The most important thing of the Stars' season thus far happened this week. And no, it wasn't losing to San Jose in overtime. The Stars retired their alternate sweaters--the much-hated "uterus" jersey.
This design is called the "uterus" jersey because of its design's similarity to this well-known diagram of the female reproductive system:
This design was almost universally hated amongst fans...in fact, the only fan that did like the design was this guy:
The Stars are promising a new alternate sweater design for the 2007-2008 season--hopefully it will be a design that is classic, smart and--most importantly--a hit with the fans.
The Stars can take cues from their roommates at the American Airlines Center--the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks' new jerseys--designed by Sean "P. Puffy Diddy Daddy" Combs--are the perfect blend of modernity with retro flavor:
Which act as nice alternates to their main jerseys:
These new retro jerseys are, in my opinion, much better than the "real" old-school Mavs jerseys:
Not all that great, eh?
Looking at some of the steps it took to get to the new design, we should all be grateful that the Mavs didn't go with any of their earlier designs, such as this one:
That's right...for an while, Mark Cuban was considering jerseys with the original Bret Maverick--James Garner.
When focus groups expressed that they identified the Maverick character more with Mel Gibson, thanks to the Hollywood remake of the series, Cuban's designers came up with this design:
The next focus group felt that it would be best if the Mavericks tried to get away from the whole Texas/Cowboy/Rodeo theme, so the next tested design was this one:
Yep, Tom Cruise. Top Gun
That didn't work out either. Luckily, P. Diddy stepped up to the plate and produced the current, well-received jerseys. Now only if the Stars could find a savior in a over-hyped hip-hop mogul and his "skillz" at designing sports regalia to wipe the collective memory of the "uterus" sweater from the fans' minds.
Personally, I hope it'll look something like this: