Earlier this year, I posted a picture of Chris Mason’s pads before he had worn them, and people damn near lost their minds over their awesomeness.

I realize the timing seems random, but I came across them on Reddit Hockey earlier today, and felt the need to re-share for those of you who haven’t seen them before.

They’re Brian’s, and they’re fannnntastic.

The only real question is….are they as awesome as the Maryland state flag pads worn by Matt Mitchell in this picture? (More on those pads here.)

Tough call. I give Mason’s pads the win in a decision.