In the year 2020, it should come as no surprise that the vote was close and nearly split down the middle. There was very little in the middle, but instead, Pittsburgh Penguins fans loved the reverse retro block lettered sweaters, or they were on Team “Hard Pass”.
Fortunately, for the Penguins marketing department, the Yays did outweigh the Nays.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now conducted a pair of highly unscientific but public polls, on our website and on Twitter after the jerseys debuted on Monday. There isn’t an official margin of error, and we promise there was no thought given to Republican, Democrat, or Independent sample sizes.
Almost 500 fans registered their vote on the website, including me. Without social media pressure to be negative or complain, the jerseys got a favorable reception. It’s not bad to get 57%. But, a different ratio emerged when we added the “Meh” option:
What do you think of the expected Penguins reverse retro jerseys?
— Pittsburgh Hockey Now (@pghhockeyNOW) November 15, 2020
The white sweaters with the yellow block letters which spell “Pittsburgh” are the reverse of the Penguins home sweaters from 1992-93 to 1997-98.
The overwhelming comment from those in the Nah or Meh category was, “We wanted the original black with fold lettered jerseys!”
Of course, those original black with golden letters was immortalized by Snoop Dogg in his 1996 video “Gin and Juice.” While the Penguins haven’t yet delivered on…