a disparaging eye against them simply on the basis of their size and reach. It's easy to express dissatisfaction against a giant, nameless, faceless corporation that will have zero chance of interacting with you personally. Hell, not all of US know the exact details of the fakes and reals. It's not reasonable for eBay to maintain a staff of experts for every possible item that may ever possibly exist. Finally, how are they to distinguish the authenticity of the complaint itself? In that similar vein, anyone can claim counterfeiting and draw up a number of convincing reasons, but how is eBay to know that the complaint is legitimate or coming from a disgruntled customer or vendor whose motives aren't necessarily pure? Too many questions and loose ends for this sort of venture to make any sense. Being a Star Wars costumer, we get this sort of thing in our field just as often. Lots of overseas and offshore costume makers who make absolute garbage, but sell them for cheap. Then we get applicants who get mad when we tell them that those costumes aren't acceptable for our groups because they're not accurate or will fall apart at the first event they wear them to. Then WE'RE the bad guys for being "elitist snobs." Whatever.
  10. I wear my jerseys all the time -- even in the summer because it does occasionally get cold at night Replica, authentic, custom, doesn't matter. During the season, I'll check which teams are playing, and if one of my favorites are on or one of the teams of which I own a jersey is playing a team I dislike more, I'll put on the appropriate jersey for that evening (for example, I own Nashville and St. Louis jerseys but neither team is a favorite -- but if they're playing Colorado or Montreal, I'll throw on one of those two ) And if none of my favorite teams are playing but I feel like throwing one on, it'll be one of my customs (Transformers, Star Wars, etc.), international, or college. The only jerseys I will never wear in public anymore my autographed Alex Delvecchio and autographed Martin Lapointe. The Lapointe jersey was the first one I ever had, so it's already worn and stained to hell BEFORE I got it customized then autographed. The Delvecchio -- well, that's particularly special since I actually went personally to have him sign it. Otherwise, I'm puttin' on the jerseys, spillages be damned (my wife takes pride in getting spills and stains out of my jerseys if it happens).
  11. Skipping the "repeat teams" thing for a minute, the Red Wings could totally host it at Ford Field. It's not going to be in use during the NFL playoffs anyway.....
  12. I've always been a manual sniper. Going on well over 10 years doing that. The countdown clock that eBay instituted really helps for that -- previously, I'd turn off loading all images in my browser, then wait while refreshing.
  13. And that's the 2008 Finals patch, not the '07.
  14. Personally, I just went with a favorite player. This whole "historical accuracy" movement is wearing a little thin.
  15. At least you didn't get any John Stevens merchandise..... Ooohhhhh......!
  16. Received my Looch yesterday (he may not be healed up in time for the game, but he's still one of my favorites on the roster and he's already done a ton of promo work for this game). I'll put up photos later, but for now, a series of text descriptions: Like last year's, the replicas are made and cut in the CCM/Koho 550 style, not in the EDGE style. Thus, they're bigger in the body, like we've all come to grow to love The collar has the NHL logo, unlike last year's replicas (the 'Hawks' and Wings' replicas don't have the shield). And just like the real things, it's a patch, not embroidery. The crest is made of felt and is glued on. The back number is also in felt, with decorative top-stitching and glued onto the jersey. Winter Classic patch glued on Arm numbers also in felt, top stitched detail, and glued on. The name is stitched onto a nameplate which is then stitched onto the jersey. Reebok logo patch on the back of the neck But man, it is sharp in person!
  17. Update: I ordered the replica Bruins WC with LUCIC on it instead. Should be arriving today.
  18. Yes, the Chicago & Detroit WC jerseys were made in Authentics. I'm betting that the pro shop at TD Banknorth Garden will probably carry the authentic WC (which I may need to pick up when I go there a week after the WC....)
  19. They are. I have one, and I love it. I was so ecstatic when I opened it to find that it was pretty much a 550.
  20. Crimson

    Buying First Edge

    I'll add another "yup." I have a size 52, and those sleeves are REALLY long on my (5'8", 150 lbs). But the oversized sweatshirts I wear under jerseys makes up just a little for it...but that was before I lost a bunch of weight....
  21. Yeah, 97-98 it was all Nike. Just needed to watch the Yzerman Hall of Fame induction videos that included clips of the Cup wins...and a BIG OL' NIKE LOGO on the tail! No doubt that it's a Koho Authentic. I have doubts that Konstantinov actually signed it after the accident, however.
  22. That to me sounds more like "hoarding" than "collecting." I'd think that "collecting" should have some level of meaning to the collector than just grading a jersey and being able to say "I own everything." For me, I only own a Habs jersey because I needed to complete the Original 6 grouping. And it's the '46 CCM Vintage, to boot. Otherwise, my Boston jerseys would gang up on it and take its lunch money. No way would a Colorado Avalanche jersey soil my closet, however. It doesn't matter how terrible they are right now, or that the rivalry of the late '90s/early '00s doesn't have the same fire it did. There's too much of a stigma attached to the blue-and-maroon. I do however own 2 Blackhawks jerseys, but that's only because Chicago's one of my favorite teams (despite my Detroit affiliation).
  23. Mine was just $270 for my RBK EDGE Authentic Bruins Tim Thomas third.
  24. With Sundin's official retirement, who's left of the Nordiques still in the League? With Chris Simon in Russia, is it just Adam Foote and Owen Nolan?
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