Shutdown Corner - NFL

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 1960 Houston Oilers.

They're not exactly the same as the splendid Houston Oilers jerseys I grew up watching in the '80s, but for two weeks during the '09 season, they will do. It's the AFL's history that the NFL is celebrating with the legacy games, after all, and not, you know, the uniforms MJD liked as a child.

But I did like those pastel blue and red Oilers jerseys, man. There have been a number of times when I've considered purchasing a Warren Moon throwback, and the only thing that's stopped me is that I'm not sure if that would violate the "one favorite team, and one favorite team only" rule. I'm still not sure about it, and I don't want to risk it.

These things are foxy, though, especially for 1960. They're ahead of their time, too. In 1960, just about everyone was using your standard block lettering font for their jersey numbers. Not the Oilers, though. They were upscale. They were classy. They had pointy numbers, and those numbers looked good.

My one complaint here is that one of the two appearances of these bits of eye-candy is wasted during the preseason. The Titans will be wearing them for the Hall of Fame game Aug. 9 against the Bills. It seems a shame to waste such beauty on a game, that is, by definition, uninteresting.

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