At Friday night’s opening of the Green Bay Packers annual Fan Fest, the team unveiled their highly-anticipated alternate throwback uniforms.
They’re totally nuts. And I love them.
But I’m easy to please. I like throwbacks – the more interesting and out there the better. The NFL’s fashion police are generally buttoned up, so it’s nice to shake things up now and then. I loved the Broncos wacky pinstriped ensemble last year and I love the Packers look this season.
Now, I don’t see eye to eye with the rest of the Total Packers team. There are plenty of critics when it comes to the NFL’s throwback trend. Many see it as a cash grab, an effort to sell even more licensed jerseys and apparel… and it is. Other critics just think that they are ugly and others just seem really uncomfortable talking about any type of clothing – as if someone will call their sexuality into question if they have a fashion-related opinion on anything.
Licensed apparel is big business in pro sports. The throwback trend is really no longer a trend. It’s here to stay. It has become a big part of the NBA and while it went a little overboard last season, it has also become a fixture in the NFL.
So, I think we should just embrace it. At least most of these alternate uniforms are true throwbacks, a look back into the history of the team. So called traditionalists should take comfort in that. I’m not a big fan of stripes and these unis are simple and minimalist. And most of these looks are fairly subdued, using classic, regal colors. Navy blue and khaki just looks classy.
What, like pro sports needs more teal and turquoise?