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Great read... especially the tuck rule.

Some buddies and I went an Avs game and saw some nerd stuffing his beautifully detailed authentic jersey down into his Lee jeans.

My buddy was all, "If the pros don't even do it, why the hell are you doing it, slapdick?" Poor guy. He didn't know what hit him.

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Kind of overboard--if that's how he wants to do it, fine.

I agree on some points, but to state them as rules is overboard.

Dude, it's satire.

No it's not. What is he satirizing? Satire requires a target, and it also requires an author who doesn't really believe what he's writing. This guy pretty clearly believes his rules, he just maybe doesn't really take them as seriously as he's letting on. The tone of the piece is pretty much, "Dude, follow these rules or you'll be a complete poseur. Just kidding! But seriously, you want to follow these rules."

It may be a joke, it may be irony, it may even be sarcasm, but it ain't satire.

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i can't argue with the author THAT much, but the "tuck rule" does have some exceptions - if i wear my eagles jersey, most of the time if will be warm enough to wear mesh shorts or something - well i'm not gonna look like a moron with my jersey almost drowning the shorts - the nfl players have to tuck it in, so am i

now a hockey jersey....thats just wrong

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I love the part about Messier picking the Rangers jersey up off the floor and hanging it up. Sounds like something a true team player (not to mention a true fan) would do.

I like the rules, for the most part. I could see someone tucking in a football jersey, though I haven't done so myself.

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i can't argue with the author THAT much, but the "tuck rule" does have some exceptions - if i wear my eagles jersey, most of the time if will be warm enough to wear mesh shorts or something - well i'm not gonna look like a moron with my jersey almost drowning the shorts - the nfl players have to tuck it in, so am i

now a hockey jersey....thats just wrong

I agree here. Never tuck in a hockey jersey, that is just plain wrong, but MLB and NFL jerseys? Depends on the weather and the situation.

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i can't argue with the author THAT much, but the "tuck rule" does have some exceptions - if i wear my eagles jersey, most of the time if will be warm enough to wear mesh shorts or something - well i'm not gonna look like a moron with my jersey almost drowning the shorts - the nfl players have to tuck it in, so am i

now a hockey jersey....thats just wrong

I agree here. Never tuck in a hockey jersey, that is just plain wrong, but MLB and NFL jerseys? Depends on the weather and the situation.

oh yeah i forgot MLB - it really depends, there are some times you can, some you can't - that rule really seems weak now

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I love the part about Messier picking the Rangers jersey up off the floor and hanging it up.  Sounds like something a true team player (not to mention a true fan) would do.

I like the rules, for the most part.  I could see someone tucking in a football jersey, though I haven't done so myself.

My one authentic football jersey reaches halfway down my thighs (and, no, I am not 5' 3"). I think I would look like a jackass if I DIDN'T tuck it in.

Hockey and baseball are different. Hockey jerseys are not even designed to be tucked in by the players. Baseball jerseys are designed to be tucked, but the cut of the tail and front make them look reasonably normal untucked.

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I totally disagree with this guy on the tuck rule. Sure, hockey jerseys should be untucked. But that's because they look good and are more comfortable untucked.

I've got a 1995 authentic Dan Marino jersey. It's big around the shoulders and almost form-fiting from the chest down. I'm tucking that sucker in.

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To add to the fun of the event one is sure to find several of the visiting team's jerseys in attendance. Of course, going against the home team brings attention to yourself, so no whining allowed when the locals spend more time busting your chops than paying attention to the game. Just use some common sense and don't do this while sitting in the Black Hole of Oakland Coliseum. You've been forewarned.

Hah yup. Done that before. Big mistake.

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Jerseys in general look better untucked (no matter what sport), but us shorter guys (5'8" and under) are at a real disadvantage. I'm even going so far as to have my authentic Brewers jersey tailored so it falls at a more reasonable point below my belt (the thing is like a dress right now)...

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The best point in the piece:

I have a big bone of contention in the New York area that so many jerseys are being sold with improper markings. Hey Yankees fans ? the Bronx Bombers DO NOT have their names on the back of their home (white, pin-striped) jerseys.

Excellent comment. I also cringe at seeing "JETER 2" or "RODRIGUEZ 13" on a Yankee jersey. (By the way, the article curiously singles out the Yankee home jersey for not having names, when presumably the writer knows that the Yanks' road jerseys don't have them either. Unless he was confusing the Yankees with the Red Sox?? Hmm.)

