Good morning, and happy post-Thanksgiving! Hope everyone had a good holiday yesterday. Or if you had a difficult holiday (I know that’s the case for some folks), I hope you’re relieved that it’s over and done with.
Yes, I’m aware that the site still has its Thanksgiving colors this morning. Web developer John Ekdahl will change us back to the usual colors when he wakes up.
Now then: Really enjoyed seeing those Cowboys throwbacks yesterday (lots of additional photos here). It was their first time wearing this uniform in 10 years (almost to the day!), thanks to the lifting of the one-shell rule this season.
Of course, one big difference from 10 years ago is that the socks are now much less uniform, as seen in this shot of three Dallas players wearing three different hosiery styles:
Earlier in the day, the Lions somehow decided that a major holiday was a good time to wear the league’s worst uniform. Woof!
Fortunately, I was busy with my family when that game was played and didn’t have to see any of it.
The final game of the day was in Minnesota, where the Vikings wore their purple bodysuits — ugh:
Also: As part of a new Thanksgiving initiative that will become an annual thing going forward, all teams yesterday wore a John Madden commemorative rear-helmet decal.
It’s a nice idea to salute Madden, but I’m hoping they come up with a different decal design next year, because this one didn’t work. For starters, it needed more contrast and a dark border, but the bigger issue is that photo-based image (as opposed to a logo or typography, or even a graphic illustration) has no chance of looking good when it’s reduced to such a tiny size. It looked like a brown smudge on TV, even during close-ups. (Also, wouldn’t a Madden turducken be more appropriate than an image of Madden himself?)
In addition, it was widely reported that a new logo featuring Madden’s signature would appear on all three fields yesterday. It did indeed appear on the field in Detroit:
And it was also on the field in Minnesota:
But in Dallas, the logo appeared on the sidelines, not on the field itself:
Meanwhile, here’s a thought: If the league was planning to honor Madden yesterday, wouldn’t it have been nice if they’d scheduled the Raiders to play?