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D'Aundre Reed models the new 'Leisure Suit Larry' look the Vikings are sporting with the road uniforms
D'Aundre Reed models the new 'Leisure Suit Larry' look the Vikings are sporting with the road uniforms

Lost in the hullabaloo of football actually being played again was the tweak in the Vikings road uniform. Maybe I missed it, maybe it was mentioned early in the game thread, so if I'm late to this party, my apologies.

Let me just say I'm not a fan of the leisure suit collar look. It could also be mistaken for the old neck collar that linebackers used to wear in the 1970's. Either way, I didn't like it.

I didn't even notice it until the cameras cut to the Vikings sideline in the second quarter, and there was a shot of Chad Greenway shooting the breeze with somebody. It was a quick shot, and his jersey was on but his shoulder pads were off. At first I thought he had some kind of jacket on, then I thought he was wearing some kind of Polo shirt underneath his jersey. And I thought "man, that's stupid, why would he do that?"

And then they cut to the field, and I noticed that everyone had them, and it's terrible. And then I couldn't take my eyes off of it, much like the hideous mole that was on the principal in Uncle Buck.

When the Vikings got their new uniforms in 2006, I wasn't thrilled with them, but I really, really liked the purple pants for the road uniforms. But few others did, including the Vikings themselves They're rarely worn those pants, and with each passing 'throwback' weekend, I become more and more convinced that the Vikings need to go back to the old uniforms. They are a timeless classic, and the purple and gold stripe down the leg was the best in the NFL.

Unless, of course, the Vikings add bell bottoms and platform cleats to the new ones. I'd be totally down with that.