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Philadelphia Flyers Almost Had Worst Jersey of All Time

“Wake up Philadelphia and let me hear you sing….The Orange, Black and Teal. The Orange Black and…wait…Teal?”

Soooooo, the Philadelphia Flyers will unveil a third jersey sometime in the near future. And that got Icethetics thinking of that one time the Flyers were adding another jersey and it was going to be orange, black and TEAL and it would have been the worst thing ever and people would have cried and burned down the CoreStates Center (because old bank names for stadiums) and…and…oh man.

Worst. Dream. Ever.

The San Jose Sharks were big on teal. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim had that super duck  “Wild Wing” logo with all teal and disastrous results.

The Sharks still have teal, but they use black as their home jerseys and teal as more of an accent. The Ducks don’t even have teal anymore.

In 1995, Ken Loh of the Mednick Group, the guy who created the Burger King design for the Los Angeles Kings, as well as the New England Patriots “Elvis” logo we know of today, was given the opportunity to design a jersey for the Philadelphia Flyers. From Icethetics, here’s a piece of Loh’s take on adding teal to the color palate:

I don’t really remember any specifics around the use of teal, but as I noted, we were encouraged to experiment with “bold” statements so I imagine that was part of where that came from.

Luckily for our eyes, the Flyers brass turned down the project. A couple years later, they introduced the black jersey for the first time in franchise history. This decision proved to be the right choice, because not only would the Flyers look absolutely terrible, fans eyes would burn or be gouged out.
The Flyers will unveil a third jersey in the coming weeks. Hopefully this doesn’t trigger thememory.
“Hey Ed, remember that time we almost used teal? Let’s actually do it.”

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