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Q&A: Ask the Times: Tampa Bay Bucs had new colors, mascot when they moved to Raymond James Stadium

When did Bucs change colors?

When did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers change their uniforms from the orange color scheme?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into the NFL in 1976 with orange and white uniforms and a pirate mascot, Bucco Bruce, who had a saber in his mouth and one winking eye. The team played in a revamped Tampa Stadium.

The Bucs were hapless for their first three seasons, going 7-37 after starting 0-26. By 1979, original coach John McKay had turned the team around, and it made the playoffs twice in the next three years.

But by 1983 the Bucs had resumed their losing ways, and McKay retired after the 1984 season. From 1983 through 1994, the Bucs never won more than six games in a season and went through four coaches.

In 1996, though, Tony Dungy was hired to coach the team. His first season was more of the same, at 6-10, but in 1997 the Bucs improved to 10-6 and made the playoffs.

That was the same year the Bucs decided to have the color scheme and mascot walk the plank, changing colors to red, pewter, black, white and just a hint of orange. Bucco Bruce also was replaced by a pirate flag adorned with a skull and crossed sabers. Then in 1998, the Bucs moved into the new Raymond James Stadium.

Name likely from old goddesses

What is the origin of the word Easter?

Discovering the origin of words is often elusive, since so little is documented from hundreds and even thousands of years ago. And so it is with the word Easter.

The most widely circulated theory is that it's a variation on the names of several religions' spring goddesses, who were revered for bringing things back to life after winter. Scandinavians named their goddess Ostra. Anglo-Saxons knew her as Eostre and Germans called her Eastre.

The time of year and the business of renewal would have made it attractive to Christians looking a word to celebrate the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ.

'Walk-off wins' for home teams

In baseball, how does winning a game "in the final at-bat" differ from a "walk-off" victory?

A walk-off victory is a game won in the bottom of the final inning, which means only home teams can have walk-off victories. The manner of achieving the walk-off win — a home run, a walk, reaching on an error, whatever — doesn't affect the use of the phrase.

Either team — home or visiting — can win a game in its final at-bat. For example, if a visiting team scores the go-ahead run or runs in the top of the final inning and the home team can't tie or win the game in the bottom half of that inning, the visiting team won the game in its final at-bat.

Q&A: Ask the Times: Tampa Bay Bucs had new colors, mascot when they moved to Raymond James Stadium 04/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2011 4:31am]
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