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Brian Williams' ties hit the blogosphere

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 29th 2008 10:30AM
Brian WilliamsNo one is safe from the snarky and sarcastic jabs of the blogger's literary Uzi. If they've got you in their laser-scope sights, nothing on God's green Earth is strong enough to stop them.

But not all publicity is bad publicity. In some cases, it's revived the careers of celebrities who flopped out of the spotlight like so much unsupervised fish. Rick Astley wouldn't have had the chance to perform during the last Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade if the Internet hadn't turned his ear-drum-grinding song into an ear-drum-grinding Internet prank. Chuck Norris wouldn't have become a born-again celebrity, columnist, and media pundit without a certain web site making him sound like he could kick God's ass unless God has Chuck Norris' fists.

Now another blogger has another target in their sights, giving an overlooked celebrity who is on TV just about every night the rare chance to swing the spotlight on them with a simple pull of the trigger. And it's not NBC Nightly News' Brian Williams. It's NBC Nightly News' Brian Williams' ties, thanks to high school English teacher Nancy Donnelly and her popular blog, the Brian Williams Tie Report.

According to her site, Donnelly works for a public "urban school with a significant minority population" somewhere in Northeast Ohio. When she's not teaching America's youth how to diagram sentences or find the symbolism in boring English literature, she runs to her computer every night after the news to jot down a few lines about Williams' neck wear.

This kind of work might sound like the words of an obsessive stalker who thinks the aliens are trying to communicate with her through the fillings in her teeth. But she can actually create some creative and funny musings out of nothing more than Williams' daily cravats.

Donnelly plays the role of an even more obsessive-compulsive Mr. Blackwell with a tasteful neck fetish. She can find fault and flair in everything from a tie with "manly, deep true purple with commanding stripes of black" to another one with a "garish orchid background and narrow white stripes" that "appears to be a Dollar Store find." Ouch.

She also has an uncanny knowledge of which ties Mr. Williams has worn in previous broadcasts. These detailed callbacks make me wonder if she has a bulletin board with a time line of the anchor's tie selections glued together in a wall collage featuring thousands of cutouts of Williams' trustworthy mug. Well, if any of Mr. Williams' ties go missing, FBI criminal profilers will have an easy day at the office.

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without pictures or - GASP!- video, then her site is FAIL.

November 29 2008 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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