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    导出博客文章The New Orleans Saints wore 1960s throwback uniforms last Sunday -- part of
    their year-long celebration of the teams 50th season. They were the eighth NFL
    team to wear throwbacks this season, following the Bears, Dolphins, Bills, Rams,
    Steelers, Packers and Washington (plus the Falcons wore a hybrid design that
    included throwback elements).This years throwbacks -- like all NFL throwbacks
    that have been worn since 2013 -- have had one thing in common: The teams used
    their existing helmet shells and either swapped out or removed their usual
    helmet logos, striping tape and face masks. Thats due to the NFLs one-shell
    rule, which aims to decrease the risk of concussions by preventing teams from
    switching to new sets of helmets in the middle of the season. So teams can still
    wear throwbacks if they use their existing shells, but throwbacks that would
    require a different-colored helmet -- like New Englands Pat Patriot design or
    Tampa Bays Creamsicle set -- are now off-limits. (For more information on the
    thinking behind the one-shell rule, and answers to many questions about it, look
    here.)The one-shell rule now has been with us for four seasons, and its become a
    truism among many fans that the rule has ruined the NFLs throwback scene. But is
    that really accurate? Its true that a few beloved fan favorites like Pat Patriot
    and the Creamsicles have essentially been kicked to the curb. But some of the
    other throwbacks that are now verboten were never that great to begin with. In
    many cases, mothballing them has been a case of addition by subtraction.To
    further that point, lets look at all the past NFL throwbacks that have been
    affected by the one-shell rule -- by your friendly uniform columnists count,
    there are 16 such designs -- and see if were really worse off without them. We
    wont be looking at every conceivable throwback that could be worn -- only the
    ones that already have been worn as throwbacks but are now off-limits due to the
    rule. For example, lets consider the Jets: The rule prevents them from wearing
    their old 1980s and 90s uniforms because theyd need a new set of green helmets,
    but we wont include that on our list because theyve never worn that design as a
    throwback. But we will include their Titans of New York throwback on our list,
    because theyve worn it as a throwback in the past but cant do so now.Got all
    that? Here we go, one off-limits throwback at a time, listed alphabetically by
    team name:1. Broncos: Early 60s designOriginally worn: 1960-61Worn as a
    throwback: 2009Great loss for humankind? Uh, no. Although theres something
    amusing about grown football players wearing vertically striped socks, its safe
    to say that nobodys mourning the loss of this throwback, least of all Broncos
    fans. Good riddance.2. Broncos: Mid-60s designOriginally worn: 1965-66Worn as a
    throwback: 1994Great loss for humankind? Yup. Although the bucking bronco helmet
    logo is a bit cheesy, this is an underrated uniform that deserves to be revived.
    Too bad the one-shell rule prevents that.3. Broncos: Orange Crush
    designOriginally worn: 1968-1996Worn as a throwback: 2001Great loss for
    humankind? Definitely. For many fans, this is still the uniform they think of
    when they think of the Broncos, and it would be great to see it on the field
    again. Although the helmet is a lighter shade of blue than Denvers current navy
    shell, the team wore a reasonable facsimile of the old look for this seasons
    Color Rush game by using the throwback logo and striping on the current shell.
    Would that be close enough for a throwback uniform, or would fans complain that
    the helmet color wasnt right? Only one way to find out: Try it.4. Buccaneers:
    Creamsicle designOriginally worn: 1976-96Worn as a throwback: 2009-12Great loss
    for humankind? Yes. Ridiculed for years before emerging as a nostalgia-driven
    favorite, the Bucs original uniform set, complete with Bucco Bruce on the
    helmet, has become the poster child for the one-shell rules collateral damage on
    the throwback scene. Its a big part of the teams heritage -- and, arguably, the
    NFLs heritage -- and its a shame it cant be worn anymore. Free Bucco Bruce!5.
    Colts: Mid-50s designOriginally worn: 1954-55Worn as a throwback: 2010Great loss
    for humankind? Nah. Putting the horseshoes on the back of the helmet, instead of
    the sides, is interesting (the idea being thats what you see when a colt -- or a
    Colt -- is galloping away from you), but its more of a novelty than a good
    design. And if the Colts really want to wear something like this, they could do
    a throwback to 1956, when they wore the same helmet concept on a white shell.6.
