Sunday, November 21, 2010

And now a word from our commentators aka The Fan Clothing Manifesto

The one thing which is far more enjoyable than reading any article on the internet is looking through the comments that people make. The long-winded Russian author Fyodor Dostovevsky once wrote "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons; " I'm pretty sure in modern times that can be extended to website comments.

When one sifts past the little bit of journalism that most site provide you can find some of the most ignorant, stupid, brilliant, funniest posts. Once such gem popped up on a sport website I read called Icethetics.

Amidst a random topic one guy, Mark, tapped into something which has pissed me off for a long time.. so without due, here's what I dub to be "The Fan Clothing Manifesto"

"Every game I go to, without fail, there's like 100 people wearing completely random jerseys, as if to say "Look at me, I enjoy sports". I'm sorry, you fail. You are not allowed to wear a jersey of a team who is not competing that night. The only possible exception is perhaps a national team jersey of your home country with the name of a player who is playing that night (example, perfectly fine to wear team Canada Luongo jersey to Canucks game, but not Henrik Sedin Sweden jersey).

"And for good measure, no adult shall wear a sports jersey as everyday wear. You may only wear a sports jersey if you are: a) going to the game, b) watching the game at a buddy's house/bar. So, to you, guy I saw wearing a Hartford Whalers Brendan Shannahan jersey last St. Patrick's day, just because Shannahan is an Irish name does not mean it's acceptable to wear said jersey in public.

That felt good to get off my chest."

- Mark (4:13pm, 11/17/10)

Breathe proudly Mark. Breathe proudly.

His comment was particularly timely for me after I went to a Kings vs. Bruins game over the weekend. Lo and behold what do I spot there but a bunch of Canadian dudes rocking Quebec Nordiques jerseys (click the pic to enlarge). Dude not only is Quebec not playing (i.e. a 3rd party team), they don't even exist anymore.

You drove down from Canada to do that? Idiots. Aye.

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