It was a lovely gesture, a vivid symbol of support for breast cancer awareness. But let’s be honest. All those pink flags flying through the air during NFL games on Sunday were downright confusing.
By LISA GUTIERREZ
The Kansas City Star
Was that a penalty flag? Or was it a player’s pink towel fallen on the ground? Who could tell?
Fans and broadcasters – who whined and whined and whined on air – weren’t the only ones confused; players and coaches apparently were, too.
So the NFL has decided to dump the pink penalty flags after Monday night’s Jets-Falcons game.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora told media outlets on Monday that the mixed results from the weekend resulted in the one-week-only use of the flags.
But everything else being used as part of the league’s “A Crucial Catch” breast cancer awareness campaign will be used until Oct. 21: the pink cleats, gloves, helmet decals, shoelaces, goal-post padding and cheerleader pom-poms among them.
Pondered one fan at NBC Sports: “This is categorically sexist. Hey NFL, what about Prostate Cancer Awareness month???”
The traditional yellow penalty flags will return for Thursday night’s Giants-Bears game.