September 05, 2012
The NFL is back on a rare Wednesday night as last spring the league decided to move the 2012 season opener, featuring the defending Super Bowl champions (the Giants), back one night in deference to the President of the United States delivering a speech on Thursday.
So it’s the Giants and Cowboys this evening at Met Life Stadium in North Jersey, and it’s doubtful the Giants will wear a one-game Super Bowl champion patch, that’s not their style, but they will wear the new Nike Elite blue jerseys at home against their longtime division rivals.
That wasn’t always the case for most of the Cowboys division rivals over the years, and you can throw out the trend that has almost every team now wearing white at home early in the season when it's hottest in all regions of the country.
Once teams like the Cowboys (1964), Rams (1964), Browns (1964), and eventually the Saints (1967) started wearing white at home regularly in the 1960s, when those clubs played on the road many hosts decided to wear white jerseys, forcing the visitors into unfamiliar team color jerseys.
The Cowboys were specifically targeted to wear their detested blue jerseys, especially after they lost Super Bowl V (1971) to the Colts in the final seconds wearing blue, convinced they brought bad luck.
From 1980-87, in every season but the strike shortened year of 1982 when they did not meet, the Giants wore white at home against the Cowboys going 4-3 .
But no team tops the Cardinals when it comes to making the Cowboys wear blue jerseys on the road.. From 1964-2001 the teams met in St. Louis or Arizona (1998-present) 38 times. Of those 38 games, the Cardinals wore white at home on 24 occasions.
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Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: When was the last time the New York Giants wore white at home against any opponent? Answer coming on Thursday.
Tuesday’s answer: MLB teams started wearing the Stars & Stripes caps during the 2008 season, and since then there have been five different models of the hat, including this year’s.
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