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This is a fun little project I have been wanting to do for a long time.
It really has nothing to do with the league except to give people one more reason to stop by the site on a weekly basis and perhaps provide some comic
relief, which is much needed as we know that rec ball hockey is generally some
pretty serious shit!
There is no shortage of terrible hockey cards out there and I am the not-so-proud owner of a bunch of them.
So with that said, over the coming weeks and months, I will be marching out
numerous examples of photographic misdeeds, oddities and downright "What were they
thinking?" moments that should prove quite entertaining.
October 21st, 2014
Awkward Workout Photos
Yes, we all know the amount of dedication and hard work it takes to
make the NHL. Sometimes they like to beat us over the head with that fact.
However, that's still no excuse for a training photo this awkward looking.
October 14th, 2014
I Think I'm Gonna Hurl!
Here's a great shot of Dimitri Filimonov trying not to puke. We all
appreciate the effort, Dimitri. Of course, had he actually blown chunks all over
the dasher board, I'm pretty sure somebody would've snapped a picture of that
and put it on a hockey card too. Then again, that might have been an
improvement over some of these cards I've already posted.
October 6th, 2014
If you got a little confused after reading the notations on this
card, you're not the only one. I couldn't tell you if he was traded and then
retired, or went to the Blues as a member of the coaching staff, or what exactly
happened. I do know that O-Pee-Chee is happy this wasn't one of those
airbrushing years in which they would have painted him into a Blues uniform and
then later figured out they needed to airbrush a business suit on him.
September 29th, 2014
The Least Exciting Card in Hockey History
Hockey is a fast-paced, thrilling game that keeps people on the
edge of their seat! Hockey cards usually try to reflect that excitement and
emotion. How better to do that than to show a player just sitting there in front
a nondescript backdrop wearing gray sweats? The one minor reprieve we may have
gotten would have been a cool NHL logo, but astonishingly, we don't even get
that as Tampa Bay went with the oh-so-boring wordmark on this outfit. Yawn...
September 22nd, 2014
"...and in this corner, Charlie Burns!"
No, Charlie Burns isn't getting ready to be somebody's sparring
partner in the ring, that's actually a hockey helmet. Charlie had a serious head
injury in junior and actually had a plate in his head, thus the extra padded
helmet. He was actually one of the early pioneers of helmet use, though it
still took a while for the practice to catch on with the rest of the league. A
quick look at this hockey card illustrates why players may have been a tad
reluctant to don head gear.
September 15th, 2014
Don't Feed The Animals! #2
HOLY SHIT MAN, THAT'S A RHINO!!!
September 5th, 2014
Don't Feed The Animals!
Yeah, so this is Dean McAmmond feeding deer on a snowmobile. You
may be asking what that has to do with hockey, and I'm sorry to say that I don't
have an answer for you. This isn't even from one of those weird "Be A
Player" sets that for some reason celebrate the player's lives away from
the game, but rather from a standard issue set otherwise featuring guys playing
hockey. However, someone decided that to shake things up, perhaps they could
show a couple of cards featuring players randomly feeding animals. If you're in
to that, stick around for the next exciting entry in this series...
September 4th, 2014
Another pair of airbrushing atrocities from the 89-90 set, these
cards are less about the jersey than changing the colour of the helmet.
Unfortunately, those helmets came off a little too "digital", and are
extremely reminiscent of the helmets worn in the original Tron movie. As it
happens, they actually wore hockey helmets in that movie which doesn't exactly
hurt the comparison.
September 2nd, 2014
Cup Check! #2
Once again we have an outstanding picture of a nut shot, and is
there anything in this world more entertaining, really? There is
little doubt from Kevin MacKay's expression that this one landed, either. He was
surely singing soprano after this game.