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Color Rush: When the Green and Gold Fade to White

As most are undoubtedly already aware, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will be donning their so-called color rush uniforms on Thursday night.

With both teams playing horribly, at least we could have enjoyed seeing two of the best uniforms in the league as part and parcel of the oldest rivalry in the NFL.

The Packers’ website captions this travesty as follows:

Color Rush celebrates what Thursday night is and what football will become. Faster. Bolder. More electrifying. It’s tradition amplified, passion elevated and performance ignited. It’s brighter than ever and shows out like never before. Color Rush is NFL’s and the Nike’s vision for the future.

As is often true with much of the propaganda from both the Packers’ front office and the NFL front office to which the Packers and every team is subordinated and bound to by league charter, every word in that sentence is either nonsensical bullshit or is just flat out false.

“Color Rush celebrates what Thursday night is and what football will become.” What does that even mean?

Thursday Night Football has been notoriously bad because three days rest (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) is just not enough recovery time after playing a Sunday game. Teams usually play flat, and almost invariably one team falls flat in spectacular fashion.

And with falling ratings particularly dreadful on Thursday Nights, talk of the future of football could be ironically true. Mark Cuban talking of pigs getting slaughtered comes quickly to mind.

Tradition amplified, passion elevated, performance ignited? No, given that the Packers have played in some variation of their home green jersey and gold pants ensemble for some 55 years or so, this is tradition DEFILED.


Still, given that the Packers were originally slated to play in all gold, it could be worse. Far worse. Instead of the Packers, the team could look like the Green Bay Highlight Markers. After perusal of various depictions, I am reminded of Alex DeLarge and his gang of Droogs from A Clockwork Orange, sans the boots, derbies and underwear worn over the pants.


All white athletic pants and jerseys might also be associated with men’s long winter underwear. Nothing about these Color Rush getups conjures associations of an NFL team, however.

And while these do not too look too bad objectively, this mandate handed down by the League — in consortium with Phil Knight and Nike — are a flagrant and striking abrogation from one of the very hallmarks that define the Green Bay Packers: history and tradition of excellence.

Part of that tradition and history is wearing the Green and Gold at home in essentially the same guise since the Days of Lombardi, with just a few small variations over the years. While admittedly also money-grabbing ploys to sell alternative jerseys, prior aberrations, while ugly, were nods to the years before the modern look formed during the early, heady days of the Lombardi dynasty.

Not so with these. And in this way, because the Packers front office succumbed to this mandate with hardly any fight at all, this aberration also represents far less commitment to this tradition and history than in years past and far less commitment to tradition and history than any Green Bay Packers’ front office ought to uphold. And so, on top of a quickly disintegrating Aaron Rodgers, an offensive unit in complete disarray, and crippling injury met with more impending injuries, supporters of the Green and Gold have yet more to fret about.

One last thought — would these all whites be an advantage or hindrance when it snows? Opposing offenses might have trouble seeing the defense camouflaged in winter white, but our quarterback might have trouble seeing receivers downfield. One wonders. Still, let us hope we never find out and that the NFL puts an end to this horrible experiment post haste.

E. Wolf

Just a Packers fan and native Seattleite left stranded in New York City, and apparently suffering from post traumatic stress disorder from the near disaster in New Orleans in January of 2010. Bleeds Green and Gold through and through. Listens to indie and hardcore industrial and aggrotech music, and thus would much rather hear Headhunter by Front 242 or Front Line Assembly's "Mindphaser" than "Celebrate" or "I Gotta Feeling" in the fourth quarter, or any time.



  1. Adam October 20, 2016

    Really scraping the barrel for something to bitch about, are we?

    Every team in the league is subjected to wearing a monochromatic unifrom when playing on Thursday. Just another avenue to help sell jerseys. We had three options, and all pretty much agree that yellow would be abso-fucking-lutely terrible. Green would probably be the most ideal, but really, who gives a fuck (besides you, obviously). They could be wearing a mash-up of every jersey in team history, I dont give a shit as long as they get their play back on track.

    Shit editorial.

  2. KG October 20, 2016

    I guess if I were to play devils advocate I would point out that the new nike cluster fuck jerseys are nothing more than the packers away jerseys with different pants and socks. Can’t sell many “new” jerseys when the jerseys have been used for years. However…. fuck nike and fuck money grubber goodell, fuck these cluster fuck jerseys, and fuck the bears. I hate to say it, but I’m pretty close to saying fuck the whole NFL too.

    1. E. Wolf October 20, 2016

      Yes, it seems to passive resistance by the front office, by offering an away jersey and thus de-incentivizing this charade.
      They look a lot better than the all gold markers they were going to do.

  3. Mike October 21, 2016

    I Really Like those Uniforms. I think they look good. I personally always thought packers should wear white pants once in a while. I would like to see them wear the White Jerseys at Home more often

  4. Kozak October 22, 2016

    They looked like longjohns.
    I half expected a trap door in the back….

  5. Paul Kleberman October 29, 2016

    White is also used for truce & surrender flags. NFL is always looking for new ideas but not better ones. Home games have certain advantages and I think team colors would be a morale booster both for the team and fans. F the white uniforms at home games!