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A mystery of color.

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford FC - Premier League Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Hey, Hoddlers!

I stumbled upon a mystery yesterday, and I must share.

Ramble of the Day

Let’s start with a couple of questions. What color do you think the traditional Wolverhampton Wanderers home kit is? I’d argue orange, but I have heard that there are a number of people who would be offended by the claim. After all, the club say the color’s gold. People on team orange and people on team gold could bicker for days, but as it turns out, there is an easy way to settle the debate: by using a color picker.

image via Wolverhampton Wanderers

Let’s start with the above image. Wolves have made their claim with the hashtag #OldGoldNewChallenge, but the shade reminds me of the color of a mango. Color picker chimes on the bright part of the jersey: the hex color is #febf00, and the name that pops up is...gold. Case closed, right?

It obviously can’t be, because any good science experiment needs to go through two or three trials before we can call the results conclusive. I take a peek at Google to see what they think. Color picker says: hex color is #fc891b, name is...dark orange. This actually doesn’t prove anything other than the fact that there might be disagreement with Wolves on the gold thing, and therefore a point to prove. (The Premier League’s website uses hex color #f9a01b, or orange, by the way.)

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Here’s an image from earlier in the season, and I start by taking the color picker to a bright spot on a jersey: hex color is #f9be21, name is goldenrod. I pick another spot with the sun shining nicely, but not too harshly on the same jersey. I’m guessing the color doesn’t change much. Color picker says I’m wrong: hex color is #ed9c04, name is orange. Inconclusive!

Ultimately, lighting makes it rather difficult to find the true color of a jersey. There is, though, one true test: the club’s official crest in its digital form, where lighting isn’t an issue and using a color picker is essentially foolproof: hex color is #fdba0d, name is...ORANGE.

Like I said earlier, a couple of trials are needed in order to reach a conclusion, so I can’t say that because the crest is technically orange, one of Wolves’ two colors is orange and not gold. What I can say, though, is that Wolves have either an identity crisis or something to explain. Answers are needed.

tl;dr: Identity crisis in Wolverhampton?

Links of the Day

Watford academy head Darren Sarll has been suspended after he was accused of bullying players.

Wilfried Zaha has been charged with improper conduct after getting two yellows against Southampton.

Edin Džeko spit on a referee and was sent off as a result during Roma’s 7-1 loss to Fiorentina on Wednesday.

Amazon will have a Sergio Ramos docuseries that is set to premiere later this year.

Newcastle have a new record signing in Miguel Almirón, and other deals from deadline day.

Today’s longer read: Sam Borden on the days before the plane carrying Emiliano Sala disappeared and the continuing search for ESPN