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mesaSteeler
04-18-2012, 06:50 PM
Not everyone hates the throwback
Kaitlynn Riely / The Pittsburgh Press
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/not-everyone-hates-the-throwback-631974/?print=1

A Steelers uniform from the past got a rough introduction Tuesday to the communication methods of the present.

"This has to be the ugliest thing I have seen," one person wrote in the comments section of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's website. "They look like prisoner uniforms! Hate them," wrote another.

More fans -- and a few Steelers players -- gave a thumbs down via Twitter to the black-and-gold striped uniforms, modeled after a version the team used in 1934 and resurrected to celebrate the team's 80th season.

Love the new uniforms or hate them, there's one thing most sports watchers should be able to agree on: they are hard to miss.

"I like it," said Jon Kendle, a researcher at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, which keeps examples of throwback uniforms worn by teams in recent years.

"I'm always a sucker for history," he said. "So I am a sucker for throwback uniforms."

In a small section of the Internet -- the spot where people write about sports uniforms -- a couple of bloggers have taken notice of the new old look.

The blog section of the Gridiron Uniform Database, which has compiled drawings of every uniform worn in the NFL since 1933, broke out in debate after the Steelers throwback uniforms were unveiled.

Using newspaper clippings, old football cards and team pictures to bolster their arguments, bloggers and commenters argued over whether the uniforms were worn by the team during the 1933 or 1934 seasons.

Over on Uni Watch, a website that describes itself as "the obsessive study of athletics aesthetics," the lead post this morning was bullish on the new Steelers throwback uniforms.

"If you're gonna throw back, you might as well throw all the way back," wrote Paul Lukas, who writes a column on uniform design for ESPN.com in addition to maintaining the Uni Watch blog.

In a phone interview from Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Lukas said he liked that the Steelers chose a bold design, which harkened to the days when people only watched games from the stands -- before high-definition TV and JumboTrons -- and needed a strong contrast to see the plays.

Although he's not sure the new uniform will be a big seller for the Steelers, he said the throwback uniform -- for the Steelers and for all the teams that create them -- is about celebrating history.

"The throwback allows the team to connect across generations and to throw itself a little party and say, 'This is what we've been about in the past.'"
This story originally appeared in The Pittsburgh Press. To subscribe, go to http://old.post-gazette.com/trypress/ Kaitlynn Riely: kriely@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1707.

First Published 2012-04-18 20:16:44

(This whole throwback uniform concept has gotten really tired. It's just a marketing ploy by the teams and NFL to try and make more money. It has nothing to do with history of the league or of the teams. As far as this particular one goes it looks really hideous against the pale gold pants as I saw in one photo. I only hope they wear them against the white pants or I will have to listen to the games instead of watch them. I suppose I could try and set the TV to black and white so I don't have the watch the team play in them. - mesa)

pancake
04-18-2012, 07:05 PM
Are we counting the visual impaired on the list who liked the throwbacks?

MACH1
04-18-2012, 07:08 PM
It's just a marketing ploy by the teams and NFL to try and make more money. It has nothing to do with history of the league or of the teams.

I don't think they'll have to worry about breaking the bank on this hideous looking thing.

fer522
04-18-2012, 07:36 PM
shit!!!even steve wonder was shocked when he saw those things!!!!!:chuckle:

Fire Arians
04-18-2012, 07:49 PM
i do.

mesaSteeler
04-18-2012, 07:53 PM
I don't think they'll have to worry about breaking the bank on this hideous looking thing.

Good point. I predict it will be the lowest selling jersey of all time and the unsold ones will end up in some third world country.

fujirama24
04-18-2012, 08:26 PM
shit!!!even steve wonder was shocked when he saw those things!!!!!:chuckle:

Your killing me man. I was in the middle of taking a drink when I read that. Needless to say I needed some towels. LOL

fer522
04-18-2012, 09:23 PM
Your killing me man. I was in the middle of taking a drink when I read that. Needless to say I needed some towels. LOL

you needed some towels???:scratchchin: hmmmm???? :toofunny:

coffeecup
04-18-2012, 09:47 PM
Good point. I predict it will be the lowest selling jersey of all time and the unsold ones will end up in some third world country.No wonder they hate Americans

Hawaii 5-0
04-18-2012, 10:00 PM
Good point. I predict it will be the lowest selling jersey of all time and the unsold ones will end up in some third world country.

even people in third world countries would rather walk around naked than to wear those hideous jerseys...

