Um … really, Tampa? Really?

Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 9.09.46 PMThere was a buzz in the air Thursday night, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepared to introduce their new helmet design. None other than Warren Sapp, the legendary defensive lineman, Tweeted that it’d be great.

So, of course, it’d be great. Right? Um … right?

Sigh. If you read this blog, you know I have, literally, no expectations for the Bucs to do anything right. This is the organization that used a first-overall pick on Vinny Testaverde—then learned he was color blind. This is the organization that used a first-overall pick on Bo Jackson—even when he said he would never join sign. This the organization that traded Steve Young, that replaced Doug Williams with Jack Thompson, that, more recently, brought you Josh Freeman and Raheem Morris and Greg Schiano and on and on and on and on.

Still, I hoped that, just maybe, they’d do the right thing and bring back the old-school Creamsicle duds from back in the day. Which, by the way, Sports Illustrated voted one of the five best unis of all time.

I hoped.

And hoped.

And hoped.

But, alas, they screwed the pooch—once again. And gave us (dear God) this travesty …

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2 thoughts on “Um … really, Tampa? Really?”

  1. As a fellow Bucco Bruce aficionado (my creamsicle ballcap is vintage, not throwback), I was looking forward to this New Helmet unveiling with great interest, and here’s why.

    Over the past few years, the Bucs had done a creamsicle throwback uni day for the home crowd.* But that didn’t happen in 2013. Why? The NFL has a new rule that for safety reasons players must wear the same helmet all season. So they couldn’t switch from a pewter helmet to a white helmet.

    (*Marketing had been begging Tampa Bay to do Creamsicle Throwback games for years, but always got vetoed by players on the roster who actually had to wear them back in the day. Eventually, the old guard of Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks were no longer in the locker room, so the players weren’t offended and OK’d it.)

    When I saw you post that the Bucs were on the verge of unveiling a new helmet, a light went off: “A-ha! I’ll bet the Bucs are switching to a white helmet to wear year-round, that way they can just swap from a flag decal to a Bucco Bruce decal on throwback day. Talk about One Buc Place using its head to come with a helmet throwback workaround!”

    But no. They just came out with a tackier version of the Pewter Power motif. Ugh.

    Which means we can kiss goodbye seeing a Throwback Creamsicle game, just as I was getting used to the idea. As a Bucs season ticket holder in the ’85 and ’86 seasons (2 wins each year, and 2 of those 4 wins were on the road — but at least I got to see Walter Payton and the ’85 Bears), the sight of creamsicle in action made me slightly ill.

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