The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are will wear white jerseys for their wildcard game. This is a brilliant move by the Buccaneers.
When the underdog NFC South champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers take their home field against the favorited wildcard Dallas Cowboys, they will do so wearing their white jerseys. That may not seem like much on the surface, but it is in fact, an awesome move by the Buccaneers. There is much more to this than meets the eye here Bucs fans.
Football, like all sports, has its fair share of curses. Some are more prominent in the mainstream consciousness, such as the Madden cover curse, while others fly a bit more under the radar. For whatever reason, the curse of the Cowboys blue jerseys is one of those curses. It is really weird that this is the case, considering the Cowboys standing in the sports world, but here we are.
You see, the Cowboys have played a total of seven playoff games in their history while wearing their blue jerseys. Their record of those games? 1-6. They’re only win came in the 1978 NFC championship game against the Los Angeles Rams, where they shut them out 28-0. Since then, similar to their playoff success in the last three decades, a big ol’ goose egg.
It’s no secret that the Buccaneers have not exactly been firing on all cylinders to this point in the season. To put it lightly, and kindly, expectations have not quite been met. That said, any potential advantage there is to be had must be taken, even if it is psychological, and even mythical. This move should definitely be applauded, even though the shortcomings of “America’s Team” in front of America has been well documented.
At the end of the day, yes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Tom Brady at quarterback. However, they’ve had him all year, and the results on the field have been… mixed at best. Simply put, they need to show up, regardless of what uniforms they are wearing. However, this decision on uniforms a good start.