Are You A Fan?

It is Stanley Cup time. We are deep in the middle of a hot series that could go either way. Of course, I am hoping the Hawks destroy the Bruins. I think they will. I hope they will. We need another championship here to hold us over until the Cubs win the World Series. Ok, so, maybe we need 9 or 10 championships to hold us over THAT long.

With the recent Blackhawks frenzy, there have been a LOT of sweaters (jerseys) being worn around work. They all look very expensive and have the name of one of the main stars on the back of them. I have one myself. I bought it years ago and I bought it blank because I couldn’t find one at the time with the person on it that I wanted. I was going to have it added at a later date but … that never happened. I am kind of glad that it didn’t.

I am not against getting a player’s name and number on the back, especially if you can find one of the more underappreciated players and then you got yourself a rarity. The thing is, I have been thinking about this a little bit lately and have come up with a few reasons why getting a player’s name on the back is a bad idea. This is for any sport.

 

1)      The player gets traded because he is so good. This happens more often than you think. The great player you have the jersey for because they were your team’s go to guy is now somewhere else. You spent a couple hundred dollars on the clothing item and have no problem wearing it during the season even though he isn’t on the team anymore. Until those teams play each other. Then you are rooting for the other team by default. (I know not really but go with me on this one. I need topics)

2)      The player turns out to be a total douche bag. A few years after you get him on your back, you find out he evicts the elderly, ignores children asking for autographs or is an ass toward the fans. Now, along with him, you are reviled all because you wear his name in support.

3)      The player turns out to be a cheater. I don’t know that anyone actually had clothing with Bonds’ name on it but I have a few Sammy Sosa things I am embarrassed to admit to. I even stopped putting up my Sammy Christmas Tree ornament every year.

4)      The player turns out to be a criminal. Don’t even have to go through this list.

5)      The jersey is a hell of a lot cheaper without a name on it. The price will also depend on who’s name as well. Just in case you are of the economical mindset.

 

For these reasons, in addition to the laziness, I think it is a good idea to not have a star player’s name on the back of your jersey unless you are related to said player in some way. The exception of course is if you got the jersey directly FROM that player (I don’t want to know how) and if that is the case, sell that sweaty, game worn atrocity on eBay BEFORE it loses value for any of the above reasons.

 

go hawks

 

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