Throwback – Baltimore Ravens

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Team Colors
Note: Names not official
Purple
Black
Gold
White

The Ravens have more helmet mascots/emblems than most teams in the NFL.  Their first helmet emblem was submitted by Frederick E. Bouchat. He was excited to have a football team back in Baltimore. In his excitement he faxed a design concept to the Maryland Stadium Authority. The team showed off their uniforms, with a shield emblem that greatly resembled his original design he faxed not too long ago. Fred sued the Ravens for copyright infringement. He won the case but got only $3 in damages. Later Ravens owner Art Modell changed the emblem to an angry raven with a B superimposed on its head. No doubt this was also done to stop any potential royalties to Fred.

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Throwback – Cincinnati Bengals

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Team Colors
Note: Names not official
Black
Orange
White

The Bengals deserve way more credit than they receive for their role in the modern gridiron football.  These things began in Cincinnati before they were cool:

  • (Game Long) No Huddle Offense – No Huddle Offense is normally used near the end of the first half or the end of a game. The offense would huddle quickly (if at all), then the play is called out in coded words or phrases (“audibles”), and finally the snap is done with a “silent count” (the quarterback makes a gesture such as a toe step or an arm wave as a timer for the offense, rather than shouting a countdown).  Ideally this would tire out the defense and give them no time to settle on the quarterback’s snap count. Sam Wyche, head coach of the Bengals in 1988, is credited for using NHO throughout the game.
  • West Coast Offense – Football was almost exclusively a running offense before the West Coast Offense became popular. WCO has the offense make short yard gains or first downs with quick passes to multiple receivers. Ideally this would spread out the defense and improve the odds of a deep throw connecting. Bill Walsh was the Bengals assistant coach in the early 1970s. Bengals game footage during his time there showed a proto West Coast Offense. Bill went on to refine WCO  while coaching at Stanford University, and it thrived during his head coaching days with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s.
  • Zone Blitz – A response to the West Coast Offense. The play assigns defense players to specific players (or zones).  This extra movement is meant to confuse the offense about the defense’s block assignments and their own play positioning. Zone Blitz was rarely used in professional football until it was made over by Dick LeBaeau, Bengals defensive coordinator in the 1980s.

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Throwback – Cleveland Browns

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Team Colors

Note: Names not official
Brown
Orange
White

When the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) merged with the NFL, one of the teams that lived on in the updated NFL was the Cleveland Browns.  For about 15 years (1950-1965), the Browns dominated football.  They had deep playoff runs and multiple NFL Championships in their name.   You can thank head coach and namesake Paul Brown for that.   He is credited as the first for using game film, as in actual celluloid film, to improve his players and scout opponents.  His reputation as a dictator was warranted.  No one brought it up because he crafted a winning team.  When things started going sour in the 1960s Brown’s stubborn pride became prominent. He seemed more concerned with his status as Greatest Coach Forever Amen than how his team was performing on the field. Wait, film your dudes and opponents? An insulated coaching process? Tons of head coaching success and national fame? Someone sweeps the bad stuff under the carpet? This pattern sounds familiar. Makes me wonder if current Patriots coach Bill Belichick looks to Paul Brown the way Napoleon idolized Alexander the Great.

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Throwback – Pittsburgh Steelers (né Pirates)

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Team Colors

Note: Names not official
Black
Yellow

How does a city gain and maintain its own colors?  Pittsburgh has a perfect answer.  Pittsburgh’s flag has black and yellow stripes.  Founder and Pittsburgh native Art Rooney named the football team after the established baseball team in 1933.  Art also adopted the city’s flag colors and design.  This included the black and yellow stripes on the away uniforms for the inaugural season.  Thankfully he placed the stripes only as arm bands the following season.  The Pittsburgh Penguins, the city’s professional hockey team, adopted the black and gold color scheme in 1980.  You have to give it these professional teams for consistency.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

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Team Colors
Black, Gold, White

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Steeler’s head coach Mike Tomlin, besides being an all around good coach, is famous for looking eerily like Omar Epps.  So much so that in the 2009 House, M.D. episode (“Ignorance is Bliss”) House acknowledged it:

Why wouldn't I be? Got all my starters back, plus a couple of first-class free agents. I feel like Mike Tomlin. [Looks at Foreman, played by Omar Epps.] Probably not as much as you do, but you get the idea.

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Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland Browns – Eyes Half Open

Team Colors
Seal Brown, Burnt Orange, White

Official Website

The Browns have been lovingly(?) called The Factory of Sadness.  A combination of perennial bad rosters, Art Modell uprooting the original team to go to Baltimore (to form the Ravens), a half baked return, a carousel of coaches and front office hires has led to the Browns being regarded as the league’s ultimate tragedy.  Don’t take it from me.  Ask an actual Cleveland Browns fan.

As far as color palette the Browns give you one of the safest.  I’m sure most of you have a dark brown shadow for your daytime looks.  But there’s so many lovely brown eye shadows out there that never get to show off how pretty they can really be.  Let’s pair it with that awesome orange, shall we?

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Cincinnati Bengals

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Black, Orange, White

Official Website

The distinctive tiger stripes on the Bengals helmet did not appear until 1981.  In fact the original helmet was orange with the word Bengals inscribed across it.

Yes, orange can be a scary color to put on your face.  It took me years before I decided to put orange as a blush, much less as a lipstick or an eyeshadow.  But orange can warm up your face.  With light sweeps you can slowly tan your complexion.  Not too much, though.  That’s pushing Jersey Shore/oompa loompa territory.  I played with the tiger theme with this look.

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