Creamsicles Aren’t Retired Yet

March 27th, 2019

Creamsicles could make a comeback.

Joe is probably considered old school when it comes to uniforms. Block letters and large numbers. One color for the jersey, a second color for the pants (unless both jerseys and pants are white).

This nonsense of late where every friggin’ team has to wear black even though it’s not in their team colors, or be like a cheap small high school that can’t afford decent uniforms and wears the same color pants and jerseys, drives Joe nuts.

Don’t get Joe started on this color rush nonsense.

That’s why Joe loved the Super Bowl era red uniforms with pewter pants (and sometimes white pants) and before that, the gorgeous creamsicle uniforms.

We all know the new uniforms that debuted in 2014 were not and have not been embraced by fans. You know the jerseys, with the alarm clock font and the separate colored shoulders, which the Tampa Bay Times deemed “XFL knockoffs.”

Well, Greg Auman of The Athletic hit up Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer to ask if the Bucs would ever bring the glorious creamsicles out of mothballs, even for a throwback game.

Glazer seemed to dangle a carrot in front of fans’ faces when he told Auman it’s not an impossible thought that the Bucs might break out the creamsicles again.

“We love the throwbacks. I know our fans love the throwbacks. We’ve had them several times over the years. We’re constantly looking at them. It wouldn’t surprise me if at some point here in the future, they re-appear.”

Joe wouldn’t be opposed to the Bucs returning to the creamsicles full-time. Those things are beautiful and just scream “Florida.” Of course, Joe was fond of the red classics of the Super Bowl era as well.

The current uniforms? Joe has always tried to be polite about them. They are simply not pleasing to the eyes, especially in HD.

The color rush things? The ketchup bottles? Everything about this hare-brained Nike stunt, including the original design blueprints and the documents showing what shade of red they are, should be fully burned.

61 Responses to “Creamsicles Aren’t Retired Yet”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Didn’t think they could do the throwbacks cuz of the NFL helmet rule??

  2. Joe Says:

    Didn’t think they could do the throwbacks cuz of the NFL helmet rule??

    Likely just an excuse. You read above from someone who would know: an owner of the team. He sure didn’t seem to think the creamsicles were illegal.

  3. Hertz Says:

    Yeah, it’s because of the different color helmet rule.

  4. Bruce Blahak Says:

    This would be glorious news! And…going to them full time is nothing short of proper. Screams Florida indeed! Unique too! The last two versions color schemes are too close to other teams…Make it happen Bucco Bruce!

  5. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I actually don’t mind the current uniforms even though they do remind me of Josh Mccown and Lovie Smith but my god the color rush uniforms are so ugly and on top of that all they remind me of is Falcons blowouts.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I understand he knows best, I had read something yesterday that was saying teams cant use different more then one colored helmet and it had to due concussion concerns..

  7. Tbbucs3 Says:

    They could definitely make some changes to the base uniforms but the helmet and the logo are good.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Creamsickles remind me of 1976… thanks

  9. Joe Says:

    I understand he knows best, I had read something yesterday that was saying teams cant use different more then one colored helmet and it had to due concussion concerns..

    The specifics have never been clear basically because Bucs media relations repeatedly refused to give details. Once again, Glazer sure didn’t indicate there was a mandate from the league the creamsicles were forbidden. Who would know better than an owner? He sure seemed to indicate they’ve discussed bringing them back previously.

  10. ATrain Says:



  11. Joe Says:

    Yeah, it’s because of the different color helmet rule.

    Supposedly. That never stopped the Cowboys (or others).

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Here what I saw yesterday
    The Glazers brought back the Bucco Bruce throwbacks for the first time in 2009 in a Josh Freeman-led win over the Green Bay Packers, and the team had a few more years of throwback games until a new rule in 2013 forbid NFL players from having more than one helmet in a season due to the league’s concern over concussions and player safety.

    Because Tampa Bay’s regular helmets were pewter, and the throwback helmets were white, the Bucs were no longer allowed to revert back to their old Bucco Bruce uniforms for a throwback game. That rule disappointed both the Glazers and Bucs fans.

    That’s all I’m trying to say…

  13. EvolvingBucsfan Says:

    THE UGLIEST UNIFORMS EVER!!! please god no!

  14. Bruce Blahak Says:

    @Tampabaybucfan….that’s a common outlook, not reality, pushed by the press….what about 1979 – shocked the world! playoffs 1981-1982…One of the most successful eras really, unfortunately.

