Following its appearance during the second Presidential Debate, Americans purchased this IZOD sweater to extinction. Wrapped around media darling Ken Bone, the conservative dad-style and aggressive red color captured the hearts of a nation.
Millennials flocked to acquire the essential piece of a costume that certainly wouldn’t be out of vogue by the time Halloween rolled around. The weekend following his debate appearance College Gameday may as well have been a Ken Bone rally. His red sweater could do no wrong.
Then it began to unravel. Bone, eager to extend his 15 minutes opened himself up to a Reddit AMA. Advanced users proficient at such complex concepts as comment history tore through Ken’s past and it became clear that this man was not without his flaws. He was the “beautiful human submarine” lover in all of us, and we were OK with that.
As the Cubs cruised to the World Series finally becoming the “Best in the National League” for the first time since 1945. I couldn’t help but reflect on the last famous October sweater.
After Steve Bartman interfered(?*) with a foul ball at the hands of Moises Alou during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. Frustrated Cubs fans forgot about the players on the field and directed all of their hate towards a man in the stands.
As the situation grew more dire for Bartman himself with numerous death threats and constant police guard required at his home. His likeness became a coping mechanism for Chicago’s fanbase. Halloween’s costume of the moment in 2003… Bartman. The Renegade’s Baseball crewneck paired with Walkman headphones and a green turtleneck gained an almost mythic lore.
Steve Bartman’s part in the Curse of the Billy Goat was effectively eradicated with the Cub’s advancing to World Series and Ken Bone will go the way of Joe the Plumber upon the conclusion of the 2016 election.
But maybe, just maybe, it’s time we look to another article of clothing to fill our emotional needs. I hear pants are nice.
*he didn’t, sue me.