Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Steelers breaking out throwback jerseys
By Jamison Hensley
The Steelers are bringing out the retro look for Sunday's visit from the Redskins.
Remember those Steelers throwback jerseys that resemble bumble bee prison uniforms? Get ready to see 45 players suited up in them on Sunday, when the Steelers play host to the Redskins.
Yes, it's time to play like it's 1934. That's the year when a team named the Pittsburgh Pirates at the time went 2-10 and played at Forbes Field. This uniform has not been worn since that season. When you first set eyes on them, you'll understand why they were retired ... or burned.
This year's Steelers will not only break this out Sunday, but they'll wear these same uniforms on Nov. 18 when they face the Ravens. The jersey, which was originally worn during the 1934 season, has black and gold horizontal stripes with block numbers in a white box. The jersey will be worn with tan pants and black and gold striped socks and a black helmet. The uniforms were selected to honor the team’s history as a part of the 80th season celebration.
According to our friends at Uni Watch, this isn't the first time the Steelers have gone back to the 1930s for a throwback look. In 1994, when the NFL celebrated its 75th anniversary by having teams wear throwbacks, the Steelers wore a gold uniform with pronounced black vertical stripes and the crest of the city's coat of arms on the front.
Back in April, the reaction to the unveiling of the 1934 throwback uniform was extremely negative. Now, six months removed, do you still feel the same? Or has the uniform grown on you? Do you think of them as vintage cool or just plain ugly?
Record your vote in the poll and tell me what you think of them by dropping me a note into the mailbag. Your comment could appear in a blog post later in the week.