Proper jersey etiquette is important

Hey everyone! Sorry for being relatively non-existent. I’ve been going through training at a new job and I haven’t had much time for posts, but I’ll leave a short one for you here.

While watching the Bills “game” today I saw a commercial for’s  web shop featuring Drew Brees. The commercial featured several fans wearing Drew Brees jerseys with varying puns on the back of them like “Cool Brees” or “Summer Brees”. I promptly turned to my friend and said, “if I ever saw someone wear a jersey that said that I would immediately lose respect for them”.

My bold claim sparked a discussion about jerseys and what names are acceptable to have on the back of a professional jersey. I’m going to focus primarily on the Sabres here seeing as it is a Sabres blog, but this also can apply to all sports.

First we opened the discussion about having your own name on the back of the jersey. I think this a very corny choice, but my friend thought it was acceptable. My argument was an obvious one: if you don’t play on the team, then you don’t get a name your name on a jersey. My friend disagreed with me here and said that allows the person some sort of “fantasy” that they are more involved with the team than the average fan.

Next we discussed current players on the back of jerseys. I would recommend doing research about player contracts before purchasing a jersey with Niedermayer on the nameplate. I pity the person who walks around HSBC arena with a Taylor Pyatt jersey. I suggest finding a nice secure player to use if you’re going to buy their jersey. However, there is one exception to this rule. Some names can be ironic and therefore funny. I would actually give major props to the person who owned a Joe Juneau jersey; or the guy who has a Steve Shields jersey.

Jerseys with great Sabres alum are fine as well. So if you had a Hasek, Lafontaine, Barnaby, May and so on, you’re fine. Throwback names like Gare, Schoenfeld, Martin are definitely allowed as well. However, if you decide to get these jerseys then you must get the right style for that era.

Finally we agreed on that having a jersey with a former Sabre captain is acceptable, too. Despite all of this I still go with the generic jersey without a nameplate. Now you don’t have to take my advice here because it is my personal opinion, but I think it is a good way to live.

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