Training Camp Bucket Hats- Who Wore It Better?

Photo credit: Indianapolis Colts

Training Camp Bucket Hats – Who Wore It Better?

By Cyndi Darlington @hailmaryblog

Official AFC West Fan Reporter
Official AFC West Fan Reporter

Football is back! And as we begin the painful march from training camp to preseason to (whenwillitgetherepleaseletitgethere) the actual NFL season, it’s the time to start observing trends and consistencies that will shape our favorite teams for months to come.

There is one thing that’s as ubiquitous in August as an Arian Foster injury or a non-conference scrimmage brawl. Yes, I’m talking about the training camp bucket hat, a staple in the hot sun for the past few years.

Once a fashion faux pas reserved for the likes of Gilligan from Gilligan’s Island and J.J. from Good Times, the bucket hat has emerged as the headpiece of choice for hardworking players. And although almost every team rocked the buckets this year, some did it with just more style and flair than the rest.

First, some fun facts:

Bucket hats have been around since the early 1900s, mostly for soldiers, but did not become a fashion item until adopted by women in the 1960s. The 1980s saw the emergence of bucket hats as street fashion, then rap culture and finally the football field. They are commonly referred to as Dixie Cup Hats in the Navy!

Now, to the good stuff. Let’s see who wore the bucket hat best versus who got taken for a three hour tour.

Geno Smith

Note the lack of chin strap. A little added protection, and perhaps things could have turned out a little differently.

Photo credit: Robert Sabo, NY Daily News
Photo credit: Robert Sabo, NY Daily News

Jay Cutler

It seems so Cutler that he’s wearing his with the flap FLIPPED UP. Doesn’t that just miss the whole point? Kind of like having fully effective vaccines available, but somehow choosing not to use them?

Photo credit: Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports
Photo credit: Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports

RGIII

When he’s not being misquoted or keeping up his ridiculously positive Twitter account, he’s actually sporting a pretty nice bucket look. Nicely molded to his head and just the right amount of chin strappage. Overall, he’s pulling it off.

Photo credit: timesdispatch.com
Photo credit: timesdispatch.com

Josh Sitton

The Packers guard goes full sailor, which was probably a necessity just to shimmy it over the hair. May I suggest a low riding man bun next time? And I’m usually not a fan of spit, but that is certainly the most organized and restrained stream I have seen, so no demerits for that, sir.

Photo credit: AP
Photo credit: AP

Colts Linebacking Corps

The dark underside is really what pulls it together for this unit. It’s like a whimsical yachtie meets LL Cool J and I am loving the color coordination here. Let’s hope they can be as coordinated against Peyton in the playoffs.

All in all, I’ve got to give it to our man RGIII, with the Colts a close second. Let’s face it, if you can make a bucket hat look cool, you should be able to rock the gridiron this season. And the only J.J. setting trends now, is one with the last name of Watt.

 

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