Ugly sweaters have gone from being an embarrassing pastime to a comedic new tradition, reclaiming its embarrassing properties and putting them to hilarious use. They may be on the verge of jumping the shark, however, thanks to a major sports league getting in on the act.
The NHL has produced twelve licensed “Ugly Sweaters” with designs based on the Original 6 NHL teams: The Chicago Blackhawks, The New York Rangers, The Detroit Red Wings, The Boston Bruins, The Philadelphia Flyers, and The Pittsburgh Penguins. Each team rocks two designs, one with the team name and one with the team logo. They are a wonder to behold and carefully walk the line between facetious and sincere and it looks like the Blackhawks and Red Wings seem to come closest to getting off the hook.
The certainly look like the sort of thing your uncle may have worn completely un-ironically twenty years ago, and now you can surprise him with a totally ironic take on what he thought was cool back then. You’d be hard-pressed to display any sort of actual pride while wearing any one of these, so forget team pride, and let us know in the comments section below which one you think is the funniest, best, most embarrassing.