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This week, Chris and Paul discuss a hot-button topic in the uni-verse: the NFL’s one-helmet rule. Will it be lifted for the coming season, as has been hinted at? If so, what sorts of throwback helmets might reappear?
Moreover, what sorts of alternate helmets (like, say, a neon-green Seahawks helmet) might suddenly appear?
We discuss all of that, along with the latest uni-related news of the past week, our weekly listener-submitted question, and more.
Here are photos and links regarding some of the things discussed in this episode, in the rough order that they come up:
- Here’s the story about Indians owner Paul Dolan saying that the team’s new name might not be ready by 2022.
- Here’s the alternate Indians home uniform that recently showed up in a video game. The team was considering this design for on-field use but ultimately decided against it.
- Here’s Paul’s story on the Padres prototype jersey made by Under Armour that recently emerged at a team “garage sale.”
- Here’s Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner wearing the blue spring training jersey that he’d like to see the team wearing as an alternate design for the regular season.
- Here’s Paul’s FAQ page on the NFL’s helmet rule.
- Here’s the story on Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians saying on the radio that the helmet rule might be lifted.
- Here are some throwback uniforms that had to be put on the shelf when the one-helmet rule was instituted, but could return if the rule is lifted: Bucco Bruce, Pat Patriot, Cowboys Thanksgiving Throwback, Eagles Kelly Green Throwback, Falcons Red Helmet Throwback, Steelers Yellow Helmet Throwback.
- Here’s a photo of a 1969 preseason scrimmage showing the Saints wearing black helmets — something that could return as an alternate helmet if the one-helmet rule is lifted (and that ref wearing shorts is pretty cool too!)
- Here are the Seahawks neon-green Color Rush uniforms, which could include a matching neon helmet if the one-helmet rule is lifted.
- Here’s a style sheet for the Rocky Mountain Extreme, which was the original name planned for the Colorado Avalanche.