The Los Angeles Rams have the right idea. They’re just approaching it wrong.
The team announced that they will be eliminating gold from their white pants and will introduce those new pants in a fan vote. Much like last season, they will go with the white jersey and white pants look at home for all of the 2017 season. In addition to this change, the Rams announced that they are eliminating the gold horns and replacing it with white horns. Fans can choose which face mask will be used.
With these changes, the Rams are evoking memories of their white and blue look from their first years in Los Angeles. I am for this change and I cannot wait for them to full adopt the design. However, due to NFL rules, teams cannot make any major changes to their jerseys unless five years have passed.
I am so glad this is over. This clogged up my timeline like no other this past week. (And I am an A’s fan and I am an Eric Sogard fan.)
MLB, with MLB Network, held a contest where fans on Twitter can send tweets with the hashtag #FaceofMLB and the selected player’s name to be counted as vote for the Face of MLB contest. The final was between #DavidWright and #EricSogard.
But what exactly is the Face of MLB contest and what is the prize? It’s a contest to see who is the Face of MLB. What does that mean? Nothing. It’s a fictional prize that has no merit and it really is a filler space for the offseason to distract baseball fans and get them interacting and uniting for a value-less prize. It’s more of a contest to see which fanbase is more active on Twitter.
Essentially, it’s a pointless Internet popularity contest. A popularity contest. The silly stuff people have in high school.
People are upset over the results of an Internet popularity contest.
It’s smart marketing in terms of interaction with fans, but it is just filler. The contest means nothing. No charity money gets raised, no real tangible prizes are given away. It’s basically just empty sugar.
So when Eric Sogard, an unlikely favorite, lost to David Wright this morning following a late surge, A’s fans called out MLB for tainting the voting process for an award that holds no meaning.
I do not like this look.
Remember when the Cardinals let their fans vote on their road cap? Despite what appeared to be a clear majority vote for the blue caps, there was some controversy about it and fans wondered if the Cardinals lied about the results.
According to Paul Lukas of Uni Watch, we have some clarification on it.
Finally heard back from Cards president Bill DeWitt III regarding the team’s road caps: “The fan voting was for only two days. We just wanted to get a sense of how fans feel about the road caps (red or blue). We will continue to wear red on the road for a little while, so fans have a good point of reference for both. Then we will decide on how to rotate the blue into the mix. Wearing blue against red teams is still an option.” In other words, this is still a bit of a mess.
Voting has already begun. Click to enlarge.
During the offseason, it was expected that the Cardinals would make their red cap their full-time look for their home and road games. Instead they confirmed that the navy caps were still going to be used.
Now the team will let the fans decide when those caps will be worn. They’ve set up a poll on their site to let the fans decide which combination will be used.
By the looks of it (as you can see by the screen shot I took several minutes ago) the original look they’ve had for years appears to be staying. But who knows what the fans will decide on.