Apparently, referees wore all white, dress shirts, bow ties, and beret-style hats in the early days of football. (a)

White, the color of unbiased attitudes and purity, is what fans hope they’re getting when the outcome boils down to one/a few people. (a)

In 1920, after a quarterback passed the ball to a referee named Lloyd Olds, who was mistaken for a teammate also in all white, Olds asked a friend to make an eye-catching shirt that would set him apart from the players.

By 1945, the NFL went to the standard black and white design. (a)

Since Monday you’ve heard way too much about the black and white stripes, so that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Monday was a great game day experience at Lambeau. Crisp air and sun, fans were out early.

We arrived around 2 pm and walked around for a bit before grilling.

I ran into a lot of first-time fans to Green Bay, who were surprised to learn you could walk around with a cold one.

I also noticed fashion for Monday Night Football on display.

Green and yellow stripes.

Game bibs.

They were everywhere.

At the end of the day, celebrate that the Green Bay Packers are 5 – 1 and fans evolving from Green Bay Packers pajama pants or Zubaz ‘zebra pants’ on gameday to Game Bibs is something I think we all can get behind.

A 13x World Champion vibe always, section 108, was loud.

It’s been years since I remember it being that loud. After the clock hit zero, many fans stayed to take photos closer to the field, myself included.

The players long gone off the field, I observed a group of fans, teary-eyed, one man was holding a 3×5 Green Bay Packers flag high and yelling “Thank you Green Bay.”

What a special place. What a special team.

(a) (June 2015) The real reason referees wear stripes Retrieved from:

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