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Where Did Philip Rivers Get That Bolo Tie?
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Posted on 01/07/2014 11:43:13 AM PST by nickcarraway

Last weekend's win by the San Diego Chargers was the talk of the town-- that is, until quarterback Philip Rivers showed up in his bolo tie.

The string tie, as it's often called, fell out of fashion in the 1980s, but it appears Rivers is bringing bolo back.

The one-of-a-kind design comes from the mind and garage work shop of San Diegan Ted Williams.

The 76-year-old Williams hand-delivered the bolo tie to Chargers headquarters. It's cut from elk antler and has a polished stone in the center.

“We had to go to coat and tie this year,” Rivers explains at a news conference. “That was my way to not have a neck tie.”

It's a peace offering of sorts for Williams, who is a fierce Chargers fan. But last season’s disappointment lead to terse words about the team and its quarterback.

“I feel bad about the stuff I have been saying about him,” Williams said. This season’s playoff seat and multiple wins has made Williams a changed man.

“After they won the Denver game, he (Rivers) had another a different bolo,” Williams said. “I said, ‘Shoot, he outta have one of mine.’”

Williams says he doesn't wear bolos; he's a t-shirt guy. But Williams was wearing something else after seeing Rivers in his artwork: An ear-to-ear smile.

"Sure enough, there it was," Williams said.

"It made me feel good."


TOPICS: Local News; Sports
KEYWORDS: fashion; sandiegochargers; style

1 posted on 01/07/2014 11:43:13 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

What a neat story.


2 posted on 01/07/2014 11:50:45 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: nickcarraway

I like them and wear one when I have to wear a tie. I HATE normal ties.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 11:51:09 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: nickcarraway

It really is beautiful.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 11:51:59 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: nickcarraway

Bolo ties are awesome on flannel


5 posted on 01/07/2014 11:52:48 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: nickcarraway

Bolo ties are out of style?


6 posted on 01/07/2014 11:54:33 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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I heard that laid-off kicker from Minnesota traded his ties and bolos for a pearl necklace.


7 posted on 01/07/2014 11:55:34 AM PST by Dexter Morgan (Everyone hides who they are.)
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To: nickcarraway

I recently went back to full western clothing all the time.

My wife threw out my boots almost 30 years ago when we first got together.

She came back from shopping at a thrift store with some cowboy boots last summer.

I took that to mean the ban was finally lifted!


8 posted on 01/07/2014 11:56:18 AM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: nickcarraway

Not many Bolo ties being seen these days, my eight grade shop teacher (1966) always wore one - but he would take it off to demonstrate power tool safety.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 12:04:36 PM PST by dainbramaged (Windage and elevation, Mrs. Langdon; windage and elevation.)
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To: nickcarraway

10 posted on 01/07/2014 12:07:34 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: nickcarraway
The string tie, as it's often called, fell out of fashion in the 1980s...

Hmmmm...in my part of the country string ties are just that, some sort of string or thin ribbon that is tied (usually with a bow knot). A bolo tie is a cord or length of braided leather with aiguillettes tipping the ends and secured with a slide-clasp.

I like bolos. Greatest problem I have is the same as with regular neckties, finding them in long enough sizes!

11 posted on 01/07/2014 12:12:34 PM PST by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: nickcarraway
The string tie, as it's often called, fell out of fashion in the 1980s, but it appears Rivers is bringing bolo back.

Ummmm .... bolo ties have always been in fashion for the truly well-dressed Westerner gentleman. Especially well-made, work-of-art ones of hand-crafted silver with semi-precious stones.

12 posted on 01/07/2014 12:13:42 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: DakotaGator
Hmmmm...in my part of the country string ties are just that, some sort of string or thin ribbon that is tied (usually with a bow knot). A bolo tie is a cord or length of braided leather with aiguillettes tipping the ends and secured with a slide-clasp.

Yep.

13 posted on 01/07/2014 12:14:46 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: nickcarraway
I've got a bunch of bolas that I sometimes wear (but only when a tie is required). They're certainly not out of fashion in AZ.

Many years ago, I even bought one from two young Navajo kids selling bolas on the side of the road out in the middle of nowhere (near Jacob Lake on the North Rim). The ties were cheaply mass-produced, but the Navajo kids insisted they were hand-crafted on the reservation.

What are ya gonna do? I laughed and bought one. Occasionally still wear it.

