Fans knew something was wrong when Sam Bradford’s baggy sleeves were gone.
Astute observers noticed there was something a little off about a graphic NFL on Fox was running to promote this Sunday's highly anticipated Week 7 matchup in Philadelphia between the Minnesota Vikings and the Eagles:
Wow, Fox really nailed it with this Bradford/Bridgewater photoshop pic.twitter.com/7T1lkwIvL6
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 17, 2016
Bradford has played in five regular-season games for the Vikings, but it seems Fox Sports couldn’t be bothered to find a real photograph of Bradford in a Vikings jersey throwing the football. So instead, Fox apparently photoshopped his head on the body of injured Vikings quarterback Terry Bridgewater. The network also changed Bridgewater’s number 5 to an 8:
Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford both wear 2 gloves and have VERY similar throwing motions. I never knew! pic.twitter.com/b9Xm6ykDoM
— Dan Weiner (@DanWeiner) October 16, 2016
Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.
Tim Burke at Deadspin pointed out that Fox has been using the photshopped image of Bradford for weeks. It has even popped up on segments of FS1’s Speak for Yourself:
Fans aren't the only ones scratching their heads. The Vikings have joined in on the fun, photoshopping their own images of Bradford’s head onto different bodies:
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 16, 2016
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 17, 2016
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the discussion about Bradford seems centered on whether fans should boo him when he returns to Lincoln Financial Field.
“We don’t have time to be appreciating Sam Bradford for winning seven games here and being a good guy. We’ve got to go in there wanting blood; that includes fans. Boo his ass," said former Eagles linebacker and SportsRadio 94.1 WIP host Ike Reese on Monday’s Mike & Ike Show. "Our season is on the line. Ain’t no fan appreciation day for Sleeves on Sunday."