Maybe I’ve just been a little too much out of the loop, but those Thursday night color rush uniforms caught me completely off guard. Who approved that nightmare? Beyond the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger look, it was just really offputting to me.
I appreciate innovation and moving the product forward, but I’m not entirely sure that’s the way forward. The recent uniform redesigns have been horrendous – Tampa Bay, Cleveland. I like the new jersey fabric and fit, but the colors and designs of the uniforms themselves are terrible. The digital-style disaster the Bucs are wearing is just ridiculous – they should just go back to the Swashbuckler logo and those terrifically bad uniforms. I’m not sure what’s going on with the Jaguars helmets, but it would seem the trend in the NFL is for a look based in “Blade Runner” or something.
The Patriots come out of this weekend 9-0 after a last second field goal that put them up by a point. Certainly not the game I was hoping for, but damn it was so much better being on the winning side of the Giants after two Super Bowl losses facilitated with some of the most ridiculous once-in-a-lifetime plays I – or anyone else really – have ever seen.
In the last game of the 2007 season, The Patriots barely squeaked by the Giants to complete their 16-0 season, only to see the same team hold their head under water and take away their perfect 19-0 season in the last 2 minutes. This year, they barely squeaked by the Giants go preserve their unbeaten season to go to 9-0. The chances are really good the Giants win the NFC East – if there is a Patriots/Giants matchup again this season, I don’t know that I’d be able to stand it.
On this day, however, it was wonderful seeing Eli in full on sad face – I’d say I’d love to see that sad face at the end of a Super Bowl, but that would mean that he would get to the Super Bowl.
For the Pats fan it just kept getting better, really, because on the same day he broke Brett Favre’s passing record brother Peyton was benched. Ostensibly because he was injured and in a ridiculously bad game, but it still makes for a great story line. Denver is starting to show it’s weaknesses after going undefeated, they’ve lost their last two games. In software, they’d be called “vaporware.”
Green Bay have lost their last three (starting with Denver, no less – the last game the Broncos won) and they’re in disarray as well. When you start to crash, crash hard I guess.
60 Minutes aired a piece on traumatic brain injury featuring an interview with the Commish. One of the talking points, and one that wasn’t really explored, was the fact that the league had a concussion study cancelled mid-season. The Commish made some passing comment and that was it. I would’ve expected a more thorough questioning on why they pulled the plug.
The study that Goodell points to being funded by the NFL has found CTE in almost 80% of players – no wonder the League pulled the plug back in 2009. 60 Minutes did do a nice job in talking about the evolution of the game – the forward pass being invented as a means by which to cut down on player deaths (now that’s hardcore) in the early 1900’s in response to calls to have the game banned.
Which goes back to our evolution of the game. Changes in response to a real problem are absolutely welcome; I’m not sold on the idea that the current uniforms are a problem needing to be fixed. The best parts of the game have come via true evolution, not this forced gimmickry.