Detroit Red Wings cursed by a jersey patch as skid continues

Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory, but at some point, this has to be a real curse, right? The Detroit Red Wings are winless since the Priority Waste patch was added to their jerseys.
Detroit Red Wings right wing Patrick Kane (88) waits for the puck.
Detroit Red Wings right wing Patrick Kane (88) waits for the puck. / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Who doesn't love a good conspiracy theory? Are birds real? Does the government control the weather? Are the Detroit Red Wings cursed by a jersey patch? There are many funny conspiracies out there, but lately, the Red Wings have found themselves in a spot where it feels all too real.

Since the Detroit Red Wings reached a partnership agreement with Priority Waste, adding a patch to the top right corner of the jerseys, opposite of captaincy letters, the team has gone winless. The initial reaction to the jersey patches was sour and a collective groan amongst the fanbase.

Similar to when the Red Wings added a helmet sponsor, taking out the script "Red Wings" that was used on the side of the helmets, the fanbase collectively groaned. We've all grown to tolerate it, and it's just part of the game. The jersey patches seemed a little different. Being the actual jersey, they seemed to be a slight cut into the tradition and legacy of the winged wheel sweater.

The fans agree with that sentiment and the fanbase was not thrilled. None of this takes into account what the patch has done to the Red Wings. It has cursed the team, and the results have not been good. It's got me starting to want to buy into this conspiracy theory -- because I'm running out of excuses other than this team stinks.

A Priority Waste jersey patch curses the Detroit Red Wings?

It sounds silly, and the opening to this article was satirical for good reason. It's obviously not the sole fault of a simple patch being sewn into the jerseys, but it sure makes a good scapegoat. The Red Wings have been winless in their last seven games, and it's been a rough couple of weeks.

Things are not going well for Detroit, and this all started when the patch was announced and added to the jerseys. It's quite a coincidence and has triggered a movement amongst the fanbase. "Priority sucks" chants at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday were heard; someone even made up stickers that were planted in the arena's restroom.

It's quite comical how quickly Priority waste has become the scapegoat for all these losses. The real reasons stem from being a completely different team without Dylan Larkin, being unable to play sound defense, and riding Alex Lyon into the ground night in and night out.

Losing two games to the Coyotes over this span hurts a lot, especially for a team that was recently deemed to be in the playoff hunt. But this slide makes it more of an uphill battle than a smooth ride down the stretch. The Red Wings will have to fight for every point they can muster to try and stay alive.

It does not look good compared to how it felt a few weeks ago. Is Priority Waste to blame? No, but they make a good scapegoat right now.