Buccaneers fans, in Tampa Bay and across the country, have suffered enough. The team doesn’t look good and hasn’t in a long time. It needs to make sweeping changes immediately.
Starting with the uniforms.
They’re comically, tragically repulsive. They’re a blight on the team and a threat to the gleaming reputation of our distinguished community. Even the players don’t like them.
We deserve — no, we demand — better. We cannot, in good conscience, stand idly by and allow another innocent generation to squint and wonder, “What’s the inspiration for that number font? A calculator?” We will be the change we wish to see, and so we hereby announce ... the #FixTheBucsUnis redesign campaign.
This is not a Tampa Bay Times initiative. This is a Tampa Bay initiative. Over the next few weeks, my colleagues and I will roll out several proposals for a redesign, but we need your help. Join us, won’t you?
1.) Click! Need a uniform template? No problem. We created one! Download it here.
2.) Design! Use Photoshop. Or Crayola. Work with the Bucs’ current colors and logos. Or create new ones. Go crazy. Or go Creamsicle retro.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can design three sets — a home edition, an away edition and an alternate edition. If you just want to design one, that’s fine, too.
3.) Share! Post your concepts on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #FixTheBucsUnis. You can email us your designs, too. We created an address just for this occasion: email@example.com. We’ll publish a selection at tampabay.com and in the Tampa Bay Times.
4.) Hope! Maybe the Bucs will see your design, come to their senses and trash the XFL knockoffs they’ve been wearing since 2014.
UPDATE, DEC. 4: We’ve published our first redesign concept! It’s Bucs meet Tampa Bay Bandits meet Ohio State!
UPDATE, DEC. 8: In our second redesign proposal, we’ve taken some chances.
UPDATE, DEC. 15: At last, we’ve designed a football uniform fit for a renaissance pirate.
UPDATE, DEC. 21: It’s better to dare to be bold than to settle for ordinary.
Contact Thomas Bassinger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @tometrics.