Sunday, November 11, 2012

OFF-TOPIC

This has nothing to do with vestments or Christian worship.  It is, however, a cautionary tale about what can happen when one loses all sense of aesthetic restraint.

Can any of you identify this picture?  Is it the official T-shirt of some jazz festival?  Is it something someone purchased at a particularly tacky New Orleans souvenir shop?  Is it the sort of prize you won at some school music competition, took home and which never saw the light of day again until your mom threw it out?

No.  Believe it or not, that was going to be a uniform worn by a major-league sports team

The occasion for this escapes me but in 1996, several National Hockey League teams were going to wear alternate jerseys for one or a few games.  Five of them did; one did not.

For reasons known only to the God who created heaven and Earth and who rules us all, somebody actually thought that my team, the St. Louis Blues, should have taken the ice in those things.  And they would have too, except for the fact that Mike Keenan, the coach at the time, refused to allow his players to compete wearing anything so idiotic.

Let all those who design liturgical vestments and all other forms of church decoration profit by this example.

Of course, what's really sad is that if the Blues ever did wear those things in a couple of games and then decided to sell them, they would be gone inside of a week.

6 comments:

Tina aka Snupnjake said...

Until you said these were from 1996, I was going to suggest that's why they aren't playing hockey now. I'd have struck over those...

Matthew said...

Yeah that's pretty much considered to be the worst hockey jersey ever. The Kings and the Ducks tried something similar, with similar popular acclaim...

And as for the proximity to lockouts and labour disputes, my guess is that it may have had something to do with the league's attempt to revive credibility and popular support after the lockout in 1994-1995. So you aren't wrong in wondering if the failure of these attempts to "jazz up" the NHL, especially in non-traditional markets such as southern California, Arizona and Florida has contributed in part to the problems going on in the NHL today.

Hmm. This sounds eerily like failed attempts to make the Church more "aesthetically relevant" to the culture, which on the one hand is a critical aspect of evangelization, on the other hand can result in a capitulation to cultural and societal norms and subsequently become very out of touch when our transient culture moves on from these norms. Better to uphold the aesthetic identity of the Church, even as this can change in some contexts.

Pastor Walter Snyder said...

"Let's go, Blues!" If they were slated to wear these this year, I'd encourage the lockout to continue.

Keisha said...

It's the St. Louis Blues. Hence the musical instruments, for blues music.

Ranting Catholic Mom said...

Thank you so much for this compilation of bad design. A student in my public speaking class couldn't come up with anything controversial from his major to write a persuasive speech about. I should him some of the church buildings on your pages. He actually liked them! He's now writing in praise of the glass box style. Oh, well. I tried.

Austen Wilson said...

Can we please eliminate the word relevant from the church's vocabulary? Relevant is a subjective word. The Gospel is not subjective. IMHO, Instead of teaching relevance, the church needs to teach reverence! Btw, I'm a huge fan of this site!