Throwback Thursday: Falcons abuzz over uniforms

John Abraham, Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are ready for Throwback game. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

John Abraham, Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are ready for the Throwback game. You can get your Retro jersey for $111.11. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

The Branch — There has been a different feel to this week’s preparation.

It started on Monday, when red helmets were placed in every player’s locker.

The team will pay homage to the inaugural 1966 team, with a black jersey, white pants and red helmet this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

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“We’re going to look real clean,” defensive end John Abraham said. “This is my first time ever getting to wear a Throwback. So, I’m real excited about this.”

They will wear them again when Tampa Bay comes to the Georgia Dome on Nov. 29.

The team’s website has gone Throwback, showing all pictures in black and white.

This is a hot leisure suit (actually is a 1970s era style).

This is a hot leisure suit (actually is a 1970s era style).

It was suggested that all of the members of the communications department dress in Throwback leisure suits with a Falcons logo emblazoned on the pocket.

They didn’t think it was a good idea. But since the players have to go Throwback, perhaps the rest of the staff should, too. Of course, they want the fans to go Throwback and buy the jerseys.

The original helmets will also have that Georgia Tech gold stripe. They only wore those helmets for one season. (UPDATE: They wore the Gold Stripe on the helmets through the 1970 season, according my man Frank Kleha, the senior director of media relations.) The Smith’s had to add some Georgia Tech flavor to the decidedly University of Georgia looking, red, black and white uniforms.

The Falcons don’t want Jake Delhomme to have a Throwback game. He’s  in a funk. But if he flashes back to circa 2003, he might regain his passing touch.

Delhomme, 34, had reconstructive elbow surgery two years ago. The whispers about his lack of arm strength get louder with each interception.

He threw  five interceptions and lost a fumble against Arizona in the playoffs last season. Carolina coach John Fox pointed out that the game was “nine months ago” on the conference call with the Atlanta media.

The Eagles got after him in the season opener as the  defending NFC South champions were defeated 38-10.

Delhomme was pulled after four more interceptions and a fumble.

Word is that the Cheerleaders are wearing Throwback uniforms, too. With Throwback hairdos, to match.

Word is that the Cheerleaders are wearing Throwback uniforms, too. With Throwback hairdos, to match.

This has the makings of a real “Throwback game” as the Panthers might not attempt a forward pass.

“My thing is that I know he’s going to have a good game,” Abraham said. “After a quarterback plays like that he wants to play well. Also, I think they are going to try to run the ball a little bit more.  That was their key thing last year with the two good backs they have. They are going to try to run it, I think.”

How are you going to the Throwback game? Watching it in black and white? Getting one of the jerseys (isn’t that what this really about)? Or just going to pull out your modern jersey and go to the game? The team is 8-1 at home under Coach Mike Smith. Are they risking the record by wearing some uniforms that they went 3-11 (1-6 at home) in?

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JC

September 22nd, 2009
8:43 am

THERE NEEDS TO BE A PETITION TO KEEP THESE UNIFORMS. WE ARE NOT AN EXPANSION TEAM ANDS THATS WHAT ARE CURRENT UNIS LOOK LIKE!!!! ALL GREAT UNIS ARE TRADITIONAL: CHI, GB, WASH, DAL, OAK, NY, PITT, IND, MIA, AND ON AND ON!!!! PLEASE BRING THESE BACK THERE IS NO ARGUMENT AS TO WHICH LOOK BETTER, ITS NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!