New York Times Trend Piece Tackles the Vital Role of Wristbands in the NFL

ozo_wristbands.jpgScout’s honor, we’re trying to believe in newspapers. But wow, sometimes they make it hard. Case in point, today’s The New York Times in-depth trend piece about how players in the National Football League are wearing wristbands… on their forearms.

Some football players, like Jets defensive end David Bowens, pull fat 2-inch wristbands up into the crook of the elbows. Some, like Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson, use scissors to cut a skinny edge from the elastic band for a thin strand. Some even use sliced old socks, swatches of stretchy material or athletic tape to create the wrap-around look.

Some wear the bands at the elbow. Some wear them across the middle of the biceps. Some, like Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery, wear them over the top of a long-sleeved shirt.

They paid someone to write this? Did NYT forget to tell us it was combining the Sports and Styles section?

But don’t worry, there’s more. 895 words more, to be exact.

Wristbands, like their stretchy ringed cousin, the headband, have long performed dual (if not dueling) roles of form and function for athletes. Depending on the sport, the era and the hipness of the wearer, they have not always been worn to good reviews

This article performs the dual role of being vapid and sucking.

[Giants tight end Kevin Boss] looked over at tight end Michael Matthews, who was wearing wristbands, too.

“I always make fun of Mike for wearing them on his wrist,” Boss said. “That’s old school.”

Just like newspapers.