Before we begin, let me explain that I am an avid sports fan. I love watching football, hockey, basketball, and soccer. I also will watch just about any other sport if it’s on television. So, you will understand that this article is coming from someone who loves sports.
With all of that said, I think the idea of adult men wearing athletic jerseys is fairly ridiculous. I don’t know exactly what it is, but something about it rubs me the wrong way. I really don’t care how much you like Peyton Manning, that he’s on your fantasy team, or that you are a die hard Denver fan. You aren’t his significant other or him, so you have no reason to wear his name on your back. You look like a man trying to live vicariously through a piece of cloth. So, here are some alternatives to a jersey that will still allow you to rep your team.
- A plain-old team T-shirt. You know, one of the T-shirts that just says your team name on the front? Yeah, that. This allows your to show of your sports organization of choice, feel en-robed in the all-powerful team name and start fights with rival fans, but keeps you from looking stupid. You really can’t go wrong with a T-shirt.
- A sweatshirt! Yet another fantastic, yet simple option. Once again, it is simple, yet you are still able to have all of the great upsides of a jersey. Also, this keeps you nice and toasty during the winter months. However, don’t think this means that you can wear a varsity jacket with your team on it. That just makes you look like you miss high school desperately. Please, no.
- A team scarf. This is a shout out to you, English soccer fans. These scarves are all the rage in the United Kingdom, used to represent one’s team and look good doing it. Well, there are now places that sell these for all sorts of American teams. Take a look here for some fantastic NFL scarves.
- A hat. Any type of hat is cool, really. I’m not going to harp on what type of hats you can and can’t wear. Honestly, I’m not opposed to flat-rims, beanies, or any other hat you choose. Plus, if you can’t wear jerseys, hats are pretty cool.
So, basically what I’m trying to say here is that if you are wearing a jersey with another person’s name on it and you aren’t romantically involved with them, take it off now. Go out, buy yourself a T-shirt, sweatshirt, a scarf, or a hat. Or maybe all four. No problem with repping your team.