Just as bad as that faux pas is are two other fan fashion errors that the piece didn't cover, both of which also break the author's "mirror what you see" rule:

* wrong number fonts -- It is very common to see block numbers on jerseys of the Red Sox or other teams that use unusual number fonts.

* wearing an unnumbered jersey of a baseball team that uses front numbers -- An unnumbered Met jersey, for example, looks very off-kilter.

I was a little surprised that the piece contained no edict about the mixing of gear. I have seen guys on the subway sporting all kinds of combinations, such as a Sixers jersey and an Atlanta Braves cap. This would be my biggest "don't do". (However, I would be willing to grant some rare exceptions in special cases where a fan wore stuff from two teams from his home city -- especially if the colors matched, like the Mets and Knicks or the Pirates and Steelers.)

I had two beefs with the piece, one of them quite major.

First, the lesser beef:

If you're going to pay tribute, pay tribute, but please do not carry yourself as if you are a member of the team.

As long as the jersey is numbered/lettered correctly, then putting one's own name and number on it is cool in my book. What is this business about "as if you are a member of the team"? The fan is entitled to think of himself as a member of the team!

Someone who intends to honor the team as opposed to any specific player is better off putting his own name/number than using the name/number of the guy who happens to be the team's current star, or than sporting an unnumbered jersey. (Though I'd say it is alright to wear an unnumbered jersey of a baseball team that doesn't use front numbers.)

Now, the major beef:

However, don't be the idiot who goes to a Broncos/Raiders game wearing a Packers jersey ... please?!?!

To this I say: get out; get way the heck out. It is just fine for a fan to show his identity -- regardless of whether the game he is currently attending involves his team!

When I was a fan of Major League Baseball (before interleague play), I wore my Yankee hat to baseball games (be they Yankee games or Met games), to football games, and to basketball games. I was a Yankee fan attending a basketball game. Nothing wrong with that.

Nowadays, I would wear my New York Dragons cap, my New York CityHawks cap, my Newark Bears cap, or my Chelsea cap (once it comes in the mail), without reservation, in any sporting setting, because those represent my identity in the world of sports.

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Kind of overboard--if that's how he wants to do it, fine.

I agree on some points, but to state them as rules is overboard.

Dude, it's satire.

No it's not. What is he satirizing? Satire requires a target, and it also requires an author who doesn't really believe what he's writing. This guy pretty clearly believes his rules, he just maybe doesn't really take them as seriously as he's letting on. The tone of the piece is pretty much, "Dude, follow these rules or you'll be a complete poseur. Just kidding! But seriously, you want to follow these rules."

It may be a joke, it may be irony, it may even be sarcasm, but it ain't satire.

Okay, satire maybe wasn't the most accurate term, but it's obvious from the get go that when he says they're "rules," he's obviously not lobbying congress to have them placed in the constitution. To say that stating "them as rules is overboard," is missing the boat a little bit, that's all.

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Now, the major beef:

However, don't be the idiot who goes to a Broncos/Raiders game wearing a Packers jersey ... please?!?!

To this I say: get out; get way the heck out. It is just fine for a fan to show his identity -- regardless of whether the game he is currently attending involves his team!

i totally agree - i visited my roomie from pittsburgh to see a pirates-braves game - well i'm a phillies fan and of course i showed up with my thome t-shirt jersey and 1950 phils hat! was i the only one? probably, but thats fine by me

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Now, the major beef:

However, don't be the idiot who goes to a Broncos/Raiders game wearing a Packers jersey ... please?!?!

To this I say: get out; get way the heck out.  It is just fine for a fan to show his identity -- regardless of whether the game he is currently attending involves his team!

i totally agree - i visited my roomie from pittsburgh to see a pirates-braves game - well i'm a phillies fan and of course i showed up with my thome t-shirt jersey and 1950 phils hat! was i the only one? probably, but thats fine by me

I completely disagree. The 'rule' is correct. Don't wear the jersey of a team that's not even playing at the game. I can see exceptions, like, I'd understand if a guy wore an Avs jersey to a Nuggets game or something, but I think it's just wrong if you wear an Eagles jersey to a Falcons/Panthers game.

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