List of all the throwback uniforms you won’t see under new NFL helmet rules

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.

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If Chris Paul wears these, I might have to get me a pair

I am actually a fan of the State Farm commercial featuring Chris and Cliff Paul. It’s simple but funny. This new one really caught my attention because the argyle shoes would be awesome to see on the court

This is a great and fun way of interbranding two corporations. Throw in Jordan brand and boom! You got a hot seller! Let’s make it happen!

Stephen Curry unveils Veterans Day Under Armour shoes

So you know those “bleeding” uniforms Under Armour gave Northwestern that caused a stir? Apparently they’re doing it for basketball too and Stephen Curry unveiled the shoes to honor the veterans for Veterans Day. Since the Warriors aren’t playing until Tuesday, I think that’s when he plans to debut them.

These shoes from a design standpoint is simple. But the choice of black and green reminds me of night vision goggles. Add onto the fact that the sole looks like a target for a missile crosshair of some sort, I don’t actually know if the design is that good. I mean, you target something or someone you intend to kill, right? I’m not sure I am comfortable with the shoe depicting that.

I suppose there’s a consolation that nobody will see the sole when the shoe is worn.

I’m all for honoring our vets, but I still have a hard time finding these inspired equipment and uniform designs that actually depict the act of violence. Maybe I’m old school. Or maybe Under Armour once again took it a little too far.

My Top 10 best NFL helmets of all time

Last night I started to think about the best helmets in NFL history. It was something that I decided to make a list of right here just because why not? The NFL helmet is the identity of the team. I remember the old Monday Night Football intros where both helmets crash into each other. That’s priceless.

So with that in mind, I’ve decided to create my own personal list of the Top 10 helmets in NFL history that I think stand the test of time. Feel free to disagree with me here.

Before I begin, here are some basic criteria that I used to determine which helmets should be on the list.

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Brandon Marshall’s green shoes cost him $21K

Brandon Marshall knew he’d get fined for wearing green shoes, but he said he would match it in order to bring awareness to his own foundation, which focuses on mental illness.

As you can see by his Instagram, the fined he received for wearing shoes that were not approved by the league was $10,500. Since he is going to match it, the shoes will cost him $21,000.

But as Marshall stated, this move brought awareness to his foundation and to him, it was all worth it. Good for him.

** On a side note, the letter also says that the Bears’ shoes are supposed to be predominantly white. This was something that I noticed during the preseason but now it’s been confirmed.

Buccaneers not allowed to wear throwback helmets per NFL league rule

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.

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The reason why Robert Mathis is not allowed to wear his new face mask

Robert Mathis (right) will not be allowed to wear this face mask for the season.

Robert Mathis (right) will not be allowed to wear this face mask for the season.

Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis has been told by the league that his new face mask will not be allowed by the NFL. Only a medical clearance will allow any player to wear a mask like the one that Mathis wants.

In the NFL, masks that exceed four horizontal bars and three vertical bars will not be allowed.

Justin Tuck from the Giants and Chris Canty of the Ravens have received medical clearance for their face masks. Mathis has no medical condition that warrants the big mask.

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Jaguars get new uniform, new logo, but still allow player to use old helmet

Using old equipment following a rebrand is not uncommon. We usually see it during the OTAs and minicamps. But by training camp, most of the old stuff are replaced and the new gear are issued.

But this tweet from today that Jeremy Mincey is using his old helmet from last year. Not sure why. Maybe the current helmet is getting some repair.

Regardless. it’s an odd sight to see the old logo and helmet float around still at training camp following the team’s major rebrand.

What should I do with this rare, factory error Oakland A’s cap

Yesterday I was a the Coliseum and I saw this cap at one of the kiosks at the stadium. I asked the vendor about it and she said that New Era had a factory error in which they accidentally used the gold lettering instead of the white lettering for the A’s logo. This one was the only one they had a mistake on, making it a one of a kind cap.

It’s 7 7/8  (not my size) and I have no need for it. But because it was rare and it was an on-field cap, I bought it anyway. Something so rare could be worth something in the open market.

Now I am to wonder what I should do with it. Keep it for my own personal amusement or sell it? I would assume there is a market for this kind of stuff, but it would be hard due to the size. Maybe I’ll put it on eBay. I’ll have to think about it.

Giants and A’s wearing batting practice caps for tonight’s game

Wearing batting practice caps for games isn’t out of the ordinary during the regular season. In fact, this past week we’ve seen the Twins and Blue Jays do it.

But this is the first time in my memory that the A’s and Giants will join the trend. New Era confirmed to me via Twitter that their batting practice caps will see the field during tonight’s game.

I think this might be an attempt to help boost merchandise sales or maybe just a way to change things up?

But at least this isn’t an unfamiliar look. These two teams faced each other numerous times during Spring Training, so these two caps being on the field together isn’t a first.

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