  15. Joe Says:

    That’s all I’m trying to say…

    Yes, and all Joe is saying is the principal co-chairman and co-owner of the team stated for the record he may bring them back. If that isn’t good enough for you, Joe doesn’t know who will offer an answer that will satisfy you.

  16. pelbuc Says:

    The current uniforms are horrific, unless you’re into 1980’s Burger King paraphernalia. Time to go back to the Super bowl uniforms. No more dark brown somehow passing off as pewter. New coach, new era, time for new unis.

  17. Garv Says:

    Agree 100% with Joe! Speaks for me on this issue.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The helmet thing isn’t just an excuse. The NFL requires they use the same helmets and the orange doesn’t go well with them.

    That said, only a vast minority likes the current uniforms.

    I don’t get it. Designing quality uniforms that will work with all of the colors would not be hard. Heck, give me the assignment. I can design uniforms and helmets that will look great, and the cream uniforms can be tweaked to fit the helmets.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joe Says:
    “The specifics have never been clear basically because Bucs media relations repeatedly refused to give details.”

    Because the NFL gave those details. The Bucs have no control over it.

  20. Bucs3 Says:

    Fake Joe doesn’t know about the league wide helmet rule?! And yes it has stopped the Cowboys (and others). Cowboys have a silver helmet and since the rule doesn’t allow players to use more than one helmet in a season they can’t use their white throwback helmets. The Steelers can’t use their throwback yellow helmets because they’re helmets are black. This has nothing to do with wearing throw back jerseys/pants. So if the Bucs decide to wear the Creamsicles again they will have to do so with the pewter helments unless they invest in a white full helmet wrap or the rule changes.

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “In 2013, we communicated to the clubs a recommendation from the Head, Neck and Spine Committee and the Player Safety Advisory Panel that players no longer wear different helmets during the season to accompany a different jersey design beyond the home and away uniforms,” a league official said in a statement when reached by email. “The outside of the helmet can be modified by removing or replacing decals, as long as it does not affect the integrity of the helmet.”

  22. 813bucboi Says:

    bring em back for the entire 2019 season!!!!!!


  23. Frank Pillow Says:

    Too bad no one asked point blank about the state of the current set and if there are plans to change them. Browns ownership was asked and they confirmed new uniforms in 2020. Save the helmets, the Bucs’ current uniform kit is an absolute abomination. Nike’s inability to produce lightweight metallic sheened fabrics absolutely stinks- Just look at how much more the older pewter pants shined and matched the metallic paint on the helmet in the previous set. A satin-pewter helmet would work much better against the flat-grey yoke. Beyond that, the current # font is atrocious, the orange triangles garish and the reflectivity just plain juvenile.

    The color-rush jersey fixes the yoke and orange issues, as well as the 4 colored outlined #s and overt alarm clock slashes (in favor of just white and reflective silver). It’s a ‘less is more’ fix that is better than the regular home jersey, but nowhere near as good as our previous set. The real trouble with the color rush is the overabundance of red. Yes, I know that was the intent, but pairing that top with the pewter or white pants might be something to consider…or going all ketchup with pewter socks (vs red).

    Honestly, I’m just lip sticking a pig…the previous set was a modern classic. It was darn near one of the best re-brandings in the history of professional sports. Ownership tossed it away in favor of a look and design trend that’s already dated. We need a cleaner, more professional and respectable look- not the clown show we trot out every Sunday!

  24. Name Required Says:

    Change to white helmets and you fix the throwback issue. I think that would look killer with the current logo.

  25. ROFOBuc Says:

    As a fan since ’76, I wouldn’t mind bringing back the original uniforms. They are better than what they are wearing now. I do love the current helmets though.

  26. 77bassguitarist Says:

    I’m totally with joe on this one bringing back the orange uniforms would be a dream come true. i’m old school when it comes to nfl uniforms i absolutely despise color rush, the black alternate jerseys, the one color monochrome that every team seams to were at some point during the season. nike is destroying the nfl brand i would love to see bucco bruce full time. for what it’s worth the rams should never have changed from their blue and yellow dickerson color sceme.

  27. tnew Says:

    Make the jersey one color with minor accents, not huge shoulder sleeves, no need for major changes, give us numbers that are actually legible. Is this too much to ask? We can deal with color rush one night a season.

  28. Mike Evans Goat Says:

    They can’t wear the creamsicle with the pewter helmet. Because pewter is not a base color of the throwback. The league won’t allow them to wear a complete random color helmet that doesn’t go with the scheme.

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    A simple solution…click my name to see a nice helmet design that would work.

