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Poll: Time to bring back the RED helmets? (176 member(s) have cast votes)

What color helmet do you prefer?

  1. I like the retro look of WHITE (114 votes [64.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 64.77%

  2. RED is the new retro. I love the 90's Bills! (60 votes [34.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.09%

  3. Gugny (2 votes [1.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.14%

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#1 kdiggz

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 03:51 PM

When I think of the championship teams of the past, the teams that I grew up watching and loving, I think of Jim, Thurman, and Bruce rocking the red, white, and blue.  I was just a young boy going to football games with my grandpa on Sundays.  We sat in the 300 level and I needed binoculars to see the players, but I loved every minute of it.  Little did I know that history was being made right before my eyes.  The memory of those games made me the fan that I am today and still bring a smile to my face.
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The great teams of the 90's soon led us to the terrible teams of the 2000's.  My grandpa, upset at the way they handled the Doug Flutie situation and the subsequent loss to the Titans in the "Music City Miracle", decided to give up his season tickets.  This wasn't the same Bills team that I had grown up watching.  Retirement, free agency, and mediocrity led to a string of horrible seasons.  It looked as though we may never be a viable franchise again.  The dark blue uniforms signified the "dark ages" of Buffalo Bills history.
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When "throwback" jerseys became all the rage I was quick to embrace the look.  Change was good.  We needed something to distract us from the terrible team on the field.  The white helmets were "cool" and reminded us of our rich history.  Change was good but it wasn't the change that we needed.  The change that we craved.
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Last season there was a glimmer of hope.  A sense that we were on to something.  We had a new coaching staff and a new guy under center.  Things were fresh and exciting.  For the first time in a long time I felt like there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
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That brings us to today.  While we might not be quite there, I have hope.  I'm reminded of the championship teams of my youth.  The red, white, and blue.  Have the red helmets become the new retro?  A throwback to the 90's when the Bills were champions of the AFC and spirits were high across WNY?  There are the obvious reasons to switch back as well.  Many of the teams we play, including 2 out of the other 3 teams in our division, wear white helmets.  Red is easier to spot down field.  But there might be other reasons too.  Perhaps it's time for a change.  Something to signify that the Bills are back in a big way and we aren't going to be pushed around anymore.
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Maybe we aren't quite there yet.  Maybe we don't deserve them quite yet.  But 2015 might be the right time.  New owner, new outlook, and a playoff bound team?

Go Bills!

#2 Braedenstearns

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 03:54 PM

I like the look of it! Nice job!

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:04 PM

They should do a throwback red helmet game

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:15 PM

I think they should wear one of two helmets (or both during a season): the red ones as you suggest; or the throwback 1960's white helmets with the corresponding throwback logo.  

Props to the OP for a great topic/post.

Edited by RyanC883, 01 July 2014 - 04:16 PM.


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:18 PM

View PostKollegeStudnet, on 01 July 2014 - 04:04 PM, said:

They should do a throwback red helmet game
Can't use a second helmet.

#6 The Real Buffalo Joe

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:46 PM

View Postsodbuster, on 01 July 2014 - 04:18 PM, said:

Can't use a second helmet.
We have a scond helmet?
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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:56 PM

I think the white helmets look way better. Just a classic look.

Don't care if it's supposed to look "retro" or not. It just looks better.

Edited by Big C, 01 July 2014 - 04:58 PM.


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:02 PM

There should be a third option to keep the white, but still have a red throwback once or twice a year.

View Postsodbuster, on 01 July 2014 - 04:18 PM, said:

Can't use a second helmet.
Plus the Cowboys wear them every year on Thanksgiving.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:05 PM

I'm going to let white have it's time for a while.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:44 PM

The only championships the Bills ever won were in the old AFL in 1964 and 1965.. The helmets were white. They changed to the red helmets in an effort the help Joe Ferguson throw less interceptions.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:46 PM

When there in the playoffs this year, the White helmets will look REAL good.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:46 PM

View PostThe Real Buffalo Joe, on 01 July 2014 - 04:46 PM, said:

We have a scond helmet?

