The Tampa Buccaneers are getting a makeover in 2014. Recently, the team revealed its new logo and helmet with the promise that the jerseys will be revealed soon. While the judgment of the full uniform will come later, for now we will judge the log and helmet. First, the logo. Many Bucs fans would have liked to seen the return of the original Bucco Bruce logo, including myself, but the new logo is an adaptation of the previous logo. Following the Panthers and Jaguars in recent years, the logo isn’t a major departure from the previous installment, but is more streamlined. I love how the logo is bigger with a new brighter red that really makes it pop. Now the logo with a more streamlined skull looks more fierce and realistic than the previous installment and makes it more intimidating. The logo is now more polished and looks very crisp and professional. Overall not a great departure from the previous logo, and while it’s no Bucco Bruce it works well. Grade: B+
However, while I love the updated logo, the Helmet does not receive the same praise. If you’d like to see the full 360 view of the helmet click (here). While the logo looks better, the helmet has no change except for the chrome grill. This was a missed opportunity because I think the helmets would have looked better without the shine. The recent trend of the helmets without the polished finished would have looked better and the chrome grill just makes these helmets look ridiculous. The Bucs could have tried a black helmet, which I think would not only look better, but make their logo pop even more. Grade: C
While I would have liked the Bucs to bring back a version of the Bucco Bruce logo, the new revision is an upgrade over the previous installment. The logo maybe better but the new helmet with its chrome grill and lack of change is a missed opportunity for maximizing this change for Tampa Bay. The jerseys are on the way, and we can’t wait to see what the Buccaneers will do. Take our poll! What do you think the Bucs should have done?
The old saying that, “what’s old is new again in the fashion world” is a recent trend that sports teams seem to be following. Many professional teams are bringing back classic looks, or combining old and new aspects of team’s uniforms. Sometimes it’s for history while other times it’s to appease the fan base. Either way in the NFL, many teams such as the Bills, Vikings, and 49ers have followed this trend in the past few seasons with much success and fan approval. However, there are still a few teams who should strongly consider bringing back their classic jerseys and logos those fans would love to see again full-time.
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Creamsicles
I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder
So ugly they’re beautiful! They do say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While many Tampa fans associate this jersey with the club’s painful early days, including losing their first 26 games, since they have become throwbacks there has been an outcry to bring these jerseys back full-time. While I think these jerseys would look better with the new flag logo on the helmet instead of the winking pirate, without question the colors are what make the Buccaneers stand out. With so many teams having red and black color schemes already, why not go to a look nobody else has? Hey it may be different but these uniforms are clean, colorfully, and defiantly catch your eyes on television. If the Bucs ever went back to these full-time they would defiantly be making a statement with these bad boys. I say bring on the creamsicles!!
4) Washington Redskins: Change to avoid controversy
This classic look could satisfy both sides of the Redskins debate
Ok, so we all know that the word “Redskin” is offensive to Native Americans. We also know that the Redskins ownership has made it abundantly clear that they aren’t going to drop the “Redskins” namesake. What to do? How about a compromise? The Redskins can keep they’re name but have to drop the offensive Redskin mascot with the Indian chief head. But what will they wear? How about these beauties from the 60s. This jersey keeps the iconic colors but has the intimidating spear decals along the shoulders and on the helmet. Hey, defenses may get cower in fear if they see the RGIII arrow whizz right by them for another Redskins’ touchdown. Look, I think the Redskins are in a difficult situation right now, but with this uniform change it may help reduce the insensitive nature of the Redskins nickname. I see it as a win for everybody. The Redskins look great and intimidating, the ownership can keep the name, and Native Americans no longer have to see the insensitive mascot on the side of the helmet. Dear NFL, if you are reading this you should look into this solution.
3) Philadelphia Eagles: Kelly Greens
Simpler is better for the Eagles jerseys
Not to say I don’t like the Eagles current uniforms, but their classic kelly greens are a better option, in my opinion. The current jerseys have too much going on with the black, white, silver, dark green, and white. The Simple Kelly green and silver was both simple and elegant. Listen the eagles don’t even have to change their logo, just the colors and the jerseys. These uniforms have so much history and make you think of the legendary Eagles, such as Reggie White, that used to wear them. While I don’t see them going back to these full-time, I think a lot of Philly fans would like to see these babies full-time once again. The Kelly green is a great combination that the Eagles had and gave them a great look back in the day.
2) New England Patriots: Pat the Patriot
These jerseys scream patriotism
Robert Kraft, please bring these back! No jerseys scream patriotism louder than these classics. The red, white, and blue is well-balanced while the white helmets with their red, and blue stripes really pop. But what makes this uniform is the mascot. Nothing screams football like an American patriot in a three-point stance about the hike a football. Why should these be brought back? They’re leaps and bounds better than the Patriots current threads. Blue and silver? Not as patriotic as red, white, and blue. Silver helmet with a red face mask? Yawn. But the worst offense is the new mascot. A patriot head the looks like a bad Elvis? Really? This was better than Pat the Patriot? Do I want the intimidating PAt the Patriot looking to knock me over of the Patriot head with the bad hairdo?I think you know the answer to that one. Come on New England you’re the Patriots, you should bring back the jerseys that actually make you look like Patriots.
1) San Diego Chargers: Powder Blues
Why the Chargers don’t wear the best jerseys in the NFL is beyond me
In 1974, one of the greatest tragedies in sports occurred. The San Diego Chargers got rid of their powder blue jerseys as their primary jerseys. Why the Chargers got rid of, and to this day continue to, not wear their powder blue jerseys is one of the greatest mysteries in sports. The powder blue represents the city of San Diego perfectly as a city that is sunny and just goes with the flow. The lighting bolt that represents speed and those white helmets with the numbers on the side were so cool. Sure they do wear the powder blues from time to time and even have an updated version and have added elements of the originally jerseys into their current uniform set. But why not the real thing? The fans don’t deserve a substitute give them what they want! Heck if I was the Chargers I would ask the NFL if I could have my team wear these jerseys every game. So many people love these uniforms, they’re one of the greatest uniforms ever created in the history of sport. Bring back the powder blues now! Check out our poll and vote on the jerseys you want back in the NFL. Don’t forget to comment and follow!