In this never-ending season of lists, the newest comes from Kevin Seifert on his ESPN NFC North blog, covering mascots, facilities, ugly uniforms, owners, facilities, and rivalries.
Well, I must say I agree with most of what Mr. Seifert says here, starting with the mascot and concluding with the rivalry. But we’ll take a quick look at each one.
First the mascot – This is a slam dunk for Seifert simply because it’s by default … There are no others in the division. Ragnar, the Vikings real life mascot is probably one of the league’ best known.
The Lions have a silly looking lion and not to be outdone the bears of course have … You guessed it … A bear!
And the Packers … They have no mascot.
Another category to which I agree is the best rivalry … The Packers vs. Bears. Again another slam dunk. Though even a couple of years one could have gotten away with saying the Packers vs. Vikings would have easily been tops. But that was before things heated up with the end of the season last year. With the demise of the Vikes, it looks like it might be Packers/Bears for some time to come.
I also agree with Seifert’s assessments about least intrusive owner (Ziggy Wilf), training facility (Detroit), and training camp (Green Bay).
Now for the category with which I disagree most vociferously:
Seifert said he was sickened by the Packers 1929 throwback uniforms of last year. Frankly, I loved them! The topper was the chocolate brown helmets that were just awesome. Maybe they didn’t look so good on television but for those who were at Lambeau that day, the uniforms glistened and brought back another era of dominance by the Packers.
If Seifert wanted to pick on the team with the worst throwback uniforms he should have chosen those god-awful bright orange spectacles worn by the Bears. At least you didn’t need sunglasses to look at the Packers’ throwback!