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Brown, you're doin' a heckuva job

Belo8 jesters Gloria Campos, Dale Hansen and Pete Delkus

Fat and happy in the Nielsens on most nights, Belo8's 10 p.m. anchors keep showing they can be slap-happy, too.

Actually, subtract John McCaa from that equation. On Thursday's late nighter, he put his head in his hands and shook it horizontally while Gloria Campos, Dale Hansen and Pete Delkus went wild with laughter. In fact, Gloria might well have been heard in the Rio Grande Valley. But hey, it was kind of infectious -- and not like a boil. Let's go to the videotape.

Big Pete as usual was the instigator, coming out of his weather segment with another dig at bigger Dale.

"So Gloria, here's the story," he began. "Last night the big fella made fun of me for wearing a brown suit with a gold tie."

Didn't catch that one. But Pete wanted viewers to know that sports anchor Dale now was sporting the same colors.

"I followed your lead," Hansen jabbed back. "I called my guy. I said, 'Do you have some of those ugly suits like Pete wears?' Sure enough, he got me one."

Dale then turned to Gloria, who also was in brown.

"And I notice you've got the same suit, by the way," he told her.

"That's right," she said. Brown power." Followed by a mega-cackle -- from her.

At this point, John went into the anchorman's version of the fetal position. But wait, there's more.

"Speaking of brown power, let's talk about white power," Dale continued.

"Whitesboro," Gloria admonished him.

"Oh, that's right. Whitesboro," a grinning Dale said. "We'll get to it next."

Gloria kept on laughing -- HUGELY -- all the way into the commercial break. Somewhere in El Paso, a cowboy is still chasing his spooked herd.

As for Whitesboro, its football team hasn't been to the playoffs in the school's entire 71-year history. But the team is 5-0 so far this season, so that finally could change. Ted Madden had the story, and it was a good one.

The brown power-white power hijinks ironically came on the same day that CNN's 7 p.m. Out in the Open program originated live from Irving with a discussion of the city's "recent stepped-up immigration enforcement." But anchors will be anchors, and Belo8's are the peanuttiest in town.

Still, let's watch those colors. Maybe pink next time?