Patch Poll: Love or Hate the Steelers' Throwback Uniforms?
For the first time, the Pittsburgh Steelers will wear their horizontally striped throwback jerseys and socks in a game when they take on the Washington Redskins today at Heinz Field. What's your take on the 1934 replicas?
Killer bees? Depression chic?
Those are some of the kinder phrases thrown about by some Pittsburgh Steelers fans who are less than thrilled that players will be donning throwback uniforms at 1 p.m. today when they meet the Washington Redskins at Heinz Field.
Steelers officials unveiled the black-and-gold horizontally striped jerseys and socks earlier this year in honor of the team's 80th anniversary. The Steelers haven't worn this style of uniform since 1934, and the throwback garb is intended to reflect the team's Depression-era roots.
Steelers’ players are looking forward to wearing the throwbacks today for the first time in a game, according to the team's official blog on its website. Players say they enjoy celebrating the team's history and traditions, according to the Steelers' website.
Some fans, however, haven't been quite so enthusiastic.
In an ESPN SportsNation poll this week, 65 percent of more than 7,500 voters said they despise the black-and-gold outfits.
In social media jibes and talk-radio banter, Western Pennsylvania fans also have described the throwbacks as a major fumble, using terms that invoke bulky bumble bees and jail inmates. Others bemoan the less-than-flattering effect of horizontal stripes on all but the most svelte of figures.
Still others see little to celebrate about the 1934 Steelers, noting that the team went 2-10 that year.
What do you think? Take our poll, and tell us in the comments.