The 49ers reminded us on Twitter about the helmet they almost decided to adopt into their uniform. Fortunately, they decided to not go with it.
It is featured as one of my rotating banners atop this page.
It’s a part of history that I thought we could forget. But not the 49ers. They had to bring back up one last time.
May we never forget.
The first thing I noticed when I saw this photo was the hosiery.
On of the great things about the NFL is that there is a lot of room for creativity. Even if you don’t like what the new NFL uniforms have given us, we can all agree that the designs are creative. But as we have seen over the years, there is one element of the design that appears to be fading away. And it’s a shame too because it is a distinct part of the NFL’s history.
Whatever happened to stripes on socks?
In today’s NFL, the design of socks, for the most part is pretty boring. Teams usually stick with one solid color and leave it at that. In fact, teams that used to have stripes on their socks have since opted to go with a solid color. Even teams that haven’t made any major changes to their team uniform design have opted to go with the solid sock.
So what’s the future look like for the NFL? As the Rams and Browns are expected to make uniform changes for next season, could they continue the trend? Let’s take a look at the current state of the NFL’s hosiery situation.
Remember when the NFL announced that they want players to stick with one helmet all season long? That has prevented some teams from wearing throwbacks this year.With that news, most teams will stick with their normal uniform set unless they feature a throwback that doesn’t require a helmet change. Or some teams just use the throwback with their current helmet shell.
With that in mind, let’s take a look back at recent throwback uniforms that we will no longer see due to this new rule.
When the Cowboys moved out of the Cotton Bowl in 1971, they decided, along with the improvements of color TV, that they would wear white at home to give the viewing audience a variety of different uniform matchups for every home game. Instead of blue vs white, it was white vs whatever the opposition’s team color was.
They’ve kept that tradition to this very day. The only time the Cowboys have worn blue at home was when they decided to wear throwbacks, which they have done in past Thanksgiving Day games.
However due to the new helmet rule that prevents them from wearing their traditional throwbacks and the Cowboys’ already informing the league back in the summer they’d wear their dark color on Thanksgiving, they have decided to wear their blue road uniforms. They could have worn their throwbacks with their current helmets, but that wouldn’t look too good.
This upcoming Sunday, the Titans will visit the Rams and it will be a glorious uniform matchup. The Rams have decided to wear their 1999 throwbacks to commemorate their lone Super Bowl win against the Titans.
What a tremendous uniform opportunity! The Titans have essentially kept their uniform design since that season and the Rams’ decision to do this is a great back in time nostalgic uniform matchup. It will be great.
However, they won’t be exact. As you can see from the above video, the Rams wore their white jerseys and the Titans wore their navy jerseys. The Rams are set to wear their blue throwback jerseys, forcing the Titans to go with their white jerseys. It’s a shame that the Rams have no option to wear white since each NFL team is allowed three different jerseys per season. Had the Rams designated that third jersey as a white one, we’d have no problem. But they didn’t (as they are going to go throwback again later this season against the Buccaneers.)
The uniform matchup will be just like 1999. But not exactly. So close. Just like Dyson, so close, but not close enough. I still look forward to seeing this and feeling like it’s 1999 all over again.
We had known for a while that the Anaheim Ducks would do a throwback night to celebrate their 20th year in the league. But they teased our first official look at the return of the Mighty Ducks.
I very much miss this and wish they never got rid of it. But for one night, the memories of a fun movie and a hockey team will return.
I can’t wait to see it!
A few weeks ago, I came across this post on the New Era forums. Apparently this was a concept for the new Houston Astros uniforms in the mid 1970s. Obviously the team never wore these but Hat Club got wind of it and started reproducing them. Now the caps are not just in-store, but also are on sale on their site as of last week.
This is the first time to my knowledge a manufacturer has produced a cap for a concept that never made it to the field. We’ve had issues with caps being recalled for political correctness reasons, but this is a first.
What’s really neat about this cap design that it actually is very 1970s and I actually like it. All three caps are available for sale on the site and I might cop the home version. Aside from the stitching on the white panel and the NE logo on the side, the underbrim is green which is pretty historically accurate.
Which one do you like the best? This, this, or this?
Per NFL rules, they want all teams to have their players wear the same helmet throughout the season. Because of that, the white throwback helmets the Buccaneers were planning to wear will not be used.
Some fans may think that this rule is silly, but it actually has merit. Like a baseball glove or basketball shoes, certain equipment need to be “broken” into. Because of that, wearing entirely new equipment, especially that kind that protects the head, might not be the safest plan. If this makes the game safer, I am OK with it.
It’s unfortunate in terms of aesthetics and nostalgia as a throwback uniform set that people seem to enjoy seeing won’t be used.
We will not be seeing this uniform in 2013.
But that doesn’t mean all other teams are left out. Just certain ones.
I just noticed this during the weekend and apparent Nike implemented these changes last season, but the shoulder yokes for the Titans have been significantly reduced. Compare from when Reebok made the jersey to what Nike did last night.
Clearly the yoke has been slimmed along with smaller numbers and logo. Obviously this is a part of the Nike’s template and this is what they have resorted to do. I like the bigger yoke and it works well with the Titans’ jersey.
This gives me the feeling that maybe sooner than later, the Titans might go for a rebrand. Even though the change is minor, it’s a change that might signify that a new look could happen. Just my guess.
How come I didn’t see these for sale at the Coliseum? Did I miss it?
I was at the Coliseum on Saturday for their 1969 throwback game. It was a beautiful uniform matchup and the A’s won. It was a great day at the park.
One thing that I did notice was that when i was at the team store, the cap that the A’s wore that day were not for sale. In fact, I saw no traces of the cap anywhere. The team had throwback shirts, but none of the cap.
This is a strange situation since one would assume that having the cap available on the day they wear that specific cap would be a great marketing opportunity. More merchandise sales on a cap that would have been a popular buy and the A’s don’t do it.