Sports Drag?

I think I understand sports culture. I will never complain about the Third Harbor Tunnel being renamed after the Splendid Splinter. I just don't like seeing grown men dressed in team uniforms unless they actually play on that team.

I was in a pizza parlor with my husband on Saturday when I spotted them: A married couple in their mid-50s wearing matching nylon Patriot’s football jerseys.

Being well into middle age and a long suffering wife myself, I smiled broadly at the woman, trying to catch her eye so I could joke with her about her choice in costume.

Alas, she was having none of it. This woman was thrilled to be wearing a matching football jersey with her husband, reminiscent of tourists on Cape Cod who wear T-shirts that read “Master” on one and “Slave” on the other.

I have a code: no man or woman over the age of 12 years should ever wear clothing that is a knock-off of a professional sports outfit; this includes professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey team clothing. Only children can carry this look off with relative ease. An exception to this rule might be fathers with their sons and daughters visiting Cooperstown in the high season.

If I did not have this code, I would be dressing like my one of my favorite journalists Norman Mailer, who wore blue safari shirts and khaki pants every day for 30 years. I also admire Julia Child, but I don’t wear a chef’s hat and an apron when I am out on the town. I am in awe of medical doctors, to the point that I never question them, a friend calls it “white coat worship,” yet I don’t run around the Stop and Shop wearing a lab coat.

And, my obsession with long distance swimmer Diana Nyad in my college years thankfully did not give way to me sporting a racing swim suit in restaurants or at the mall; I just  swam two miles a day in the open water.

So why is it that grown men wear professional sports gear? We have a fairly good idea why women wear team clothing. …


George February 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I agree with David. Sports replica shirts are a frun way to display your team pride, fraternity, support and loyalty. What is disgusting is some of the fashion get-ups some people display trying to emulate the runway trends. Short capris pants capped by a big wide butt and transported on stilletos is especially rediculous.
Stephen Gimmi February 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Margaret, interesting post, but I could not disagree with you more. I don't have the shirts of teams but I collect NFL caps. I enjoy wearing them and following my favorite team. I find it a release for a couple of hours a week to get out of my business mind and family mode and just let go with something I can just have fun with. I am also proud that my wife has learned the game of football enough to banter with me instead of just becoming a football widow. Im 51 please do not think so small that having a release or outlet for the stress of life has to be dummied down just because a couple finds a common ground of fun in their favorite sports team. Lighten up, most of them have learned to, maybe so should the rest of us.
C Mammone February 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
It is in no way worse than the women I see lately who brought back those 80's black skin tight elastic/nylon/cotton whatever they are pants. Then wear them around with no undergarments. I am sorry but we could have picked on much worse taste in attire. I agree with the other posters though I do not own one myself that these jerseys are worn in pride and representation of a team and or sport or player in which they admire. Nothing wrong with that at all. Some men and women actually wear them very well. Walk around Walmart for 5 minutes and I am sure you'll have plenty of comments about inappropriate attire! LOL
Margaret Carroll-Bergman February 06, 2012 at 08:20 PM
It depends how you wear the cap, with the brim backwards or to the side or in front!
Margaret Carroll-Bergman February 06, 2012 at 08:24 PM
David, Can't even begin to argue with a man from the British Islands! You don't need to wear a Red Sox shirt to fit in!


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