I'm not sure of all the rules, but I think these three can safely be appiled: a) anytime or place with a #1 (which will always be A.C. to me) or # 2 UM jersey, b) at a game, or c) at a skank pick-up bar Downriver.
OT:What Is Your Age Limit For Wearing Replica Jerseys
does the jersey belong to a player older or younger than you? Older ok, younger no.
Regardless, jerseys to me are fine. I have a Michigan Brady, Pats Brady, Yzerman White and Tractor Traylor authentic jersey from way back - I wear them from time to time and don't think twice. I have a Dutch national soccer jersey without a name/number I wear at times too.
Like many of you, I really hate when guys put their own last name on a jersey. Living in L.A., tons of Raider fans do this. But I hate jerseys with no name (that should have a name) even more. Mix in the fact that you're not allowed to put a college players name on a college jersey + turnover every few years, I've been seriously thinking about ordering an authentic jersey from MDen with my name on a #2 jersey (fave #). Too douchy? If they sold the new Adidas climawhatever jersey I think I'd pull the trigger.
I think you should get a fake I.D. that says Marcus Woodson.
I think the number two jersey would be awesome...with no name
I'm old as dirt and while I would feel a little odd wearing some younger player's jersey, I have no problem wearing my Hank Aaron vintage Milwaukee Braves #44 jersey.
I'm out of players older than me since Chelios retired, but I still have my Terry Sawchuck #1 I got for my 30th birthday I wear only to the occasional Wings game.
I'm 41 years, 7 hours, 47 minutes old.
Couple questions for the no-jerseys-after-college crowd:
- What is acceptable to wear? (Because if the answer is "t-shirt with a player's name/number on the back", man, I don't get you.)
- Do you plan on, at any point in the game, rooting your team on with something more enthusiastic than regular applause? If so, what is the point of being dignified about jerseys?
It's how you wear them.
I have my good ole standby white U of M football #1 jersey, and as of last year a blue #16. For every other team I cheer for, I keep to t-shirts. Personally, I think jerseys for football, baseball and soccer (if that "sport" is floats your boat) is fine for all. All other jerseys are questionable past a certain age.
Jerseys should be worn by kids under age 10 or cute college age females at games/tailgating. All the threads complaining about the Adidas and "Under the Lights" gear skates right over the fact that nearly everyone looks stupid in jerseys or college logo apparel.
P.S. Yes, I'm that guy next to you at Crisler or the Big House wearing a sweater or button down. And I'm not even old.
Lame. Do you sit down during the whole game? Do you cheer at Comerica when Cabrera hits a walk off homer or do you politely clap in your seat with your button down.
I'm too snooty to attend a pro sporting event.
I've always thought that grown men looked (and often acted) kind of douchey when wearing jerseys (particularly at sports bars).
a Hasek jersey that I wear at Wings games, a Cabrera jersey I wear to Tigers games, and a 16 Michigan jersey that I will debut at the Big House this fall. I almost only wear jerseys when I go to games. I'm 24
Im 28. I only have a Tigers jersey and Barry Sanders "authentic" Lions Thanksgiving jersey. Ive been meaning to get a UM jersey for the longest for football games but usually go with a maize UM tee.
Also for sporting events I dont think theres really an age limit. I dont give anyone a funny look at CoPa for wearing a Tigers jersey. Sometimes I'll see a Cobb or Kaline jersey and think its pretty cool. Although its possible it might not have been a throwback when they bought it.
I think it's fine if you're at the game or watching on TV with a group, or even if you're playing a pickup game. For everyday wear it's a bit odd.
I have given this much thought:
First, as to the risk of wearing bad jerseys, please see http://straightcashhomey.net/
Second, what about Ebbets Field's jerseys, the cool authentic minor league flannels? See http://www.ebbets.com/. I feel like those are wearable for most ages given their throwbackness. Then again, I own enough to qualify for a volume discount. Solid Mitchel and Ness baseball jerseys also get a pass in my book, as do iconic retired NFL players like Payton and Sanders or a solid Yzerman jersey.
Third, at the game is always cool, unless you qualify for a straightcashhomey shot.
Fourth: Basketball jerseys are for workouts, pick-up games, mowing the lawn or framing for your office. Not cool to wear otherwise without an undershirt, and even then I would limit that to wearing to the actual game. I have pasty white skin and backhair...no one wants to see that.
Fifth and last: Your own name on the back? And you're over 13? Oy...
Ah, the dreaded "I root for both teams" jersey. Unless you are the mother of players on both teams, it's definitely to be avoided.
And these guys? Where to begin...
Is that a "Big Country" jersey? Funny.
Deadspin had a found photo series a while ago dedicated to hipsters wearing obscure NBA jerseys, called, I believe, "Look at this fucking hoopster."