14 posted on 01/07/2014 12:37:41 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: nickcarraway

I have three that belonged to my Grandpa. They’re beautiful; I’ll never part with them. :)


15 posted on 01/07/2014 12:48:12 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: dainbramaged

“...he would take it off to demonstrate power tool safety.”

When I was in college my bio professor always wore bow ties, I wondered if that was because he was doing lab work.

It actually makes sense.

I like all these things - I just like to see men in something other than jeans and t-shirts.

I watched the Vienna Symphony on New Years on PBS and the conductor had no tie on, just some oddball open collared shirt. It was strange, it looked like the old time shirts men used to wear and then they’d put those stiff collars on, like in the late 1800s. Eh, I wasn’t thrilled with the look, not on New Years Day, on TV! It was all very fancy. Julie Andrews narrated, I loved it. (end tangent here!)


16 posted on 01/07/2014 1:09:24 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Flycatcher

“What are ya gonna do?”

Good on you, gotta help a wee one out - and you’ve gotten years of use from it, so that’s good.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 1:11:22 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Flycatcher

they’re pretty out of fashion in the parts of AZ I frequent. I don’t know anybody that wears them. Pretty much the only time I see them worn is when there’s a mariachi band around.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 1:14:01 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: nickcarraway

The bolo tie is one of those things is never IN or OUT of fashion.......they just are.....


19 posted on 01/07/2014 1:14:25 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ?....... Enforce the Bill of Rights................................ It's the LAW !!!)
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To: discostu
I live in the sticks of northwest AZ. I usually only see bolas worn at formal affairs, such as receptions, dances, formal large dinner parties, etc.

Typically, I'm the youngest man wearing one, and I'm in my mid-fifties.

Kinda sad. The tradition does appear to be dying out. But on the other hand, I receive numerous compliments when I wear one. The locals love to see "young people" wearing them. Lol.

20 posted on 01/07/2014 1:23:18 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

I live in Tucson. Raul Grijalva, some Mexican restaurant owners, maybe a few folks at heavily Mexican formal affairs. But mostly no. Down here figure about 1% of the population is wearing any kind of tie and maybe 1% of them are bolo ties, just not into the whole neck ornament. They mostly sell in gift shops to tourists. I owned one when I was a kid, of course I only own two regular ties.


21 posted on 01/07/2014 1:27:02 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Finny; Tijeras_Slim
The string tie, as it's often called, fell out of fashion in the 1980s, but it appears Rivers is bringing bolo back.

Horsesh|t. Bolos never went out of style.

Our young, know-nothing reporter is confusing skinny ties with bolos.

22 posted on 01/07/2014 1:27:53 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: nickcarraway

Daddy like.

Only $3k on eBay.

23 posted on 01/07/2014 1:30:00 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: dainbramaged

Wearing one of those around a lathe would be like wearing a Ghillie Suit around a woodchipper... Heh.


24 posted on 01/07/2014 1:30:59 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: martin_fierro

Cool, I wish I could find the black leather one I had... think I left it on some bedpost around ‘86.


25 posted on 01/07/2014 1:33:44 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: discostu
Uh oh. If Grijalva wears one, I may have to rethink it. Yikes!

Seriously, though, the northwest part of this state is much different from the People's Republic of Tucson. We're the most conservative county in the state (70%-29% Romney over Obama in 2012). Open carry is common here too. And where I live, everyone still waves at every passing car in the little desert hamlet. No joke. You just wave. It's reflexive.

26 posted on 01/07/2014 1:38:07 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

It might just be a city- country (or at least small town) thing. Nobody in Phoenix wears them either. Get down to the Tombstone Sierra Vista area and you’ll see more.


27 posted on 01/07/2014 1:41:27 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: DakotaGator

I bought a bolo somewhere online that would make whatever length you want.


28 posted on 01/07/2014 1:42:34 PM PST by rightly_dividing (2 Tim. 2:15)
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To: rightly_dividing

Nice.


29 posted on 01/07/2014 2:16:11 PM PST by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: nickcarraway
I like this one ...


30 posted on 01/07/2014 2:37:17 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I wish I could find the black leather one I had... think I left it on some bedpost around ‘86.

LOL!! You dog!

31 posted on 01/07/2014 3:13:35 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: nickcarraway

I should have bought some for my dad when he was alive. He wore cowboy boots as long as I could remember. He would have worn them with pride. Funny thing is, this area wasn’t the “Far West” for over 200 years.


32 posted on 01/08/2014 2:04:02 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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