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  1. Not sure if this has been mentioned, but does anyone else get a Houston Oiler vibe from the North American jersey?
  2. You are literally the first person I have ever seen make this objection. Really? Makes sense to me! If the Bills ever changed to Teal or added Silver, I'd be upset for them "borrowing" Dolphins or Pats colors. The LA Rams / SF Niners were huge rivals. Which is funny, because the Bills actually did "borrow" the color red from the Patriots. When coach Lou Saban came to Buffalo in 1962, he thought the blue and silver color scheme they had their first two years was a bit drab. Saban proposed the addition of red, inspired by his previous team, the Boston Patriots.
  3. The original Dallas Texans played one season in the NFL, 1952, then folded. The AFL's Dallas Texans and the NFL's Dallas Cowboys both began play in 1960. The AFL Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963 and became the Chiefs.
  4. Since when? That's new. It's worth noting that the Chargers likely bought up 3,500 tickets at 34 cents on the dollar to get that blackout lifted. No, it's not new. Announced attendance has always been people in the seats for as long as I can remember. Case in point- the Bills sold out the first game, yet attendance was reported at 95% capacity.
  5. There were no blackouts in week one. Announced attendance figures are always people at the game, not tickets sold. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/07/no-blackouts-for-week-one/
  6. The sleeve stripes would really stick out if they were red with blue outlines. The stripes mimic the numbers, although yeah, I have no idea why they flipped the navy and red.
  7. I could see it happening with 2 other teams having black helmets, and another 2 having gold, and based on what ever way the player is facing it could be either color, atleast before it was distinct with that teal sparkle Show me the complaints from Bears players when they played the Texans, seahawks, broncos or visa versa. Or dolphins/bills, or cowboys/patriots or (do I need to go on?) It's clear based on history that helmet color plays no role for the QB finding open receivers so there can be no confusion with this helmet. Again still stupid, but still no disadvantage. Ever heard of why the Bills switched to red helmets? Quarterback Joe Ferguson was color blind. Most of the teams in the division had white helmets (Pats, Colts, Dolphins), and he struggled greatly to differentiate receivers from defenders. That prompted a switch. So your point is no longer valid. In case you don't believe me, here's a link. http://profootballta...ls-red-helmets/ The Bills did switch to red to help Ferguson find his receivers better. However, he's not color blind. http://blogs.buffalo...e-debunks-myth/
  8. My guess is they're justifying black because of the tar on the tarheel. But yes, that is definitely black.
  9. I agree that Howard would need more proof than the (rather vague) recollection of one of their staff to validate their claim to the logo's origin. The question then becomes, why would the Bills allow Howard to continue using it? I know many high schools use NFL logos, but Howard is Division I FCS. Is there another instance of a Division I team using (or being allowed to use) an NFL team's logo?
  10. trademark Yes, thanks for the correction. The Howard article used the word copyright, so I relied on that.
  11. Today's Buffalo News has an article noting the passing of Stevens Wright, credited with creating the Bills' charging bison logo which debuted in 1974. The article says Wright, who had worked as a free-lance artist for NFL Properties, came up with the logo on his own. However, Howard University, whose nickname is the Bison and whose logo is virtually identical to the Bills', claim the logo was created for them by a Howard art major in the 60s. Because they didn't copyright their logo, the Bills were able to take it for themselves. So the question is, which story is correct? The News article doesn't mention Wright being inspired by the Howard logo, implying the Bills' logo was his original creation. Does anyone have any info to shed some light on this?
  12. Once you have more than one, you have a group of Lone Star Sneetches. Let's say each Sneetch is referred to as a "Lone Star." We now have a group of "Lone Stars." If we refer to the Texas flag as "the Lone Star," then a group of Texas flags together could be referred to as a group of "Lone Stars." Of course, this is predicated on the fact that the Texas flag could just be referred to as the "Lone Star." I agree that it's not a good name for a team based on the adjective "lone," connoting singularity, and the fact that most people wouldn't realize that it refers to the flag. I'm just saying that you could rationalize it, based on my examples given.
  13. Just to be argumentative on the whole Lone Star thing, the phrase "Lone Star" refers to the Texas flag, which has one star on it. In essence, a team of Lone Stars are people who are identifying themselves with Texas, via their flag, similar to a team from, say, Washington calling itself the Washington Star Spangled Banners. Let's say you had a group of Star-bellied Sneetches, each of whom has one star on their bellies. Could not they refer to themselves as "Lone Stars"? Discuss.
  14. If you take for granted that they're intended to represent the Francophone of Montreal, hence the team name ending in "ens" rather than "ians," and they also have an H in their logo to reflect the Francophone's nickname for the team, I'd say it does a decent job of representing the name. Actually the H stands for hockey, as in "Club de Hockey Canadien," the team's official name.