Some wondered why we have blue and yellow jerseys. Heres a good reason:
NJ Fact of the Day: State Flag: The Buff and Blue: Why a yellow background and a blue shield? Because none other than George Washington picked them out in 1779. The colors ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â Jersey blue and buff (as the yellow is called) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â honor the Dutch, New JerseyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s original European settlers. The colors first appeared on the insignia of the Netherlands. Washington selected the color scheme for the uniforms of NJÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s regiments in the Revolution; in 1780 soldiers had to carry a state flag that matched their uniforms, and NJÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s colors have been the same ever since. The traditional flag was made official in 1896.