Eight former AFL teams will wear 1960s throwback uniforms during "legacy games" in the 2009 season. Shutdown Corner takes a look back (or ahead, if you will) at those throwback jerseys in advance of the season. Today, we look at the 1965 Buffalo Bills.
These, like the Chargers AFL throwbacks, fall under the category of "Awesome, but also seen recently, so it's hard to get too excited." If I'm not mistaken, the Bills have been wearing these twice a year as their alternate jerseys for a few years now.
That said, though, now seems like the perfect time to talk about why the Bills should make these their permanent uniforms, as opposed to these hideous fabric monsters. You want a darker blue? Fine. I don't like it, but I understand. So switch to a darker blue. But do you need to add another shade of blue on top of that, and then to outline the numbers in gray? Why gray? What the hell does gray have to do with anything? And why do you need so much piping? Piping shouldn't be a noun, piping should only be a verb.
The Jack Kemp-era blues are the classier and cleaner uniforms, by far, and each time the Bills wear them, they serve as a reminder of the hideousness of the current uniforms.
They should make the change permanent. I'd also like them to go back to the serene, standing, grazing and zen-like buffalo as the team's logo, but that's probably asking a bit much. Everyone seems to want to have a more aggressive logo now, and that's fine, because I like the new guy, too. Not as much as I like the defiant "Yeah, I'm going to stand here and graze, and if you don't like it, why don't you stand right behind me" nature of the old guy, but that's alright.