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Throw 'em back

November 15, 2013 - John Mehno
The Steelers will wear those silly bumblebee throwback uniforms for Sunday's home against Detroit.

If they lose, at least the funny uniforms will provide some comic relief.

Throwbacks are an NFL scheme to sell more merchandise, and it works. On the way into Heinz Field last Sunday, I actually saw some people wearing the ugly jerseys the Steelers will sport on Sunday.

This is the third time the Steelers have used a throwback look, and only one of them was any good. The best was the early 1960s look that had black jerseys with wider gold stripes and gold helmets.

The other loser (apart from the one they'll use Sunday) was a 1933 design that was their first throwback.

The one they ought to try is the 1967-era jersey, seen at right. It had a gold triangle on the shoulders, which was supposed to represent Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle. The Steelers wore them for a few years, then dumped them for the more traditional design after Chuck Noll took over in 1969.

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