USA-Russia was a hockey fan’s dream and the gateway to a new audience

T.J. Oshie scores the winner and congratulates Jonathan Quick for his stellar performance.

I’ve always wondered what it would take to get a person that isn’t into hockey to really appreciate it. Sometimes all it takes is just a big name. Sometimes it takes an actual game in person to really appreciate it.

But if I was to point out one thing, it may have been the USA vs Russia game I just witnessed.

The game had great stops, great scores, top notch players and a thrilling shootout that was heart-racing. Plus whenever Doc Emrick calls a game, it’s always good.

Hockey is a simple game but it isn’t fun for everyone unless there’s some kind of interest. In a game like this, it had all of that. USA vs Russia was a great storyline. The world’s top players. And throughout the game, we were introduced to great shots, great goaltending, a controversial goal that was wiped away and non-stop action.

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Waking up early to watch hockey was kind of confusing

That is confusing.

I woke up at 4:30AM this morning to watch USA vs Slovakia men’s hockey. That’s no problem. I’ve woken up early for games before so this was nothing new. Plus, I’m used to being up early.

But I was a little sleepy and in watching the game, I encountered a problem that I know other people had too: the teams had very similar uniforms.

Since all the hockey jerseys are made by Nike, several have similar template designs. Because of that, I had to constantly remind myself that USA was wearing white since both teams had the exact same color scheme. Looking at Slovakia, they could easily be mistaken for the USA team.

After each USA goal, I had to do a double take to make sure I knew which team wearing red, white and blue scored. Other teams have distinct enough designs, which is good.

This is the problem when the same manufacturer sacrifices creativity and just outfits everybody with the same template. Fortunately, this confusing matchup is unlikely to surface again in the Olympics. But still, can Nike get a little creative?

I am not on board with the Team USA hockey jerseys

These don’t excite me.

When these were unveiled yesterday, everybody was all crazy about it. I looked at it and just was like “meh” to the new USA hockey jerseys. It in fact is an homage to the 1932 sweaters.

I don’t understand what the great celebration was for this set. The fact that the blue and white sets aren’t even symmetrical makes it hard for me to like it. Then you add on the fake stars and fake collar lace and you really have a boring, unimaginative set.

(I will give them props for their collar paying homage to their two gold medal teams, but none of us will see it when the players hit the ice.)

I suppose the blue one is a little bit better in my eyes, but not really. It’s just boring. I’m not a fan. And that logo, where have I seen it before? Of course, now I remember!

Russia’s looks better, but the non-symmetry still bothers me.