Skip to comments.Why Grown Men Walk Around Wearing Football Jerseys
Posted on 09/05/2012 1:33:25 PM PDT by mojito
....I have a jersey I wear when my team plays on Sundays. It's not a good jersey. It's a lame-ass replica jersey I bought because I was too cheap to spring for the real deal. But I wear it. And do I feel like a stallion when I wear it? I DO. I totally do, even though I look like every other middle-aged man wearing an NFL jersey he shouldn't be wearing. I feel like I'm part of the team, which is just absurd.
NFL fans walk around in team jerseys all the time, and even though most of them look like schlubs, most of them FEEL better than they do at any other time of the week. In fact, the fatter and more out of shape you are, the more powerful a spell the jersey casts over your ego. Maybe you look like a real player. Maybe the head coach will be in dire need of a running back in the fourth quarter, see you through the TV screen, and summon you out to the field to go rip off the winning 90-yard swing pass. That will never happen, but the jersey is what lets you dream about it, and often the dream is vivid enough to make a decent substitute for reality. Which is good, because in reality you're fat and your team sucks.
So if you have a jersey sitting in your drawer, I beseech you to take it out right now and throw it on. Don't apologize for it. Don't worry about your girlfriend telling you that you look pathetic. She doesn't get it, man. She doesn't understand the POWER of the jersey. But you do. You put that jersey on and you get yourself fired the f**k up, because the NFL season starts TONIGHT....
(Excerpt) Read more at deadspin.com ...
*The article at the link contains quite a bit of obscene, but sometimes hilarious language. Be warned.
NFL? Oh that’s different. I thought they meant my Doug Flutie #22 jersey.
Why do grown men walk around in flip flops, shorts, t-shirts, keds, bizarre facial hair, piercings, tattooes, and fat guts?
Like Mark Steyn said, Adults today look just like they did in 1950, only fatter and dressed exactly like children.
Is that the blimp getting ready for tonight’s coverage?
On a lighter note, it IS finally football season. Channelling John Facenda, “It was a day of punishment in a league of pain...”
At least until that peter-puffin’ little scumbag Roger Goodell came along and started postponing games because of SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve seen my little girl’s SOCCER league play in the snow!!!!!!
“These gods of Autumn.”
I shouldn’t wear shorts or t-shirts?
“They scored the most, allowed the fewest, and dished out such punishment along the way, they came to be known as the Purple Gang.”
“Lombardi—a certain magic still lingers in the very name; it speaks of duels in the snow and cold November mud.”
I never understood why grown men would walk around wearing a jersey with another man’s name on it. Seems kind of childish to me.
Well, Doc Holliday, Indiana Jones, and Chesty Puller never did... :)
gotta think...most of the people/ walking around today are the offspring of the people? of the ‘60s and l8r...and we wonder what happened...
The joke's on me, though, since he doesn't wear a shirt when he competes...
Sigh... now it looks just as old and nasty as I do.
You know how to dig the knife in deep. :)
You should wear an Annie Thorisdottir shirt.
I have no NFL jerseys, but I do like to wear my Red Wings jerseys in the winter. They are called sweaters for a reason. I also like wearing my baseball jerseys. One is a NNOB Cubs jersey. The others are game-worn Negro League throwbacks. They are very comfortable to wear.
Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday is my all time favorite character.
What you don’t want to wear a wool suit in 90 degree, 70% humidity weather, to the store?
It does sound appealing now that you mention it.
Jersies are comfortable. But I don’t get the full-on NBA outfit.
Commando is dangerous with khaki shorts and 90+ degree temps.
I tried...it’s too big.
My all time favorite, period, end of story, no debate whatsoever. The single greatest cinematic achievement in all the entire history of film. “I’m your huckleberry. That’s just my game.”
I see yinz are Stiller fans n’at....
A Good read. I used to wear my Jersey after I stopped playing but then the wife decided it was hot to wear it as a night gown - it was but I never wore it again!
She beat anorexia!
It seems we’re on the same page.
She’s a tough one, but I bet you’re bigger than 5’8” 147lbs.
Yeah, I’m just kidding. I am in the market for a Julie Foucher pinup, so if you see anything...
No, but my brother does.
I’ll keep an eye out.
and posting 10's of thousands of messages on a forum makes one look like a loser with no life. We all have our oddities and things that entertain us...
Well, living in Florida, I do wear cargo shorts, polo shirt and sandals for daily wear. But, I do wear long pants for Sunday church.
Only time I wear shoes is to play golf, go dancing with my wife or attend funerals/weddings.
I can't stand facial hair, on myself, nearly trimmed on others Is OK.
Started developing a furniture problem, my chest was falling into my drawers. So, rather than trying to explain that when one has a good tool, one builds a shed over it, I returned to my military PT regimen and took care of that problem.
No piercings. No tattoos. No jerseys. No jeans.
And whenever I wear a cap, I always remove it when I enter a building or I am in the presence of a lady. I must admit, some of the ladies are quite pleasantly taken aback when I tip my cap to them while riding on bike trails.
Ergo, I do not fit the norm you mention.
Guess I am just a fossil.
I have a jersey too! It is from my son’s high school and had the number he wore through middle school and high school. Now that he’s in college, he has a different number and colors, but I don’t think MIT sells jerseys, so I can’t update mine ... but I do have an MIT Mom t-shirt.
However, our younger son plays pop warner, and this year requested his brother’s old number, and our pop warner team has the same colors as our high school team, so I’m still okay. Just wish I could buy an MIT jersey too!
She is using more than her share of pixels...
What’s his major?
I forgot to mention that I have both the standard ratio and widescreen versions on VHS.
Outsourcing masculinity. The overweight out of shape poor unheralded loser feels like a winning worshipped wealthy athlete if he wears the jersey of HIS team. Their victory was dependent on him and he shares in it donchaknow?
Impressive. Now for the true test. What percentage of the movie do you think you can quote?
Times have changed dramatically since I was in high school back in the early 60s.
First of all, lettering was an honor. Not everyone on the team lettered. You had to play in a certain number of quarters or innings or score a certain number of points. I did a bit of teaching after I retired and was surprised to learn that even band members now get letter jackets.
We all kept our practice jerseys but the school didn’t give us the game jerseys. I don’t recall anyone selling fake jerseys or letter jackets back then.
I can no longer get into my College letter jacket and I have no idea what happened to my high school stuff. I once took my letter jacket to a sporting goods store and asked if they could duplicate it in a larger size. They had no interest in doing so.
My grandchildren have all my old college gear. I will say those Wilson letter jackets were well made. They are still in good shape after more than 40 years.