The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acknowledged that a throwback game in which the team will wear its old uniforms will take place during the 2009 season, but has yet to officially name which home game that will be.
PewterReport.com has learned that the Buccaneers are targeting their home contest against the Green Bay Packers as the throwback game. The team will abandon its red and pewter uniforms in favor of the old orange and white uniforms that were worn from 1976-96. The game is set for kickoff at Raymond James Stadium at 1:00 p.m. on November 8 following the Bucs’ bye week.
The Packers game makes the most sense because of the famed “Battle of the Bays” series that took place between the two teams from 1977-2001 when the Bucs were in the NFC Central division. In addition to wearing throwback uniforms, Tampa Bay plans to unveil its Ring of Honor at the stadium during halftime.
The Green Bay contest marks the first time that Tampa Bay will wear its throwback uniforms – complete with the “Bucco Bruce” helmet that featured the Errol Flynn-like winking pirate biting down on a dagger – since December 22, 1996 when Tampa Bay beat visiting Chicago in the season finale`, 34-19. The Bucs unveiled new team colors of pewter and red and the new red flag and skull and swords logo for the following season on April 9, 1997.
Tampa Bay won its first game in the new uniforms in the 1997 home opener against San Francisco, 13-6, en route to a 10-6 record that fueled the Bucs’ first playoff appearance since 1982.
The Bucs are 20-29-1 against the Packers all-time, and were 17-28-1 against them as NFC Central division rivals. The Bucs currently have an all-time regular season record of 205-310-1, and had a record of 100-223-1 wearing the old orange and white uniforms.
The Buccaneers are 7-1 at Raymond James Stadium against the Packers since the stadium opened in 1998. Tampa Bay won last year’s contest, 30-21.
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