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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/18/2006

Pink: The New Silver and Black

So reading D.C. Sports Chick's angry rant about pink Caps gear got me thinking yet again about pink sports merchandise, which has been much in the news as an official actual newspaper-certified trend (repeatedly certified), with NFL teams seeing "a lot of pink in the stands" and Reebok execs wanting to see "what pink could do for hockey" and reporters promising a "rose-coloured haze" in hockey rinks. (The "trend" is actually pretty old, but if newspapers can treat it as new, so can bloggers.)

Oddly, the only pink Redskins merchandise I found on the team's site was this script R hat, although you can get a truly horrific pink Portis jersey here. The Eagles, on the other hand, are in a rose-coloured haze, with pink breast cancer awareness hats, pink visors, pink babydoll t-shirts, pink "Sweet Heart" t-shirts, pink McNabb jerseys (also available in Honeydew), pink fleeces, pink fashion winter hats, pink regular winter hats, pink headbands and, naturally, pink thongs.

Also, don't forget your Packers pink mini-football, your 49ers pink athletic tape (and since when is athletic tape an accessory?), your Caps pink rhythm sweatpants, your Nats pink rhythm shorts, your Yankees pink cosmetic bag and pink boxers and your Raiders pink sugar-coated t-shirt, featuring sparkles, pink tank top, pink playground ball, pink flannel pants, pink sandals and "pink Polka Dot Princess Raiders Panty." Plus your pink couture ladies full-zip Tony Stewart hoodie. (NASCAR tracks, I can report, are most definitely in a rose-coloured haze.)

I don't know, is this insulting? Does it imply that rather than being loyal to the potentially ugly colors of their favorite team, women need to be duped into buying pink stuff? Or "Honeydew stuff?" Is there a reason you couldn't make stylish women's clothing in authentic team colors for virtually any team except the Baltimore Ravens, whose color scheme is too horrific for words, or for clothes?

(Note: In researching this entry, I somehow stumbled upon FemmeFan's Locker Room Lookers, which consists of many, many photos of shirtless male athletes. If you're into that kind of thing.)

By  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/18/2006

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