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Think Pink

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By Phil Hecken

It’s that time of year again. The annual barrage of teams wearing pink in support of breast cancer research and funding, or in support of The American Cancer Society, with proceeds used for cancer research. The prevailing trend now though, is Think Pink, which seeks to raise breast cancer awareness.

Just Google “pink uniforms” and you’ll see page after page of stories on teams who dress themselves in the color pink to promote some form of cancer prevention, research, or other endeavor. Especially with the recent passing of Kay Yow, many of the “Think Pink” cancer prevention efforts are now moving to to raise awareness for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. Worthy causes, all. And in all seriousness, who would be against cancer funding and awareness raising? But, does every team (seemingly) have to don pink? Is the trend getting to be, if not counter-productive, certainly watering-down the whole ‘uniqueness’ of the cause? That’s debatable of course, but lets focus instead on the actual uniforms and the myriad and sundry accoutrements surrounding the pink phenomenon.

Of course, wearing pink as an accent color has been around since at least the 1990s, and of course Andre Agassi, the ‘rebel’ himself, was at the forefront. At the time, though, there was no ’cause’ associated with it. Other athletes in non-team sports are still quite fond of pink, including Paula Creamer, self-proclaimed “Pink Panther”, who not only wears pink outfits but is also the only professional golfer to stroke a pink ball.

Moving onto team sports, however, the sartorial splendor of pink-clad squads is debatable. Again, for the purpose of this exercise, we will not debate the rationale or cause behind the donning of the pink, but merely the performance and appearance of the uniform and accessories. Kind of a skewed take on the Uni Watch dictum of “Is it good or is it stupid?”. In this case, the qualifications are merely, “Is the uniform good or stupid just really pink?”.

It seems like women’s college hoop teams are the primary wearers of pink. Personally, I don’t mind this, although there are certainly different shades of pink to be worn (which is nice — I’d hate to think they were all just one shade). I’m definitely less fond of the lighter pink sported here (yet, with different lighting, it appears slightly darker) or here. The brighter, hotter and deeper pinks seem to jump out more (since they’re less akin to pastels), and when accented with black, stand out. Course, it could just be the lighting, but this looks less pink and more ‘salmon’ to me. And don’t forget to match the sneakers to the uniforms.

Women’s basketball is far from the only sport which has jumped into the pink craze. Both men’s and women’s hockey have entered the fray. “Pink at the Rink” is the new battlecry, featuring pink ice, pink-accented unis, pink sticks, pink-accented gloves, and, of course, pink uniforms for both the ladies and the guys. Even the refs have gotten into the act. Not a big fan of the pink at the rink myself, although it looks much better when the socks are coordinated with the sweaters, and the pants are in a complementary color.

Both men’s and women’s soccer sport the pink uniforms (although the Sevilla player is wearing, I believe, a change kit, and certainly not anything related to breast cancer causes) as well. Palermo also sports pink, as do several women’s colleges, with the latter donning the pink for cause-related reasons. Of course, you gotta start ’em young.

In other, somewhat “individual” sports such as the triathlon and cycling, pink can always be found. Other semi-team sports like gymnastics will also find the pink in small numbers. Not to be forgotten, USA Softball has also gone pink for a good cause.

OK, that’s enough of the uniforms, but what about the accessories? The NFL got into the act by having the refs don pink ribbons to support breast cancer awareness week in October. Nice touch. Not to be forgotten outdone, the AFL used a pink-accented ball. I’m not sure this is official, but the Cowboys seem to have dabbled in pink, and this is always a welcome Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. But will her boyfriend QB ever slip on a pair of these?

You already they manufacture pink golf balls, but you gotta put your balls on one of these, right? Of course, if you’re gonna play with pink balls, well then, shouldn’t you stroke them with pink clubs? And what better place to keep your clubs than in a pink bag? Of course, tennis players can also hit a pink ball too.

And what of those soccer players? Well, the pink clad ones can certainly kick a pink ball with their shiny pink boots. And the sport of boxing? Sure, why not use pink gloves.

Coaches and fans? Sure, dye your hair pink or put on some pink Chucks. May as well pile on the pink bodypaint for the cause, too.