    Cowboys: Early 60s designOriginally worn: 1960-63Worn as a throwback:
    2004-12Great loss for humankind? Maybe not a great loss, but still a loss. The
    Cowboys white-helmeted throwbacks had become a Thanksgiving tradition thats now
    been shelved. Too bad.7. Eagles: Kelly Green designOriginally worn: 1954-64,
    1985-95Worn as a throwback: 2010Great loss for humankind? For sure. The only
    thing that would be better than reviving this design as a throwback would be
    reviving it as the teams primary look.8. Eagles: City flag designOriginally
    worn: 1934Worn as a throwback: 2007Great loss for humankind? Nope. This uniform
    was good as a history lesson (its colors are based on the design of the
    Philadelphia city flag, which in turn was based on the Swedish national flag,
    because of the original Swedish colonization of the Philly region) but not as an
    Eagles uniform. Fans hated it, and theres no chance itll be worn again, rule or
    no rule.9. Falcons: Original designOriginally worn: 1966-1969Worn as a
    throwback: 2009-11Great loss for humankind? A little bit, yeah. Atlantas
    original helmet design had a red shell, to honor the University of Georgia, and
    gold striping, to honor Georgia Tech -- a nice dual shout-out to Atlantas two
    college football teams. Symbolism aside, its also a very solid look -- one that
    would be nice to see again.10. Jets: Titans of New York designOriginally worn:
    1960-62Worn as a throwback: 2007-09, 2011Great loss for humankind? Nope. True,
    the Jets franchise was known as the Titans for the first three years of its
    existence, but thats more of a historical footnote, or maybe the answer to a
    trivia question, than a key chapter in the teams history. Fans never warmed up
    to this throwback design, and the team is better off without it.11. Packers:
    Acme Packers design with brown helmetOriginally worn: 1929-30Worn as a
    throwback: 2010-11Great loss for humankind? Nope. The Packers original Acme
    Packers uniform, worn back during the Great Depression, featured brown leather
    helmets, so the team opted for brown shells when reviving that design as a
    throwback in 2010. But the brown lids never looked right, so it was actually an
    improvement when the one-shell rule forced the team to switch to its regular
    yellow shells with the decals removed in 2013. Theres a lesson there: Sometimes
    being less historically accurate can be more aesthetically pleasing.12.
    Patriots: Pat Patriot designOriginally worn: 1961-92Worn as a throwback: 1994,
    2002, 2009-12Great loss for humankind? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Fans can
    debate whether the Pats original Minuteman mascot character, Pat Patriot, is
    better than the teams current Flying Elvis logo (some prefer Pat and wish hed
    never gone away, while others prefer Elvis because he symbolizes the success of
    the Brady/Bellichick era), but just about everyone agrees that Pat should get to
    come out and play at least once a year. This is probably the single biggest
    casualty of the one-shell rule.13. Steelers: 1962 designOriginally worn:
    1962Worn as a throwback: 2009-10Great loss for humankind? Maybe not a great
    loss, but a loss all the same. Its a nice change of pace to see that familiar
    Steelers logo against the yellow helmet, and the rest of the uniform is very
    solid.14. Titans: Oilers designOriginally worn: 1960-65Worn as a throwback:
    1994, 2009Great loss for humankind? Yes, but with an asterisk. Its been great
    when the Titans have honored their franchises Oilers root, but they can still do
    that by throwing back to the Oilers white-helmeted era -- which was actually the
    teams strongest look. Luv ya, blue!15. Washington: Lombardi-era designOriginally
    worn: 1970-71Worn as a throwback: 2007Great loss for humankind? Its complicated.
    Anything involving Washingtons branding is a loaded proposition due to the teams
    use of Native American iconography. But with that caveat in mind, this design,
    which they wore when coach Vince Lombardi moved from Green Bay to Washington and
    gave the team a somwehat Packers-esque makeover, is one of the better looks from
    the teams visual history.16. Washington: Leatherhead helmetOriginally worn:
    1937Worn as a throwback: 2012A great loss for humankind? From a helmet
    perspective, yes. Washingtons modern interpretation of the old leatherhead
    helmet had the illusion of a textured surface -- a really neat effect, and much
    better than the plain brown shell that the Packers used for their own
    leatherhead simulation (see above). Once the one-shell rule went into effect,
    Washington kept wearing this throwback uniform with their current helmet shells
    -- not bad, but its a shame that they cant go with the leatherhead treatment
    (and that nobody else can go that route either).If you tally up the assessments,
    you get 11 cases of Too bad we cant see that again! versus five of Eh, no
    biggie. So yes, the one-shell rule does appear to have been a net negative from
    an aesthetic standpoint. Moreover, there are potentially great throwbacks that
    have never been worn and currently cant be worn due to the rule, such as the
    Seahawks original design, the Chargers Air Coryell design and the Jets New York
    Sack Exchange design. The rule also prevents the Thursday-night Color Rush
    uniforms from reaching their full potential, because the helmets often dont
    match the rest of the uniforms. (You can decide for yourself if inhibiting the
    scope of the Color Rush program is a good or bad thing.)Will the one-shell rule
    stay in place forever? Probably not. It seems likely that some sort of
    workaround, such as full-shell vinyl wraps, will eventually be developed. And
    with college teams continuing to routinely wear multiple shells each season with
    no apparent ill effects, maybe the NFL will simply drop or modify the rule.
    Until then, though, well have to live without Pat Patriot and Bucco Bruce --
    which will just make their eventual return, if and when it happens, that much
    sweeter.Paul Lukas wishes the NFL had gone with Throwback Thursdays, instead of
    the Color Rush program, for Thursday-night games. If you like this column, youll
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