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October 25, 2013

H.S. football: Is pink the new green?

Forgive me for straying from my usual talk about football -- well and the occasional cheerleader column -- this week.

An email I received this week from Greg Sacavage, the athletic director at Mount Carmel, reminded me of comments I read recently by an unidentified football fan in another newspaper.

This person is one in a growing list of people who know they can make outrageous comments any time, anywhere, so long as no one knows who they are.

I could get on a soapbox and rail against various media outlets allowing this to take place, as opposed to signed letters to the editor. But, how can I do that when I read them myself -- and then complain to myself about them?

The synopsis of this call-in comment to the Patriot-News of Harrisburg's Sports Fan Line was this: "The National Football League should do away with all of the pink flags, cleats and accessories, which are being used to draw attention to women's needs to get a mammogram in an effort to prevent breast cancer."

The reason, this person said: "It is taking away from the integrity of the game."

Really?

This is ludicrous on so many levels. But that last line just invites people to make their own jokes.

Ask the families of former NFL players such as Junior Seau and Andre Watters how they feel about the integrity of the NFL.

Sure, there have been arguments that other health problems, including other forms of cancer, sometimes fail to get the attention that comes with October being declared Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I get it. But let's not throw the baby away with the bath water.

Getting back to Sacavage, his email was to let the media know that, like many other high schools in a variety of sports, the Mount Carmel Red Tornadoes have designated tonight's contest versus visiting rival Selinsgrove as a Breast Cancer Awareness Night game.

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