But surely, surely, the greatest sport of all, which gives millions of dollars to multiple charities, supports many causes, and provides entertainment for millions, would never resort to a gimmick? Surely, baseball would never resort to the pinkification of sport, would it? I think you know the answer to that question. At least they haven’t introduced pink gloves…yet. But they’ll never make the uniforms pink, right? You never know — once you stop taking roids, nothing is out of the question.

Happy Valentine’s Day. Remember, think pink.

 

76 comments to Think Pink

  • Scott | February 14, 2009 at 7:26 am |

    Phil,

    Great job with this. This isn’t a complaint, but the hoops coaches don’t call it “Think Pink” anymore. (Apparently a sorority already had copyrighted the term.)

    Now it is the “Pink Zone” http://www.wbca.org/...

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 8:05 am |

    re: Pink baseball gloves…
    http://www.sportsunl...

    First saw them in beginner gloves, for girls te-ball, I imagine.

    —Ricko

  • Dave Zalatoris | February 14, 2009 at 8:12 am |

    I think Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs was going to either wear pink shoes or use a pink glove last Mother’s Day, but was a late scratch because of a rain delay.

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 8:59 am |

    As long as we’re talking about color…
    Here are, essentially, the colors of yellow and gold.
    The 116 is the standard spec for the color wore by Steelers/Iowa, Super Bowl Rams, original Bronocs, etc.
    The Process Yellow is from which Mighigan and Oregon derive their color.
    Not much difference, but when shown side by side can see the it.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko

  • scott | February 14, 2009 at 9:11 am |

    A lot of minor league baseball teams have worn pink uniforms in recent seasons.

  • jude | February 14, 2009 at 9:25 am |

    More pink at the rink, but far more understated. Interestingly, it was only ref Feola that wore pink for the Feb. 2008 match between St. Lawrence University and Cornell. He couldn’t even get his fellow refs to participate.

  • Marc | February 14, 2009 at 9:36 am |

    Another great post, Phil. Thanks for the fun read!

  • The Oakville Endive | February 14, 2009 at 9:40 am |

    While it may have been called something different – the San Antonio Spurs essentially had pink in their logo (along with the green and orange splashes). I always thought that was a bit strange. From the best of my knowledge – I don\’t think it ever appeared on their uni.

    While I think the chances are far less these days – during the height of everything in unis being black craze, I thought some minor league team may take the plunge and have pink as an ascent color, I don\’t think it happened.

    Ricko, thanks for putting on the color shades of yellow on the Board. I always find it surprising – how teams use the exact same shade. For instance – I thought somebody mentioned when the NFL was breaking out all sorts of orange alternatives (Cleveland, Miami , Denver and Chicago) they were all the exact same shade of orange, which I think is a shame. I sense it has something to do with manufacturer limitations – but you would think with the importance place on team unis these days – there would be more differentation.

  • Johnny F. | February 14, 2009 at 9:56 am |

    Phil! Well done, bud. I know it’s been a while, I’ve been all over the place man.

    Last night I noticed the refs at the Beacon-Spring Valley girls basketball game wearing pink whistles. I also noticed SV’s best player (#23, no less) switched from black and white LeBrons to blue and yellow LeBrons at halftime. I’m thinking I was the only one in the crowd who noticed the uni-related switch.

    Also, I must mention, my cousin Kara Tancredi of Beacon (the reason I was I at a random girls basketball game in Rockland County) surpassed the school’s all-time scoring record last night, en route to a win on the road in SV. She’ll be awarded a “golden ball” with the stats on it. Pretty cool.

    For anyone who’s been in SV’s gym…it’s a trip back to 1970. Trippy “Home of the Tigers” font on the wall, as well as 70’s era gym art (wall and floor). It was like watching a basketball game 35 years ago.

    I must also mention (because of the main topic) the name of my football team, while I was on the island of St. Kitts was the “Pink Tacos”. Pink and black were the main colors, along with pink striped socks, and a “jailtime-looking” font. We were the best damn team in the country, if I don’t say so myself, and it was always great to hear the locals say… “Di Pink Tacos been mashin up de football field, mi boi!!!” Some on the team went as far to have pink shoelaces, pink bandanas, pink wristbands and pink customized cleats from nike. I’ll see if I can gather some pics.

