It’s been almost 48 hours since my first look at the new New England home top, I’ve seen the full kit, and I’ve had some time to think about it…and here’s what I think!
I think it’s a step in the wrong direction.
I’m not saying it’s bad- it’s perfectly fine. The socks and shorts are completely inoffensive (though the changing of the stripes on the shorts from red to blue does make the kit a bit more “one note”) and the shirt is…the shirt is fine too, but it is also the problem. Allow me to use an example from my childhood to illustrate the problem.
When I was a child my mother used to make a dish that was basically boneless, skinless chicken breasts covered with a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup and baked in the oven. I hate mushrooms- hate them. This is a fact that I would point out every time my mother made this dish for dinner. Her response, every time was, “Well, you can’t even taste them.” My response, every time, was, “Then why are they in there?” The new shirt is that dish my mom used to make and the stripes are the mushrooms.
Do the stripes make this shirt any better, “can you even taste them?” They do not and you cannot, so, “Why are they in there?” It would be one thing if they represented something, i.e., “The two blue stripes represent the lakes and rivers of New England…” but to the best of my knowledge, they do not. I would even be okay with them if they were simply a design element that was continued through the rest of the kit, but they are not. They’re just there, like a squishy mushroom on an otherwise delicious piece of chicken.
So, it’s not quite a “dud,” but it is the most disappointing kit since the adoption of the “new look” home kits in 2014 and away kits a season later.