  30. Buc'n Enough of the Same Outcome Says:

    Get rid of eh new uni’s, maybe it will rid the franchise of the STINK it has been in for a while.

  31. adam from ny Says:

    it would be insanely fuggin’ cool if we went back to the creamsicles full time…

    it would be totally sick…

    the whole league would bug the f*** out…

    we’d be the hottest, flyest mofos in this stinkin’ league…

    them unis were straight fire!…

    we brung it…now bring it……….backkkkkk

  32. unbelievable Says:

    Classic reds were the best IMO

    But I’d still take the creamsicles over the awful joke of a uniform we have now.

  33. saskbuco Says:

    100% agree with adam from ny…

    Either would be sick, but bring back the orange and lets go!!! only way to break the curse either orange or classic red and pewter will do it.

  34. BuccoSR Says:

    if the nfl allows it, id be all for wearing the creamsicles. if not, id like us to wear the superbowl red/pewter jerseys a few times

  35. BuccoSR Says:

    “Absolutely, and we know our fans love the throwback games,” Glazer said. “We love the throwbacks and that is something we have talked to the league about and they understand our plight. It is always being constantly reviewed.”

    Sounds like there is a rule in place.

  36. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    Spot on Joe! Creamsicle…yes, Classic SB era…yes, current Burger King looking things…no, and Color Rush…just terrible! Even the new helmet sucks…the flag is too large and the face mask too shiny. I always liked the creamsicle even if Bucco Bruce and his little eye wink were a bit too “dandy” for a violent sport, but with the current league rules on hitting maybe it’s fine?

  37. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Changing to the Red is what really lit this town on fire for the Bucs…

    We all had a great new swagger when those came out…

    These things today are a clown show.

    Like Deion says:

    Look good, feel good
    feel good, play good..etc..etc

  38. Joel Says:

    Its the helmet rule, Joe.

    That’s why the Broncos helmets are still dark blue when they use their regular blue throwbacks. Its why the Packers still have yellow helmets when they use their throwback – used brown to simulate leather helmets previously.

    Look at any team who still wears throwbacks — they use the same helmets (with same color).

    Do your research if you’re going to post about throwbacks.

    Maybe Glazers are suggesting the throwbacks would come back as our regular jerseys to replace the current ones. The five years is up on the ones we have.

  39. Dapostman Says:

    Creamsicles seem so feminine to me. Does anyone take these guys seriously wearing these orange uniforms with the winking mascot? Please bring back the Red and Pewter uniforms. They were the absolute best in team history. Why they ever changed from these to the new alarm clock/burger king uniforms is beyond me.

  40. Michael Allsocks Says:

    Flush that orange loser color down the drain pleasethanks.

  41. Locked In Says:

    Yes, from what I see online – the league wants each player to use only 1 actual helmet for the entire season, due to some safety concerns regarding concussions? Sounds weird to me. Not sure if that is 100% accurate take on the rule, but I’ve seen this explanation in a couple of articles.

  42. Ludicrous Speed Says:

    Creamsicle screams 2-14. Bucco Bruce is definitely not the most masculine man in the boat. Yea, I know some find it amusing now that Arians is coach. Tee hee. Pastel orange is a weak color. Have you forgotten how universally hated those uniforms were and how ecstatic everyone was when the Bucs shifted to a much stronger look that paved the way to much stronger play and a winning tradition? Remember how formidable Alstott & Brooks looked rumbling in those duds? The look of our Superbowl Champions is the true classic Buccaneer look, not the one that epitomized the worst losing record in history.

  43. Ludicrous Speed Says:

    Found these words of a longtime fan:

    Watched the news when the logo and colors were revealed. I was 15 and watching with a bunch of my friends. We all looked at each other and somewhat simultaneously, blurted out “you’ve got to be kidding me!” That color scheme and logo will go down as the ugliest in NFL history.

    Quite the ubiquitous feeling until at long last, Malcolm Glazer “let our people go,” and we were finally free of the shame and weakness of those Culverhouse approved abominations.

  44. Ludicrous Speed Says:

    Here’s an interesting tidbit from a website called “Outsports:”

    Bucco Bruce was his real name and he adorned the Bucs’ creamsicle-colored uniforms from 1976 to 1997. The hat, the porn-stache, the earring, the knife, the come-hither wink — who could resist? He may look like a dandy, but Bruce is an S&M dream come true and would be right at home at IML or the Folsom Street Fair. Hands down the gayest logo in NFL — and maybe pro sports — history. A classic and he is badly missed.

