Here’s a pleasant surprise: The Saints yesterday announced that they’ll be wearing their late-1960s throwbacks for this Sunday’s game against the Rams.
The last time the Saints wore this design as a throwback was in 2016 — six years ago. That seems like a long gap (frankly, I didn’t even realize they still had this throwback as an active wardrobe option), but then I did a bit of digging and learned that the Saints have a really weird history with this throwback. According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, this will be the seventh time they’ve worn it. Check out the years and intervals:
- 1994 (twice), against the Bucs and Giants
- 2002, against the Bucs
- 2011 (twice), against the Bucs and Texans
- 2016, against the Lions
- 2022 (this Sunday), against the Rams
So yeah, it’s been a six-year gap since the last time they wore this uniform, but that’s pretty consistent with their history. Weird!
The big difference this time around, of course, is that players often don’t bother wearing real socks anymore, so we might not see all the New Orleans players suiting up in those gorgeous striped hose. Still, considering that the Saints usually go black over black for home games these days, the throwback will definitely be an improvement, socks or no socks.