I think replica jerseys should be made in the size of the player whose name is on the back. There is nothing uglier than someone who weighs 350 pounds wearing a jersey from a WR. Similarly, a lot of plus-300 pounders in the Tampa Bay area still like to wear their Carl Crawford jerseys. Ugh.
Really, though, I would never wear a jersey with someone else's name on it. I don't even wear designer clothes with the designer's name. It might be ego, pride, or a personal quirk. Whatever it is, I dont think I would have wanted a jersey with a name on it since I was about 14. I would have loved an Al Kaline jersey when I was about 8 or 9, though.
Put me in for 12 if we're voting.
I only wear jerseys if I go to a game, or at home in my living room (adds to the excitement since the wife is an MSU fan).
In public, aside from games, I haven't worn a jersey since high school.
I don't know what is "acceptable" anymore, I just find most of the tshirts boring, plain, or dumb. The jersey is timeless.
I have a Sid Abel sweater myself. It is a replica of the 1943 sweater and has V's on the sleeves.
I wear my #2 and #16 home jersey's at times other than football games. I'm 22. Not so much for a night out but if I'm just running errands or shit and there's nothing else clean, I'll just throw on of them one.
At the peak of homophobdon. I was sporting my Billy Sims jersey and my friend commented, "I didn't know you were Billy Sims' girlfriend." Like many of you, the ritual at high school was that you gave your girlfriends your jersey to wear on the night of the game. I did not like getting called Billy Sims' girlfriend at that age, and I promptly hung it in my closet.
The funny thing, 20 something years later, whenever I see a person wearing a jersey, that "girlfriend" comment pops into my head ...
I need a ruling on the propriety of rocking a Curtis Granderson Tigers jersey. I'm still in mourning that he got traded, and I feel like he's an honorary Tiger until he kills us in a playoff game or such. Any thoughts?
Of course, that Dontrelle Willis jersey in the back of my closet is like a bad 1999 dot com stock. Pets.com anyone?
I am in the same boat. Curtis remains in my top 3 favorite major league players, and I own a home jersey of his. He was universally loved in the D, plays hard, and he's a good role model. I say it is fair game UNTIL he kills the Tigs. then, might have to see the firepit.
Personally I've always been vehemently of the opinion that just because a player is gone, whether that be to retirement or playing for another team, that's not sufficient reason to put that jersey in the back of the closet and forget about it. It's all about the circumstances and what you're comfortable with, but the player being no longer on the team isn't reason enough.
Think of a spectrum with Uwe Krupp and Juan Gonzalez on one end and Gordie Howe and Barry Sanders on the other. You would never stop wearing the latter two. I wouldn't be caught dead in the former two. Granderson? Beloved former Tiger, terrific citizen, left against his will - I'd wear that one, yes, even to a game against the Yankees with him in the lineup. Maybe especially. I say wear the Curtis Granderson with pride. Dontrelle Willis? Tough call. I could see being OK with that and I could see not.
michigan #1 always makes an appearance for turkey bowl..
Im pretty sure the state of ohio quit wearing Lebron James jerseys a little while back. They even torched them like people in Iran burn the U.S. flag. I guess they hate the guy?
I have four Michigan jerseys and I never wear them because I am 46.
I agree on the name on the back thing. If it's your name and your kid is not playing in the game your either watching or attending, then you're a tool.
If my son grows up and plays football in college, I will wear his jersey with the name on the back proudly. Other than that, uh, no.
Sigh...I kind of feel sorry for you. I am sure that you are a very proper man, who is always thoughtful, always says the right thing at the right time, projects a professional image, will have a beer at a bbq, but never two. There are pleanty of douchy guys who wear slick suits and swindle old ladies out of their retirement money, but that does not seem to reflect badly on the suit and tie. Douchiness is not confined to drunk dickwads in jerseys. The world is filled with too many stuffed shirts as it is. You can be both respectful and mature and a times wear a jersey. The biggest thing is to be yourself, be comfortable with you who you are. My thought is that if you are keeping four jerseys in your closet that you do not wear, that there is a part of you that would really like to, but you are afraid of what people think of you. If you are never going to wear them again, get rid of them. I have never understood someone who would keep a jersey in their closet, say they would never wear that because they are too old, but not throw them out. To me it says you are too insecure to wear them, because you are worried what people think of you...its sad really.
I would argue the obscurity factor makes European soccer jerseys that much more acceptable. My kids and I are avid followers, and they are big time soccer jersey collectors. I started to notice the jerseys are really comfortable for lounging or as workout gear. The team branded adidas clima cool shorts are also great for playing basketball or running. I'm not above wearing an Argentina, Holland, Chelsea or Barca shirt out and around. The white collared jersey England wore in the 2010 World Cup is actually a pretty nice shirt and I love my long sleeved red version as well. This spread to Rugby and I wear my All Blacks jersey with jeans all the time.
i would not feel right about wearing the jersey of a domestic team, though a Red Wings jersey is tempting. That most people don't know anything about the European soccer shirt I'm wearing somehow makes it more palatable for me. Having said that, I don't judge. It's just my personal taste and I can't logically justify it.
