At 7 p.m. tonight, the Romeo (Mich.) High School football team will trot on to the field clad in the most emasculating jerseys possible. Wearing all pink, the Bulldogs will face winless Sterling Heights, keen on another conference win. Yet the final score is hardly the main thing on the minds of Romeo's players today, as the pink jerseys make clear.
Raising money for charity is only part of the goal for Romeo head football coach Jason Couch, who also serves as the co-coordinator of the event.
"This is our second year of the WatchDog Game," Couch said in a telephone interview. "We had been a part of the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk for a few years and were interested in getting more involved. We've just been so happy that it has gotten the support that it really deserves.
"Most importantly, I think it helps put everything in perspective, and reminds our players that some things are a lot more important than football."