From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The Vikings are changing quarterbacks and uniforms for the 2006 season. On the day they traded Daunte Culpepper to Miami, several other players were in the New York City area for fittings of a new uniform the team is having designed.
New starting quarterback Brad Johnson, tight end Jermaine Wiggins and cornerback Antoine Winfield were among the players who made the trip. Steve LaCroix, vice president of sales and marketing, confirmed that the team is redesigning its uniform but would neither reveal details nor comment on a report that the design includes purple pants(!) to be worn at home with purple jerseys.
"We are working with the NFL and Reebok on some exciting changes for the 2006 season," LaCroix said. "The process is continuing and we hope to have an unveiling to our fans later in the offseason."
Although the Vikings generally have had the same uniform design throughout their 46-year history, several tweaks have been made over time. The most recent was adding a Norseman to the sleeves in the late 1990s, LaCroix said.
NFL rules allow uniform changes once every five years. They also allow a team to use a third, alternate jersey for two regular-season games, but it appears the Vikings plan a more substantial change.
I'm already dreading these new uniforms. It seems like at least half of the teams in the NFL have made a uniform change over the past few years and most of them have been absolutely hideous. The Bengals, Cardinals, Seahawks, and Rams all had sweet uniforms a few years ago. Not any longer.
I can't imagine why the Vikings would want to change the best uniforms in all of sports. Well, actually I can ($$$) but I still don't like it. Of course the main reason behind this is simply to sell more jerseys. Zygi Wilf does not care about throwing 46 years of tradition in the toilet to make a few bucks. However, as I have already proven elsewhere, it is true that a uniform change adds 3 to 4 wins the next season and is almost guaranteed to put you in the Super Bowl within five years. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. You can't pour old wine into new wineskins. If they mess with the horn I'm gonna be leading an angry mob with torches and pitchforks to Winter Park to lynch Zygi.
The new uniforms haven't been unveiled yet, but most likely will be by draft day in April because teams like to put a uniform on their draft pick right away. If they're as bad as the new Bengals or Seahawks uniforms then watch for me on the six o'clock news with my torch and pitchfork. If they get those stupid 3D numbers like the Dolphins and 49ers then I'm moving to Canada.
Here's a fearful glimpse of what the future may hold: