Navy football will be sporting new “Nike Pro Combat” uniforms this fall, but don’t clue in MSNBC or the White House. Emblazoned throughout the uniform is a phrase now emblematic of the Tea Party:
The uniform features the legendary Naval phrase “Don’t Tread on Me” which is visible throughout the uniform, both on the back inner collar as well as the upper sock. The time-tested Navy anchor is also prominent on both the front collar and pant leg.
Indeed, the language straight off the yellow Gadsden flag. The flag was carried by the first United States Marines into combat and then was included in the first Navy Jack. Of course, Tea Partiers have adopted the flag as their own. Somewhere, a patriotic Navy officer close to the football program must be chuckling to herself over this one.