If you are a Lions fan who also enjoys the Star Wars or Marvel-owned Disney superhero franchises and for some reason you wish you could have a shirt with the Lions name stamped in front of your favorite heroes, you are in luck. ! According to NFL Communications, Disney and the NFL have “joined forces” with Junk Food Clothing to launch a draft clothing series. The official league version describes the product line as retro designs as follows:
“The Mickey QB” T-Shirt – Mickey Mouse strikes a quarterback pose in NFL team uniforms.
“The Avengers Throwback” T-Shirt – The 1970s comic book character art of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk accompanies the names of the NFL teams in the iconic slanted font.
NFL team names redrawn to honor the title script font Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back on two different models:
The “The Rebels Team” t-shirt features the characters Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia,
The “The Empire Team” t-shirt features the characters Darth Vader, Boba Fett and stormtroopers.
Edward Pevos of MLive explored the Fanatics store site for examples of all available items. Its story incorporates images of all the products. While the designs are all relatively docile and harmless, none of them seem to make much sense as a collaborative product. Only the Mickey QB t-shirt really has any mix of properties, with the famous cartoon mouse falling backwards while wearing a Lions uniform. The other shirts are just group photos of characters from the Disney franchise with the names of the teams in front of them.
Disney and the NFL have teamed up with Junk Food Clothing to launch a themed clothing collection. Designs include Mickey Mouse, Star Wars, and Marvel. Here are some sample designs: pic.twitter.com/gnZTHyHtiF
– Ashley Carter (@ AshleyLCarter1) April 20, 2021
What makes Darth Vader juxtaposed next to the name of a cool NFL team? Hulk and Thor? I understand money foreclosures and can respect companies trying to see what they can charge money for, but the explanation given in the NFL Communications release is funny:
“We’re always looking for ways to interact with our fans in new and unexpected ways, and this collaboration with the NFL allows us to do just that,” said Josh Silverman, Executive Vice President, Third Party Marketing, Disney Consumer Products , Games and Edition. “Fans can now celebrate their favorite teams and characters from Disney, Marvel and Star wars, and all in time for the start of the 2021 NFL season. “
Obviously there has been these mashup products offered in the past, but at least in those there was some effort to mix the themes to play the franchise with which we have partnered. For example, there was a sheet of multipurpose decals from a few years ago that I actually bought a few copies (they were low priced and on clearance, i can’t imagine why) in the Fanatics store a long time ago. In those decals, at least, they were trying to make jokes like “play like a Jedi” or “Come to the Lions side” instead of the dark side. Same contraband stuff at least try a little.
This thing though? Not really. Let’s move on to the rest of today’s notes:
- The Detroit Lions still need a wide receiver pool, and West Michigan’s D’Wayne Eskridge could be available midway through the next draft. Athletic’s Nick Baumgardner wrote an in-depth profile on Eskridge (subscription required) which caught the eye:
Wow @nickbaumgardner what a story! It illustrates a glimpse of what it took to get there, and the love and support I have always had around me. thank you for writing this amazing story https://t.co/GIe7cQZoxc
– D’Wayne Eskridge (@allaroundplays) April 22, 2021
- Our own Erik Schlitt was the guest of WNSP 105.5 ‘s Late Wednesday afternoon sports radio show The Game Plan with Dave Schultz and Stephen Root to talk about what the Lions will do in the draft. You can listen to today’s entire program in an online web player. The segment with Erik starts at 1:21:10 and is about 12 minutes long, so it’s a good chunk of draft content to consume.
- In case you are worried:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been vaccinated and will be allowed to kiss players who attend Thursday night’s draft.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2021
- Interesting note of the rule change “players can wear crazy numbers now”:
To be clear, this is a long-standing rule that is part of the league’s deal with its manufacturing partners.
– Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) April 21, 2021