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Eighties eye-scorchers: Bill Cosby wants fans to vote for favorite Cosby sweater

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Bill Cosby wants fans to vote for their favorite of his many outrageous sweaters from the 1980s hit "The Cosby Show."

Bill Cosby's infamous sweaters from the 1980s hit sitcom "The Cosby Show" have gone down in fashion history. At the time, the bulky if warm fashion statements were fairly normal attire, but Cosby had the loudest and the biggest variety.

The comedian's web site offers up a March Madness-style bracket pitting sweaters from different categories against each other and asking fans to vote. "The Argyles" and "The Cardigans" face off against "The Cashmeres" and "The Pullovers." Only one sweater can cut down the nets in the end, but really, there are fashion winners in every category.

One of the "Argyles" features three images of an athlete on a running track, perhaps a nod to "Combustible" Huxtable and the episode where he re-ran a college track meet against "Tailwind" Turner (played by 1956 Olympic bronze medalist Josh Culbreath).

"The Cashmeres" includes a green sweater randomly decked with colorful combs. "The Pullovers" category features a photo of Cosby wearing a sweater highlighted with three giant yellow hearts while talking to young Raven-Symone, who played Olivia, and who is wearing an impressively Cosby sweater of her own.

Sweaters that garner low vote totals are eliminated from the bracket while the popular ones move on. So far, most of the eliminated sweaters have been the more boring color-blocked sweaters, with the outrageous and gaudy ones still hanging on in the competition.

Cosby has been tweeting about the contest and giving each round a NCAA-inspired name, including the "Crew 32" and the "Sweat 16."

Voters are entered in a drawing, and could win an autographed copy of one of Cosby's books. But can any of the bulky garments outpace the "Combustible" Huxtable offering?

Wrote Lindsay DeCastrique on Twitter, "The @BillCosby track meet-inspired sweater has got this thing locked up. Calling it now."