I was having this conversation with some friends of mine at Patriots tailgate on Sunday. Why don't the Patriots use their 90's uniforms as a throwback since the NFL outlawed alternate helmets in 2013 (like idiots)
If you're unaware of the current rule, in 2013 the NFL decided that alternate helmets are a major reason why the NFL has so many lingering health issues and they needed to be banned. Sure have guys play Thursday Night Football, but get rid of alternate helmets. That'll save everything!
By doing so the NFL essentially castrated some of the leagues best throwbacks that require completely different helmets. Here are a few of my favorites.
The Tampa Bay creamsicles (they're awesome fuck you!)
The 60's-80's Eagles uniforms
And of course the three-point stance Grogan era Patriots uniforms.
I think it's a stupid rule that in the long run doesn't do that much more for player safety. They say the helmets need to be broken in, but you definitely could find ways to break in alternate helmets, but let's say the stupid ass rule stays in place, well guess what? With the Patriots current helmet you can still use this throwback.
Now I don't know how most fans feel about the Bledsoe era uniforms but I love them. I like the royal blue. I LOVE the Patriot logo, it's comically huge taking up about a third of the uniform, they have those two-tone almost 3-D numbers that are pretty neat as well. Plus the Patriots were pretty successful in the those uniforms. Lot of people say the Patriots were nothing before Brady but that's simply not true: they wore these uniforms from 1995-1999 and made the playoffs in three of those five seasons, highlighted by the teams 1996 AFC championship.
Give me one good reason they shouldn't? Oh you can't, here are some reasons why they should come back.
1. I think these uniforms are fucking sick (my opinion is extremely important to me)
2. Enough time has passed. It's going to be nearly 20 years since they went out of circulation come next season I think enough time has passed throw these into the yearly rotation.
3. It's an absolute shame we have never seen Tom Brady rock the 4 square foot Patriot logo on each shoulder.
4. 90's were fun.
Let's bring these bad boys back! (they should've done it last season for the 20 year anniversary of the '96 team.