The Devil in Shoulder Pads and the Color of Evil

Beware the Power of the Dark Side. That’s the message Sharron Angle sent to a group of Tonopah high school football players who planned to wear black jerseys for their homecoming game at the start of her political career in the early 90's.

Angle argued against the jerseys – part of a plan by the coach to psyche up a losing team for victory – at the time.

So why Angle's grave concern about the color of some football jerseys?

Black as a color was thoroughly evil, invoking the supernatural and especially the devil,” Angle and her posse argued at the time, writes Pahrump Valley Times columnist and former Tonopah Times-Bonanza publisher, Bill Roberts, who had a son on the team at the time.

Apparently the Devil wears Prada a black football uniform.

Apparently wearing black – and not only violating the First Commandment by succumbing to the idolatry of government programs like Social Security and Medicare – also opens one up to eternal damnation.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Because the coach referred to the loss as "the blackest day in Mucker history," Roberts said, he suggested the players wear black jerseys.

Although some community members were riled up at the Muckers wearing anything besides red and white, Angle and others made a far different argument: that "black as a color was thoroughly evil, invoking the supernatural and especially the devil," Roberts said.

For whatever reason, school administrators banned the black jerseys.

From the John L. Smith at the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

As a member of the Nye County School Board in the early 1990s, Angle was critical of the decision by Tonopah's football coach to hand out black jerseys to his players to help psyche them up in preparation for a game against Laughlin High. Tonopah's team was trying to avenge a loss from the previous year.

Angle, a conservative Christian, said the use of black was inappropriate and even Satanic

It's another anecdote that could raise questions about Angle in voters' minds.

Pahrump Valley Times’ Roberts also points out how even Angle’s very first political campaign was about the marriage of religion and government:

Angle may or may not have thought this a political statement. But she became a high profile advocate of a specific religious position during her very first campaign.

In the end, the Muckers wore traditional red and white for the homecoming game… But they went away from the affair knowing Angle’s group used religious arguments to deprive them of their innocuous and youthful black jersey statement.


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