Students shouldn’t forget purpose of ‘pink out’ game

Students intended to make the football game versus the University of Utah on Nov. 14, a highly anticipated game between two ranked teams, a blackout game – a game where all TCU fans wear black to intimidate the other team. The fans’ efforts are understandable. With the university ranked No. 6 in the BCS and Utah at No. 14, the game guarantees an exciting event complete with equally excited fans. However, one of the biggest games TCU will play this year also falls on the same day as the pre-designated pink out game, a game where fans wear pink to promote the fight against breast cancer.

The football game against Utah returned to its original “pink out” state after receiving backlash by students and faculty. The date of this year’s pink out was decided after last year’s pink out game in October, a point in the year that would have been difficult to determine where TCU stands now in the BCS.

Ultimately, the bigger opponent here is not Utah, but breast cancer. The purpose of a pink out game is to promote breast cancer awareness and accumulate donations, whereas a blackout means to scare an opposing team. Efforts were made to make sure the pink out game not only supported breast cancer awareness but also the Horned Frog spirit. The T-shirts are predominately purple with pink accents, so it’s not as if the university won’t be represented alongside the fight against breast cancer.

The concept of a black out game may unite the community in school spirit, but a pink out game unites the community beyond school boundaries and reaches out to those afflicted with breast cancer across the world.

News editor Maricruz Salinas for the editorial board.