Last year for the first time in their history, the Sharks decided to wear their third jerseys for the entire playoffs. By rule, the team couldn’t flip flop between the thirds and primaries throughout the playoffs. So Team Teal was black at home.
San Jose has decided to wear their thirds again this year and I think it’s a mistake. Last year I think they wore it just to get off some bad mojo. But since it didn’t work, the Sharks need to go back to wearing teal.
As the only team in the league to wear teal, why not go with the look they are most recognized for? I don’t know if it’s for merchandise sales or not, but I believe that in the playoffs, a team shouldn’t wear their alternates. Keep the alternates for the regular season.
A part of me feels that if the Sharks end up winning the Stanley Cup, I would like for them to celebrate with their primaries instead of an alternate. But if this is a uniform superstition, I won’t argue it. It worked for the San Francisco 49ers in 1994 and so if the Sharks win a Cup wearing it, I won’t complain.
The Sharks will play in St. Louis tonight for Game 1 and I am a little glad they are the lower seed. Less pressure and maybe that will get them over the hump. Of course, this team is not as good as the ones from years past but hey, who doesn’t like to see upsets in the playoffs?