Once again Sleepy is here to remix Bill Simmons article on the rules to being a true sports fan. When we last left our hero he was disagreeing with Simmons, well now he is still doing the same thing.
3. Don’t wear cheap-looking replica jerseys or flimsy-looking bargain-basement hats. Come on. You’re representing every fan from your team. Show some pride.
Ok, first off, if you can’t afford a nice crsip hat or jersey from Footlocker don’t sweat it. These things can definitly get expensive, especially jerseys. But if you do declare yourself a fan and you have had the same floppy sweat salted hat you’ve had since ER went on air than you gotta skip buying coffee for a week and go get a new one. As far as replicas go, I have a replica Manchester United away jersey but you would only know on close inspection. The Chinese are very good at what they do, and good looking replica jerseys are becoming easier to find. Just make sure there are no misspellings or misnumberings on the jersey. This summer I was at Coors Field when the Reds were in town and a Reds fan in front of me was wearing a Ken Griffey Jr. jersey with the number 3 on the back, Griffey Jr.’s actual number is 30, (and has been since he came to Reds from the Mariners in 2000) and two young Rockie fans behind me were viciously berating this poor guy everytime Griffey Jr. came up to bat. If Rockie fans are giving you grief about your baseball IQ than you should probably make some changes in your life. Always know what your wearing. Don’t assume just because it has the name of your favorite team on the jersey that you’re in the clear, always make a full mirror inspection before you leave the house.
Now to me, more important than not wearing cheap gear is not wearing ridiculous looking gear. I am especially referring to those god awful shark pattern NFL hats and those stupid camo jerseys they have been making the last few years. And ladies, if you are thinking of buying one of those all pink jerseys please make sure your hair isn’t highlighted or that your not wearing five ounces worth of make-up, because the combination will make me secretly wish for the ball or puck to knock your teeth out. I could go on about cap and jersey styles for too long. If you’re like me and are obssessed? with this topic check out this great blog.