Throwbacks, despite having their flare of popularity earlier in the decade, are still an overall underused aspect of sports. Yes, trotting out new uniforms every so often makes sense in terms of keeping the brand fresh and all, but you can’t tell me the Nets’ bland threads are at all more palatable than their 1980s getups. And the Chargers, well, they know powder blue was the right way to go all along.
(The horror… the horror…)
But one team that should be running in terror from their pastel ’80s days is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Perpetually the worst team of the late ’70s and ’80s, the Bucs tossed out the orange-pink uniforms 12 years ago and won a Super Bowl within a handful of years. This is no accident. But, as you can surmise from the picture above, they’re back. God help us all.
LIKE ‘72 FINS, ‘76 BUCS DON’T WANT TO SHARE RECORD: The 1976 Buccaneers agree with the 1972 Dolphins about one thing: They don’t want to see their accomplishments repeated this season:
BLOOMBERG reports that while Mercury Morris & other former Miami greats root against the Patriots going 16-0, survivors of Tampa Bay’s awful debut season don’t want the same thing to happen to this year’s Dolphins.In their first year of existence, the Bucs went 0-14 in ‘76, the last NFL team to have a winless season. Miami is currently 0-13, and a loss to the Ravens this weekend ties the NFL record for worst-ever season start.
Former TB LB and Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon doesn’t want company at the bottom of the record books, saying, “I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.”Former Bucs LB Steve Reese added, “I don’t want to see them go through what we went through.”
Meanwhile, former ‘72 Dolphins DB Dick Anderson has a similar message for Tom Brady & Co. about sharing an undefeated record: “I’m not interested in sharing. I wouldn’t be disappointed if the Patriots lost. If you told me somebody would be disappointed, I’d show you someone who wasn’t a winner.”
But Selmon has a different point of view about sharing the wealth: “If we won all our games, I’d welcome another team to come in and have that kind of experience as a team and as players. But I wouldn’t be excited about someone joining our club as the only winless team.”