October 17th, 2013 02:45 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
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Tags: jersey, National Football League, NFL, SIDENOTE
Over the last few seasons, the National Football League has handed out pink towels, pink gloves, pink socks and pink cleats to its athletes in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness. So it was only a matter of time until some school saw the door left cracked open by the NFL and decided to kick it in completely.
And is anyone at all surprised that that school is Oregon?
Yeah, that pink goes well with the black, silver, chrome and greenish-yellow on the rest of the ensemble.
Look, I have no problem with a team wearing pink. In fact, athletes and teams in other sports around the world have worn pink for years. And the fact that Oregon is donning the pink this weekend against Washington State in an effort to aid the breast cancer cause should draw kudos as well.
But we’ve now reached the point in college football where no one’s brand is recognizable. Flip on any game this weekend — any frickin’ game — and you’ll spend the first 30 seconds trying to figure out who’s who.
It’s ridiculous. And it’s driven by two things. First, recruits want to wear different stuff. That’s why a school like Oregon won’t wear the same get-up twice in a season. Can you believe that major schools now change their unis and their brands in part to give teenagers what they want? It’s clothing extortion. Here’s guessing Bear Bryant never said, “OK, Timmy, we’ll wear a black helmet with a green facemask if you sign with us.”
The second reason for all the new garb… well, it’s us. The schools know that fans will rush out and by a gray jersey at Tennessee, a jersey with gold numerals at Mississippi State, or a black jersey at Kentucky. And granted, on occasion, it is neat to see a team wear something different. On occasion. But now that the occasion is every game every week, the neatness is fast wearing off.
Even if it is for a good cause.
SIDENOTE — One last note on all the pink stuff. Breast cancer is a horrific disease and by all means awareness and funds must be raised so that women will catch it early and that scientists will someday find a cure for it. But what I don’t understand — and I say this as a prostate cancer survivor myself — is why the NFL and schools like Oregon don’t make anywhere near the push for prostate cancer awareness that they do for breast cancer awareness. Most football viewers are men. And more men will get prostate cancer than women will get breast cancer. That’s a fact that most do not know. Probably because no one seems to have time to raise awareness for that disease when a month’s worth of attention is dedicated to breast cancer awareness.
Couldn’t Oregon break out a light blue uniform just once for prostate cancer awareness?
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