That’s Wolf Blitzer,
resplendent repellant in his purple necktie yesterday. As I predicted, there were dozens of TV anchors and analysts who wore the accursed hue yesterday in a half-assed attempt to appear non-partisan (red + blue = purple, get it?). Reader Andrew Winn has compiled several examples here, Mike Rich has gathered a bunch more here (note the purple straw in the coffee cup), and I’ve gathered several other readers’ contributions here (I realize some of the colors don’t actually look purple, but that’s just lighting, witchcraft, etc.). Big thanks to everyone who helped document this appalling phenomenon, including Chris Howell, Dan Snider, Matt Benz, and John Okray.
For the record: I wore green stirrups yesterday, for good luck (I was really hoping to be exit-polled so I could list myself a part of the crucial emerald-socked demographic, but there were no exit pollsters to be found — rats). Also wore my late brother Henry’s high school ring, something I bring out only for Very Special Occasions (last time I wore it was when I attended Game 5 of the 2000 World Series). Henry, you’d be amazed by what happened yesterday — I’m still pretty damn amazed myself. Glad to have had you close to me as it took place.
New ESPN column today, and I think you’ll all find it pretty interesting — look here.
Signal Flare: Yo, Jim Macho, are you out there? If so, please get in touch. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Speaking of red state vs. blue state, look at last night’s Buffalo/Miami University game — no white jerseys! … In addition, Buffalo wore “I Voted” decals, and WR Brett Hamlin had “B.A.W.B.” written on his neck bumper — anyone know what that was about? (Thanks to Brian Skokowski for the screen grab.) … The new Yankee Stadium sleeve patch will look like this. … Advertising in public spaces continues to encroach (with thanks to Nile Smith). … Doug Keklak reports that he’s gotten a new pooch. “Since she’s just a puppy, we don’t really want to spend money on one of those pet jerseys, since she just grow out of it,” he writes. “We feel the Terrible Towel is good enough for her.” … Two good finds by Mike Hersh: First, a site devoted to Seattle hockey, including some dynamite jerseys; and a site devoted to western hockey, with lots of cool jersey mock-ups. … Did you know there’s an under-20 World Cup? I didn’t, but Jeremy Brahm reports that they’ve just unveiled their 2009 logo. … Check this out: Tug McGraw wearing white shoes — and not in an All-Star Game (with thanks to Jared Wheeler). … Jeff Cook, who recently did that Phillies logo redesign, has now given a makeover to the Phils’ Liberty Bell logo. Plus he sent along pics of this amazing T-shirt (additional views here and here) and this button). … Many of you have probably seen this 1968 photo of Paul Brown with a bunch of Bengals prototype helmets (including one very similar to the design they started wearing in 1981 and still wear today). But Gary Streeting has come up with a much larger, clearer version of it. … Was Tim Tebow wearing a shout-out to someone named Phil? Nope — it was a Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength,” which I guess refers to Florida’s conditioning coach (with thanks to Chris Salove). … Nice to see yesterday’s election was sponsored by Nike.