Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release Their New Uniforms

By John Turney
Two of the Bucs new uniforms, on the right, look like a 'glow' is added to photo
About a week ago the Bucs their new Nike-inspired uniforms. And to be honest, they are not great.

The Tampa Bay Times reported, "It really defines the Buccaneer as a modern superhero for the future," said Todd Van Horne, Nike's creative director for football.".


The TBT also had this quote from Bucs co-chairman Ed Glazer, "Any time you have something you've worn for 17 years and had great history in, any change is going to be a little bit new to people … there's no question, once fans get to see the uniforms in person on the players on the field, they're going to love it."

Double okay.

From the Tampa Tribune
“Today marks the culmination of more than two years of research and planning to bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a new and exciting era of our history," Bucs co-chairman Edward Glazer said.
The uniform features what the Bucs said is an energized and richer pewter paired with a brighter, more vibrant shade of Buccaneer Red. In homage to the Buccaneers' early uniforms, the look also features Bay Orange as a new primary trim color and accent on the jersey and pants.
 The Bucs are the first NFL franchise to incorporate a reflective chrome border around the numbers on the front, back and shoulders. The chrome border incorporates a new technologically advanced reflective coating that adds increased readability and a unique glow to the numbers.
 The redesigned wooden ship logo is positioned on the right shoulder and the word "Bucs" on the left. The enhanced flag is displayed on the right and left hip of the pant.
The new helmet, previously unveiled, is highlighted by a more menacing Jolly Roger.
A "More menacing Jolly Roger?"

Okay, thrice.

According to Nike and the Bucs the reflective border is now unique to the Bucs and was to make identifying players on the field much easier for fans as well as broadcasters.

The uniforms have what is called an "integrated Flywire technology" in the neckline designed to "reduce weight and provide a lockdown fit" over the pads.

Another talking point in the release was the technology of the so-called "Nike Elite 51 uniform" which is purported to increase range of motion in the arms and includes a four-way stretch fabrication to provide a streamlined shrink-wrap fit.

"The design focuses on creating a system where the baselayer, padding, jersey, and pant work in concert," the Bucs release said. "Lightweight padding is also integrated directly into the crucial hit zones' in the base layer.

The new name and number fonts feature "beveled edges inspired by historical Buccaneer blade carvings, echoing the modern industrial design inspiration" according to Nike

But the numbers look like digital clock numbers. From Facebook, published by the Orlando Sentinal
Four times, okay.

Our view?  They are just not good. But Bucs fans are stuck with them for five years. We hope they like them—the younger fans just might.

Here are some shots released by the Buccaneers—