SIDELINE PATROL: Throwbacks are not just for style

Peter Silas Pasqua
Peter Silas Pasqua is the sports editor for the Gonzales Weekly Citizen. He can be reached at

Some time ago, a rapper that goes by Snoop Dogg started a fashion trend that made professional sports organizations very happy. You see, slim with the tilted brim is a hip hop megastar and a magnet for setting trends.

Sporting duds of athletic teams was nothing new to Sliky Slim after cruising for some gin and juice on the handle bars of a Schwinn in a Pittsburgh Penguins’ jersey.

A few years later, Calvin Broadus modeled a 1968 Lance Allworth No. 19 San?Diego Charger jersey and the throwback was born.

If you were a rapper and didn’t have a retro sports jersey, you might as well have hung up your microphone because every kid in surburbia was already buying them up to look like D-O Double G.

Through the years, I admit I have browsed throwback jerseys in search engines and wouldn’t mind having a few of my own. The jersey of  Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jack Lambert, Green Bay Packers’ Ray Nitschke, New Orleans Jazz’s Pete Maravich,  Boston Celtics’ Robert Parish, Houston Astros’ Nolan Ryan, New York Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio and yes, even Pittsburgh Panthers’ Dan Marino and Duke’s Bobby Hurley.

The NFL recently announced that eight former AFL team will wear 1960s throwback uniforms during “legacy games” in the 2009 NFL?season. We already have seen many of them recently like those of the Chargers, Bills, Patriots and Jets.

Wait a second. If teams are longing for their past so much that they are bringing out old uniforms, why did they change them in the first place. For one, I am a much bigger fan of Pat Patriot than Flying Elvis.

And yes, the Chiefs will have to wear a helmet outlining the state of Texas with a star on  Dallas when they play the Cowboys because they were originally the Dallas Texans.

But if you want a throwback that you probably never have seen before, check out Denver’s brown and yellow uniforms with simple numbers on the helmet. The vertical stripes are awesome.

The Louisiana Superdome was awarded the 2013 Superbowl Wednesday, a record 10th time for the city of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina blew a hole in her roof, she  housed horrors as flood waters rose just outside her door. Now, the “Dome” and New Orleans can show everyone they are back on their feet nearly a decade after the most costly natural disaster ever.

Congratulations to the Dutchtown baseball team for a great run in the state tournament all the way to the final. Also, kudos to Ascension Catholic for advancing to the quarterfinals and exciting seasons  from East Ascension, St. Amant and Donaldsonville.

I may have to don the retro Blue Jays’ headgear next year for better luck. After all, that hat is really that old. I got it after Toronto won the World Series on Joe Carter’s walk off home run in 1993. What was with the Canadians and their multi colored head gear in that era? The Montreal Expos’ tri-colored cap truly is a work of art.