Christmas came early for the NFL on Thursday — where the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills were concerned at least.
The league kicked off its new “color rush” experiment for the “Thursday Night Football” game on the NFL Network, but the sickly bright green and red ensembles were quickly ripped into by fans.
The NFL says the new uniforms designed by Nike are meant to combine a current and historic uniform color as a way to “honor each franchise,” however the social media response revealed that they looked more like ugly Christmas sweaters.
“Is it me or does the Thursday Night football game look like Christmas?” ESPN’s “SportsCenter” host Cari Champion asked.
“At the line of scrimmage, after the snap, it looks like a bowl of Christmas’s M&M’s,” one Twitter user commented.
“This is like an Ugly Christmas Sweater party with shoulder pads,” another user wrote.
“Looks like the NFL took it upon themselves to make up for the Starbucks cups. Wait. No xmas doodles. Blasphemy!” someone joked, referring to the cup scandal that rocked the coffee chain this week.
Color blindness affects approximately eight percent of Americans, with a high prevalence of red-green color blindness — making the Bills-Jets game particularly confusing for those afflicted, Twitter noted.
The NFL said all 32 teams will have a “color rush” uniform by next season that will be worn specifically for Thursday games airing on CBS and the NFL Network, so prepare yourself for an explosion of rainbow colors in 2016.