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Post  Mako Mameli Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:43 pm

It all started with this photo of Roy Gerela kicking against the Rams (with no name on his back)...

1971 Oilers - preseason uniform Roy_ge10

WTF... what jerseys are the Oilers wearing?

OK... Gerela was an Oiler in 1969 and 1970 while in 1971 he was with the Steelers, the Oilers played the Rams in a 1970 preseason game (09/05/70) in Pasadena, so it's 1970... Not that fast. You better double check, Mako

So I searched on Getty...

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Houston Astrodome on August 29, 1970 in Houston, Texas

According to profootballarchives.com the Oilers played the Cowboys that day, so it's 1970... Wait a minute, Lynn Dickey was drafted in 1971! affraid

New search: "Oilers 1971"

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Houston Astrodome on August 26, 1971 in Houston, Texas

And what about the Rams?
The Oilers played the Rams in Canton in 1971 and this article has a photo that shows the three-striped white jersey
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ll8sAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XM0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=2386,63473&dq=oilers+rams&hl=en

and Gerela was there Rolling Eyes
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=V9deAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JlMNAAAAIBAJ&pg=722,215235&dq=oilers+rams&hl=en

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Post  BD Sullivan Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:09 pm

Gerela was cut by the Oilers on 9/2/71, with the Steelers soon picking him up.

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Post  Bill Schaefer Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:58 pm

They appear to be the 1965 jerseys with
A) TV numbers moved to the shoulders and
B) as pointed out, no nameplates
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Post  BD Sullivan Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:33 pm

I saw an article from this era that said Bud Adams was cleaning house after the Wally Lemm era ended, with a new coach, new uni's, and obviously, new players. Lemm's first year (in his second stint) with the team was '66, so I get the feeling Bud must have doing a Soviet-style whitewash of Lemm's time while waiting to unveil the new duds. It's obvious they didn't bother putting on NOB's for these temporary uni's, and the shift of the TV numbers must have been to conform to changed uniform rules.

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Post  Mako Mameli Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:52 pm

BD Sullivan wrote:waiting to unveil the new duds

According to the database they didn't change the uniforms in 1971

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Post  Mako Mameli Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:00 pm

As an aside, do the Oilers changed to gray belts in 1971?

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Post  BD Sullivan Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:08 pm

Mako Mameli wrote:
BD Sullivan wrote:waiting to unveil the new duds
According to the database they didn't change the uniforms in 1971

Which makes the use of the old uniforms for the whole preseason even more nonsensical.

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Post  Mako Mameli Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:29 pm

Maybe they just wanted a more breathable jersey for the preseason sunny

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