For haters trashing Nashville Predators Stadium Series jersey, isn't it ugly sweater season? | Skrbina

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Nashville Predators sweater that will be worn for outdoor Stadium Series game at Nissan Stadium on February 26, 2022.
Nashville Predators sweater that will be worn for outdoor Stadium Series game at Nissan Stadium on February 26, 2022.

A bunch of people got their shorts in a bunch over a shirt.

One could say the response on social media to the Nashville Predators' outdoor Stadium Series sweater reveal Thursday was reaction packed.

More than 6,000 people "liked" the team's post on Instagram, which introduced the navy blue and gold sweater the team will wear at Nissan Stadium on Feb. 26 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Then came the comments, which suggested not many liked the design at all. At least most of those who chose to respond to the post.

"Y'a'll should try again," one person wrote.

"Thanks, I hate it," said another.

"These are so bad," read another, adding a thumbs-down emoji.

Adjectives such as "abysmal," "trash," and other, not-fit-for-print words and emojis were used to describe the design, which the team said "highlights Nashville's music roots and rich history."

The sweater, designed by Adidas, features the word "Smashville" across the front. A guitar pick with the state's three stars logo is embroidered over the stacked word. The typography, the team said, was inspired by letterpress movie posters.

A fashion faux pas? Perhaps. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. For one, new sweaters are part of the fun of these outdoor games. And who doesn't like an ugly sweater?

Apparently the hundreds of people who signed an online petition on change.org titled "Change the Nashville Predators Stadium Series jerseys," calling for the team to, well, change the sweater design don't.

Such a notion and petition is both amusing and alarming, but mostly amusing.

Look, I don't love the "Smashville" slogan on the sweaters, or the font, or the look as a whole. At least not as much as Predators captain Roman Josi, who professed his "love" for the sweater.

But I have a feeling it will grow on its haters.

The Predators aren't alone in the world of wardrobe disapproval in social media circles. The New Jersey Devils' "Jersey" jerseys were unveiled Nov. 23 to much the same response as Nashville's reveal.

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People will complain about them. Many more people probably will buy them. A lot of people will be wearing them at the first outdoor NHL game in Nashville history.

No, these aren't as sleek as the team's Winter Classic sweaters from Jan. 1, 2020, which paid tribute to the Dixie Flyers and were worn several more times during the season.

Many people got their shorts in a bunch about those shirts, too.

Reach Paul Skrbina at pskrbina@tennessean.com and follow him on Twitter @PaulSkrbina.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Nashville Predators jersey for Stadium Series trashed as ugly sweater

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