I promise not to be grumpy this week. Well, not much. And I know what some of you are thinking. Here he goes again, complaining about the home shirt with the yellow streaks. Well you'd be right. I found this piece of blurb on the official website under the New Kit 09/10 section, accompanying the new home shirts:
This is the new Spurs Home Shirt for the season 2009/2010. This shirt merges traditional Spurs colours with a very modern and striking design. The white has been the main colour of Spurs kits since 1898, while yellow was worn by a multitude of Spurs hero's over the last 4 decades of the 20th century. This shirt is a true merger of the wonderful heritage of the club with a modern twist.
Merger? Modern twist? Please, do me a favour. Ok, let's translate:
This is the new Spurs Home Shirt for the season 2009/2010. Rather than keep with tradition and history we've decided to add a colour that has no place on the home shirt to create a lemon mousse tinge leaving us looking a like Leeds United. The white has been the main colour of Spurs kits since 1898, while yellow was worn by a multitude of Spurs players over the last 4 decades of the 20th century, on the away shirt because traditionally that’s the colour we wear away from home, thus making it the away shirt. We couldn't come up with anything creative so we thought we'd re-write the past.
But let's not fret.
I think it's been discussed enough now, and we all agree - the people who like it will buy it, the rest will prefer to look elsewhere (both away shirts are superior IMO).
But there's another choice.
Spurs have redeemed themselves with a sublime training top, which is far far superior to the home shirt design and would have made a perfect fit for it too. It's even got a little yellow on it, in far more inoffensive areas of the design. Would be even better without the yellow bits, but it's a training top, so it’s understandable why they've been included. Ironic that a training top actually has less yellow on it and in less prominent places than the home shirt does (damn that modern twist. I need to get me a flux capacitor and back out of the past).
Here it is:
Smart. Simplistic. Slick. Stylish. Spurs.
I'd actually consider buying this. Yes, you heard me right. It's a classy design with no need for dramatic unnecessary streaks or flashes. It's minimalistic. But it's definitively Tottenham.
And for a bit of pro-Spurs commentry here (to knock you off your seat), most of the 2009/10 training/tracksuit range are better than great. Well done to the club and Puma for that.
And that's that for now. Hopefully today and the rest of the week does not turn out to be another slow news day. Not long before the transfer window opens now...