Color-blind people driven nuts watching red Bills, green Jets uniforms

The Buffalo Bills wore all-red jerseys for the first time in franchise history Thursday night. Their opponents, the New York Jets, were green-topped and -bottomed.

Yes, we've talked about Thursday Night Football being occasionally torturous viewing, and that certainly will be the theme next week when the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars meet.

But for some people, the Bills-Jets game was actual madness, and it had nothing to do with the quality of play. Both teams' jerseys, you see, can look the same.

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That's an Associated Press sports editor. Is he working tonight? Will he be fact-checking and editing copy from this game? If so ... wow.

You see, red-green color-blind folks — approximately 8 percent of males, who need only one X-chromosome to be defective — can differentiate only the trim of the pants. Imagine what watching this game would feel like.

Turns out, he's not the only sports media member suffering, including Yahoo's Sam Cooper.

The NFL has unleashed its "Color Rush" campaign with this game, issuing vibrant versions of each team's jerseys. There will be one "Color Rush" game per week. Which might be all regular people can handle, never mind the color-blind population.

Of course, some people must be in the Christmas spirit.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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