This is a great time of year to be thankful for what we have, where we have been, and what the future holds. Although the Chargers have lost their way a bit in recent years, the month of December used to hold such incredible promise! This advent calendar is an attempt to hearken back to these days of December joy. Each day will bring a new advent from the Bolts’ history that make it wonderful to be a Chargers fan.
Dec. 1: Powder-Blue Uniforms
One of the most fan-pleasing color combinations in all of professional sports, the Powder Blues are the sort of colors that just go hand-in-hand with winning. The color combinations that we think of as powder blue actually existed as a range of colors during the 1960s.
Chagers' original powder blue era actually included 4 different shades of blue. Only the last one was a true powder (h/t @GridironUniform). pic.twitter.com/MIkqoPUIzh— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) November 7, 2016
Paul Lukas of ESPN does a wonderful job of telling about the jersey’s early history and some of the nuances of the design. As we can see, not all blues are equal! It is crazy to think that the original helmet design had a blue bolt instead of our more familiar yellow bolt. By the time 1968 rolled around, the design had really been honed into a near-perfect design that we look fondly on today.
Stay tuned for day two of this month of Chargers advents to remember!
-Jason “Powder Tuff” Michaels