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Pittsburgh Steelers give us a new era of uniform horribleness

Doug Farrar
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NFL Game Rewind might want to eliminate the end zone views from this game. (NFL.com)

The Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed the Washington Redskins to Heinz Field Sunday, and wanted to honor their past at the same time. To that end, the franchise outfitted its players in throwback uniforms from the 1934 season.

Reaction was not good before the Steelers took the field, but when we were able to see 11 men wearing huge bumblebee unis at the same time, the true awfulness of the wardrobe mishap was made apparent.

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Big Ben doesn't seem too sure about this. (Getty Images)

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor claims to approve, though he had to go a ways to validate the move.

"I like them. I like the throwback, man," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "That bumblebee, jailhouse look from back in the day."

How would he describe the uniforms, strictly in a fashion sense?

"I'll try to put 'swag' and 'swurve' in the same word," he said. "How about 'swavvin'? You got to have that Looney Toons accent like Porky the Pig when you say it, too. 'Swav-v-v-v-v-v-v-in.'"

Nose tackle Casey Hampton echoed Taylor's concern that the unis would look worse on larger players.

"Sideways stripes don't do me no good," Hampton said. "Honestly, any uniform does me bad, so it can't really get any worse than it already is."

We beg to differ. In our humble opinion, the Steelers have passed up the 1960 Denver Broncos and their vertically striped socks for the title of Worst Uniform in Pro Football History.

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