The Buffalo Bills will be throwing it back this weekend as they take on their fellow former American Football League foes, the Oakland Raiders. The Bills announced earlier this week they will be wearing their classic standing bison logo on their helmets for the game, as well as a slightly modified retro white jersey. The Raiders, meanwhile, don't have to do a thing in order to wear throwbacks -- their look has remained essentially the same since 1965.
Buffalo has a fairly lengthy tradition of wearing the throwback logo on their lids. The Bills have played at least one game with it in all but one of the last dozen seasons (2011), having brought it back into their annual rotation of uniform options for 2005.
The club has had some luck of late when taking the field in the old look, winning three of the last four games in which they've worn the throwbacks.
Overall, it's not so pretty, but then again neither were many of those Bills teams during that span. After winning both games played with a white version of the standing bison logo on their helmets during the NFL's 75th anniversary celebration in 1994, the Bills went 3-10 in the 13 throwback games that followed in a span from the 2005 through '12 seasons. The team is 3-1 in the four games since.
If you include the original run of the logo from 1962 to '73, the Bills are 79-101-7 (.439) all-time when wearing it, either as their usual helmet or as a throwback. When wearing anything else, including the old silver-and-blue Detroit Lions hand-me-downs, the Bills are 325-361-1 (.474).
What does this all mean?
Absolutely nothing, but it's fun to watch a game now and then and reminisce about the earlier days of the franchise. If you're a fan who grew up watching the Bills during the standing bison era, it may bring back fond memories of when you fell in love with the team and with the sport itself.