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This is the second installment in an ongoing series in which two on deck* bloggers Taylor Gaines and Allie Davison tackle things about sports that annoy them. In this edition, Taylor goes after fans who wear the wrong jerseys to games.
By Taylor Gaines, Newsome High
It's a typical Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg during baseball season, and I waltz into Tropicana Field about 45 minutes before the first pitch, grab my ticket, head through the turnstiles. I find my seat, grab a bite to eat before the game starts, and on my way, I see a guy wearing a Tom Brady jersey. Naturally, he's all prepared for the Tampa Bay Rays game that day against, say, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Wait, what? He came to a baseball game wearing a football jersey. Really?! Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in today’s sports world. In fact, I urge you to look around at any major sporting event in the Tampa Bay area, and you'll probably see fans wearing jerseys from teams different than the ones playing in the game, and from different sports entirely.
It looks ridiculous, and brings down the perception of the average sports fan’s IQ in the eyes of onlookers by approximately 57 points*. (*This is a rough estimation.)
It’s really not that difficult, sports fans. If you don’t have a jersey representing either one of the teams playing in the game you are attending, do not wear a jersey to the game. Heck, just wear the team colors. You're better off representing the sport or the team involved than representing a team not playing.
If you have friends who do this, ask them what in the world they are thinking. You don’t want to get on TV for looking like an idiot. Remember this guy?
Next time you watch a sporting event on TV, count how many people you see in the crowd wearing the wrong jerseys. And then don’t be one of those people.