Thursday Night Football was an interesting matchup. Not because of the game itself, though that certainly had an impact on the AFC playoffs and was just good football. The true interest of the game was the uniforms. Now, this isn't a fashion blog, but the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets unveiled full red and green uniforms, something that some viewers had difficulty with.
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People that are color blind don't necessarily just not see any color, but have trouble with certain colors. In specific, there are red/green color blind people that see the same color when viewing red and green at the same time. As you can guess, that made the Power Ranger-esque uniforms a little trouble for fans and even players to tell the difference between.
Pro Football Talk actually wrote up an article back in 2011 about this exact issue. Teams have made the switch in the past to help their players differentiate between their players and their opponent and you can bet that at least 1 player on Thursday night was confused as hell as 1 in 12 men (8%) are color blind. Imagine seeing both the red uniforms and green ones as the same color and trying to make split second decisions based on your now flawed vision?
Think that there is no way the two teams could be that close? Think again. You have exactly a second to point out the players that are on the Bills...
Here is the actual image for people that aren't color blind.
Color blindness is actually caused by the light-sensitive cells called cones inside the retina of the eye. With 3 types of cone cells in the retina, each set of cones is tied to a different set of light wavelengths. When the cones or the pathway between them and your brain are faulty, it causes certain colors to appear the same shade. Think you might be color blind? Check out this site to give yourself a basic test and see.