Barring a surprise, Bears won’t be wearing their 1936 throwbacks on opening night

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There’s an unusual footnote to the unveiling of the alternate uniforms that the Chicago Bears will wear twice during their 100th season, which also is the league’s 100th season: The Bears won’t be wearing them when the season opens with a Thursday night grudge match against the Green Bay Packers.

The unveiling of the Bronco Nagurksi jerseys came with an announcement that the uniforms will be worn on September 29 against the Vikings, and on December 5 against the Cowboys.

It’s possible that the Bears are opting for a Mean Machine-style surprise on opening night, with their normal uniforms being worn during pregame warmups before a pre-kick okey-doke where they make a quick change before officially taking the field. It’s also possible that the Bears realize that the opener already has enough excitement without the old-school uniforms, prompting them to save the two times for wearing the alternate uniforms until later in the season.

And that’s the rule — twice per year for alternate uniforms. During the league’s 75th season, however, the 49ers eventually obtained a dispensation to wear their throwbacks with shadows on the numbers through the postseason. Maybe the NFL will let the Bears go back in time to 1936 on at least three occasions, starting with the first game of the year.

17 responses to “Barring a surprise, Bears won’t be wearing their 1936 throwbacks on opening night

  1. This is a real nailbitter I’m on the edge of my seat. (Sarcasm). Instead of a good game opening night between 2 of the best teams in the league like Pat’s Chiefs. We get the ever so exciting and unique experience of bears and Packers which we have seen twice a year for 100 years. Come on. Who is this for? The 3 fans that were around when the league started 100 years ago. It will only get ratings because no other games are on.

  2. Alternates can be worn 3 times during the year, not 2.

    So it sounds to me like the Bears may indeed be “hiding” these for their season opener.

  3. If you have seen the Bears throwbacks they missed the mark with them. Not good.

    The Bears also have no 100 Seasons patch. They just have the NFL100 logo with a Bear on top of it. Lame.

    Week 1 will be grand and it is a huge game and you wear the teams actual current uniforms for big games. Gimmicky throwback uni’s are just produced for jersey sales money, not the opening night of the NFL’s 100th Year.

    #NFL100

    #PackersBears

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  4. Florio, I applaud you. However, I don’t think your main demographic would get the Mean Machine reference. For those of you who think you get it, we are talking Reynolds, not Sandler.

  5. Bears don’t want to wear their ugly sweaters and helmets as they don’t want to look like the packers.

  6. It’s already hard enough on the eyes to have to see our Packers in their unis. The Bears didn’t want overload on the opening night of the season.

    And there was no reason to waste the Bears old look unis on a third place team. Who are just starting their rebuild. With an aging, broken down diva QB. And a brand new head coach with an abysmal history.

  7. I don’t mind their throwbacks.

    Side note: I don’t know what “throws backs” are, but cheese must be good for the mind, because I can at least make sense when I type.

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    June 8, 2019 at 9:22 am
    If you have seen the Bears throwbacks they missed the mark with them. Not good.
    The Bears also have no 100 Seasons patch. They just have the NFL100 logo with a Bear on top of it. Lame.
    Week 1 will be grand and it is a huge game and you wear the teams actual current uniforms for big games. Gimmicky throwback uni’s are just produced for jersey sales money, not the opening night of the NFL’s 100th Year.
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    Right. Those patches can be really important.

  9. Someone tried to wash the uniforms after they’d been in the closet all these years, not realizing the straw they were woven from would disintegrate in hot water.

  10. Sorry, but if the uniform is as shown, they won’t be able to make a “last minute” decision.

    The jersey is white, and the Bears usually wear blue at home. NFL rules – those nasty little inconveniences – require them to notify both the league and their opponents before the START of the season as to which uniforms they plan to wear for a given game.

  11. frank booth says:
    June 8, 2019 at 2:39 pm
    freefromwhatyouare says:
    June 8, 2019 at 9:22 am
    If you have seen the Bears throwbacks they missed the mark with them. Not good.
    The Bears also have no 100 Seasons patch. They just have the NFL100 logo with a Bear on top of it. Lame.
    Week 1 will be grand and it is a huge game and you wear the teams actual current uniforms for big games. Gimmicky throwback uni’s are just produced for jersey sales money, not the opening night of the NFL’s 100th Year.
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    Right. Those patches can be really important.

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    free you must have multiple SNs to get that many thumb downs

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