Jersey Girl: Angle’s reaction to Tonopah shirt tale


For months those following Sharron Angle's political rise have heard the story of the black jerseys and the Tonopah High football team.

Now the story has made print courtesy of former Tonopah Times-Bonanza publisher Bill Roberts, who wrote a personal recollection in a recent column. The column has been noted by the Los Angeles Times.

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.

Although Angle's campaign has scoffed at the story, saying it's old news at a time of high unemployment, the fact is it is news. She's a candidate for U.S. Senate attempting to knock off America's most powerful Democratic senator.

When The Ticket asked the Angle camp about the jersey incident, spokesman Jarrod Agen responded, "The state has bigger things to worry about than high school football games from 20 years ago, like 14 percent unemployment thanks to Senator Reid. But I'm glad that they won their game."

The glib response aside, it's another anecdote that could raise questions about Angle in voters' minds.