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February 18, 2014 @ 11:57 am
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Bucs To Introduce New Helmet, New Logo On Thursday

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Mark Cook

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The Buccaneers will reveal a new helmet and new logo design on Thursday night live on the NFL Network. It will be the first significant change to the current uniforms and logo since the switch was made from the orange and white to red and pewter in 1997.
In 1997, after a 15-year playoff drought, the Buccaneers went with a radical new uniform design, saying goodbye to the orange and white, and trading in a winking Bucco Bruce for a skull and sword logo and red and pewter colors.

On Tuesday morning former Bucs great Warren Sapp, who wore both the old and new uniforms during his career, revealed the Buccaneers would have a new helmet design along with an updated logo.

The buzz spread like a wildfire through talk radio and internet message boards with people speculating on exactly what the new design may look like. Sapp later tweeted a hint, stating the helmets would have a chrome grill (facemask) and also hashtagged #fire in his tweet.

Going back to a base white helmet may be a possibility with the new design, as the Buccaneers had to cancel the throwback game last October due to concerns about the safety of the helmets that had to be fitted at the beginning of the season in accordance with new safety standards mandated by the league due to the concussion issue.

How radical the change will be is still anyone’s guess as it could be as subtle as the Miami Dolphins logo design and minor color tweaks last year, or as full-blown a change as back in 1997 when the Buccaneers said goodbye to the creamsicles uniforms Tampa Bay had worn since their inception in 1976.

And also worth noting, in the first year of the change of uniform design back in 1997 the Buccaneers went to the playoffs for the first time since 1982, defeating the Detroit Lions in the last game ever at the old Tampa (Houlihan’s) Stadium. Are the Glazers hoping history repeats itself?

The unveiling of the the new helmet design and logo will be carried live Thursday on the NFL Network with two-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy joining Hall of Famer Sapp on the broadcast.


