And by new, I mean old.
To be fair, the current uniforms are nice enough--a classy, modern design that mixes tradition with an edgy sort-of flair. And the re-design of the horn graphic is a superb update. I've never had a problem with the new duds since the Vikings trotted them out in 2006.
But it occurred to me yesterday--in thinking about Green Bay and Chicago duking it out in what the media dubbed a "classic" NFC North battle--those teams still wear the very same uniforms they've worn since the 1950s and 60s. And I don't see them changing anytime soon.
Maybe it's just sore feelings regarding the Vikings franchise and its recent failures over the past several seasons, but I'm beginning to attribute the current uniforms to a Vikings team lacking identity and a true leader.
I know we get to see Minnesota break out the stylish home throwbacks every once in a while, but I realize now just how beautiful those garments really are. They represent an era that defined the Vikings--one where hard-nosed grit and excellence were the order of the day.
And I want to see them return. This team was never meant to be pretty or stylish. The Minnesota Vikings are a rugged, powerful football team. Or at least, they should be. And they should look like one, too.