The pants designed by architect of the Dallas Cowboys Tex Schramm nearly 50 years ago, a sort of combination of blue, gray and silver which the team has worn for most of their history, may soon be on their way out.
According to a report by Richie Whitt on the Dallas Observer's website, the team is reconsidering the pants after improvements in technology have precipitated complaints on the part of fans. The trouble lies in that the color-mix used by Schramm was designed to come across on television as silver--that was a long time ago, though, long before HD.
Now, the shade comes across on television as it does in person--namely, if the light is right, green.
"When fans go to our home games in person the No. 1 grief we hear about is the green pants," said vice president of team merchandising Bill Priakos. "Now we're hearing it from fans watching on TV because of HD.
"It's too realistic."
Priakos continues that the potential change in uniform could entail more traditional silver pants. The decision, when and if it comes, will likely be met with mixed emotions from fans, as the distinct shade has become something of a signature for the franchise.
"Nothing's set in stone," Priakos said. "But we want the pants to look silver, to be consistent to every fan no matter if they're at the game or watching on TV, whether we're home or on the road.
"Of course, we'll never change the home white jerseys or the helmets, but we're experimenting with some different shades in the pants."