    GO TACOS!

  • Ed | February 14, 2009 at 10:08 am |

    Not uni related, but you know the original NBA on NBC theme? I just got sent this link; click if you dare (SFW):

    http://www.youtube.c...

    ed

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”314880″]While it may have been called something different – the San Antonio Spurs essentially had pink in their logo (along with the green and orange splashes). I always thought that was a bit strange. From the best of my knowledge – I don\’t think it ever appeared on their uni.

    While I think the chances are far less these days – during the height of everything in unis being black craze, I thought some minor league team may take the plunge and have pink as an ascent color, I don\’t think it happened.

    Ricko, thanks for putting on the color shades of yellow on the Board. I always find it surprising – how teams use the exact same shade. For instance – I thought somebody mentioned when the NFL was breaking out all sorts of orange alternatives (Cleveland, Miami , Denver and Chicago) they were all the exact same shade of orange, which I think is a shame. I sense it has something to do with manufacturer limitations – but you would think with the importance place on team unis these days – there would be more differentation.[/quote]

    Standardized colors make it heckuva lot easier on licensed merchandising suppliers, that’s for sure. If I’m a teeshirt guy I really don’t need to find different shades of orange for Bears, Broncos, Dolphins, Bengals, Broncos, Orioles, SF Giants, Mets, al. Would make being in that business almost prohibitive.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    Oops. 2nd “Broncos” should have been “Browns”

  • JTH | February 14, 2009 at 10:48 am |

    MLB players jumping on the pink bandwagon?

    Say it ain’t so…

    http://cache.daylife...

    http://www.midwestsp...

    http://cache.daylife...

    http://images.ballhy...

    http://i222.photobuc...

    Related note: Swisher’s official site is still using that picture of him in the Sox uni that was half-assedly photoshopped to a Yankees uni in the banner.

  • JTH | February 14, 2009 at 10:59 am |

    Who knew tha the Pistons were so ahead of the times? Their “burgundy” (or whatever color they claimed them to be) alternate unis of the late ’90s always looked pink to me.

  • Shane | February 14, 2009 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”314882″]Not uni related, but you know the original NBA on NBC theme? I just got sent this link; click if you dare (SFW):

    http://www.youtube.c...

    ed[/quote]

    Haha, I wish “NBA theme composer” were my job title.

  • JTH | February 14, 2009 at 11:00 am |

    Who knew *that* the Pistons…

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 11:01 am |

    Anyone wanna make themselves an Orange Crush hat?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    —Ricko

  • The Ol Goaler | February 14, 2009 at 11:04 am |

    For what it’s worth, MLB also does a “Prostate Cancer Awareness” day on Father’s Day… with blue ribbons and sweatbands, even on the umpires.

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 11:09 am |

    Couple more fun ones…
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Just go ebay and search “Embroidered Patches, NFL” or a team nickname instead of “NFL”. All KINDS of stuff comes up.

    —Ricko

  • JTH | February 14, 2009 at 11:12 am |

    [quote comment=”314887″][quote comment=”314882″]Not uni related, but you know the original NBA on NBC theme? I just got sent this link; click if you dare (SFW):

    http://www.youtube.c...

    ed[/quote]

    Haha, I wish “NBA theme composer” were my job title.[/quote]
    This might be the first thoughtful comment I’ve ever seen on YouTube:
    that answering machine belongs in the basketball hall of fame.

  • Crafton | February 14, 2009 at 11:15 am |

    I don’t know if anyone watched the NBA Rookie Challenge last night, but all the kids in the crowd were wearing pink jerseys. I was hoping this was related to a good cause, but soon realized that the game was sponsored by T-Mobile. Boo.

    http://www.nba.com/m...

  • Jeremy Brahm | February 14, 2009 at 11:18 am |

    Phil,

    You missed some pro teams in Italy and Japan that have had pink or use pink now.

    U.S. Citta di Palermo of Serie A in their uniform and club crest.

    http://www.ilpalermo...

    The Chiba Lotte Marines in the early 1990s, before Bobby Valentine

    http://www.sportslog...

    Uniform shown here

    http://leestyle.exbl...

    Sagan Tosu, J-League J2
    http://image.pia.jp/...

    http://www.sagantosu...

