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Lottery Winners Hope Visiting Team Psyched Out By Pink Locker Room


Iowa residents Brian and Mary Lohse are using $3 million of their recent $202 million Powerball win to build a new football stadium for their son's high school team, The Blue Jays, which is a nice and generous.

They had a not-so-nice stipulation, though: the opponents' locker room must be pink, to, as Mary Lohse said, "put them in a certain soft frame of mind."

From the Des Moines Register:

As for the pink locker room, that was Mary Lohse’s sense of humor kicking in with an undying love of the Hawkeyes.

"I was sort of half joking and half not I suppose, but they said they’d do it," Mary Lohse said of her scheme, inspired by the University of Iowa visitor’s locker room of the same color (pictured).

"It’s supposed to put them in a certain soft frame of mind … it will certainly give all the players something to talk about," she said.

This development comes after Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer apologized in March for punishing team members by making them wear lavender jerseys to shame them.

As the reader who sent this along pointed out, if the Lohse family wants to engage in these kind of mind games, why not just go the extra step and write gay slurs on the locker room's walls?

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  1. Stop trying to make everything about being gay. Pink is not a gay color.

    In color psychology, pink drains energy. That is why its fairly common in sports facilities to have the opposing teams locker room painted pink.

    When she mentions that it puts teams in certain soft frame of mind, she is right and back up by science and it has nothing to do with feminizing or gaying up anybody.

    You guys are really reaching here.

    Posted by: Erick | Dec 20, 2012 11:03:43 AM

  2. they will broke in 5 years

    majority of lottery winners end up bankrupt because they blow their money i.e. this article

    Posted by: Moz's | Dec 20, 2012 11:04:40 AM

  3. Pink is actually well known to have a calming effect on people. It's even been used in jails and prisons for this purpose.

    I HATE the color pink. Possibly my least favorite color.


    'cultural root of this country's heteronormative reflexology.' remind me of a lesbian feminist Marxist teacher I had; she was unintentionally a hoot.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 20, 2012 11:32:50 AM

  4. I'm a gay Iowan now living in DC. When Hayden Fry became Iowa's head football coach in 1979, he brought many systematic changes to improve Iowa's football mentality. Hayden was a psychology major in college. He changed the uniforms to resemble the Steelers to ignite a gridiron, defensive mind-set for the team, and, yes, he painted the visiting locker rooms pink. Hayden Fry did not do so because he is homophobic. He did it because pink is a calming, soothing color and wanted to create a psychological edge. It's color theory, not homophobia. It is a tradition that has lasted.

    The University of Iowa is one of the most progressive universities in the country. Just last week, it was announced that they are the first major public university to ask college applicants about sexual and gender orientation. Historically, it was the first public university to admit men and women on an equal basis. The state was the first to admit women to the bar, and Iowa has gay marriage.

    Posted by: Tommy | Dec 20, 2012 11:43:00 AM

  5. Besides, that's puce, not pink. Christ, this IS funny.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 20, 2012 11:43:35 AM

  6. Why should we care about a pink lockerroom? Did I miss the vote that made pink the official gay color?
    You're trying to create an association between homos and the color pink, that's terrible, sir.

    Posted by: Van2Dpool | Dec 20, 2012 11:56:11 AM

  7. Looks like Play-doh.


    Posted by: jakeinlove | Dec 20, 2012 12:27:44 PM

  8. Oh come on! It's funny!

    Posted by: Bravo | Dec 20, 2012 1:41:18 PM

  9. Have people never heard of the psychological phenomenon of Baker-Miller pink? Exposure to its light waves actually decreases endocrine production and diminishes aggression. When prisons and locker rooms are painted pink, it is just for that purpose. If you are ready that as denigrating people by "sissifying" them, get over yourselves.

    Posted by: Bollux | Dec 20, 2012 2:01:46 PM

  10. *ready = reading.

    Posted by: Bollux | Dec 20, 2012 2:03:06 PM

  11. I suspect the typical visiting high school football team would find this insulting and all it would do is make them angry and willing to fight harder to win. Oh, and they might be more inclined to inflict some more "accidental" injuries on the home team.

    'phobes need to think harder.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 20, 2012 4:34:21 PM

  12. I suspect the typical visiting high school football team would find this insulting and all it would do is make them angry and willing to fight harder to win. Oh, and they might be more inclined to inflict some more "accidental" injuries on the home team.

    'phobes need to think harder.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 20, 2012 4:34:23 PM

  13. Apparently football causes brain damage off the field as well.

    Posted by: Chadwick | Dec 21, 2012 7:22:34 AM

  14. Aside from the homophobic pink problem, doesn't anyone else find it disgusting that the couple is giving millions for a high school football stadium and nothing for actual real education of the kids.

    Seems to me that $3 million dollars could go a long way for a science or computer lab. Maybe, buy a bunch of real history and mathematics books, too.

    Or, maybe endow some kind of teachers reward program.

    I can think of maybe a million ways to spend a million dollars that don't include making Friday night lights the most important thing in education.

    Posted by: Continuum | Dec 21, 2012 8:24:19 AM

  15. Are you trying to find oppression in places that it doesn't exist?

    Colour affects our brain. Restaurants use red to try to make you more hungry and jails use pink to calm inmates down.

    Posted by: Will | Dec 21, 2012 9:17:08 AM

  16. Except for the delightful conversation about the exact color in the picture, I cannot believe the discussion about pink. I was raised in the 1960s/70s. There was *no* dispute that pink was for girls and, therefore also, f@ggots. We had pink locker rooms and it did nothing but provoke homophobia - with snide remarks from the gym teachers and coaches that we "f@ggots" didn't deserve better. More recently, one of the original Pride flags had pink on it. When the 'official' flag had none, there was some outcry that the quintessential gay color was missing. Yes, pink has become more mainstream, partially due to breast cancer awareness. There have been some LGBT activists, however, who have complained that this movement has taken over 'our' color.

    I am always suspicious of psychological research that does not properly account for cultural bias. Languages and cultures divide up the spectrum differently. The classic example is that Japanese views our "green" lights as "blue". (That was true when green lights were really green.) I know that studies based on exact wavelengths and physiology attempt to account for that - but I do have my doubts. A former coworker was from central Europe. He thought red was gay. He reponded to anything red with virulent homophobia.

    I have heard (I have not verified) that in the 19th century, pink and blue were reversed: pink for boys and blue for girls. I don't find this at all surprising.

    BTW - It's technically "THE Ohio State University". They have been overly sensitive about that lately.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 21, 2012 10:48:16 AM


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