Soccer jerseys are more like regular shirts, so it's not quite as big a departure from the regular wardrobe. And not having names on the back increasingly seems like a good thing to me, given how so many pro athletes' careers flame out quickly after they achieve souvenir-jersey status.
Having said that, I'm seeing a growing number of Barcelona/Man U jerseys and they're starting to lose the anonymity factor. It's like those are the "gateway teams" for Americans.
Rugby jerseys are generally pretty classy. I see them as a cut above the normal sports jersey in style.
I rock my 77 jersey a few times a year. Last season I was 29, now I am a little older. :( I live in upstate NY so I wear it: to Bills Games, Michigan Games, to the grocery store on saturday mornings to buy 30 packs on ND day, MSU day and tOSU day. I get into a lot of great conversations on saturday mornings. I do not really wear it anywhere else.
I am 43, a professional, and while I would not wear a jersey to work, I throw it on for game days, for those days when I am "ultra casual comfortable" mode, such as back yard BBQ or at the beach. One thing I like about the high end stiched jerseys, the $175+ kind is that they are damb comfortable. I am fairly comfortable with myself, am the boss, and my clients don't hire me because I wear a suit and tie. I wear jeans and a tech-polo most days to the office, don't like to futz with my hair so I throw on a Michigan ball cap (sometimes I will wear a University of Wester Ontario cap becasue my son attends Western). The cap is always my "dress cap" as I call it. That is the brand spanking new fitted cap, usually the "sideline" edition of which I buy one or two new a year so they stay pristine. The blue in the Michigan caps fades very fast. I have always found that it is good to not get too serious about one's self, and not take oneself so seriously that you can't be seen outside with a jersey on after a certain age. I wear my cap backwards at times too, just because.
I'm 24 and I'll wear a jersey at a game/tailgate/game-watching party. That's about it though. I don't see that changing going forward.
I agree that they shouldn't be in the regular rotation after age 18, but my exceptions are
1. If you are attending the game
2. If your watching the game at a sports bar (non sports bars, like a hotel lobby bars are not acceptable)
3. At home for whatever reason.
I would so rock a jersey anytime anywhere...I just don't have any. Haven't purchased one since maybe 8th grade. My thoughts are if you want to wear it then do it. If not don't judge somebody else because they have the confidence to wear it. And if a good looking girl is wearing one you better believe I'm going to strike up a conversation. I am 24.
If you can't answer...
I'm embarrassed for all of you. I hope that fans of others teams don't view this thread and see how insecure you are in your fandom.
You're asking a question of taste, so there's by definition no real answer. My tastes:
College Football: Is all about tradition. By about 28-29 you should have established your "Game Day" traditional wear. It should match the primary color of your team, and be able to withstand years of punishment because it will be worn 7-8 times per year for the rest of your life. This is why the 'maize out' concept has been so hard to push through -- you're going against millions bajillions of years of blue sweatshirts worn down to the perfect level of comfort and which still smell like hot dogs from 1976. DO NOT LET YOUR SPOUSE WEAR YOUR GAME DAY GEAR IT IS SACRED. (My system was thrown out of whack by maize craze, but I'm starting to get into a tradition again using MGoShirts as overtees).
NFL: Is the opposite of college football unless you actually live in one of those NFL cities where the NFL team is basically the college football scene. To this I recommend any jersey of a current player, or else a player everybody liked from a down period because that shows you have fan loyalty (like if you show up to a Lions game in a Corey Scheleschinger jersey, mad respect). In general NFL is about NOW so if you're going to jersey it be ready to throw out your Harrington to buy a Roy Williams, then toss that for a Suh, etc. (I have a Suh jersey. My brother just got Fairley. This will work for us for a long time I hope).
NHL: Sweaters are easier. They have a lot of the same rules as MLB, especially with the "favorite player as a kid" thing. You get more props the more underappreciated your guy is. Hockey however there's less disparity between the stars and the rest of the top lines/pairings so you need your own reason to pick a sweater. NHL is also the best place to get creative. Ones I give props for:
- There's one couple who come to every game in a different pair. They have Zetterberg&Datsyuk, Kocur&Probert, and Fetisov&Murphy.
- Верьте - 16 ("Believe" - Konstantinov)
- Aurie 6 (yeah, f the man!)
- 9 (don't ever put a name on an pre-names guy's sweater by the way. Except Aurie because obviously.)