    Cerezo Osaka, J-League J2, cerezo is cherry blossom in Spanish

    http://www.cerezo.co...

    Club Crest for Cerzo Osaka
    http://www.gamba-osa...

    Check out their uniforms in 1995
    http://sonyshop-sato...

  • ken | February 14, 2009 at 11:20 am |

    my 8 year old daughter who plays little league (about 5 to 6 girls to about 55 boys)has the “complete” pink set.. Cleats, batting gloves, helmet (with ponytail hole)and a pink baseball glove. She had to settle for a red bat because the stores didn’t have pink in her size.

  • Nick | February 14, 2009 at 11:21 am |

    PINK

    I once heard of a 1960s-1970s men’s Minor League football team that wore Pink jerseys that may have played in Las Vegas or somewhere out West.
    As I understand it that team was supposed to be pretty good for its league.

    I also once bought on EBAY a Pink Sand Knit blank World Football League jersey with their WFL template striping in Black and White with a WFL patch on one sleeve – probably a post-league mockup or prototype.

    Anybody know about the Minor League football team or the WFL Pink jersey?

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 11:22 am |

    Here you go…make yourself some baseball style “sorta Zubaz”…just about everything you can image available….
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    If you keep an eye on ebay can find it cheaper sometimes. I have several yards each of white with navy pins and white with maroon pins that I bought a while back. Someday gonna do something with it.

    —Ricko

  • Johnny O | February 14, 2009 at 11:29 am |

    My favorite “pink moment” in sports…

    http://kacsports.com...

  • drbear | February 14, 2009 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment=”314898″]My favorite “pink moment” in sports…

    http://kacsports.com...
    For those who don’t remember it, Bill Hall of the Brewers hit a game-winning homer on Mother’s Day with his pink bat, and then gave said bat to his mom, who was at the game.

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 11:32 am |

    Actually, I always thought Zubaz could have held onto their market nitch by making their pants in Yankee (or Twins, Cubs, etc.) pins, for example, with perhaps only a version of the cap logo on left thigh or something.

    Or, at the time, Philles road in powder blue with the wide burgundy-white stripe style down both legs.

    Just do “Zubaz-ized versions of NFL and MLB pants and NBA tearaways.

    But, what do I know, guess they thought their only appeal was the loudness of the print and not the fit, comfort and convenience.

    Dumb asses. LOL

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 11:32 am |

    LOL. Market “nitch”?
    Um, make that market “niche”.

    —Ricko

  • Squiddie | February 14, 2009 at 11:33 am |

    Partick Thistle (Scottish Football Division 1) is wearing a pink and gray away shirt this year.

  • M.Princip | February 14, 2009 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”314887″][quote comment=”314882″]Not uni related, but you know the original NBA on NBC theme? I just got sent this link; click if you dare (SFW):

    http://www.youtube.c...

    ed[/quote]

    Haha, I wish “NBA theme composer” were my job title.[/quote]

    Do we possibly have a Valley Parade cover of this in the works?

  • KW | February 14, 2009 at 11:42 am |

    Here you go on the Pink Baseball stuff…

    http://www.facebook....

  • Johnny O | February 14, 2009 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment=”314899″][quote comment=”314898″]My favorite “pink moment” in sports…

    http://kacsports.com...
    For those who don’t remember it, Bill Hall of the Brewers hit a game-winning homer on Mother’s Day with his pink bat, and then gave said bat to his mom, who was at the game.[/quote]

    Brewers principle owner Mark Attanasio paid $25K for Bill Hall’s bat at an auction, and then presented it to Bill Hall to give to his mother. What other owner would do that for their club? Talk about a class act.

    Story is here:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

  • LI Phil | February 14, 2009 at 11:47 am |

    hey all…

    thanks for the comments…and yes, i know there were many examples of pink in unis i didn’t use (and maybe not always the best ones were used)…just kinda wanted to show how pervasive it’s become

    not that it’s for a bad cause (when there is a cause involved), but it’s funny for a color that (with the exception of soccer it seems) isn’t really used in sports to any degree at all…what it might be like if we started down the pink path

    /pink = new teal?