Pa Yankee
04-18-2012, 11:36 PM
even people in third world countries would rather walk around naked than to wear those hideous jerseys...

To far..

QCbeauBlak
04-19-2012, 12:04 AM
I will be the one guy that buys it I guess. I am dead serious when I say that I like the jersey's. I will wear it proudly too.

Hawaii 5-0
04-19-2012, 12:39 AM
Steelers' new 'classic' uniforms from 1934

April 18, 2012
By Dan Gigler / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://c4241337.r37.cf2.rackcdn.com/04-18-03_isaac-redman-models-for-art-rooney-ii_420.jpg

John Heller/Associated Press

Isaac Redman, left, offers the full throwback look for team president Art Rooney II.

In 1934, Pittsburgh's pro football franchise went 2-10 and drew 19,000 to its best-attended game at Forbes Field.

The team was called the Pirates, reflecting the desire of founder Art Rooney Sr. to borrow from the luster of what was then the top franchise in town.

A few things have changed since, but one thing has not -- those '34 uniforms were really loud. That was apparent Tuesday when the Steelers unveiled updated versions of the '34 models as their new throwback uniforms for 2012, the team's 80th season.

The jerseys, which the Steelers will wear twice this season, feature a bold black-and-gold striped pattern with squared numbers. The pants are mustard yellow. The Steelers will stick with their usual black helmets.

"We wanted to go back ... and recall some of the early days of the franchise," team president Art Rooney II said. "We thought the 1934 jersey would be something different and would help us recall the early days of pro football."

Rooney explained that the team had worn that particular uniform design only once.

"The only pictures we had of that uniform were in black and white, so they kind of appeared as prison uniforms -- black-and-white stripes. It really wasn't until 10 years ago that a relative of one of the players who actually had a real jersey sent it to us ... it was the first time we ever really saw a live in-color version of it which was kind of fun."

Since '07, the Steelers have worn a throwback uniform from the '60 season featuring black jerseys with gold numbers and gold arm stripes, white pants with gold stripes, and a gold helmet. That uniform made its debut for the team's 75th anniversary in '07. In '94, the Steelers wore their original '33 uniforms as part of the NFL's 75th anniversary celebration.

"It'll be interesting to see how our fans react to it. It's very different, kind of eye-popping. ... It'll be fun to see [the players] reaction to it, too."

Initial fan reaction on the Post-Gazette website was overwhelmingly negative.

Running back Isaac Redman, who modeled the uniform for assembled media, had the first word from the players' perspective.

"They went way back for this one," Redman said. "I don't know how everybody else is going to take it, but I really like the uniform.

"I like the stripes. But we'll see.

"We'll see the reactions."

Via Twitter, Steelers safety Ryan Clark said "Big guys look funny in stripes!" and cornerback Ike Taylor referred to the jersey as "the bee."

An indecisive, or, perhaps, politically correct linebacker LaMarr Woodley simply said "Hmmmmm ..."

His fellow outside linebacker, James Harrison, was less charitable, tweeting: "There's a reason these jerseys were from [1934] ... it's 2012 now though, so send them back!"

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-new-classic-uniforms-from-1934-631906/

MDSteel15
04-19-2012, 07:22 AM
There is no way these are worse than the Philly and GreenBay throwbacks of the last couple of seasons! They were hideous...

micraydim
04-19-2012, 08:43 AM
Are we counting the visual impaired on the list who liked the throwbacks?

haha . i like

Fire Arians
04-19-2012, 01:22 PM
Steelers' new 'classic' uniforms from 1934

April 18, 2012
By Dan Gigler / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://c4241337.r37.cf2.rackcdn.com/04-18-03_isaac-redman-models-for-art-rooney-ii_420.jpg

John Heller/Associated Press

Isaac Redman, left, offers the full throwback look for team president Art Rooney II.

