Or, “it’s the hockey team from Hell!”
Or, as Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy offered,
Hey, remember that scene in The Dark Knight when Batman said the difference between himself and the imitation vigilantes populating Gotham City was that he “wasn’t wearing hockey pads”?
I could make headline jokes all day, but the truth of the matter is that the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League are having “Batman Night” tonight, have temporarily renamed themselves The Gotham City Crusaders and are sporting Batman-themed jerseys. I’m not the world’s leading Batman expert or anything (that title goes to my good friend Chris Sims), but I’m excited to see these in action. The only way it could be more Batman is if the Tulsa Oilers stopped in the middle of the game and spend three weeks combing their arena for Riddler trophies. Or maybe the jerseys could have nipples. Again, not a Batman expert.
On November 23, Gotham City and Tulsa citizens are invited to witness the squad of 18 crusaders as they take the ice dressed in Limited Edition Batman hockey jerseys created exclusively for this event and featuring the iconic Bat Signal. After the game, the game jerseys will be auctioned off in the ONEOK Club in the BOK Center.
In honor of this special event presented by Z-104.5 The Edge, Gotham City children 12 and under will receive free admission to the Crusaders game on November 23 at the BOK Center.
“This is a once in a lifetime chance for our fans and players to experience Tulsa hockey in a whole new light,” said Tulsa Oilers and Gotham City Crusaders General Manager Taylor Hall.
The other team should wear red hoods on the ice just to f**k with them.
Anyway, here are a few additional pics of the jerseys (from the Oilers, by way of Puck Daddy). I’d love them if they’d left off the abs. I’ll wear a $200 sweater with the Batman logo on it, but not one that looks like a bikini body shirt from Spencer’s Gifts.
They aren’t the best jerseys I’ve ever seen, but don’t forget: they could be a lot worse.