The rules of wearing sports apparel

April 30, 2009 § 10 Comments

I was playing ping pong at work yesterday, and I saw a lot of people leaving the Durham Bulls game. The guy I was playing with noticed there was a kid wearing a Scottie Pippen jersey, which really bothered me for some reason (besides the fact that it was Pippen and not Jordan. Who wants to be a fan of the 2nd banana?)

I go to a lot of sporting events, and I’ve always been amazed at how clueless people are on the rules of showing their support of different teams by so blatantly wearing inappropriate items. To remedy this, I’m going to spell out once and for all the rules around wearing jerseys, t-shirts, and other team logo apparel.

1. T-shirts/polos with a team logo are OK for every day use.

  • You’re a fan of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and you want the world to know? Wear your t-shirt wherever you want. Malls, hanging out with your friends, very casual restaurants… all of these are acceptable. Do you have a polo shirt with the Boston Red Sox logo on it? Wear it anywhere you want, as long as a basic polo shirt is also acceptable. (If you work in a more formal setting, and polos are only allowed on casual Fridays, I’d steer clear of logo wear.)

2. Team jackets are a little over the top, but you can get away with it.

  • A lot of this depends on where you’re going. The rule is, team jackets are casual. Don’t wear your Yankees jacket to your office if it’s formal, but everywhere else is ok. If you’re wearing a tie, you should not be wearing a team jacket.

3. Ties should never have team logos on them.

  • If it’s formal enough to require a tie, then it’s serious enough for you to not need everyone to know you cheer for the Dodgers.

4. Jerseys should only be worn when watching sports.

  • There is no way around this. Going to the game? Throw the jersey on. Going to watch the game at a friend’s place? Throw the jersey on. Watching the game home alone, but want to get in the spirit? Throw the jersey on. Walking around the mall wearing your Mets jersey? You’re a toolbag. (And it should go without saying, but if you’re wearing a basketball jersey, you’d better be wearing a t-shirt underneath.)

5. Never cross-pollinate your sports.

  • You can’t wear your UCLA hat with your Tampa Bay Rays t-shirt, regardless of how casual or informal the setting.
  • Do not, under any circumstance, wear a jersey to a sporting event that is from a different sport. If the Chicago Blackhawks are in town, but the only Chicago paraphernalia you have is a Chicago Bulls shirt, sorry pal, you’re out of luck. (And you’re cheap for being “big fan” and not owning the gear.)

6. Never wear a jersey from a team that isn’t participating in the sport you are watching.

  • Going to see the Carolina Hurricanes and the LA Kings play? Leave your Philadelphia Flyers jersey at home. Going to a Super Bowl party, and you want to wear your team’s jersey, even though they didn’t even make the playoffs? Well, you’re a tool. (The only possible exception to this rule is if you have an old personalized jersey of a player who is now playing on one of the teams involved. It’s ok to wear your Flyers jersey to the Hurricanes v. Kings tilt if it’s an old Flyers Brind’Amour jersey.

7. Personalized jerseys with your name on them are just stupid.

  • You’re a fan, not a player. You’re not on the payroll. Nothing you could possibly do can have an effect on the outcome of the game. Don’t put your name on a jersey. Please. Just don’t. They’re all going to laugh at you.

8. Entire ensembles make you look ridiculous, unless you’re at the game.

  • Just don’t be “over the top the top sports fan” guy. Going to the game in your hat, jersey and jacket is perfectly reasonable. Going to the mall in your hat, jersey and jacket? You’re a tool, and they’re all going to laugh at you.

Any rules that I missed?


That was one of the best games I have ever seen.

April 29, 2009 § 1 Comment

That was simply unbelievable. (Are you telling me that’s not one of the most exciting things you’ve ever seen?)

I’m still speechless, 12 hours later. Bring on the Bruins.

Beard update coming tomorrow.

Nothing is better than game seven.

April 28, 2009 § 1 Comment

Game seven in the NHL’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals is tonight, with the Carolina Hurricanes taking on the New Jersey Devils in Newark tonight at 7:30. I am so incredibly bothered by the fact that I can’t be there… which is odd, because I’ve never wanted to be in New Jersey before.

I’ve been to two other Game Sevens, and I have to say that without a doubt, they are the most exciting thing I’ve ever experienced in sports. (I’ve been to North Carolina v. Duke basketball games that were No. 1 in the country versus No. 2, and that still wasn’t as big as either Game Seven.) The tension is unbelievable, the noise is unreal, the stakes are incredibly high — win and move on, lose and go home for the summer with a bitter taste in your mouth.

The best, and worst, part of the final game of the series is the post-game handshake line between the two teams. For the winner, nothing is more thrilling than going through and shaking hands with the team you just beat, knowing that you will be playing in the next round. For the loser, nothing is more humbling than having to go through a line and shake hands, admitting your inferiority to the team that just beat you.


Here’s hoping the Hurricanes are on the right side of tonight’s handshake line.

Things I’m thinking about

April 27, 2009 § 2 Comments

1. In the mornings when I get up, why do I shower without my contacts? You’d think that when you’re trying maximize cleanliness, you’d want your vision to be as good as possible. (Em says you shouldn’t shower with your contacts in because the steam/heat will dry them out. I say Pshaw. That’s right Em, pshaw to you and your sketchy contact lens scientific musings.)

2. I always feel like there’s not enough time to do everything I “need” to do in the day, but when I really look at it, I’m just trying to maximize my entertainment. I mean, of course I have to stay up late when I “need” to watch the Hurricanes game AND play the next gig in Career Mode in Guitar Hero.

3. I’ve forgotten what the word “need” really means.

4. I’m 32 years old, I still play video games, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. And why my wife still loves me is a mystery.

5. Tattoos are much cooler on other people than they would be on me.

The language explosion

April 23, 2009 § 2 Comments

My son Crete is 18 months old, and I am amazed at how quickly he is picking up new words. I remember how excited we were when he saw a bird out his window and would say “Birrrrr!” Now, he’s putting stuff together like “Kick the ball!”

Over Easter, thanks to some unsupervised time with Aunt Ashley, Crete learned how to say “Holy Crap!”

Over the last couple of days, he’s picked up the following words: medicine, vacuum, more (not just the sign language, but the actual word), Hello Mark (for our neighbor), along with Abby and Ellie.

For some reason, I was really excited about the word he picked up today. When he woke up, I went in to grab him, and he pointed at the pattern on my sweater. I was just messing around, so I said “argyle.” Sure enough, he repeated argyle every time I pointed at my sweater.

Beard update — day 10

April 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

This was from a couple of days ago, but I officially have moved from “growing a beard” to “having a beard.”


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iTunes Shuffle

April 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

I’m home sick today, so I’m sitting around and had iTunes on shuffle. Because I’m bored, here are the last 10 songs to come up on my shuffle:

1. Runaway Train, by Soul Asylum

2. Killing Floor, by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

3. Angel, by Jack Johnson

4. Grace is Gone, by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

5. Milk It, by Nirvana

6. Dissident, by Pearl Jam

7. Vocalise for Cello and Piano, Op. 34: Lentamente, by Sergei Rachmaninov

8. Come Together, by Aerosmith

9. Yesterday, by The Beatles

10. Belated Promise Ring, by Iron & Wine

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