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Holiday Sweater
Sharks' annual Christmas video is one to remember
12/14/14 - By Paul Krill -

OK. I admit it. I can't get that silly tune from the Sharks' annual Christmas video, this one focused around garish "holiday" sweaters, out of my head. (I'd have preferred they be called Christmas sweaters, but that's an issue for another day.)

Even my 10-year-old daughter has played the video several times on our iPad. Usually, these Sharks Christmas videos get an amusing view once or twice and that's it. But this one has staying power. Just do a search on Google and you'll find bits like "The Sharks holiday sweater rap will ruin your day," on Or, "The San Jose Sharks' holiday-sweater rap video will make you cringe," on It also has warranted a mention in the San Jose Mercury News and elsewhere. Clearly the video, so bad that it's good, has touched a nerve.

What's clever is the video features mostly non-stars. No Logan Couture, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau or Joe Pavelski. Instead, it's guys like John Scott, Matt Nieto, Chris Tierney, and the since-traded Jason Demers. Guys that even I might not recognize if they were standing behind me on line at Target.

Both goalies - Alex Stalock and Antti Niemi - appear in the video, along with Tomas Hertl, whose identity is mostly concealed by the sunglasses he is wearing. Broadcasters Dan Rusanowsky and Randy Hahn are in it, too. There's even a Ferris Bueller-like ending post-credits. So stick around for that.

When I first heard this video, I was walking up the stairs to my seats last Thursday and, with the "Holiday Sweater" chorus playing, I thought it sounded like Frank Zappa. For those unfamiliar with the late Frank Zappa, he would write a lot of joke songs, played by the greatest musicians in the world. It was an amusing combination.

Anyway, it is good to see the Sharks players having fun doing this rap video. It shows that while some fans, like myself, might still be sore from last season's playoff debacle, life goes on and the players are moving forward. The release of this video, coinciding with the Sharks' winning lots of games lately, makes it even better. The kind of good cheer shown in this video, along with scoring more goals than opponents, bodes well for the Sharks in 2015.

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