Best Of 2022

Best Rose-Colored Glasses

Joe Burrow — aka Joe Shiesty, aka Joey B., aka Joe Cool, aka Joe Brrr — has become a local hero of sorts. Since the Bengals drafted him in 2020, Burrow has thrown for more than 8,000 yards, bounced back after a season-ending knee injury in 2020 and had been instrumental to the Bengals reaching the Super Bowl. Cincinnati knew early on that Burrow would be good at football, but now he’s showing prowess in a completely different arena: fashion. The entire population of the Queen City was looking through rose-colored glasses after the Cincinnati Bengals won their first playoff game in 31 years, defeating the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 at Paul Brown Stadium on Jan. 15. The win was obviously a big deal. But perhaps a bigger deal? Burrow’s postgame-press-conference glasses. The specs, which teammate and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase said were Cartier, elicited comparisons to everyone from Robert Downey Jr. to Lizzie McGuire and Elton John. The colorful frames also made some people extremely horny, especially on Twitter. The social media platform lost its collective mind with tweets coming in declaring everything from “Joe Burrow wearing those y2k glasses is my kink” to “The real star of last night’s Bengal’s win: Joe Burrow’s frames.” When asked if the glasses had any significance, Burrow told reporters: “No significance. I just think they’re pretty cool.”