Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Taking the Replacements Too Literally

It's too bad I used the riff on "Beer for Breakfast" the other day. I woke up this morning with a horribly dry mouth, rolled over, got the half-filled glass of water from my nightstand, and took a big swig only to find out that it wasn't last night's water but the remnants of last night's beer. Ggggggggacccccck. I love beer but the last thing I wanted at 7:30 a.m. was stale Longhammer IPA. It took considerable work to get that taste out of my mouth.

The Avalanche are on to round two against the official team of evil, so it's time for another jersey. The Ales Pisa jersey brought good luck to the world once, so it goes back up, as does my newest acquisition:

There's only two jerseys in my collection that aren't from Czech or Slovak players -- the previously-mentioned Polish Olympic jersey and this one. I try to limit it to the Czechs and Slovaks to keep the hobby at a low level of insanity, but I've never seen a Ukrainian league jersey come available, and so when I saw this one I had to get it. Had to. It was only $29 off eBay, and I bet I could resell it for at least, say, $40 -- so it's a fantastic investment.

It's a Sokol Kiev jersey from (I think) the early '00s. It belongs to a player named Ramil Yuldashev, who had two stints with Sokol; the first from the mid-80s to 1991, the second from 2000-02. A few hints (the reference to Ukraine on the front, the advertising) tends to indicate that this was post-Soviet breakup.

Yuldashev seems to have had an interesting career, going (just by my count) from the USSR to Switzerland to Russia to France to Italy to Austria to Ukraine to Spain. For all I know he's still out there, playing in some even more obscure league in Australia or Moldova or Turkey.

A "Sokol" is a sports/athletic club term that pops up a lot around the Slavic world; it originated (I'm pretty sure) in Czech areas, so you could argue that makes it fit into my Czech category. It's a stretch, though. Oddly, I can't think of any Czech or Slovak teams that use the "Sokol" name.

I'm gonna trust that this says "Yuldashev" -- if it says "replica" or "Gretzky" or something I'll feel really stupid.

The team logo ("sokol" is Czech for falcon -- I wonder if they have differences over how you pronounce it), with one curiosity: the eye of the fahl-con looks a bit like a slightly altered hammer and sickle, making me wonder if it was changed from Communist days. But other versions of the logo I can find look less hammer and sickle-y, and a couple Soviet-era jerseys that I found didn't even use the falcon, so maybe I'm just imagining things.

More jerseys to come, maybe, if the Avalanche make it on to the third round! Or even if they don't. I've got a billion of these things.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh no, that jersey actually says 'mu shu pork'!

No, it does actually say Yuldashev. Lucky you.