Toledo loses game, dollars for the cure.
Did anyone find it beyond strange that the Toledo Rockets trotted out their pink breast cancer uniforms last night? That’s 21 days past Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the ostensible reason for the wretched excess of form over substance that the uniform game has turned into. The shpiel here was that the game jerseys would be auctioned off and something winds up going to something something something.
Not so good really. I count 97 jerseys and bids totaling ~$8400. That’s an average bid of $86. Since regular game jerseys price out at $78 and these are custom, ,,, well it’s hard to see what if anything if going to Komen. Or whatever charity it’s supposed to go to.
And that got me thinking. So many questions:
- What charity exactly? //University of Toledo Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center designated for Breast Cancer research and awareness.2
- Just what percent of the proceeds go to a charity?
- Is the charitable contribution based on a per jersey basis? E.g., Kareem Hunt has a bid for $500.
- Will the delta between cost and bid go to charity?
- Or will it be used to offset the cost of the [current count] 40 no bid jerseys?
- What happens to the jerseys that go unsold? Given away? To whom? Who decides?
- What about helmets? Pants? Socks? Shoes? Are they being auctioned? Or were they purchased for one-time use on national television thus mainly promotional both for UT and UA?
- Did Under Armour donate any of this?
- Or was it just a purchase of additional Under Armour gear above and beyond the original Under Armour gear purchase?
- How much did last night’s uniforms cost?
- Who is bidding on these jerseys?
- How many bidders are players’ parents?
- Or players themselves?
- Who’s name is on the back of the jerseys? In many cases UT has multiple players listed with the same number… how do I know who wore the jersey? //No names are on the back of the jerseys.
- What’s up with #64? There’s no player on the roster with that number, but it’s currently bid at $400, the second highest bid.
- There are six jerseys with no player associated with the number. Are non-game-worn jerseys being sold?
And how do Greg Mancz and Jayrone Elliott jerseys go un bid upon?
And if the bidder “TPAIN” on the #43 Trent Voss jersey isn’t indeed Trent Voss, I’ll eat my new winter beanie.
Toledo lost, who won?
Toledo played like crap last night. Four turnovers. Lost their biggest game of the year at home and on national TV. UA puts it all into perspective for here on their Facebook page, though:
Ok, so compared to death and mastectomies last night’s game was inconsequential. I have to wonder if that was a line from Matt Campbell’s pre-game speech because DAMN.
But we do the football and competitive sports thing to identify winning and losing teams in a competitive setting, I mean it’s why we’re all here. So besides NIU, who won last night?
So Toledo is auctioning off the jerseys for their breast cancer charity. As of now, if ALL of the bids go to charity, that’s $8000. There’s a winner: The UT Dana Breast Cancer wing. But is it the big winner?
Because what about the rest of those one time used, breast cancer uniforms? Looks from their Facebook page that UA outfitted the entire uniform. I don’t know uniform costs (not retail; I’m talking Toledo’s price) but my swag on it looks like this:
- Helmet, $200
- Jersey, $80
- Pants, $120
- Socks, $10
- Shoes, $150
- Gloves, $20
That totals $580 but let’s assume I’m high and round it down to $500/uniform. I see 97 jerseys on auction so let’s say 97 uniforms for purchased from UA.
$500 x 97 = $48,500 for last night’s one use uniform.
I think we’ve found the big winner. Under Armour.
Here’s the net net: University of Toledo spent about 50K to donate 2K to an already extremely well-funded charity but the main thing is to pimp new uniforms because substance is all and the piece of shit performance by the Rockets on the football field means nothing because it’s really about
pimping unis Power in Pink.
Defining moment for you there, Matt Campbell. Your team looked like a team that spent the whole damn day taking selfies instead of getting ready for Jordan Lynch and the biggest game of the year. You failed.
And Under Armour? They picked up a bonus $50,000 order from a rust-belt public institution. That’s a nice order in any business and a really nice order in the Northwest Ohio economic region.
Just remember last night was about more than touchdowns.
Any fucks given with respect to any charitable giving is incidental.
- Haha, I seriously thought ‘Power in Pink’ was a charity tagline but it’s just a UA clothing line. Hahaha at me. [back]
- Perhaps some dollars can go toward producing a proof-read landing page for their website because I don’t want to see “highly experienced breast cancer specialists with more than 000 [sic] years of experience.” [back]