They should wear pink
#9: They should wear pink
Back when I was a juvenile youth of 12, my uncles tried to get me interested in sports. Up until that time I had pretty much been a book reader. At my Lake View Elementary School in Brigham City, Utah, the library books were arranged according to grade level. I quickly read through my grade level and wanted to move on to upper grade levels. For a while I was able to, but then other students’ parents complained, and I was basically banished from the library. No problem. The City had a public library, too. Off I went.
In 1972, as a junior in high school, I was forced to sit down and watch the Oakland Raiders-Kansas City Chiefs football game on Thanksgiving weekend. I was pretty sure I could find better things to do for three hours than watch that game. I was wrong. It was an exciting game down to the very end with the Raiders winning. I’ve been a Raiders fan ever since.
The Raiders are often the most penalized team in professional football each year. I now know why. It’s because they wear black!
A study in the most recent Journal of Social Psychology and Personality Science indicates that NHL teams that wear dark colors, particularly black, end up with more penalities than their opponents, and at a significantly higher rate. The study looked at 50,000 NHL games during the last 25 years.
The lead author, Gregory Webster from the University of Florida, posited that it has something to do with black being deemed the color of evil and white the color of good.
Maybe they should wear pink?
I mean, after all, who would want to penalize, say, a flamingo?
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