Mar 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
On Friday, the Green Bay Packers unveiled their alternate third jersey for the 2010 season at the team’s Fan Fest event. The jersey is a “re-creation” of the 1929 Packers jersey, the year the franchise won its first NFL Championship.
Purists will likely call foul on the jersey since it bears only a passing resemblance to the actual jersey the team wore that magical season, but the team was prevented from creating an exact replica and was forced to make some alterations due to the NFL’s strict regulations regarding the allowable size of the numbers.
My impressions overall? Meh. Not terrible, but certainly not great. But then again, in the interest of total transparency, I should disclose that I am a Vikings fan, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
Speaking of which, when these jerseys become available for purchase (a date has not yet been set, much to the chagrin of many-a-Packer fan, I’m sure), and if customized jerseys are available, I wonder if you will be able to get a #4 Favre jersey. Perish the thought, right Packer-backers?
Moving on (you’re welcome, Packers fans), despite the limitations imposed, Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, speaking at the unveiling Friday, is more than pleased with the results.
“We wanted to celebrate the history and tradition of the Packers.Those who remember history and follow the history of the Packers know it was a very successful era for the organization.
“Some teams use different colors, like the Bears have had an orange jersey, but for us what really makes sense is to have a historical jersey and uniform,” Murphy said. “What’s exciting about this is it’s so different. The colors are different, and I think our fans will really enjoy this.
“I think the players will really like this, especially the younger players,” Murphy said. “They probably have read and heard a little bit about our history and tradition, but to actually wear a re-creation of a uniform that our team has worn will be exciting for them. We’ll have a lot of fun with it.”
But how about an overall, completely unbiased judgment on the jersey? As I do in all matters jersey-related, I will defer to the foremost experts on the subject, UniWatch, whose motto is “The Obsessive Study Of Athletics Aesthetics.” And when they say obsessive, they are not kidding. An excerpt from their 1,088 word (!) Magnum opus on the subject:
But this is a fauxback, and I’ll give them an “A” for effort. This is an absolutely welcome change in a day and age when third jerseys are becoming either alternate colors (or exact replicas otherwise) of the team’s home jersey, or some godawful neon snot thing. It’s refreshingly simple (if not downright gorgeous) at least when viewed from behind. Even the Reebok vector isn’t too annoying. And if they only wear it once or twice a season, I think I can grow to like it for what it is: a harkback to the past.
Well put. One question remains: are the Packers intending to release a throwback foam Cheesehead to further honor the cherished moment in its franchise history? Because if they’re not, they really dropped the cheddar on that one.
Ah, who am I kidding? They wore real cheese on their heads back then. Probably Limburger.
Third Jersey Reflects Rich History Of Packers [Packers.com]
Pack To The Future [UniWatch]
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