This is by no means an edtech post, but I do think you can learn something from it. That is, if you’re a sports fan or are ever around sports fans.
A recent discussion with some friends about jersey rules led to me share what I consider the do’s and don’ts of wearing sports jerseys. They disagreed and laughed at a few of them, but it’s okay, they can be wrong. I don’t think I’ve ever written these down before, they’ve just always been in my head. Until now. There are other lists of rules out there, like this one from Rick Reilly, that I find amusing. Take a look at let me know what you think. Do you agree? Disagree? Have you seen any blatant violations of the jerseys rules? By the way, these rules also apply to t-shirt jerseys.
And now, the list.
- Never wear a jersey unless it’s to a game. Exceptions: Viewing parties for a game. You’re a kid. Hockey sweaters.
- Never wear a jersey to a game where the team on the jersey is not playing.
- Never wear a jersey with nothing underneath or a dress shirt underneath. I’ve seen both in person, it’s just wrong.
- Never wear an old jersey of a player who has been traded. You got the jersey because you like the team and the player, if the player moves on, you should too. I shouldn’t see Oklahoma City James Harden jerseys.
- Never wear a jersey of a player who is not actively playing on the team. This includes traded, cut, free agent signing, and retired. Exception: Legends. It’s okay to wear a Bears Brian Urlacher jersey, it’s not okay to wear a Orlando Magic Dwight Howard jersey.
- Never wear a jersey of a punter or a scrub.
- Never wear a jersey of a (football) lineman unless you look like a lineman.
- Never wear pink jersey, pink jerseys are wrong. On the same lines, don’t buy alternate or fashion jerseys. The Packers do not wear black or yellow jerseys, you shouldn’t either.
- If a team gets new jerseys, you should too. No one, including kids, should EVER wear a Milwaukee Bucks purple jersey. No one should wear New Orleans Hornets jerseys anymore.
- Throwback jerseys are acceptable if the player on the jersey played during that era and is a legend. I know some teams are wearing throwbacks these days, fans should wear the regular jersey.
- Never wear a jersey of an average or below player unless that player won you a fantasy league. I’m calling this the Dembo Rule.
- Never wear a jersey with your name on the back.
- Never wear a jersey of a player who is a douchebag. If you’re not sure if the player is or not, he is.
- Never wear a jersey of a player who’s been convicted of a crime.
- Never wear a jersey of a superstar from your team who now plays on another team. Here’s an example. Indy Peyton Manning jerseys should not be worn again until he retires.
- If you are a fan of a team, you should NEVER wear a jersey of a rival. For example, Packers fans should NEVER wear a Vikings or Bears jersey – even if Brett Favre plays for the Vikings. Team loyalty comes first.
- Parents are responsible for their kids. And while this is an interesting story, it’s wrong. Don’t buy a jersey of a player who is in the last year of a contract or isn’t a star player. My son wanted a Lebron jersey when he was in his last year with Cleveland. I said wait a year until he signs a new contract. Don’t buy a jersey on clearance just to get a jersey for your kid. Your kid is a reflection of you.