  • Eric | February 14, 2009 at 11:50 am |

    Great article, Phil, but how can you talk about pink uniforms and not even mention French rugby powerhouse Stade Francais?

  • jiec | February 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

    And then, there’s of course Penn State’s original colour scheme:
    http://www.collegian...

  • Ben | February 14, 2009 at 12:16 pm |

    Don’t know if it was mentioned, but this happened last night.

  • CJ | February 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm |

    Add another sport on the pile: fencing.

    http://www.fencepbt....

  • =bg= | February 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”314897″]Here you go…make yourself some baseball style “sorta Zubaz”…just about everything you can image available….
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    If you keep an eye on ebay can find it cheaper sometimes. I have several yards each of white with navy pins and white with maroon pins that I bought a while back. Someday gonna do something with it.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    LOVED Zubaz. Had a pair of Bengals Zubaz pants.

  • Giancarlo | February 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm |

    I know we don’t need more examples, but I wanted to spotlight the 1913 & 1914 N.Y. (Baseball) Giants, who wore this for no apparent reason:
    http://exhibits.base...

  • Nick | February 14, 2009 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”314911″][quote comment=”314897″]Here you go…make yourself some baseball style “sorta Zubaz”…just about everything you can image available….
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    If you keep an eye on ebay can find it cheaper sometimes. I have several yards each of white with navy pins and white with maroon pins that I bought a while back. Someday gonna do something with it.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    LOVED Zubaz. Had a pair of Bengals Zubaz pants.[/quote]

    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

    SORRY

    I thought the Arena Football League’s using Zubaz for almost every team in the early 1990s was the absolute low point in uni history – at least from the standpoint of an entire league.

    Once got in an elevator during the Zubaz era with an Arena exec in New Orleans during a N.O. Night (a 2 year team that played in the Superdome, I believed either folded or moved to Miami to become the Miami Hooters) Arena game and I began to quiz him about the Zubaz unis – after about 30 seconds he agreed that it was an abomination and that as soon as their league uniform contract was up he thought that the league would not hestitate to get rid of them.

    They did.

    Now if we an just get the Saints to get rid of their horrid Black pants ……

  • LI Phil | February 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”314912″]I know we don’t need more examples, but I wanted to spotlight the 1913 & 1914 N.Y. (Baseball) Giants, who wore this for no apparent reason:
    http://exhibits.base...

    i think okkonen’s colors are off, although it’s hard to tell, but i believe those colors were less fuschia/magenta and more purple (but who knows for sure)

    good example tho – prolly the closest any MLB club has ever come to wearing pink (as an actual uniform color)

    /searched for color specs (very briefly) for 1913 NYG, but couldn’t find anything

  • Nick | February 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”314911″][quote comment=”314897″]Here you go…make yourself some baseball style “sorta Zubaz”…just about everything you can image available….
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    If you keep an eye on ebay can find it cheaper sometimes. I have several yards each of white with navy pins and white with maroon pins that I bought a while back. Someday gonna do something with it.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    LOVED Zubaz. Had a pair of Bengals Zubaz pants.[/quote]

    A pair or Bengals Zubas pants would be the ONLY acceptable form of template allowable for football – but only to be worn as Bengals beach jams, or maybe a Hawaiian shirt, or maybe the Zubaz equivilent of preppy “Whale” patern pants with a button down Ralph Lauren Shirt.

    Somehow, I just do NOT see pulling off that look in Black and Orange.

    Therefore, Bengals’ Zubaz is best left to Beachwear.

  • LogoCreep | February 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm |

    The World Football League’s Souther California Sun clearly featured a dark pink (fuschia. lavendar???) as part of their short lived identity:

    http://images.google...

    Logocreep

  • Nick | February 14, 2009 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”314916″]The World Football League’s Souther California Sun clearly featured a dark pink (fuschia. lavendar???) as part of their short lived identity:

    http://images.google...

    Logocreep[/quote]

    The the Blank WFL prototype that I bought was a real Pink, Easter Baby Pink, separate from the So. Calif. Sun fucshia color, which that team actually described/called “Magenta”.

  • Max | February 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm |

    I played hockey on a B-League house team in the early 1990’s where we wore red, black and white Zubaz pants and white jerseys. You should see the team picture……

  • Max | February 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm |

    [url]http://shop.zubaz.com/[/url]

  • Ben | February 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    How about the New Britain Rock Cats, who wear a pink uni every year
    http://rockcats.com....

