Found January 21, 2012 on The Other Paper:
New York Giants fans were blue in the face after noticing that the most recognizable landmark of the Manhattan skyline had been lit up in the San Francisco 49ers red and gold team colors just days before the two teams meet for the NFC Championship.

As the city darkened last night, people couldn't help but notice the symbol of New York awash in the California team's hues.

But on Saturday night, it looks like the city's most well-known structure has mysteriously turned blue once again and everything is back to normal in Giantsland.

While the fans were screaming foul,  there was a logical— if not a bit untimely— reason from keeping the 86-story building blue— the Chinese New Year.

The ESB was bathed in the red and gold in honor of the Chinese Lunar New Year which begins Monday— the day after the big game.

While that explanation didn't satisfy most fans, the building was already committed to the colors which represent the "Year of the Dragon" until smarter heads prevailed.

Last week the ESB was bathed in glowing Big Blue until the most mythical symbol in Chinese culture took precedence.

And that was bad news for Giants fans.

The dragon— and its colors— is considered to be the luckiest and most powerful symbol in the Chinese zodiac.

Going back to blue was the right thing to do.

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