Bring back the purple jerseys
That old-time religion
By: Malamute, 20 January 2004
Anthony Kelley (left, Linde, 2001) and
Willie Hurst, courtesy of dawgman.com
How can you be a member of the "purple gang" when youíre not
wearing a jersey that reflects the purple of the past?
know, Jim Owens' "purple gang" of 1960 that forever changed west coast football.
After the 1960 Rose Bowl, the Badgers saw a purple sunset that night.
Remember the "all I saw was
purple" game in 1990 when the Huskies hounded USC's Todd Marinovich all day,
the game that saw the birth of the "Purple Reign" defense?
In heraldry, purple signifies high rank and royalty, and in
religion, sorrow and suffering. The purple colors of heraldry and religion are
symbolic of the last decade of Husky football, that is, of the high rank and
royalty of the national championship in 1991 and of the sorrow and suffering of the
sanctions in 1993.
Now, the gold helmets are fine. But those make-believe
purple jerseys, dawg-gone it, they are a horse of a different color.
Let's bring back the purple jersey that Willie wore and junk the
tailored one that Kelley wore.
Tailored uniforms are for motorcycle cops, not real
You can get fired at the Dub for garbing Dawgs in unfitting
attire. Symbolically speaking, wasnít Lambo jettisoned for outfitting players in
purple helmets and white shoes?
Fittingly, Novemberís color is purple, the month of the
year when the Dawgs win the Apple Cup. Novemberís birthstone is Topaz (a golden
color), which signifies fidelity.
After Rick Neuheiselís win over Arizona in November 1999,
Barbara Hedges, true to golden Topaz, literally jumped on Neuheiselís back, so loyal
to her hire and the color gold.
As it turned out, she was a monkey on his back in latter
years, as he to her.
Alas, a firing or golden handshake awaits those unfaithful
to the purple and the gold.
Now that both are gone, bringing back the real purple means high rank and
royalty for the team, while the steadfastness of the gold means loyalty among
fans, coaches and administrators.
As to the religious significance of purple--sorrow and suffering--save that
for the purple-loathing fans of the Pac-9, because, dawg-almighty, according to
the Godís of football, they are to be rabidly bitten by and made believers of
that old-time purple religion.
Give me that old-time religion...and it's good enough for me.
Richard Linde (a.k.a., Malamute) can be reached at