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”314916″]The World Football League’s Souther California Sun clearly featured a dark pink (fuschia. lavendar???) as part of their short lived identity:

    http://images.google...

    Logocreep[/quote]

    Lavender (which is what the ’13-’14 NY Giants wore) and Magenta (SC Sun) are not pink. One is a shade of purple, the only a shade of burgundy. They are colors with commonly accepted shades–and names–of their own entirely. Aren’t pink anymore than royal blue and Air Force Blue are powder blue. Might as well say the Cubs, UCLA basketball and Houston Oilers are all the same color. Sure, if you want to break eveything down to about a dozen colors, they are. But, in fact, they aren’t.

    —Ricko

  • Jim Bullard | February 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    not even a single mention of the outrageous uniforms and sneakers being worn in the NBA Rookie/Sophomore game last night?

  • LarryB | February 14, 2009 at 3:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”314908″]And then, there’s of course Penn State’s original colour scheme:
    http://www.collegian...

    I think Syracuse had pink as original color too. And maybe 1 or 2 more schools. According to the ESPN Football Encyclopedia.

    Too bad PSU switched to the boring colors they use now. Imagine the Lions in a black jersey with pink numbers, pink pants and pink helmet with black stripe. Maybe the away uni would not be as good pink jersey black numbers. pink pants, pink helmet.

    From what I read the pink was a dark pink. Cherise.

  • mike 2 | February 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm |

    The Calgary Hitmen (WHL) original uniforms featured significant pink, based primarily on Bret Hart’s gear. After he sold his interest in the team, the trim colours went to red and gold in place of grey and pink.

    http://www.classicau...

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm |

    From a paint-mixing and printing perpective, by definition pink is a color made from red and white only, generally at a ratio of about two parts (or a bit more) white to one part red. If you add decidedly more red, or add another color such as blue, you’re making a color other than pink. Generally speaking, think that pink is to red what powder blue is to royal blue. Imagine if the red/pink color you’re looking at were blue. If you’d call it something other than “powder blue” or “baby blue”, it probably has a name other than “pink”. And ISN’T pink. Those colors have names like cerise and rose and all that other stuff.

    Wouldn’t naming paint colors be, like, the softest job on the planet. “Looks like persimmon. No, more paprika.”

    Man, how do I get that gig? LOL

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm |

    Damn, is that “adobe” or “parchment”? Or maybe “portico”? Arrrrrgh.

    —Ricko

  • TLee | February 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm |

    Vanderbilt is coming with the hotter pink tomorrow for its women’s game against Georgia:

    http://vucommodores....

  • LI Phil | February 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”314916″]The World Football League’s Souther California Sun clearly featured a dark pink (fuschia. lavendar???) as part of their short lived identity:

    http://images.google...

    Logocreep[/quote]

    o rly?

    ;)

  • M.Princip | February 14, 2009 at 5:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”314925″]From a paint-mixing and printing perpective, by definition pink is a color made from red and white only, generally at a ratio of about two parts (or a bit more) white to one part red. If you add decidedly more red, or add another color such as blue, you’re making a color other than pink. Generally speaking, think that pink is to red what powder blue is to royal blue. Imagine if the red/pink color you’re looking at were blue. If you’d call it something other than “powder blue” or “baby blue”, it probably has a name other than “pink”. And ISN’T pink. Those colors have names like cerise and rose and all that other stuff.

    Wouldn’t naming paint colors be, like, the softest job on the planet. “Looks like persimmon. No, more paprika.”

    Man, how do I get that gig? LOL

    —Ricko[/quote]

    The other day I was at a Home Depot and someone was looking for a Busch Blue, turns out he was looking for this. Time’s are a changin’.

    http://upload.wikime...

    http://www.mostcolor...