In 1934, Pittsburgh's pro football franchise went 2-10 and drew 19,000 to its best-attended game at Forbes Field.

The team was called the Pirates, reflecting the desire of founder Art Rooney Sr. to borrow from the luster of what was then the top franchise in town.

A few things have changed since, but one thing has not -- those '34 uniforms were really loud. That was apparent Tuesday when the Steelers unveiled updated versions of the '34 models as their new throwback uniforms for 2012, the team's 80th season.

The jerseys, which the Steelers will wear twice this season, feature a bold black-and-gold striped pattern with squared numbers. The pants are mustard yellow. The Steelers will stick with their usual black helmets.

"We wanted to go back ... and recall some of the early days of the franchise," team president Art Rooney II said. "We thought the 1934 jersey would be something different and would help us recall the early days of pro football."

Rooney explained that the team had worn that particular uniform design only once.

"The only pictures we had of that uniform were in black and white, so they kind of appeared as prison uniforms -- black-and-white stripes. It really wasn't until 10 years ago that a relative of one of the players who actually had a real jersey sent it to us ... it was the first time we ever really saw a live in-color version of it which was kind of fun."

Since '07, the Steelers have worn a throwback uniform from the '60 season featuring black jerseys with gold numbers and gold arm stripes, white pants with gold stripes, and a gold helmet. That uniform made its debut for the team's 75th anniversary in '07. In '94, the Steelers wore their original '33 uniforms as part of the NFL's 75th anniversary celebration.

"It'll be interesting to see how our fans react to it. It's very different, kind of eye-popping. ... It'll be fun to see [the players] reaction to it, too."

Initial fan reaction on the Post-Gazette website was overwhelmingly negative.

Running back Isaac Redman, who modeled the uniform for assembled media, had the first word from the players' perspective.

"They went way back for this one," Redman said. "I don't know how everybody else is going to take it, but I really like the uniform.

"I like the stripes. But we'll see.

"We'll see the reactions."

Via Twitter, Steelers safety Ryan Clark said "Big guys look funny in stripes!" and cornerback Ike Taylor referred to the jersey as "the bee."

An indecisive, or, perhaps, politically correct linebacker LaMarr Woodley simply said "Hmmmmm ..."

His fellow outside linebacker, James Harrison, was less charitable, tweeting: "There's a reason these jerseys were from [1934] ... it's 2012 now though, so send them back!"

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-new-classic-uniforms-from-1934-631906/

looks like the hamburglar lol

Hawaii 5-0
04-19-2012, 04:53 PM
Harrison doesn't like Steelers' throwback jerseys

http://www.yardbarker.com/media/a/6/a6b88caab0a972eddc7b20cfd60cd5a87fe2acab/xl/steelers-throwbacks.jpg

When the Steelers unveiled their new throwback uniforms on Tuesday … well, let’s just say there wasn’t a ton of mass appeal.

Both Pittsburgh fans and non-fans alike ripped the unis to shreds (unfortunately not literally), comparing the retro look to “a character from Dr. Seuss’s books” or “a soccer player that just got out of jail” — and everything in between.

Now, one of the players who will have the unfortunate honor of actually putting this thing on his body has joined the fun.

Chiming in on Twitter, the always-outspoken James Harrison made it known he’s no fan of the old-school uniforms, either, urging the team to nix the nostalgia and do away with them.

http://www.yardbarker.com/media/7/a/7a625ccee36079666da69f96a732dbfb7ef984b5/xl/tweet.jpg

True, James, but you’re off by two years; the Steelers first rocked these bad boys in 1934. I agree with you, though — having to play in front of millions looking like you wrapped yourself in police caution tape almost borders on cruel and unusual punishment.

http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/james_harrison_wants_to_send_back_new_uniforms/10591123

Curtain_of_Steel
04-19-2012, 05:03 PM
police caution tape, lol Thats a good one.


Never was a throwback fan. These are worse. Whole point is to sell more jerseys to the fools who "must" have them, has nothing to do with anything else. Only dollars. The apparel makers have to manufacturer X jerseys, NFL and NFLPA get paid regardless of them selling once they are made.

SteelShazam
04-19-2012, 06:24 PM
As long as they don't play like the steelers of the 30's...

