NFL throws in the towel, dumps pink penalty flags
10/08/2013 12:04 AM
10/08/2013 12:06 AM
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.
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 andwhined
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.
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