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.
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.
When I was in high school when the throwback craze started to rise, I wondered how far the marketing would go. Throwbacks were great because for people my generation, I never got to see Julius Erving play. But to wear his jersey was a great way to celebrate and appreciate the history of the game.
However, would it be possible to have old school players wear the team’s current uniform? I called it “Fast Forward” but it was something that wasn’t too far-fetched.
In the following years, I would see some form of it, mainly when current manufacturers would get too lazy to create a throwback, so they just take a current template and just have the old names applied to it.
Take a look at this old Reebok commercial. A few of the old players are wearing the team’s then current design.
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.
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.
Finally we get to see what the Winter Classic jerseys will look like. Modeled by the children in the video, we got exactly what we were expecting after initial leaks. Now that we know this, I am glad it turned out the way it was supposed to turn out. Color vs colors will be a great touch to the game and I hope this will be a great show.
Good job NHL. After blowing it with the lockout, at least you kept it right.
*** Those alumni jerseys don’t look bad either!
Throwbacks now seemed forced.
The Miami Heat have worn these 1990s throwbacks nearly every game since they were first worn a few weeks ago. I guess it’s a good luck charm since they are on this winning streak.
As much as I like them going throwback, it’s a little too much. Sometimes a throwback is appreciated when it’s seen not as frequently. But with the Heat, they are killing the uniqueness of the set. From the bad fonts, ugly dropshadow, imbalanced piping, it was all bad.
And surprisingly, the Bulls decided to match them with their throwback. This was one of my favorites growing up but after viewing it, I don’t think it’s as good as I thought it was. The pinstripes are nice, but I don’t know if it works in today’s basketball. It’s a good uniform for the 1990s, but I am glad it lasted only two seasons then.
I like throwbacks as much as the next person, but too much of a good thing can be harmful. This is that one case and the Heat are abusing it.
Classic 1990s throwbacks.
The other night, we saw the Suns wear their gorgeous black eclipse uniforms and it brought me back to when basketball was so big for me. Tonight, the Bucks will wear their green uniforms. This nostalgia run has got me excited.
As you can see from the above photo, these teams will wear these throwbacks in the upcoming games and I could not be more excited.
Despite the logistical design flaws of big letters, gradients and pointless dropshadows, this was a time in basketball when I really fell in love with the league. Seeing these on the floor one last time is really a great high five for the league.
The Suns are wearing this right now. Oh it looks so beautiful. It brings me back to the days of Charles Barkley and Rex Chapman.
I am so glad to see these uniforms and I know this is just a precursor to what the Suns will be wearing next year.
Good job Suns.
St. Louis Rams COO Kevin Demoff was on a radio show and touched on a lot of various topics. One topic was the possibility of a new uniform for the Rams. At earliest the Rams could change to a new set would be 2014 but that hasn’t stopped the talk about what the new uniform set could look like.
The Rams have sported their current set since the 2000 season and it has remained mostly unchanged. The idea is that the team might want to revisit their uniform set from the 1960s.
This set harks back to the day of the ferocious defensive line led by Deacon Jones. Its simplistic feature of only two colors made this Rams team one of the best looking teams of all time.