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Oregon To Don Pink This Weekend; Good Cause, Over-The-Top Execution

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.

“Now which team is that with rocks on its helmet?”

“Why are those guys dressed like Batman villains?”

“Why do I suddenly desire a candy cane?”

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?



I guess it is more impressive for male athletes to support the fight against what is primarily a female disease.  We need to get the WNBA and the LFL, if they still exist, to support prostate cancer awareness.  BTW I am also a prostate cancer survivor so now I know why you are so grouchy :)


I think they will look real cute in their hot pink Power Ranger halloween costumes.

Over-the-top execution? I think all involved in this decision should be executed in whatever manner as quickly as possible. (Given how ridiculous this idea is, is Tony Barbee somehow involved?)


Good sidenote comments. President Bush made September National Prostate Cancer Awareness month --- so, next September we should have exactly what you suggest. But, I hope, its not Oregon or Boise State.


By the way, full disclosure, I work for a company that treats prostate cancer so I see how this disease impacts a lot of lives.


That's an excellent point. Let's spread the cancer awareness love around a little bit. If more men were aware of the importance of prostate screenings when you hit that magic age, you could potentially save a lot of lives. The pink ribbon, while a very worthy cause, is already in your face every time you turn around.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator


That's what's frustrating about the written medium.  I really wasn't being grouchy or upset.  I do think it's a good idea to promote breast cancer awareness, but I wish these sports could also promote prostate cancer awareness, too.

Unfortunately no one feels a shift in tone just because I write "Sidenote."  But the two issues really aren't connected.  Grumpy about the endless array of uniforms -- it's just gotten silly at this point -- not at all grumpy  about breast cancer awareness/prostate cancer awareness.

Many thanks for reading the site,


John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator


I found out there was no true magic age as I was diagnosed at 39.  The trick to prostate cancer is early detection.  I was lucky that a doctor gave me a PSA test as I was about to turn 40.  Most men don't get PSA screened until they're 50.  

These are the types of things that should be promoted on occasion by the NFL and colleges.

Thanks for reading the site,



@John at MrSEC @xmego9 

Yes, written words can be misinterpreted.  I was just poking at you for being grouchy in general, not that there's anything wrong with that!


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