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The author's sports shirts.
The author's sports shirts.
I do love this Packers hoodie.
I do love this Packers hoodie.
Not worn a ton in public, but pretty cool.
Not worn a ton in public, but pretty cool.
This Wave United jersey is game-worn.
This Wave United jersey is game-worn.
I wore this opening night, but haven't worn since.
I wore this opening night, but haven't worn since.

On jerseys and the wearing of sports gear

I go to my share of sporting events. I'm a passionate Marquette basketball fan, Bucks season holder and we here at OnMilwaukee.com get Brewers, Admirals, Wave and other various tickets. So, yes, I go to a ton of games.

Yet, for whatever reason I don't own a ton of sports gear.

I had to buy my first Packers gear this season when I went to the home opener. I opted for a simple G logo shirt and an old school Acme throwback hoodie that I didn't need since the weather was perfect. I haven't worn the T-shirt since the game, but I do love the hoodie.

I own one Brewers related shirt (it says "Tararrel," as in "Zing, Boom"), 4-5 Marquette T-shirts and a few pairs of MU basketball shorts, a Wave United (the former outdoor team that was affiliated with the Milwaukee Wave) jersey that I got at an auction and several Bucks items including two game worn shorts that I wear around the house, an old school warm up jacket and several T shirts.

Yet, I don't own or wear team jerseys. Nothing against them, and as I watch more and more games at home I think I'm warming to buying more sports gear and maybe even a jersey.

Here's my hypothesis on jersey wearing. As you age as a sports fan you either get more passionate or more cynical. I opt for passion as I use sports as a major source of entertainment. As the typical fan gets older, he/she wants to stake claim to youth and that innocence of the fan inside who cared so much it hurt.

Also, the older you get the less you really care what people think about you. So, if you're a suit and tie all day kinda guy why not sport a jersey even though you could never play for the team? Why not go all out and go Green and Gold to the nines?

I love sports and I truly think it's the only thing that can really bring a community together. So this year I say buy a jersey, buy a hoodie and support your favorite team like it's going out of style. Who knows, maybe I'll even buy a jersey this year, too.

Talkbacks

TosaJim | Jan. 5, 2012 at 4:10 p.m. (report)

I have never owned a football or baseball jersey...if they would like me to wear one and advertise for their team or player...I will...but it's gonna cost them. :)

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Broner | Jan. 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. (report)

I agree with sandstorm. Now that I'm older than 99% of professional athletes who wear jerseys, it seems a little pathetic to wear jerseys of guys many years younger. If you must wear one, go for a classic Bart Starr jersey or something like that.

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littletinyfish | Jan. 4, 2012 at 5:14 p.m. (report)

35524 I look at people who wear jerseys with the same schadenfreude as I look at people who dress up in costumes for Lord of the Rings/Star Wars openings, though I try not to judge, since I was there once. It's a sign of unbridled joy, and who am I to want to squash that.

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sandstorm | Jan. 4, 2012 at 4:02 p.m. (report)

never felt comfortable wearing a shirt with another man's name on the back.
seems weird.

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