Once again, the San Diego Chargers have announced that they will wear their powder-blue alternate jerseys for two games this season and once again my feathers are ruffled by the announcement.
Chargers will wear powder blues 11/27 vs. Denver and 12/18 vs. Baltimore.
That's Weeks 12 and 15 of the NFL schedule, for those counting at home. Late in the season, in games that are less than a month apart? That's about as close to burying the powder-blues as the team could seemingly get without causing a riot.
I know the ownership wants their own stamp on the team, and that's a big reason for the navy blue jerseys. My complaint is mostly about the lack of focus. The team is navy blue, but the coaching staff wears powder blue shirts and hats. Corey Liuget is drafted and given a powder blue hat to wear while holding a navy blue jersey. When the team updated their uniforms, they switched back to the white helmets and even updated the alternate jersey so that they're not technically "throwbacks" anymore".
It all feels like the fans are being toyed with. Everyone loves the powder blue, including the fans, players and coaches, and see it as a definitive look for the team. The ownership knows this enough to sell powder blue gear, splatter it all over their sidelines, and even update the powder-blues when they updated their main uniforms.
Here's a list of teams that wear navy blue: