The Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed off their new bigger, badder, more “intimidating” logo and helmets Thursday.
The new logo is a lot bigger than the current one, with the pirate flag covering much of the helmet and the skull logo more prominent. He’s been tweaked a little, too: Teeth are bigger, eyes more demonic.
Dang, he looks ticked-off.
The coolest part of the helmet, though, is the bling factor. The grill on the face mask is chrome, the first used by any NFL team.
“The enhanced logo is much larger and portrays a more intimidating presence,” said Buccaneers co-chairman Edward Glazer at the unveiling.
“This is the first alteration to our logo and helmet since the previous re-design 17 years ago and we believe it sets the stage for our transition into this new, exciting era of Buccaneers football.”
Reviews are mixed thus far.
Paul Lukas of
, the go-to-expert who keeps track of uniform trends and news, writes on ESPN that the design is “sleeker, less tattered-looking.
“That’s good if you like your pirate imagery looking slick and modern, not so good if you like it rough-edged and weathered. The feeling here is that it’s a slight downgrade.
“Realistically, though, most fans won’t even notice the difference. Why bother revising your logo if you’re going to make such tiny changes?”
Our two cents? We’ve seen skulls just as scary on Hot Topic T-shirts.