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Old 07-23-2011   #1
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While the owners and players continue to fight over whether there's an agreement on the ongoing labor mess, I have a simple, more pressing question for you Texans fans.

Has Battle Red Day run its course?

What prompted this question was a tweet by @NickScurfield of the Texans which indicated the good guys will wear red jerseys and white pants for their Week 8 Battle Red Day game vs. the Jaguars.

First things first. Why Jacksonville - again?

Maybe it's because Bob McNair still thinks the Jaguars "hate it" even though the Jags beat the Texans in their last Battle Red meeting, and at least one ESPN reporter views the annual ritual as 'a little hokey.'

I doubt the Jags players, or any other players for that matter, quake in their Nike's when they see the Texans emerge from the tunnel in their red uniforms. It's not like the uniforms invoke super powers.

The Texans are 7-5 all-time while wearing their red jerseys (4-3 under Kubiak) and are on a three game losing streak wearing red (losses to the Jags and Titans in 2009 and Ravens in 2010).

If you're doing the math, there is only one official 'Battle Red Day' per season but the Texans have exercised the alternate uniform policy twice per season four times since the first Battle Red Day against the Panthers in 2003.


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It has always been about the play on the field for me.
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I don't think its run its course. Its a fun once a year tradition that the fans really get into, I see no harm in it. I need more Battle Red Day t-shirts too.
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When bulls see red, they see fire and get fire in their belly. We're on the wrong end of the red. I'm sorry to say this, but when opposing teams and fans see the ketchup bottle uniforms, they are just left laughing.
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When has there ever been any indication that Battle Red Day had run it's course. I haven't met a single person that doesn't like it.
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The red jerseys should be the home jerseys. The blue jerseys are drab. I don't even own a blue jersey, anymore.
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Default Re: Has Battle Red Day run its course?

I like the idea of Battle Red day, but it hasn't been used in any inspiring way. It offers no real value when you schedule it months in advance when facing the least significant team in our division.

You want to make Battle Red day special? Make it a tradition where our team's owner arbitrarily declares it when we play a must-win game or when facing a real rival. It's like a call to arms, or like hitting the turbo button. I could get into that.
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The red jerseys should be the home jerseys. The blue jerseys are drab. I don't even own a blue jersey, anymore.
I am on the opposite end. I love the blue jerseys. They are a very classy, serious look to them. I dislike the red jerseys. Looks kinda high school for me.

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I like the idea of Battle Red day, but it hasn't been used in any inspiring way. It offers no real value when you schedule it months in advance when facing the least significant team in our division.

You want to make Battle Red day special? Make it a tradition where our team's owner arbitrarily declares it when we play a must-win game or when facing a real rival. It's like a call to arms, or like hitting the turbo button. I could get into that.
I kinda like that idea. On a Weds the week before, McNair takes out a full page in the chronicle and sells the next game as a must win and implores everyone to get up for Battle Red day!
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I like the idea of Battle Red day, but it hasn't been used in any inspiring way. It offers no real value when you schedule it months in advance when facing the least significant team in our division.

You want to make Battle Red day special? Make it a tradition where our team's owner arbitrarily declares it when we play a must-win game or when facing a real rival. It's like a call to arms, or like hitting the turbo button. I could get into that.
I think the NFL requires teams to declare all of their home game uniform combinations prior to the start of the preseason.
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Default Re: Has Battle Red Day run its course?

Now that I think about it, there's a lot that could be done with a Battle Red call to arms signaled by McNair. Since it's an unscheduled alteration of the uniforms, the league would probably only allow it once a year, but that would make it more fun. Houston fans would be expected to show up in war paint, be rowdy and extra loud. Reliant would be a zoo. It would be used to create anxiety for visiting teams. The press would eat it up: "Are the Texans going to declare Battle Red for the game on Sunday?"

But no, we're going to use it as a gimmick against Jacksonville.
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I think the NFL requires teams to declare all of their home game uniform combinations prior to the start of the preseason.
If it attracts attention, I think they'd be open to making one exception a year. It's the same reason we finally got interleague play in baseball.
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Now that I think about it, there's a lot that could be done with a Battle Red call to arms signaled by McNair. Since it's an unscheduled alteration of the uniforms, the league would probably only allow it once a year, but that would make it more fun. Houston fans would be expected to show up in war paint, be rowdy and extra loud. Reliant would be a zoo. It would be used to create anxiety for visiting teams. The press would eat it up: "Are the Texans going to declare Battle Red for the game on Sunday?"

But no, we're going to use it as a gimmick against Jacksonville.

Cool idea, I don't know for sure about having to notify the NFL of jersey combos. I seem to remember a game where they caught everyone off guard with the red jerseys.... It may have been something else though.
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I seem to remember a game where they caught everyone off guard with the red jerseys.... It may have been something else though.
It was a Sunday Night Game vs. Green Bay.
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It was a Sunday Night Game vs. Green Bay.
Yeah, I believe so...that damn game.
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I like the "battle red" days. I do think we should use it on other teams...not just Jacksonville most of the time. I sm not sure why this has been so in the past......
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Seems like I can only remember 2 games where Battle Red had any real meaning.

1. The 2004 game against the Jags.
2. The 2007 game against the Broncos.

Every other time, it seemed like a lame marketing attempt.
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I kinda like that idea. On a Weds the week before, McNair takes out a full page in the chronicle and sells the next game as a must win and implores everyone to get up for Battle Red day!
This is exactly what I want to see happen. He could liken it to Sam Houston rallying troops after the Alamo. It would be a citywide unification every year.

Plus, this young franchise could use some tradition.
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battle red day just an idea to make us buy another jersey, marketing hello
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This "young???" franchise could use some WINS........something that must come BEFORE it can develop a tradition........a POSITIVE tradition at least. We already have a LOSING tradition.
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When has there ever been any indication that Battle Red Day had run it's course. I haven't met a single person that doesn't like it.
Hi, I'm Hervoyel ("David" IRL) and I don't like Battle Red day. It's just one of a seemingly endless stream of contrived promotions designed to take our thoughts off of the fact that team has sucked for most of its existence. It embodies the worst qualities of our pre-fab expansion franchise and the sooner they quit making a big deal out of "Battle Red Day" and the three times as lame opening day "Liberty White" day the better.
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