    Since everything retro becomes cool again, we need to bring back Pat and Bruce. To really update tradition, they will get married, since Massachusetts and Florida allow for same-sex unions. is a pro-gay site and as you can see, they simply love the idea of bringing back that look.

    By the way, took a look at buc-bonz’s idea for “fixing” the helmet and, no offense, but that was absolutely the butt-ugliest concoction I’ve ever seen. In the future if you want to fix something, try starting with your Username by learning how to spell “Banzai.”

  45. Rod Munch Says:

    I hate the current uniform, and we’re 5 years into them which means they can be changed.

    Do it already, and get the orange back into them – there’s nothing Florida about pewter and red.

  46. Wesley Says:

    Love our current uniforms! Just simplify the number font.

  47. Buc'n Enough of the Same Outcome Says:

    Another uni change is just outing lipstick on a pig!

  48. Dapostman Says:

    @Rod Munch,

    Red is an aggressive color and pewter is the color of cannonballs blasted off a Buccaneer ship. So obvious. Feminine orange is like Tang. Do they even make Tang anymore?

  49. BucfaninMi Says:

    Patriots have been wearing their white helmets for years.

  50. Ruben Says:

    Isn’t there a rule that teams need to have redesigned Nike jerseys for at least 5 years before working on new ones? Look at the Jaguars. They ditched their first Nike redesigned jerseys and are on a second redesign now. If the Bucs got the dreaded alarm clock number jerseys in 2014, then that means maybe next year new threads?

    I would love to see one throwback game, but theirs nothing wrong with the current branding. Just need to simply and clean up the jersey design.

  51. Schlomiebarmitzvahcircumscissorstein Says:

    There is no such rule. It’s all BS. The owners can do whatever the hell they want with the uniforms

  52. Ludicrous Speed Says:

    Tang!!! The drink the astronauts took to the moon.

    But seriously, it’s not your football team’s job to act as an arm of the Florida Departments of Tourism or Agriculture by pushing Florida orange. Who cares? California rivals Florida as an orange producing state, but you don’t see a single one of their four NFL teams obsessing to put orange anywhere in their uniforms’ color scheme in order to draw attention to their even more delicious California oranges.

    This misguided preoccupation with using a color to draw attention to your state has nothing to do with football, nor should it.

    Again, the Superbowl Champion Buccaneers’ uniform is the ONLY truly classic Bucs’ uniform. It should be the one we go back to, uniform and helmet.

    I think we all should know that the only reason they went away from it was the money-grubbing bean-counters who dreamed about all the new money they could bilk people out of by making them feel like they wouldn’t look “with it” unless they went out and bought all new jerseys and other gear based on a redesigned look.

  53. Ugotrobbed Says:

    With you 100% I think the red jerseys with white pants were their best look.

  54. Lunchbox Says:

    Dapostman Says:

    March 27th, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Creamsicles seem so feminine to me. Does anyone take these guys seriously wearing these orange uniforms with the winking mascot? Please bring back the Red and Pewter uniforms. They were the absolute best in team history. Why they ever changed from these to the new alarm clock/burger king uniforms is beyond me.
    My sentiments exactly.

  55. Bculaw Says:

    Creamsicles full time would be awesome, but replace the Bucco Bruce logo on the helmets with an orange-themed version of the current pirate flag helmet logo.

  56. LongSeason Says:

    Joe, you know me I will never be kind. I guess that is what is good about you. You are kind. I have not been kind to the new uniforms with the oversized flag on the helmet. Very well said. The players do look like a bunch of ‘alarm clocks’ running around on the field. I say either go back to the 1997-2013 Ray Jay Red and Pewter (Pewter Pirates) or the 1976-1996 Big Sombrero Bucco Bruce Creamsicle Orange uniforms. Yeah, I love Errol Flynn. Leave the new abomination uniforms in the trash fire to be burned beyond all recognition.

  57. TampaTown Says:

    Joe: Wish you had used a photo of Lynch, Sapp and Brooks in the orange unis! We need a throwback game it’s long overdue.

  58. Schlomiebarmitzvahcircumscissorstein Says:

    Go back to the orange and modernize them a little bit with some silver and keep the white

  59. Schlomiebarmitzvahcircumscissorstein Says:

    Lunchbox Says:
    March 27th, 2019

    Did you take Leroy Selman seriously when he wore the orange? What about Brooks and sap and Lynch when they were the orange? Did you take them seriously? You’re welcome.

  60. Bucsace Says:

    Bring back the orange pants!

  61. __TGH__ Says:

    Where’s the petition??? Bring back the creamsicles full time!!!!!!!!