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Buccaneers Should’ve Brought Back Creamsicle Jerseys

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It would seem that lately, NFL uniforms have followed the same cycle we see in the yearly release of items like new cars, cell phones, sports video games or contemporary menswear. Relentless overpromotion leads to the eventual realization of the truth that the new version is just slightly different from something you were already content and familiar with.

In releasing their new look Tuesday, the Buccaneers had the built-in advantage of immediate fanfare. Whatever they had demoed to the audience would be an instant improvement over the bad acid trip that was their uniforms over the past few seasons—unquestionably the worst in professional football. However, when they released the hype video unveiling its replacement, the immediate reaction to many was, Hey, aren’t these just the ones they wore before the ugly ones?

This was a situation clamoring for the old creamsicle Buccaneers look. I cannot be alone in believing that, in this era of unprecedented polarization, the orange and white getup worn between 1976 and 1996 was the type of gimmick that could have connected us together. The Buccaneers’ creamsicle uniforms were a perfect flashpoint in NFL history; retroactively hideous but, under a contemporary lens, perfectly, situationally ridiculous. It would be the football equivalent of the live-action Little Mermaid remake on ABC (starring Shaggy!), or the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie. It was something we had no idea we needed but, in hindsight, are glad to have in our lives.

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