It's time to nail your colors to the mast, and mine are black and a sort of sickly gold.
Yes, it's that time of year when the Steelers don their 1934 throwback uniforms, or what have been colloquially dubbed as the "bumble bee" uniforms. Nothing has the power to divide Steelers Nation like the bumble bee throwbacks, it's simply a love 'em or hate 'em situation.
I, for one, love them. I'd take them out for a nice seafood dinner and absolutely call them back, that's how much I love everything about them. They fulfill all the traditional stipulations of a throwback, in that they've been worn previously by the same team but aren't exactly the same as the Steelers' current jerseys.
However, these throwbacks are so much more than that. They are cool and, dare I say it, maybe even sexy.
Too many throwback uniforms are bland, unimaginative or virtually indiscernible from their present-day brethren. But not the Steelers' throwbacks. These uniforms stand proudly apart from the herd, resplendent in their black-and- gold hoops, as yet another way to distinguish us as the greatest franchise in the history of franchises.
From the huge block numbers on the front to the perfect shade of gold, the striped jersey is just plain awesome. Of course, comparisons to a bumble bee are warranted, but since when is that a bad thing? Bumble bee's are cool as well. I mean, they can actually fly. Excuse me, random critic of the throwback, can you fly? No, of course you can't.
Admittedly, on first, second, third and fourth viewing, the pants might seem like an abomination. They are a particularly interesting color, whatever that color may be. However, to get around this temporary roadblock, you simply need combine them with the jersey and everything is okay again. They work perfectly together. It's so distinctly unique that it's impossible to resist.
Eventually, like me, you'll grow to love the pants as well, sickly gold be damned.
Considering the Steelers' home and away jerseys are both jet black and jet white, it's nice to wear something a little "out there" once or twice a year. What's more, the Steelers are currently 2-1 in this uniform since they started wearing the bumble bee throwback in 2012. They trounced the Redskins, beat the Lions in a thrilling encounter and succumbed to the Ravens while absent one Ben Roethlisberger. I think it's safe to say that had Roethlisberger been healthy, the Steelers would be a perfect 3-0 in their sickly gold pants.
The throwback is easy on the eyes and on the win column.
The good news is that the Steelers will continue to use the bumble bee throwback until at least the the 2016 season, at which time they have the option to change to another. Consider this article the first blast of the trumpet in support of renewing our love affair with the 1934 throwback post-2015.
Some throwbacks are just ugly, for example the Packers monstrosity, and some, while undeniably attractive, are just copies of their modern-day peers, for example the Chicago Bears.
The Steelers' 1934 throwback straddles this line perfectly. It's unique, strikingly so in fact. It stands out. It's suitably different from what they wear today and it looks brilliant.
I'm sick of the naysayers and the critics, it's time to get behind the bumble bee and show some support.