From pink to camo.
With the end of October, we say goodbye to the NFL celebrating breast cancer awareness in the form of forcing their players to wear pink
), and hello to them saluting current and former military members with over-extravagant displays of patriotism via cheesy costumes
, extra large flags
, and a camo ribbon
added to the league's logo.
Since 9/11, the NFL has had a cozy relationship with the military, although it's hard to tell how much of it is authentic and how much is revenue driven. Military organizations pay the NFL, and other various sports leagues, big bucks for the elaborate military displays, like field-sized flags and stealth bombers flying over stadiums before games, to help recruit potential soldiers. This form of paid patriotism spurred the NFL's month-long "Salute to Service," and is probably why we can't get through a game without seeing a USAA insurance ad
If we could just get half as many USAA ads, we'd be happy.