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I was watching the "Small Potatoes" documentary on ESPN tonight about the demise of the USFL, and in part of the show where they interviewed Chuck Pitcock (a former player for the Bandits), it looked like the Tampa Bay Bandits were wearing a British flag (a "Union Jack," so to speak) as a patch on the left chest of the jersey.

Does anyone know what this was all about?

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What I thought this thread was going to be about is how the Tampa Bay Bandits uniforms were a direct rip-off of Ohio State's uniforms at the same time. The only differences were the striped socks, logo on the helmets and sleeves, and the outlined numbers. Other than that the uniforms were so close I don't know how nobody raised any kind of fuss.

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What I thought this thread was going to be about is how the Tampa Bay Bandits uniforms were a direct rip-off of Ohio State's uniforms at the same time. The only differences were the striped socks, logo on the helmets and sleeves, and the outlined numbers. Other than that the uniforms were so close I don't know how nobody raised any kind of fuss.

anderson.jpg vs. MCOBTMRRGGGPZIH.20090430130718.jpg

Maybe someone did, then realized once the league started going downhill (I believe in Season 3) that it wasn't worth the fuss. :P

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Completely off-topic, my brother bought a game-worn Bandits jersey at the (then) team store in the big double-decker mall on the Dale Mabry across from the old Tampa Stadium for $20. No idea who the player was, or if he still has it.

But dammit, he had one.

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What I thought this thread was going to be about is how the Tampa Bay Bandits uniforms were a direct rip-off of Ohio State's uniforms at the same time. The only differences were the striped socks, logo on the helmets and sleeves, and the outlined numbers. Other than that the uniforms were so close I don't know how nobody raised any kind of fuss.

anderson.jpg vs. MCOBTMRRGGGPZIH.20090430130718.jpg

Obviously there was no internet back then. It cost too much to call long distance, so unless you had another uni geek in close proximity, you would have just had to keep your fuss to yourself. B)

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Completely off-topic, my brother bought a game-worn Bandits jersey at the (then) team store in the big double-decker mall on the Dale Mabry across from the old Tampa Stadium for $20. No idea who the player was, or if he still has it.

But dammit, he had one.

Yeah, and that mall is long gone now. The land is now the new Bucs training facility and a parking lot for stadium events.

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What I thought this thread was going to be about is how the Tampa Bay Bandits uniforms were a direct rip-off of Ohio State's uniforms at the same time. The only differences were the striped socks, logo on the helmets and sleeves, and the outlined numbers. Other than that the uniforms were so close I don't know how nobody raised any kind of fuss.

anderson.jpg vs. MCOBTMRRGGGPZIH.20090430130718.jpg

Hell yeah...except for a few differences, it's exactly the same! :P

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The Bandits played an exhibition against the Stars in London in 1984.

Thanks - that makes sense.

Also, I did notice last night just how similar the Bandits were to OSU, but it didn't even occur to me to bring it up ion here. I doubt it was just coincidence; they mentioned during the doc. that TB's owner was a shrewd marketer who was in charge of just about everything (including selecting the team colors).

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The Bandits played an exhibition against the Stars in London in 1984.

Thanks - that makes sense.

Also, I did notice last night just how similar the Bandits were to OSU, but it didn't even occur to me to bring it up ion here. I doubt it was just coincidence; they mentioned during the doc. that TB's owner was a shrewd marketer who was in charge of just about everything (including selecting the team colors).

Burt Reynolds?

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John Bassett

Oh, this wasn't a trivia question? Damn!

I was hoping for some pictures of his tennis playing daughter --

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Back on topic --

The Bandits uniforms were pretty similar to Ohio State's uniforms, but I loved them. I like that sleeve stripe pattern much better than what they have now. It just looks a lot cleaner.

EDIT -- Damn, I'm getting old. Apparently she is old enough to have a daughter who is a sophomore at UCLA.

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Completely off-topic, my brother bought a game-worn Bandits jersey at the (then) team store in the big double-decker mall on the Dale Mabry across from the old Tampa Stadium for $20. No idea who the player was, or if he still has it.

But dammit, he had one.

I did the same thing. I bought a white road jersey.

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What was the USFL's obsession with RED????

It seemed like every other team in the league wore red jerseys. What gives? I was laughing when I saw the documentary because it was as if there was a huge sale on red jerseys and half the league bought into it. LOL! We poke fun at the limited color scheme of the UFL....wow, what about the USFL?

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What I thought this thread was going to be about is how the Tampa Bay Bandits uniforms were a direct rip-off of Ohio State's uniforms at the same time. The only differences were the striped socks, logo on the helmets and sleeves, and the outlined numbers. Other than that the uniforms were so close I don't know how nobody raised any kind of fuss.

anderson.jpg vs. MCOBTMRRGGGPZIH.20090430130718.jpg

Hell yeah...except for a few differences, it's exactly the same! :P

Hey, look... OSU's pants stripe used to match the helmet stripe. Nice.

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What was the USFL's obsession with RED????

It seemed like every other team in the league wore red jerseys. What gives? I was laughing when I saw the documentary because it was as if there was a huge sale on red jerseys and half the league bought into it. LOL! We poke fun at the limited color scheme of the UFL....wow, what about the USFL?

It was the UNITED STATES Football League. Red is AMERICAN! :P

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What was the USFL's obsession with RED????

It seemed like every other team in the league wore red jerseys. What gives? I was laughing when I saw the documentary because it was as if there was a huge sale on red jerseys and half the league bought into it. LOL! We poke fun at the limited color scheme of the UFL....wow, what about the USFL?

It was the UNITED STATES Football League. Red is AMERICAN! :P

Shhh... Don't tell Icecap.

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What was the USFL's obsession with RED????

It seemed like every other team in the league wore red jerseys. What gives? I was laughing when I saw the documentary because it was as if there was a huge sale on red jerseys and half the league bought into it. LOL! We poke fun at the limited color scheme of the UFL....wow, what about the USFL?

It was the UNITED STATES Football League. Red is AMERICAN! :P

No, comrade, red is COMMUNIST!!!! :shocked:

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Sorry for wondering off-topic here.... What was up with those horsecollar things back in the day? Did they serve an actual purpose? And why has nobody worn one since Bryan Cox was exiled from the league retired?

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