Halle-freakin’-lujah: As had been hinted at, the Patriots wore “silver” pants (although let’s be real and just call them grey) for last night’s game against the Bears, and it looked great. You can see lots of additional photos here.
A few notes:
- This was the first time the Pats wore grey pants since their loss to the Titans in a Wild Card playoff game on Jan. 4, 2020. Three and a half months later, they unveiled a new uni set, which included only one pant color — blue.
- Despite that, the grey pants have never been far from any discussion about the Pats’ uniforms. Shortly after the unveiling, I broke the story that the new uni set was originally supposed to include grey pants, but they were later dropped from the set. More recently, TruColor’s Donovan Moore reported that the the NFL Style Guide was showing grey pants as an option for the Pats in this season’s style guide. So I was pretty sure we’d see the greys on the field at some point this season — I just didn’t know when it would happen.
- It’s worth noting that these grey pants are a bit different than the ones from the Tom Brady era. The Brady greys had thick navy striping down the sides, flanked by two narrow red stripes, all of which was supposed to match up with the jersey’s side panel. Since the new jersey doesn’t have side panels (thankfully), the new pants have slightly different striping that mimics the jersey’s UCLA stripes:
It’s not clear, at least to me, if this was intended to be a one-off thing or if the Pats will keep wearing the grey pants. Either way, getting even a one-game respite from the awful blue-over-blue look feels like a gift, so let’s savor it while we can, even if it’s just for one game.
Or at least that’s how it feels to me. Is there anyone out there who prefers the blue/blue look and would like to make the case for it?
Meanwhile: I’m a huge fan of the Bears’ striped socks, but it’s depressing to see how they’re being worn these days (not that this is a new development, but I really fixated on it during last night’s game). On the plus side, there are still some players wearing the socks the way they’re designed to be worn, with the stripes at mid-calf. But a distressing number of players wore the stripes down at their ankles, often because they were wearing white tights with crew-level socks:
Then there was defensive back Kyler Gordon, who was overcompensating for his lower-striped teammates:
Also: Let’s look again at one of the low-stripe guys — defensive lineman Robert Quinn. He’s one of the few NFL players who doesn’t wear gloves, and check out the unusual tape job on his fingertips:
I’ve seen lots of guys with tape lower down on their fingers, but never on the tips like that. Although Quinn has been playing bare-handed for a while now, the tape job appears to be a new thing for him. Not sure if it’s functional or aesthetic. Anyone have any insights?