Well here’s something nobody around here expected… the Dallas Cowboys will be wearing their standard (road?) blue jerseys for their Thanksgiving Day game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday.
According to the Cowboys it’s the first time since the Cotton Bowl days that the team has worn their standard blue jerseys for a home game. The Cowboys left the Cotton Bowl for Texas Stadium following the 1971 season.
Why are they doing this?
Simple, the NFL stopped allowing teams more than one helmet colour per season which put an end to the Cowboys tradition of wearing their throwback blue uniforms on Thanksgiving. Not wanting to mismatch eras (good call) but also not wanting to end the new tradition of going blue on Thanksgiving the team decided to just wear their road uniforms for the game.
In case you were wondering, the Cowboys started their tradition of wearing white at home to give their fans a different look each week. Instead of seeing the blue Cowboys face the white opponents every week the fans would see the white Cowboys vs the blue Giants or green Eagles or red Cardinals.