Linebacker Lavonte David is the senior member of the Buccaneers, having been with the team for over a decade. As such, he is the only active Tampa Bay player to have worn the team’s creamsicle throwbacks, which last appeared on-field in David’s rookie year of 2012 (that’s him, No. 54, in the photo shown above). And as mentioned in today’s Ticker, David says we could be “in for a surprise” regarding this season’s new creamsicle throwbacks, which are slated to be worn against the Lions on Oct. 15 but haven’t yet been unveiled.
David’s comment came at the end of a “quote sheet” that was posted on the team’s website on Wednesday afternoon. Talking about the creamsicle uniforms, he said:
“I love it. I love it. I got a little glimpse of them. They’re not like the ones I wore in 2012 at all… You should be in for a surprise. They’re really nice and I definitely like the way they look.”
Hmmm. What sort of “surprise” could he be referring to? Let’s go through some possibilities:
Possibility No. 1: The White Jersey
When the Bucs have worn creamsicle throwbacks in the past — a total of four times from 2009 through 2012, they’ve always gone with the orange jersey and white pants combo. Could they be considering white over orange?
It’s worth noting that the team’s recent announcement of the throwback game date included vintage creamsicle footage of both the orange and the white jerseys, so they didn’t really tip their hand either way:
Hey, Hey, Tampa Bay!
The Creamsicles officially return October 15 against the Detroit Lions. pic.twitter.com/BZuohyPq4u
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) June 12, 2023
Possibility No. 2: Different Jersey Construction
If you look at photos of that 2012 game, Nike gave the Bucs mesh jerseys with screened-on numbers (similar to what the team wore back in the day):
So maybe David is saying that that the new jerseys have Nike’s latest performance fabric, sewn-on numbers, and so on.
Possibility No. 3: A Mash-Up
Orange jersey with alarm clock numbers? Bucco Bruce logo on a pewter helmet? Seems highly unlikely, but I’m just putting it out there.
Out of these three options, I’d say No. 1 — the white jersey — is the most likely. But here’s the thing: The creamsicles haven’t been on the field in over a decade, so wouldn’t it make more sense for them to go with the more iconic (I’m using the term loosely) orange/white look, rather than white/orange? I could see them flipping the script after a few years of orange/white throwbacks, but not for the creamsicles’ long-awaited return. Then again, maybe they wanted to do something a little different this time around.
In any case, it’s a fun mystery to ponder! Are there any other possibilities I’m overlooking?