A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 01, 2007
“If God isn’t a Longhorn, why is the sunset burnt orange?”

"If God isn’t a Longhorn, why is the sunset burnt orange?” is a saying used by some fans of the University of Texas Longhorns. The official team color is burnt orange. Similar sayings exist about other colleges.

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Sports in General: “God made the sunsets burnt orange because he is a Longhorn fan, and he made the night time sky black and populated it with silver stars because he loves the Spurs.”

21 April 1988, Washington (DC) Post:
The West Springfield classroom Axelrod uses has a mix of posters on John Steinbeck novels, the movie “Casablanca,” “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” and one that asks the probing question, “If God isn’t a Longhorn, then why is the sunset burnt orange?”

3 August 1990, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, pg. B1:
“If God wasn’t a Longhorn, then why is the sunset burnt orange?”

Texas Wit & Wisdom
by Wallace O. Chariton
Plano, TX: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
1990, 1992
Pg. 100:
If God isn’t a Longhorn why are the sunsets burnt orange?
From the T-Shirt Hall of Fame. 

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From: (Richard Donovan)
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1993 13:44:23 GMT
Local: Thurs, Apr 22 1993 9:44 am
Subject: Re: Penn State’s Uniforms

The Longhorns have ugly uniforms???!!!  I think not!  Let us remember… God is a Longhorn.  Why else would he make the sunset burnt orange?  The aggies new uniforms make them look like large plums....talk about ugly!

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From: (Eric T. Moore)
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 1994 22:34:57 GMT
Local: Thurs, Jul 7 1994 6:34 pm
Subject: Univ. of Texas RB’s (was Re: A&M Running Backs)

“If God isn’t a tea-sipper, then why are the sunsets burnt orange!?!”

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From: (William E. Homer)
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 1994 16:40:29 GMT
Local: Tues, Sep 13 1994 12:40 pm
Subject: If God Isn’t ....

I noticed two bumper stickers the other day:
“If God isn’t a Texas Longhorn fan why is the sunset burnt orange?”
“If God isn’t a Penn State fan why is the sky blue and white?”

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From: BSey
Date: 1996/06/27

> --Susan ("God must be a Tiger, too, ‘cause the sun is orange and the
> sky is blue."--a bumper sticker I used to have back when I
> lived in Alabama)

There’s a variant of this in Austin that says “God Must Be a Longhorn - He made the Sunsets Burnt Orange”.

the perfect world
dohdee—Tuesday, July 20, 2004—09:43:58 AM—520 of 1094
Yes. The Correct and True orange. None of that Chernobyl-grade bright orange that I see out here from the damn Vols that have infiltrated Atlanta. Gads.

If God wasn’t a Longhorn, why did he make the sunsets burnt orange?

More trivia: UT’s colors used to be burnt orange and maroon. When A&M reared its ugly head, they took the maroon with them.

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Longhorns for Life
by Whit Canning
Sports Publishing LLC
Pg. 36:
In one corner sits a plaque that reads, “If God Isn’t a Longhorn, Why Is the Sunset Burnt Orange?”

Burnt Orange Fan Zone
01-06-2006, 01:10 AM
If God isn’t a Longhorn, why are sunsets Burnt Orange. 

03/22/07 10:15 PM
but always remember.... if God did’nt love the Longhorns so much he would’nt make so many sunsets burnt orange.

Sporting News - College Football
Yes Tom Austin is Heaven
Posted by TJack on Thu Jun 28, 2007 04:39 pm
Hey Dienhart while you’re here you should head down to the forty acres and take a tour of the Texas athletic complex. Maybe if you do you will realize why we fans are so passionate about our Longhorns and why God made sunsets burnt orange.

Austin American-Statesman (Bevo Beat)
By Bruce7
September 20, 2007 4:19 PM | Link to this
Too much of a good thing is.... Time for the ship to be righted. Time for class and respectability. Where is God in all this? “Do You Know Why Sunsets are Burnt Orange, God is a Longhorn.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, October 01, 2007 • Permalink