On the face of it, the state of Maryland is flying in the face of Purple Friday.
The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation sent out a message on Twitter today urging Marylanders to wear red Friday to show their commitment to fighting heart disease in women.
The timing may be unfortunate because many Marylanders, including much of the General Assembly, already have plans to wear a certain other color in support of the Baltimore Ravens two days before the Super Bowl. The Go Red for Women is part of a national observation sponsored by the American Heart Association, which apparently picked Feb. 1 without football in mind.
Unlike Ravens fans, backers of the San Francisco 49ers face no conflict because one of their colors is red.
Maureen O'Connor, a department spokeswoman, said the state certainly isn't urging Marylanders not to wear purple.
"Actually in fact, I was figuring out how am I going to wear red and purple at the same time," she said. O'Connor said she settled on an ensemble of a red blazer and a purple, buttoned-down shirt.
Asked whether the colors really go together, O'Connor rendered her fashion judgment: "I think they will tomorrow."