NFL Goes for a Bit More Gold

Click to enlarge

As we all know, the NFL has been building up to Super Bowl 50 with all sorts of gold-themed promotions — the gold 50-yard-line markers, the gold version of the league’s logo, gold-accented sideline apparel, and so on. But the players’ uniforms had been unaffected by this — until now. As you can see above, the NFL logo decal on the back of the players’ helmet turned gold this past weekend for each of the eight teams in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, a move that hadn’t previously been announced (at least not to my knowledge).

Does anyone else think this was a downgrade? Obviously, it’s a very small element, so it’s not a big deal either way. Still, I don’t care for the tone of gold they used — it looks drab, not flashy.

The NFL logo on the jerseys and pants retained its usual red-white-blue color scheme, at least for now. But will those logos change to gold for the Supe? It wouldn’t surprise me.

A few other notes from the Wild Card games: (Continue reading)

These Helmets are Fire

By Phil Hecken

I recently received an e-mail referencing last summer’s article which looked back at the WFL 40 years later, from reader John Pulsinelle, which read, in part,

Really enjoyed your WFL article. Similar to you, I was fascinated with the WFL, and continue to be captivated with any league’s attempt to . . . → Read More: These Helmets are Fire

Hardhat Zone

When Mets reliever Alex Torres debuted his new protective cap two weekends ago, lots of people on Twitter said, “Why doesn’t he just wear a helmet like the base coaches?” I responded to such people by saying, “A pitcher’s motion is too herky-jerk. A helmet wouldn’t stay on his head without a chinstrap.”

That . . . → Read More: Hardhat Zone

A Look at White MLB Helmets

Reader Leo Strawn Jr. recently sent me the photo you see above, which shows Reds greats Davey Concepcion and Johnny Bench wearing white helmets! It was striking to see, but I also had a feeling I’d seen it before — if not this specific photo, then others showing the Reds in white headgear . . . → Read More: A Look at White MLB Helmets