Hawaii 5-0
04-19-2012, 06:37 PM
As long as they don't play like the steelers of the 30's...


good point, the Steelers went 2-10 in 1934 wearing those uniforms...

fer522
04-19-2012, 07:37 PM
the more i see those things the more i fu**++g hate them!!!!! :banging::banging:

Hawaii 5-0
04-19-2012, 11:00 PM
James Harrison doesn’t like the Steelers’ throwback jerseys

By Chris Chase | Shutdown Corner

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The following news shouldn't come as a surprise, as James Harrison has both strong opinions and two eyes: The menacing Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker doesn't like the new "bumblebees in jail" throwbacks the team will be wearing for its 80th season.
"There's a reason these jerseys were from 1932," he tweeted. "it's 2012 now though, so send them back!!! lol"

The "lol" lets you know he's laughing.

I don't think the jerseys are all that bad but, then again, I don't have to wear one for two games this season. They're ugly, yes, but they're retro ugly, which is a totally different thing. You can pull off retro ugly if it's only for two games. It's not like Pittsburgh is wearing these things all season. That'd be a sartorial atrocity. These jerseys are like a seersucker suit. You can't wear it all the time. But if you rock it at a special occasion, like the Kentucky Derby or at a summer wedding in North Carolina, then it looks tremendous.

Then again, the list of things James Harrison doesn't like far outweighs the things he does like. On the former list: Attending the White House, flying, Roger Goodell, apologizing for using gay slurs to refer to Roger Goodell, studio analysts, reporters who show up early, ending phone calls in a civilized manner, snakes, dressing up for meals, gay marriage, the New England Patriots. On the latter: playing linebacker, hard work, guns, fake retirements. Can't say it's a shock that horizontal, multicolored stripes aren't included.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/james-harrison-doesn-t-steelers-throwback-jerseys-134114166.html

SteelMusic
04-19-2012, 11:19 PM
My friend is a die hard Bears fan that grew up in New Castle, and he went crazy when he saw them (in a good way). He can't stand the Steelers, but he said that he might actually buy one. It actually grew on me when he showed me the jersey close up. I like how it's almost all mesh. I don't think it's that bad up close, but from afar it is pretty bad

lambertlunaticfan
04-20-2012, 12:53 AM
Just my thoughts on the throwbacks....The throwbacks are just horrible.And its going to be worse when you see a whole team on the field wearing them.I thought the ones we wore back in the 90's were bad.But these make those look great.I miss when there were no throwbacks and special jerseys,but then i am old.And i i realize its all about the doller and marketing and no so much with tradition anymore....

mesaSteeler
04-20-2012, 12:56 AM
Just my thoughts on the throwbacks....The throwbacks are just horrible.And its going to be worse when you see a whole team on the field wearing them.I thought the ones we wore back in the 90's were bad.But these make those look great.I miss when there were no throwbacks and special jerseys,but then i am old.And i i realize its all about the doller and marketing and no so much with tradition anymore....

:applaudit::applaudit::applaudit::applaudit::appla udit::applaudit:

tony hipchest
04-20-2012, 01:13 AM
Just my thoughts on the throwbacks....The throwbacks are just horrible.And its going to be worse when you see a whole team on the field wearing them.I thought the ones we wore back in the 90's were bad.But these make those look great.I miss when there were no throwbacks and special jerseys,but then i am old.And i i realize its all about the doller and marketing and no so much with tradition anymore....

throwback jerseys aside, its all about idiots with $$$ to piss away. :monkey:

who the hell would spend $1000 to go watch a game in the 1st place? nevermind the jackholes sinking a whole house to buy PSL's?

its amazing how many people will pledge their allegiance to players such as baron batch or wes saunders and buy a special order authentic for $250, just because a player who may not even make the squat "re-tweeted" them.

the same people will throw a year old $250 mike wallace jersey into the closet to never be seen again, if he isnt signed after this year.

:jerkit:

its not the owners or leagues fault people are idiots. it is america and capitalism at its finest.

if you dont have last years cam heyward jersey, not only arent you a TRUE steelerfan, you aint shit. (not you personally)