I’m a simple guy. I like to ride my bike, I like to run. I drive a Camry. I wear a T-shirt and jeans pretty much every day. And at the end of those days, I like to sit down and tune into the Ocho for some fencing.
I like the simplicity of the sport — don’t get stabbed — as well as its ancient roots. And I kinda dig the fact that everyone wears white. You see a dude dressed in white with a mask and a funny sword and you instantly think: FENCER.
Now, I’m not a prude — I realize some sports need to be subsidized. But Adidas, you’ve gone too far. You put your damn three stripes on everything as a “design element,” making even Nike’s small-by-comparison swoosh seem tame. Well I cry BS, Fritz. If I remembered anything other than random phrases from freshman German class (Wohen geht Paul? — Where’s Paul going?), I’d express my feelings in your native tongue.
Yes, I do see the swoosh on the U.S. fencer, but it’s pretty subtle compared to Valentin Marmillod’s getup. And that Adidas thing has been percolating for a while. Anyway, I feel better now. — Bryan