Sports Etiquette: Is it Okay to Wear an Old Jersey to a Sports Game?



September is the best month of the year.

Baseball teams are in a race to the playoffs, football season is kicking off, and we even get a three-day weekend in there. The weather is still warm enough for night games, and not too hot for day games. So as you sports lovers are undoubtedly looking at your busy calendars deciding which games to watch, you've also got to consider your attire.

If you come from a big sports town, you know what I'm talking about. Take Denver, for example. If you've ever been to a Broncos game, you've probably noticed that wearing your team's gear is practically a requirement. The fans need to know: Are you for us, or against us? But at the price of tickets, not to mention the cost of your gear, jerseys aren't something most of us can buy every year. So the question is: Is it okay for me to wear an old jersey?




I don't mean old in terms of years, I mean old in terms of the player whose jersey you're sporting. Here are some hard and fast rules to go by when it comes to jersey etiquette:

WARNING: All references are to Denver sports figures.

  • Do they still play for the team? (Think Von Miller)

    • If yes, wear the jersey.
    • If no, continue to next question.

  • Are they still a part of the organization? (Think John Elway)

    • If yes, wear the jersey.
    • If no, continue to next question

  • Is their name on the jersey, or just number?

    • If number, wear it.
    • If name and number, continue to next question.

  • Do they play for another team? (Think Troy Tulowitzki)

    • If yes, trash the jersey.
    • If no, continue to next question.

  • Did they spend their entire career with the team? (Think Todd Helton)

    • If yes, wear it.
    • If no, continue.

  • Did they win your team a championship and then retire? (Think Peyton Manning)

    • If yes...duh, wear the jersey proud!
    • If no, next question?

  • Did they leave a legacy? (Think Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey, Blake Street Bombers)

    • If yes...in most cases I'd say wear it. There are a few exceptions to that rule. (Think Carmelo Anthony)
    • If no, just get a new jersey, c'mon!

  • Last, but not least: ARE YOU EVEN WATCHING THE TEAM WHOSE JERSEY YOU'RE WEARING?! (Think Nuggets jersey at a Rockies game)

    • If no, under absolutely no circumstances should you be wearing that jersey. Not one.
Do you agree? Tell me what you think about old jerseys.

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