Granted, nobody expected much from the first on-field look at the Vikings’ new uniforms. But still, could those side panels and pants “stripes” possibly look any worse? To fully appreciate the new design’s visual chaos, check out these two photos: Here’s a group shot of the Raiders — clean, basic, classy. And here’s a group action shot of the Vikings, which could practically induce motion sickness.
And here’s a trashy little detail you might not have noticed: In an apparent NFL first, it looks like the Vikes’ new unis have mesh nameplates. (Kudos to Todd Davis for pointing this out.)
The good news is that the Vikings already play in a dome, so they’re well positioned for what now looks like their inevitable move to the Arena League.
Tab Hunter: Yesterday’s note about the Oakley “O” logo appearing on NCAA visor tabs but not in the NFL prompted an interesting communiquÃ© from Dustin Pomprowitz: “I used to intern for a team in arenafootball2, and when I had free time I assisted the equipment manager with pregame tasks. We used to use trimmings from spare helmet-stripe decals to cover the Oakley logo so it looked like a solid-colored, brandless tab. We did this either because the equipment manager didn’t like seeing them in the first place, or else that’s what he learned when working in the NFL.”
Meanwhile, it looks like the Oakley logo will have some visor-tab competition in the NCAA this season. Players at Auburn — which is now being outfitted by Under Armour — are now sporting “UA” visor tabs, and Greg McMillin notes that several Ole Miss players now have Nike visor tabs. Given that Tab has recently been rebranded as an energy drink, it’s probably only a matter of time before someone comes up with Tab visor tabs.
Research Request: If anyone has a DVD or VHS of the 1974 World Series (I’m particularly interested in Game 3, bottom of the 1st), please get in touch asap.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yet another high-cuffs outing from Pedro Martinez last night, but still no sign of the cancelled check. Looks like he doesn’t want our money. … Speaking of Pedro, although he left last night’s game with a right calf strain, he appears to have been wearing some sort of pad or shinguard on his left leg, as you can see here. … Yesterday was NASA Night in Houston, so the Astros wore special caps (further details here and here). Interestingly, the caps did not have the MLB logo on the back. … Reggie Bush has been fined for wearing Adidas cleats in the Saints’ first preseason game. … Latest player to have his undershirt tag sticking out: Salomon Torres (good catch by Chris Hilf). … According to this Q&A column, the Cubs will restore names to the backs of jerseys next season (with thanks to Chris Thomakos).