NFL teams can no longer use a physically different 2nd helmet--- in the Bills' case, both their throwback and modern helmets are white, so when they wear the throwbacks they just change the decal from charging blue buffalo to the standing red buffalo.

In other words, the Bills cannot wear both a white and a separate red helmet during the same season.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:50 PM

They should go with the really long ago throwbacks, the blue and silver of the original 1960 Bills...

http://www.buffaloru...ghout-the-years



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:51 PM

View PostPunch, on 01 July 2014 - 05:46 PM, said:

NFL teams can no longer use a physically different 2nd helmet--- in the Bills' case, both their throwback and modern helmets are white, so when they wear the throwbacks they just change the decal from charging blue buffalo to the standing red buffalo.

In other words, the Bills cannot wear both a white and a separate red helmet during the same season.
Huh. Didn't know that. Makes sense I guess. Since I'm sure they're all specially fitted. I'd assume it has something to do with safety?

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:56 PM

I must be getting old because I remember when the Bills changed to the red helmet and the uproar it caused back then. :D

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:04 PM

View Postnobody14, on 01 July 2014 - 05:56 PM, said:

I must be getting old because I remember when the Bills changed to the red helmet and the uproar it caused back then. :D

Back then they had a reason though. Unless EJ is now colorblind.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:07 PM

The uni's look fantastic just as they are.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:08 PM

i used to think the bills "charging buffalo" logo was tacky, but through the years it's really, really grown on me.

the simple use of the streak behind the horn to symbolize speed, strength, and movement is superb, and the charging buffalo itself does a great job of conveying the animal.

im in the EXTREME... EXTREME... minority here, but the jerseys worn for the first decade of the 2000s were nice, in my opinion. please please please note that it was a decision of the players to wear blue on blue/white on white with those jerseys--they were never designed, nor intended to be worn like that. if you see the white jerseys paired with the blue pants (and vice versa) the uniform, the colors, and the striping all makes sense. the uniforms were never given a fair shot, and were never worn correctly.

those uniforms, with white helmets, could have been the best uni combo we've ever had.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:35 PM

View PostJohnnyGold, on 01 July 2014 - 06:08 PM, said:

i used to think the bills "charging buffalo" logo was tacky, but through the years it's really, really grown on me.

the simple use of the streak behind the horn to symbolize speed, strength, and movement is superb, and the charging buffalo itself does a great job of conveying the animal.

im in the EXTREME... EXTREME... minority here, but the jerseys worn for the first decade of the 2000s were nice, in my opinion. please please please note that it was a decision of the players to wear blue on blue/white on white with those jerseys--they were never designed, nor intended to be worn like that. if you see the white jerseys paired with the blue pants (and vice versa) the uniform, the colors, and the striping all makes sense. the uniforms were never given a fair shot, and were never worn correctly.

those uniforms, with white helmets, could have been the best uni combo we've ever had.

I hated those, no matter the shirt/pant combo. Granted we sucked the whole time we wore them, so it might be the fact that they bring back bad memories.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 07:01 PM

View PostJust Jack, on 01 July 2014 - 05:50 PM, said:

They should go with the really long ago throwbacks, the blue and silver of the original 1960 Bills...

http://www.buffaloru...ghout-the-years
Wow JJ i never knew that.
Because they were Lions toss offs , i must say NO.
wait... something on the edge of my mind.....lions.... old laundry ?
hmmm.
I like the stodgy old buffalo standing in the snow. If you have ever seen one knee deep in snow , or a picture/video with his breath being exhaled through those big nostrils you would look at that helmet and see determination and fortitude. And isnt that what the Buffalonians are all about ? No quit and cant be moved. ready to push forward
That was one hell of a logo

Edited by 3rdand12, 01 July 2014 - 07:01 PM.