Behold them in all their glory ... PURPLE PANTS!!
These are some leaked photos of the new Minnesota Vikings uniforms for 2013, the very ones we have been receiving clues for over the last month, and the ones fans have mocked up numerous times over the past several weeks. You'll see more on Thursday at the Draft Party of course, but from what we can see here, what's the verdict?
GOLD, JERRY, GOLD!
Items of interest:
- Purple pants are an official part of the uniform? Suck my balls, that's awesome. I am staunchly against monochrome NFL uniforms in all forms except white, because that's fine. So the team getting away from even that and doing classic purple on white and white on purple combo? BONER TIME!
- Matte finished helmets? Cool! The helmet looks a bit leaner, maybe a bit sleeker, but it's hard to tell in these Nokia camera photos from 2002. The horns do look like they're pushed back a bit farther on the head, which is fine, but I'd bet the design of the horn is pretty much the same. That's a good thing.
- The sleeve stripes are simple enough to work. A nice thin stripe in the middle is pretty neat looking, and on the noodle arms who wear ACTUAL sleeves (See: Christian Ponder), I'd bet the stripes will wrap all the way around, which will be awesome.
- Purple socks without stripes? Feels like a missed opportunity, but I'll allow it.
- Jagged pointy corners on the numbers? Excessive and unnecessary. Probably the worst part about the uniforms, frankly. However, in their defense, I do enjoy the solid white number sans yellow outline. Makes it look older somehow.
- Purple facemask? Should have gone grey.
- UNDECIDED: Need a better view of the pants stripe, so share 'em if you got 'em.
Overall, not bad. I mean, I'm still not going to buy them anyway, but at least I won't be so God damn embarrassed now when the team takes the field. And that is as much of a win as anything else.
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I like everything that we can see so far. Like the numbers but if they didn't have the horns, they would have been cool that way also. I like the purple pants. Hopefully they wear them for all away games and maybe a few home ones. Maybe London this year.
I just wanted two things:
1 - Normal shaped numbers. Fuck me. I dunno... teams like the Eagles and Broncos have dorky shaped numbers, and who the fuck likes either of those twat rash teams??? I really was hoping for normal numbers.
2 - White on white road uni's. Fuck me. Purple pants? Purplesaurus Rex... or ... or whatever the fuck the Barney looking thing is... wears purple pants. If I could post a picture, I would. Oh well.
Honestly, the new duds look pretty badass, even with my two MUST HAVE's getting completely sharted upon.
Love them! Its an Homage to the past with a modern flair to them. The horns on the numbers gives it a cool little touch and it also does away with the yellow outline which was just too much,addition by subtraction would be the proper term I believe. The deep purple gives the jerseys a more serious and aggressive look and the shoulder stripes are simple but effective. The matte and black face mask on the helmet is a definite win but I'm still itching to see what they have done with the horn and its base. I'm hoping that they give the base that same gold color that they used on the Vikings script along the neckline and make the horn identical to how they changed it on our logo a few months back. Simple small changes that have turned out great. Now we know who the Nike employee was talking about when he mentioned a team going retro with a modern touch awhile back.
Love em. A nice mix of old school with new school for the uniforms. Would have kept the numbers the same but other than that, they're awesome! :D
i am glad they went this route. always loved the old jersey set up with the flat purple and gold. appreciate the leak
Vikings' Tweet says lots more to come on Thursday night. I find that hard to believe. I think they're just pissed about the leak spoiling part of the draft party. I can't blame them. They almost made it to the finish line. Damn near impossible to keep something off the radar these days.
Now when it's time to wear throwback jerseys for a game, will they use the ugly modern version that was just discarded?
One picture (at least) of the new uniforms has been leaked on Twitter.(spoliers below!)
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The stripes are awesome.
The new shade of purple is a definite improvement.
There are some weird little spikes (vikings horns?) on the numbers. Jury's out.
I couldn't see the striping on the pants well enough to tell what's going on there.
@Hammy1724 I don't disagree with you, but I also bet that the uniform unveiling the Vikings do will show a white-on-white combination that, I would guess, would be used predominantly. We'll see.
The Daily Norseman has some photos in their comments section on the leak here about how the numbers only look spiky on one side, like they're trying to mimic Viking ship sails pointy ends when filled with wind, or something. I mean, I guess? I can kind of see it? But that seems silly rather than necessary. But if that subtle piece is as stupid as a modern day NFL uniform gets, I guess I'll take it.
Photo I'm referencing: http://i419.photobucket.com/albums/pp274/wingdog2000/new_zps3c554030.png
@DrewIaconis1 Word. Can't go wrong with the awesome old purple jerseys fo sho.
@DrewIaconis1 Sure there's more to come at the Draft Party release. Still want a good shot of the pant stripes to see how it all adds up for sure.
@brianschiel Arrrrrrg stooopid interwebz!
@peterandkelsey I was thinking early 2000 era. Think 41-Doughnut. Alternate white ones with Norseman on sleeve and LSU stripes over the shoulder.
@jakewp11 Reports are that it's purple, but we'll see.
@peterandkelsey I said this on twitter earlier, but it's such a drastic improvement over the old jerseys that I can overlook the little things like the oddity of the numbers. The new color and matte helmets are fantastic. I'm looking forward to getting a better look at the pants and side of the helmet on Thursday.
Ha Ha! I thought I was posting this in the Marcus Sherels article. I guess the spoiler alert was unnecessary.
@PJD Oh.. and speaking of stupid, modern NFL Unis... how about those cloth abortions in Jacksonville!!!! BAAAAHAHAHAHA!! How do they get a GREAT logo redesign and then piss all over it with a faded paint job on the helmet?? Worst thing in helmets in years.
@Qommie I absolutely agree. I may have understated that I'm almost entirely THRILLED with the new uniforms. They're waywayway better than the previous ones. There are lots of things to love.I am excited to see the rest, too. I was hoping you'd say something about seeing the "pants and the horn" so I could make a joke about wanting to see the horn in my pants, but oh well.
@peterandkelsey Hey, some people go straight to the comments, so you can never be too safe! #NotTrue
@Hammy1724 Awful. Uni Watch had some comment about how when they were unveiling the uniforms/helmets, the Nike guy kept talking about how they used black because Jaguars stalk from the shadows, or some lazy shit like that.
That sounds cool and all, until they realize the Jaguar decal on the helmet is actually moving from the bright color (sun? day time? light?) on the back of the helmet INTO the black (shadows?) of the front, so ... Like the complete opposite of what they were trying to go for. Morons.