Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Rest Of The Worst

Just wanted to point out that you can now see Part Two of the NHLToL Quest For The Worst video at the top of the page.

That's right, it's going to be the biggest tournament yet with 32 logos involved! I hope to have the bracket up along with the first poll by Friday or Saturday at the latest (sorry, it's a lot to organize).

A quick note about how I came to use these 32 logos in the tournament just so everyone's clear. Basically, I scoured through all of the comments left in the nomination post from back on December 21. I tallied up every nomination and developed a pool based on which logos got the most nominations.

I didn't choose the logos myself. I really wanted to make this a very democratic process. You guys are going to be voting, so it was up to you to decide which logos would be involved in the first place.

As far as how the bracket will be set up, just know that this one will not be random. I went through and meticulously matched up logos for this first round in a way that just felt natural. At its core is similarity. For instance, the two stink-in-rink Canucks logos are paired up in Round One. You'll see the rest of the match-ups when I post the bracket. Then you'll start voting on which logo is the worst!

Meantime, if you have any questions, I will absolutely answer them. Leave them in the comments area and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

By the way, you can still see the original video by clicking here.

UPDATE (1/10 2:26 AM): There was a very good question posed in the comments that I wanted to answer here.

I dont get it, the Canucks' stick in the rink is in the worst logo pool, yet it finished 2nd in the last tournament.

In fact, the stick-in-rink logo used now is very different from the one used in the 1970s. (Look at them side-by-side if you don't believe me.) Part of the criteria for logos in this tournament was that they could not have made it past the first round of any previous tournament they had already been a part of. Otherwise that would've meant there was at least one logo you guys thought it was better than — obviously meaning it wasn't the worst. (Did you follow that?)

The 1970s stick logo lost to the Whalers in the first round of the Vintage Tournament if you recall.

Initially, my plan was to make this tournament out of all the logos that were defeated in the first round of the previous tournaments. But ultimately I opted against that to let you guys make nominations.

By the way, I don't think this question was asked yet, but in case it comes up, I thought I'd address it. The Mighty Ducks third jersey and the Canucks' yellow V jersey both have pseudo-logos featured in this tournament. While these may not entirely be considered logos in the general sense, I made them part of the competition because of the large number of nominations they earned.

Hope that explains everything. Again, feel free to ask questions if you've got them.