I’m not sure what to make of the Redskins jacket Jim Vance wore Thursday night in Minnesota.
On one hand, it’s amazing. I mean, just look at it. The longtime NBC4 anchor apparently wore it the last time he visited the Metrodome, way back in 1992, and dug it out of the closet for his return trip.
On the other hand, hasn’t Vance spoken out fervently about the Redskins name being “vulgar” and decided to stop using it in broadcasts? Isn’t wearing a Redskins jacket kind of a contradictory message, then? Also, aren’t media members supposed to be impartial and stuff?
Then again, no no no, it’s an outstanding jacket. Internal debate settled.
Sounds like Vance isn’t much of a stickler for the rules, anyway.
The hardest part of this game is reminding Jim Vance he can not cheer in the press box. I’m not going to win this one. @nbcwashington— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) November 8, 2013
Plus, we should cut him a break. His team didn’t do so well.
(Despite his thoughts on the team name, Vance has long been a Redskins supporter. Here’s something former Post sports editor George Solomon wrote about Vance in a book on the team’s 60th anniversary in ’92:
One of Washington’s most popular television news anchors, WRC’s Jim Vance, went on the air one cold, winter night in early 1988 with a wish. “The Redskins play for the NFC championship against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium in two days, and I want them to win,” Vance said.
“I want them to win not so much because I like them as a team — which I do — but rather because of what it does for this region. It brings us together: black, white, young, old, rich, poor. When the Redskins beat the Cowboys to win the NFC five years ago, I remember people coming out of their homes and hugging each other, horns blaring, singing ‘Hail to the Redskins.’
“Nothing brings this place together like the Washington Redskins. So I hope they beat the Vikings and go to the Super Bowl and win that, too. If that makes me a homer, that’s okay. Because no city in the country needs the unity, even for one night, like we do.”
Vance got his wish that weekend — the Redskins defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 17-10, when Darrell Green knocked down a pass in the game’s final minute to preserve the victory and propel them to the Super Bowl, where they also routed the Denver Broncos.