Monday, November 19, 2012

All Hail The Blue and Silver...Uh, White?

Apologies to those readers who are not football fans, Dallas Cowboys fans, or fans of uniform minutiae. You might want to skip this post, if those subjects are not what you are interested in.

It's Thanksgiving week, and that means we have the great tradition of Thanksgiving Day NFL football. For many years, there have been two teams that have played on that day: the Detroit Lions and my own favorite, the Dallas Cowboys. While the two teams do not play each other, they each host a nationally televised game, and the coincidence of both teams sporting blue and silver color schemes is always fun. Of course, the irony is that, for this game only, both teams break out the special uniforms which are often a departure from their normal ones. Sometimes, they are throwbacks, like these Detroit gems. Other times, they are these atrocities like Dallas briefly wore; these days, Dallas sticks to their official "throwbacks," which are...meh.

However, as a longtime Dallas Cowboys fan, I know well about the supposed cursed blue jerseys. Even today, when playing teams on the road, the home team will sometimes opt to wear their own white jerseys to force the 'Boys to break out the Blues. And that's where my trouble is. See, up until the late 1980's, Dallas' blue "away" jerseys had silver numbers, as shown here. This gave them a unique look, and emphasized the flashiness of "America's Team," and contributed to the nickname of the Silver & Blue. But sometime in the early 1990's, the silver numbers disappeared, replaced with a rather pedestrian white.

The Cowboys have always had some interesting choices for uniforms. Paul Lukas of the amazing UniWatch blog pointed them out in great detail some time ago, noting that, among other things, the silver pants they wear are actually a mix of green and silver, giving them an eerie iridescence, unduplicated in the NFL. So, without the silver uniform numbers, the only true silver the Silver & Blue actually don is in their helmets and minor jersey accents!

On this week of giving thanks, I am thankful that my 'Boys have managed to eke out a few wins this season, and are overcoming the clear challenges of their coach. I'm thankful that Dez Bryant is starting to live up to the legacy of the great men who have worn the #88 on the Cowboys. I'm thankful that I only have to see Rob Ryan's (the defensive coordinator) crazed visage on the screen 643 times a game, compared to the 4 or 5 times they show the wooden expressions of Jason Garrett (the head coach). But I am not thankful for the disappearance of the Silver and Blue, and I think it's about time to bring back the glamour of Dorsett, Staubach, and Drew Pearson to propel the 'Boys to a higher level. In other words: Bring Back The Silver. Who's with me?

Oh...wait...I just remembered. These are jerseys they wear maybe twice a season. Sigh. Yep, it's esoteric, so Che Guevara I am not. All right, back to your regularly scheduled programming...and enjoy the holiday, all!

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