Subscriber Account active since. Perhaps you've also heard that "cold" is an understatement. In weather like that, the beer in the stands can freeze before it's consumed. In weather like that, your hands go numb, your chest tightens, and just breathing the air can cause a burning sensation. It's just not weather designed for human beings. And, yet, they will play football in this weather, because the NFL doesn't cancel games that are too cold. And crazier still, many of the people playing in today's game will be out there in short sleeves, thin spandex pants, a jock strap, some pads, a t-shirt, a helmet, socks, shoes, and nothing else.
Confessions of a Minor-League Jockstrap Washer
There are forty players milling around a locker room meant for thirty. Framing his mouth is a fu-manchu mustache that makes the brown gobs of spit look like footballs soaring through goalposts. Bags shadowing his blue eyes, he stares at the ground that is visible through the faded carpet. I know Schmarzo well enough already to guess that he did not sleep last night. Jiminez, Rivera, Nivar … they probably never got out of elementary school. Some were drafted out of high school. I, like Schmarzo, have a college degree, but find myself caught in the web of baseball the same way he and the other players in the clubhouse have been ensnared. Ever since my days of playing high school baseball, I wanted nothing more than to be drafted and become a professional baseball player. They hold on to their own illusions, blind to the fact that almost none of them will ever step foot on a major-league ball field. Alex Schmarzo harbors no such illusions.
October 07, 2019
Strange as it might seem, however, N. I think most guys like to hang out and be free. Linebacker Mark Herzlich paused for a moment, then shook his head. But not since. My mom made me wear one back then. Giants quarterback Eli Manning laughed — for several seconds — when the subject was posed to him. Then he composed himself and recalled that his only interaction with groin sanctuaries in football was when one of his teammates in eighth grade wore a cup.
A friend of mine, a woman who's a lawyer, asked the big question on a Monday morning after a day of watching the NFL on TV: Why can't they make uniforms so that Lawrence Taylor's underwear doesn't show through his pants? I had often wondered that myself. When an NFL equipment man told me he had thought about it, too, I figured all of America wanted to know but didn't know who to ask. I mean, there they were, week after week, bunches of football players wearing snowy-white spandex pants, derrieres up toward the camera, jockstraps shining through.