Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Not Quite Ruby Slippers, but...

A few days ago, wide receiver Donald Driver posted this on his Twitter account:

The cleats themselves appear very similar to those unveiled earlier in the year with a swoosh change from white to gold:

If the "custom made" part refers to design, it would seem to be Driver's number on the inside and his name on the back of the tongue.

"Quickie" refers to the title character (and authorial avatar) in his children's book "Quickie Makes the Team" and its two sequels.

Driver's teammate Greg Jennings wore these Nike cleats in the Pro Bowl earlier this year:

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24), of the AFC, breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85), of the NFC, during the second quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl football game, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
In previous years, teams had to choose either white cleats or black for the entire team, which could then be accented in team colors (the Packers switched from white to black to inaugurate the Aaron Rodgers era). I don't know where these new team-colored cleats fit in, if the entire team will be required to wear them or if they will supplement the team's base color. We'll know soon enough.

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