  • Johnny O | February 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm |

    I’m sure people have seen this regarding the NBA’s All-Star uniforms….. but just in case:

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Jeremy | February 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”314878″]More pink at the rink, but far more understated. Interestingly, it was only ref Feola that wore pink for the Feb. 2008 match between St. Lawrence University and Cornell. He couldn’t even get his fellow refs to participate.[/quote]
    I recently interned at ECAC Hockey, the league in question in the picture. Just to give a little more background on the game, as well as the Pink at the Rink promotion. Pink at the Rink was an ECAC Hockey-wide promotion, which involved the female teams wearing pink jerseys, the coaches wearing pink scarves and the referees using pink whistles and pink arm bands. This was a 2 week promotion, which is continuing this season. I did not work there last season, which is when the picture is from, but there must be a good reason as to why the other referees were not wearing the pink armbands. However, just wanted to make the point that it was a league wide promotion and not just the one ref.

  • Giancarlo | February 14, 2009 at 6:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”314925″]From a paint-mixing and printing perpective, by definition pink is a color made from red and white only, generally at a ratio of about two parts (or a bit more) white to one part red. If you add decidedly more red, or add another color such as blue, you’re making a color other than pink. Generally speaking, think that pink is to red what powder blue is to royal blue. Imagine if the red/pink color you’re looking at were blue. If you’d call it something other than “powder blue” or “baby blue”, it probably has a name other than “pink”. And ISN’T pink. Those colors have names like cerise and rose and all that other stuff.
    [/quote]
    Not disputing that from a paint/print perspective, but Merriam-Webster defines pink as “any of a group of colors bluish red to red in hue… ” and Wikipedia says that some tints of pink may be “a combination of magenta and white.” The 1913-1914 NY Giants appear to me to be wearing a magenta/fuchsia shade. I doubt that you saw this team play in person, but maybe you know something Okkonen doesn’t. The Southern California Sun & the Miami Floridians of 1970-1972 wore magenta & orange. But if I were to describe the Floridians’ colors based on this photo…
    http://farm4.static....
    …I’d say pink & orange – at least it’s closer to pink than purple. Maybe I’m deluded, but that’s how I would call it using the most common terms we use for colors.

  • Peter | February 14, 2009 at 6:46 pm |

    Update from Hartford;

    Avery is on the ice! I have pics that ill post later!

    Bought an Avery wolf pack t shirt…

  • LI Phil | February 14, 2009 at 6:58 pm |

    [quote]Bought an Avery wolf pack t shirt[/quote]

    hope it was, ya know, new, and not one of his seconds

  • =bg= | February 14, 2009 at 8:46 pm |

    I couldn’t give a flying fig about the NBA, but here’s the All-Star uni report:

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • jude | February 14, 2009 at 9:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”314932″][quote comment=”314878″]More pink at the rink, but far more understated. Interestingly, it was only ref Feola that wore pink for the Feb. 2008 match between St. Lawrence University and Cornell. He couldn’t even get his fellow refs to participate.[/quote]
    I recently interned at ECAC Hockey, the league in question in the picture. Just to give a little more background on the game, as well as the Pink at the Rink promotion. Pink at the Rink was an ECAC Hockey-wide promotion, which involved the female teams wearing pink jerseys, the coaches wearing pink scarves and the referees using pink whistles and pink arm bands. This was a 2 week promotion, which is continuing this season. I did not work there last season, which is when the picture is from, but there must be a good reason as to why the other referees were not wearing the pink armbands. However, just wanted to make the point that it was a league wide promotion and not just the one ref.[/quote]

    Thanks to this insight, I did a little more research. If you look at the picture again, Ref Feola is wearing a helmet decal for Hustle for a Cure – The John D’Amico Fund. Interestingly, this was actually bringing awareness to blood cancers, not breast cancer.

  • ken | February 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm |

    while watching the Washington Caps game they showed highlights of the Maryland/VT bball game. Maryland is wearing an interesting yellow/gold and VT was in its dark. My 8 year old daughter said, “looks like ketchup and mustard on a hot dog”. That’s my girl — knows her sports, unis and food.

  • ken | February 14, 2009 at 9:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”314938″]while watching the Washington Caps game they showed highlights of the Maryland/VT bball game. Maryland is wearing an interesting yellow/gold and VT was in its dark. My 8 year old daughter said, “looks like ketchup and mustard on a hot dog”. That’s my girl — knows her sports, unis and food.[/quote]
    found a pic of the hot dog

  • Ricko | February 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |

    Okkonen describes ’13-14 Giants as “violet”, and a guess lavender IS a bit lighther than that. Somewhere in one of my books (can’t find it on a quick search) is a full page photo of baseball memorobilia and part of it is good close look at one of those plaid “violet” Giants jerseys. We can call it lavender or violet, but it definitely isn’t pink, because neither of those colors is. Way too much blue in them both.

