Returning to work this week was a pretty big shock to the system, so you'll all forgive me if I indulge myself and post another jersey? Yes? You will? Thanks.
European jerseys are pretty thoroughly mocked for the amount of advertising on 'em. It doesn't really bug me, though, and there are some really nice styles from over there -- Finnish jerseys tend to be really attractive, and there's a lot of good ones in the Czech Rep., as well.
But then there's Germany.
German clubs usually look like they're getting set for Fasching. It's not just the ads, but a rather strange design sense, and some ridiculous mascots.
This jersey is rather sedate by German standards -- but even so, it's got some issues.
If you were to see this jersey with virgin eyes, you'd think "ah, this is a Rothaus jersey! And their mascot is the Blonde Chicks Serving Beer! Go, Rothaus Blonde Chicks Serving Beer!"
If that were the case, they would automatically become my favorite team ever. That's a fantastic mascot. But actually, the club is EHC Freiburg, and the mascot is this troubled-looking guy. Our blonde beer-server is actually a giant advertisement, for Rothaus beer (which, perhaps, you had already guessed). Blondie even has a name, unlike the poor Poldi Kladno girl -- she's Miss Biergit. Perhaps we're seeing a bit of globalization here, in that she's Miss Biergit and not Fraulein Biergit.
The Rothaus-centric images continue on the back, where ANOTHER Rothaus ad overshadows the player's name. The player in question is Bedřich Ščerban, a Czech player since the mid-'80s -- don't know much about him, other than that he's played all over the place, won the Extraliga "Fair Play" award in 1990-91 (at least according to Eurohockey.net), is still active with SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč at an age when most hockey players are selling real estate, and also works in some capacity with Dominik Hasek's "Dominator" line ("if you aren't wearing Dominator, you aren't wearing anything at all").
All that -- and for a few glorious years, he got to wear a hockey jersey with a chick serving beer on the front. All this has had one lasting effect on me -- I really want to try Rothaus now. We can only hope that it's imported to Atlanta.
(You'll be happy to know that Miss Biergit still plays a big part in EHC Freiburg's hockey -- here's their webpage, and last season's team photo. As always, props to Tapeleg, who originated the jersey profile idea.)