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July 8, 2011 5:08 AM   Subscribe

Red Wing's defenceman Mike Commodore recently tweeted that he is considering changing his jersey number to 64. Deadspin has picked up the story, hinting at a possible grass-roots effort to get Mike to "do the right thing."
posted by ShutterBun (41 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Puck Daddy is also collecting pledges of $64 to a charity of Commodore's choice if he does it.
posted by ghharr at 5:13 AM on July 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Now he just needs a teammate named Vic.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:21 AM on July 8, 2011 [9 favorites]


People are knocking down their door to get to see their Commodore 64.
posted by inturnaround at 5:23 AM on July 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wonder how much this decision is based on his inner-geek VS. the profit potential for jersey sales for the Red Wings.
posted by Fizz at 5:24 AM on July 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


If this happens, everyone will be wondering when Pavel "Turbo" Grafx will change his number to 16.
posted by drezdn at 5:33 AM on July 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


This must happen! It is my only chance to emulate a hockey player!
posted by srboisvert at 5:35 AM on July 8, 2011 [7 favorites]


Now he just needs a teammate named Vic.

Every time someone bumped into him, he'd forget what he was doing.
posted by Mick at 5:35 AM on July 8, 2011 [12 favorites]


Seems risky. Any opposing team could render him completely inoperative with nothing more than a judicious poke.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:41 AM on July 8, 2011 [12 favorites]


I always figured the Devils could justify paying Miroslav Satan's salary in jersey sales alone.
posted by stevis23 at 5:52 AM on July 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


Ha! Thanks for the morning laugh. This needs to happen.
posted by zzazazz at 5:53 AM on July 8, 2011


Do hockey players get a cut of licensed jersey sales? He's sitting on a gold mine if they do.
posted by papercrane at 5:54 AM on July 8, 2011


Nothing beats this jersey though. God, I miss the XFL!
posted by Fizz at 5:57 AM on July 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


Another reason for him to go with 64 is to ensure he's remembered for something other than his hair and making it rain on himself (maybe nsfw).
posted by ghharr at 6:03 AM on July 8, 2011


Hope he does it-- it'd be much better even than when Steve Heinze wore #57 for Columbus.
posted by ibmcginty at 6:05 AM on July 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I suppose it's too late to retroactively remove a digit from Jim Apple's jersey #27.
posted by designbot at 6:07 AM on July 8, 2011


If nothing else, he does look like kind of a fun guy.
posted by horsemuth at 6:14 AM on July 8, 2011


Chad Ocho Cinco
posted by Flunkie at 6:27 AM on July 8, 2011


I wonder how much this decision is based on his inner-geek VS. the profit potential for jersey sales for the Red Wings.

I guess mostly responding to this, but really to the whole thread: Seriously? Is there really that much of a hockey/vintage computing crossover market?

If so.... Huh. This is a heck of a place we live in, isn't it?
posted by Naberius at 6:35 AM on July 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Do hockey players get a cut of licensed jersey sales?

Yes, I believe they do.
posted by statolith at 6:37 AM on July 8, 2011


Is there really that much of a hockey/vintage computing crossover market?

As I was about to say that every hockey fan I know, even those I wouldn't classify as a fan of vintage computing, would still think this was awesome, I realized that this is probably more about the hockey fans I know.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:45 AM on July 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is there really that much of a hockey/vintage computing crossover market?

They're two spaces in U.S. popular culture dominated overwhelmingly by white people
posted by Jon_Evil at 6:50 AM on July 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


Update: pledge drive is up to $3,456
posted by ghharr at 6:51 AM on July 8, 2011


LOAD "GOAL" ,8,1
posted by pokermonk at 6:59 AM on July 8, 2011 [11 favorites]


Do hockey players get a cut of licensed jersey sales?

If it was sold with factory-installed numbers (or maybe even "team store installed"), I would guess they do. Most jerseys are sold blank (logos, but no numbers) so I'm guessing that at best, the NHLPA gets a bit, and they pool it. But if someone buys a blank jersey, they can take it to a private shop and have the name/numbers put on, in which case the individual player would probably not get a cut.
posted by ShutterBun at 7:19 AM on July 8, 2011


Isn't that a 128 in the photograph at deadspin?
posted by Wolfdog at 7:21 AM on July 8, 2011


Now he just needs a teammate named Vic.

And to greet his female friends by saying "Sup, Amiga?"
posted by schmod at 7:23 AM on July 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Dodgers (US baseball) recently demonstrated how financial difficulties kill your sense of humor, jersey-wise.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:34 AM on July 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wolfdog: That's the 64C, the later beige model of the 64.

Bonus geek points: 22 could be construed as a Commodore homage already, as the VIC-20 had a 22-column text display. Give me a break, I was 5.
posted by hijinx at 7:38 AM on July 8, 2011


Ah, OK, I was vaguely remembering once I posted that there was a later model of the 64 with those cosmetics (but it's still hardly the most iconic picture they could have chosen).
posted by Wolfdog at 7:43 AM on July 8, 2011


Any other team than the wings and I'd buy one.
posted by cmfletcher at 8:41 AM on July 8, 2011


It's not just baseball that doesn't always have a sense of humor with fan created jerseys.
posted by norm at 9:02 AM on July 8, 2011


papercrane writes "Do hockey players get a cut of licensed jersey sales? He's sitting on a gold mine if they do."

Probably more lucrative for him in the future are signing appearance fees.
posted by Mitheral at 9:18 AM on July 8, 2011


I thought the PET was vulnerable to the poke of death, not the VIC 20?
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 9:31 AM on July 8, 2011


Are there any hockey players named Apple who could change their number to 11? (or 2. I'm honestly not sure which one I'd pick.)
posted by madcaptenor at 9:54 AM on July 8, 2011


Now I've got that jingle stuck in my head. "I adore my 64..."
posted by stinkycheese at 10:01 AM on July 8, 2011


LOAD "GOAL" ,8,1

FILE NOT FOUND
posted by Hoopo at 10:12 AM on July 8, 2011


/Mike Commodore is not known for his goal scoring prowess
posted by Hoopo at 10:13 AM on July 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is fantastic. I really hope he does the right thing!

Also, did anyone else find it weird that the commenters at Deadspin seemed totally uninterested in this bit of awesomeness and instead were discussing movie directors they hate? Maybe this gets to the point by Naberius about how extensive the hockey/vintage computing crossover market really is....
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 10:38 AM on July 8, 2011


READY.
LOAD "CROSSCHECK"

PRESS PLAY ON TAPE


Dammit!
posted by i_have_a_computer at 12:27 PM on July 8, 2011


It'd be pretty funny too if he started doing all his tweeting ELIZA-style.
posted by Hoopo at 12:48 PM on July 8, 2011


"Hi, I'm Mike Commodore. What's your problem?"

"How do you feel about 'Jersey'?"

"Does Right Thing make you happy?"

"I can't comment on 'hockey'"

"That's rude!"
posted by ShutterBun at 12:59 PM on July 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


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