    And I don’t mean to see these as total absolutes, just that some guidelines would be handy. To label almost anything that’s a light and offbeat shade of red or purple as “pink” doesn’t communicate well. Again, would be like lumping everything lighter than royal blue togther as “bright blue.” It’s just too broad a definition, for clarity purposes.

    I saw the Floridians play in person and, frankly, I thought it was a hot pink myself. The SC Sun’s jersey are much closer to what I’d consider magenta. To me, though, the Panther is pink, the cartoon one. Just as North Carolina’s light blue is powder blue (“columbia blue” in some uni catalogs). If is something other than those, I’ll search for better description.

    UCLA football, for example. In days of Gary Beban they definitely wore the same powder blue as Tarheels and Oilers. Not anymore. It’s darker but, strangely, doesn’t look quite as dark as the Bruins’ basketball unis.

    Kinda like all the shades between scarlet and maroon. You name it, someone has a name for it: Crimson, cardinal, burgundy, garnet…

    Gets a little like asking someone, “What color was the sunset tonight?”, doesn’ it.

    —Ricko

  • luke h | February 14, 2009 at 11:13 pm |

    man i was digging nate robinson’s kryptonite green thing

  • =M= | February 14, 2009 at 11:46 pm |

    Whenever I think of pink in sports, my first thought still goes to the Hart Foundation.

  • Justin H | February 14, 2009 at 11:59 pm |

    http://www.suathleti...

    this is the history of Syracuse’s colors.
    Couple different shades of pink.
    Personally, I love it whenever azure is thrown in anywhere….

  • LI Phil | February 15, 2009 at 12:18 am |

    [quote comment=”314943″]http://www.suathletics.com/sports/2006/3/10/theorange.aspx

    this is the history of Syracuse’s colors.
    Couple different shades of pink.
    Personally, I love it whenever azure is thrown in anywhere….[/quote]

    from that article:

    [quote]After a football field meet at nearby Hamilton College in 1889 which Syracuse won, derisive comments (were made) about the victors’ colors[/quote]

    heh…99 years later, when i attended, not much has changed

  • LarryB | February 15, 2009 at 3:34 am |

    I thought Syracuse used pink or chose it. But I was not aware the colors were rose pink and pea green.
    Yikes

    I thought I read they were pink and blue

  • pk | February 15, 2009 at 9:33 am |

    Here’s an AP pic of Avery on the bench…got home late..still have up load our pics…

    http://www.theahl.co...

  • Jonathan | February 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm |

    http://cuttersgloves...
    Pink Cutters football gloves.

  • Geeen! | February 15, 2009 at 8:41 pm |

    [quote comment=\”314894\”]Phil,

    Check out their uniforms in 1995
    http://sonyshop-sato...

    Holy God, that\’s ugly.

    Another pink soccer team: Sport Boys of Peru.

    Inter Milan also wore a pink jersey about four years ago for their \”change\” strip. The fabric pattern was a houndstooth sheen — originally, I thought it was pink and orange until I got a closeup look at it.

  • José Ruiz | February 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm |

    Sport Boys of Callao, Perú was for a long time the only first division professional soccer team in the world to have pink as its permanent main color. We wear black pants and black socks to complete the kit.

    Well, this past season we were lousy and we have been relegated to second division. On a personal level, this was not a good year at all. The U of Michigan football team imploded, the Tigers just didn’t perform as we thought they would, the Pistons got old and the Lions went 0-16. At least the Red Wings got Stanley back.

    I have been wearing pink shirts since I was a baby and will continue to wear them forever. Some folks sometimes ask why a 5’10”, 250 lbs. Hispanic man is wearing a pink shirt and I explain to them about my Boys… and that we are so tough that we can wear pink without losing face.

    Yes, silly machismo, but the passion is still there for our shirt and our very unusual colors.

    Regards,

    José Antonio Ruiz