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    Personally, I dont give a rats @$$ what we look like as long as we turn this ship around. I do like Bucco Bruce though. Mix something old with new. I'm all for that.
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    Carried live? What time?
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    It worked for our distant biological twin, the Seattle Seahawks. They tweaked the colors of their logo and uniforms this past offseason as well. Gotta keep up. Im sure the changes will be minimal here as well, there's no way they start from scratch on the brand.
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    Seriously, Those are ugly uniforms and helmets, they need tweaking. Ours are probably the best in the NFL. I haven't heard ANYONE clamor for a change in our logo or uniform. This comes completely out of the blue and is unnecessary. There are plenty of other areas where the Glazers need to turn their attention to, instead of messing with one of the few areas they have gotten right since they took ownership of this team.
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    I was lucky enough to be in one of the focus groups back in 1997. The helmets KINDERRT saw at One Buc Pallace were no doubt the other candidates we evaluated. I liked the one with just the skull and crossed swords without the red flag background. But when Mark Dominik (yes that Mark Dominik) came out modeling a full uniform I saw how the flag enhanced the look. After getting the sneak peek, Bryan Glazer came in the room and paid us. That was such a great experience. All teams and companies occasionally modernize their brand. I have no issue with this (as long as I like it) and don't see it as some sort of money-making scheme any more than new and improved laundry detergent that is the same stuff in a different box. Heck some of us even change the styles in our wardrobe. Then again some still wear leisure suits.
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    @scubog...leisure suits yes...and stripes down their pants too!!!!
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    psssst guess what? the problem with the buccs isnt the coaching, the lack of pressure produced by the defensive front or the lack of production from the TE position. It starts at the top with the glazers. like some of you said this is a business and the glazers are trying to make money. I cant knock them for that however only shitty people dont care about making money off of a shitty product. And thats what the glazers are SHITTY Businessmen. we're talking about the same owners that fired their only superbowl winning head coach after a 9-7 season for who? raheem morris... lmao
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    Seriously? What is wrong with the current Logo? Answer- Absolutely Nothing
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    Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the Rays change their Logo a few times in the last few years. I can see the Rays and the Buc's change their Logo and colors often as not many people go to the games. The Buc's have spent quite a bit of money in FA the last few years and the Rays have spent this year. The teams have to make some money some how without an increase in seat prices. Prices go up , nothing goes down. The Lighting just got done with their change, it's not just the Buc's.
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    Nooooooo! Leave it all alone. Better coaching and execution is what's needed.
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    Of course they want to make money off the new logo's. You guys sound like that's some sort of crime. They're business men in the business to make money, what do you think the NFL is all about? How old are some of you people, waah waah, I won't buy any new gear!! Fine don't, you sound childish saying it's a plot to make money when every adult no's that's exactly what it is! Nothing last's forever, move on, or move off, but keep the whining to a minimum.
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    Piss - another scheme for the Glazerhousers to make more $$$. I don't think so. My stuff is going to Goodwill and I'll be wearing Rays stuff to the games. That explains why they put all their gear on 60% discount at RayJay last season.
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    Tweaks are fine, just don't mess with the battle flag. The old Bucco Bruce needed a major overhaul, but this current scheme and logo has some positive history associated with it. I'll reserve judgment, but again don't mess with the battle flag. I also agree with pomer1eau, I hope they don't buy into that ugly fade on the helmets like the Jags.
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    as long as they dont do what the jags did to their helmets, i wont really care too much. those jags helmets with half one color and the other half another color is wicked ugly...
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    Just sounds like a plan for the Glazers to make money off new clothing and hat sales. I HATE IT!!! I have a Bucs license plate now but I won't buy another one.
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    Whoa, Whoa! Where is this talk coming from about a white helmet? I've not heard that with the little that Sapp has leaked about the change. I'm under the impression that this is a new helmet and logo design. The team colors are pewter and red. I've not heard anything about a total uniform re-design or a change in team colors. I've heard the facemask may be Chrome and Sapp closed his tweet with the hash tag "fire". I do not know what that means. I wouldn't overreact until I saw the flippin' thing. I can't believe they would change to an all white helmet and leave the rest of the uniform the same. Then our favorite website couldn't be called "Pewter" Report anymore! lol
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    Well I turned around my handle, hoping for the same in the Bucs organization, so they are doing the same thing. I am ok with the concept, the execution is the key. I am sure that they want a positive change in the team this year and that it has nothing at all to do with them wanting to sell more gear with the new logo design................................?
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    Hopefully it's my suggestion of putting Bucco Bruce on one side of the helmit and leaving the rest of the new uniform and helmit desing/colors in place . . . !
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    Very upset by this, white helmets with chrome facemask is a fashion crime, I was very happy with our uniforms now
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    Well this is one way to have ESPN talk about the Buc's. After they see the new logo than they will be able to rip it apart!
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    Helmet is fine...we need to get rid of the girly stripes down our pants...come on man it's 2014, time to leave the 80's behind....I mean what's worng with plain black, red, or white pants....
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    I hate the idea of a white helmet. I mean I really, really hate it. However, I like the idea of a chrome "grill". But I like the way chrome looks on just about everything so that's definitely a personal preference. What I was surprised to read though on PFT was how many NFL fans around the league love our uniforms and think they're some of the best in the league. I love them of course, but if just about everyone else did I would have thought I would hear more about them.
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    I had posted the other day that I had went to One Buc Place for a meet and greet for coach Smith. While I was there I was looking at a display case of all the helmets that was designed in 97 to choose from before they selected the current design and logo. A Buccaneers Rep. came up and started talking to me and I remarked how I liked the black helmet with a different style Buc flag on it and he said " Black is bad as it don't repel the heat as a White one would". As I continued to look at the Helmets I realized there was some nice helmet designs and Logos in the case and what a problem it would be to be on the selection board. I
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    Boooo! The current scheme is great. The only decent-looking change Nike has contributed to it's helmet designs is the matte finish. Chrome is awful.
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