Will NFL players (and fans) secretly be glad when the pink shoes and gloves are gone? Prostate cancer blue a better color for football?

I predicted this would happen and there will be more commentary on it. Sports are laden with rituals and superstitions. The color jersey for a home or away game, a throw back uniform of a championship game or championship season, the special bat, the special shoe, it goes on and on. I have a special spot that I park my car that I feel gives me good luck if I am to do a big surgery. (That parking spot has never failed me.)
So to tell a kicker that he is going to wear a pair of pink shoes, new at that and not “broke in” well, that sets up an immense chain of mental variables that   could lead to major problems.
The best part of the piece that follows, and I commented on this on the last post, was that the kicker changed back to his “lucky” shoes but made a point not to blame the shoes. Blaming the shoes would have been politically incorrect.
You’ll see less pink next Sunday and you’ll feel the relief of everybody when  October ends we go back to just playing football and in the regular colors.  I would however, like to hear someone actually implicate Breast cancer month for a missed catch, a change in the performance of the  team, field goal , or a loss. Maybe it’s a women thing…if moma ain’t happy, then ain’t nobody happy.  And you can’t have that.
Rush Limbaugh is a big football fan. If he hasn’t already, I anticipate he could do a very nice irreverent sarcasm monologue about this issue…no wait…won’t happen. He just got married…even he wouldn’t go there.


David Akers and the Case of the Pink Left Shoe

Linc_cheesesteak_tiny by Bob_Q on Oct 18, 2010 8:34 PM EDT in Philadelphia Eagles News

No pink? No problem!Jed Jacobsohn – Getty Images

No pink? No problem!

As you probably have noticed by now, many NFL players have been sporting pink accessories on gameday in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From wristbands to gloves to the football itself, the presence of the “Crucial Catch” campaign is certainly felt in that the NFL stands united in the fight against breast cancer. It’s a fantastic gesture and an unparalleled method of raising awareness around the world.

However, the gesture has not been without its minor problems. You may recall that David Akers, sporting a vibrant pink cleat on his kicking foot, missed field goals of 37, 47, and 37 yards – during a home game, no less. Now, if our kicker were, say, David Buehler, this occurrence wouldn’t exactly be newsworthy, but this is David Akers we’re talking about: the guy who has a lifetime 81% success rate and was 6 of 7 before yesterday. Three misses in a row at home is highly irregular.

So what could be the cause? Well, the guys over at The700Level.com noticed that for each of Akers’ three misses, he was wearing the aforementioned pink cleat on his kicking foot and for the one 30-yarder that Akers nailed, he had returned to ol’ reliable. Now, as The700Level mentioned, the shoe isn’t necessarily the culprit. Akers himself, being the classy guy that he is, refused to assign blame as well:

“I kicked with it all week and didn’t have an issue with it. I just went back to a trusty one for the last one. But I don’t think it was the shoe. I think it was the person that was wearing the shoe.”

The plot thickens after the jump…


I was all ready to write this one off as a fluke until I remembered reading an article that Chris Chase of Yahoo! Sports had written last week. Former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck had been in contact with current QBs around the league about the condition of the breast cancer awareness balls. Apparently, an issue existed there, too:

“They’re playing with these breast cancer awareness balls. These balls are brand new, right out of the bag. Now they get slick — I texted a couple quarterbacks during the game. They all said, ‘These balls have been a disaster.’ So I think that’s something to note.”

Now, of course, this could just be a coincidence, or just a series of excuses made by and for good players who happened to have bad games. However, if there is even a 0.001% chance of the logo negatively affecting gameplay, don’t you think that is reason enough to discontinue using that piece of breast cancer awareness equipment? There are still plenty of ways for the NFL to create awareness. Keep the on-field logos, keep the wristbands and hats, hell, make the players all wear pink jerseys for crying out loud. Just don’t mess with our kicker’s game.

And another perspective:

NFL: Enough with the pink already

October 18, 2010
I know that I probably will, or at least should, burn in hell for thinking, much less saying it, but isn’t the NFL’s “pink” campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer becoming a bit tiresome? The sentiment is admirable, but haven’t they gone a little over the top? The money spent on pink caps, shoes, chinstraps, do-rags, etc. would be of much more benefit if donated directly to the cause.

Dave Reich, Perry Hall

One Reply to “Will NFL players (and fans) secretly be glad when the pink shoes and gloves are gone? Prostate cancer blue a better color for football?”

  1. pink and blue will never do all the boys will wink at you. As for pink alone is a “no Go.” Stinky pink rhyme so who wants this?


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