Multiple Broncos players had a new twist for the vertically-striped socks on their throwback uniforms.
They twisted them.
The maneuver, performed most noticeably by receiver Jabar Gaffney, might have induced nausea if the color scheme of the uniforms hadn’t already done the trick.
Many of you have asked whether the players who did it will be fined, so we asked NFL spokesman Greg Aiello whether the barber-pole effect is a violation of league rules.
“It will be a close shave,” Aiello said. (Well played, Aiello. Well played.)
Aiello then added, only a bit more seriously, that the players will not be fined unless it can be definitively proven that the Broncos never twisted their socks when wearing the uniforms in question.
Bottom line? The league probably wasn’t thrilled with the maneuver, but even the Park Avenue fashion police surely realize that there’s a limit to the public’s tolerance of fining players for their efforts to inject a hint of individuality or creativity into the game.
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