- The guy with the 20 sweater that used to be LaPointe but has that crossed out and Robitaille written in, and that crossed out and Lang and that crossed out and Downey written in, and that crossed out and then there's a line over to the side where he made more room and wrote "Miller" and at the bottom in red sharpie it says "and Mickey, always Mickey"
MLB: This is where jerseys get a bit difficult. There are plenty of games so you can rock more than one jersey and still end up wearing it 20 times a year. In baseball there will always be a No. 1 jersey for you, and that is your favorite player as a kid. Ask any man who grew up in America and he will answer that faster than he can tell you his kids' names. You want this jersey in the style that was worn during that guy's height, so for example for me I've been after an away block-letter '80s Trammell jersey forever.
If you're going for a current player, you want someone whose most memorable moments came as a Tiger, and also you want a jersey that will fit you kind of the same way as it fits that player, because the illusion is that you're wearing that guy's jersey. Women don't have to follow that rule. But 400-pound guy in an A-Rod jersey I saw at a Yankees game: this rule is specifically for you. If you go to the park a lot, I recommend a second jersey of a guy that nobody would remember until they saw your jersey. Like the other day we saw a guy in a Pat Sheridan jersey. Holy shit Pat Sheridan! That's awesome. I used to do this with a Brookens jersey but of course the Tigers went and made Tommy Moustaches one of their coaches so now everybody remembers Tom Brookens again.
Inge is cool only if you live east of Woodward Ave. Avila is the hot new one. If you were one of those dupes who bought a Chris Shelton jersey in early 2006: HAHA, at least you didn't get a Carlos Pena. Seriously though how many of those Shelton jerseys are still on the rack even today? I bet the finance guys at Dunhams had a meeting to look at ROI in FY2006 and pointed to a big chunk of losses and said "Shelton jerseys," and that these have been a drag on profitability tracking like RichRod attrition to Michigan's APR.
Also don't wear a Yankees jersey until that guy's number is actually retired. Baseball history is cool. Being a Jeter or Posada fan makes you an asshole. I'm not just Yankee-baiting here, srsly. If you can afford to go to enough Yankees games to warrant buying a jersey without it seriously damaging your credit score, you should probably be in a designer suit, not "slumming it" with the hoi polloi. If you did give a significant % of your cash to get in the ballpark, it is appropriate to wear one of those "name" t-shirts. The reason there are different rules for Yankees is because it is literally impossible for you to be old enough to buy a jersey yet not have lived through a Yankees championship. So whereas a Cubs fan can put on his Cubs jersey and you know that guy is going to stick it out with his Cubs come hell or Steve Bartman, you have no idea if you'd still love the Yankees if they flat-out sucked for a decade and went thorugh years of futility, etc. Every other fanbase has been through that, and can wear their jerseys as a sign of loyalty; a Yankees jersey just says you're a fan of winning. And fascism. And that you're an asshole. Granderson jerseys are the exception, because he gives all of his share of those proceeds to charity.
Also, wear away when you're attending your team's away games. This is just a courtesy because our home jerseys all look kind of similar and it sucks to jump up and cheer a Boesch home run and try to high-five the guy next to you and then you realize his jersey says Twins on it. You can wear your jersey to a game your team isn't playing in, but again wear your white if you're rooting for home and your gray if you're rooting for the away team.
well-reasoned and well-written.
This is why the 'maize out' concept has been so hard to push through -- you're going against millions bajillions of years of blue sweatshirts worn down to the perfect level of comfort and which still smell like hot dogs from 1976.
Very true. I completely understand why they chose maize; it's more visually striking than blue. And I have accepted it and worn maize shirts. But I miss wearing my jersey to home games. I bought it the summer before my freshman year and it's still in reasonably good shape. I do wear it while watching road games on TV, but it's not quite the same.
And yes - the Tigers will not be the Tigers until they go back to the road uniforms with "DETROIT" on them, instead of that Cleveland-esque cursive they're trying to pull off.
And it's probably what Ilitch grew up watching, so he's attached to it like I am to the block letters. I do think the block letters are more unique, though.
They're both outlining old script uniforms. The late '60s and early '70s teams had block blue letters on a gray uniforms and the blocks we grew up with were just putting orange and white outlines around that.
Between all the away uniforms, I like our current ones best. But when it comes to a Trammell jersey give me what he wore in '87 because that was when I fell down the well.
I had a lot of fun last year modding MLB 2k10 and making Tigers uniforms (and then blogging about them).
Detroit Stars: http://www.mvpmods.com/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=5850
'27-'28-ish with BIG HONKIN TIGER ON THE BACK:
Red Sox Green Alts (funny): http://www.mvpmods.com/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=5697
White Sox '70s: http://www.mvpmods.com/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=5646
Black Sox (wearing White Sox): http://www.mvpmods.com/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=5625
Washington Sens '24: http://www.mvpmods.com/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=5610
KC Alternates: http://www.mvpmods.com/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=5825
Roster updates: http://www.mvpmods.com/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=5857