A Slightly Confusing Jersey

This jersey was spotted outside last night’s game.

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On first glance, this isn’t too unusual: it’s the Redskins 70th anniversary throwback jersey modeled on the uniforms worn from 1965 to 1969 and worn during the 2002 season. Number 11 doesn’t look too strange, as it belonged to then-rookie first-round pick Patrick Ramsey.

But the Devin Thomas nameplate confuses things. Thomas was sixteen years old that season, in his last year at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The rookie has been unremarkable thus far, and seemed like a strange choice for a customized throwback.

“I got it for fifty bucks,” the fan wearing it said. “I got it from a guy, but it’s completely authentic. And Thomas ran for a touchdown last week!” That’s true, and the 70th anniversary unis were definitely stylish. It still seems like an odd pairing, though.

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Rumor Confirmed: It’s Burgundy on Burgundy

I started hearing the buzz as soon as I pulled up to the stadium, people asking me if the team was really wearing burgundy pants with burgundy jerseys, and I didn’t really know what to say. I hadn’t HEARD anything about it, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t happening. So I confirmed it the best way I could think of: visually.

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New Radio Helmet Logo

Paul Lukas over at Uni Watch is pretty much the bloggy authority on all things uniform-related, and he’s already weighed in on the new sticker for the radio-equipped helmets. His verdict was, shall we say, less than favorable. (It also contains a bit of PG-13 language, for those of you who avoid such things.)

For starters, who needs radio-equipped helmets anyway? Larynxes and hand signals and worked fine for decades. Then radio-equipped helmets begat the problem of multiple radio-equipped helmets, so they came up with the rule that there could only be one electronically wired helmet on the field at a time. Which in turn meant they had to come up with the green dots, which looked like [crap] because they didn’t match any team’s color scheme except the Seahawks’. And now the green dot has been imprinted with a design that looks like a smudge from a distance and looks pathetic up close.

I hadn’t had a chance to see the sticker in real life until yesterday, but here it is up close. I don’t know if I’d call it pathetic, but that green color certainly looks strange against the burgundy and gold.

Gameday, 5:42 p.m. – Bills Wearing Throwback Unis

The Bills are wearing their “1960s throwback” third uniforms this evening. There’s apparently no particular reason for this — the unis are worn for one preseason game and two regular season contests — but I’m pleased. This is one of my favorite old-school outfits, behind the powder blue Chargers jerseys and the Redskins yellow helmets, but ahead of most everything else.