Interesting debate right now -- sparked by some Twitter discussion from Spencer Hall and Chris Mottram of SB Nation -- about whether adults should wear sports jerseys.
Hall says: Never.
Mottram says: Only when watching or attending games.
I'm going to fall somewhere in between.
I wear a Tebow jersey while watching or attending Florida football games. I'm sure you are shocked.
However, I recognize that -- as an adult -- I look foolish. That's the key for me: It's fine to wear the jersey if you acknowledge that, in fact, you do look a little lame.
I do think that there is a continuum of how dumb you look in a jersey. Basketball tank-tops are just not a good look. Football jerseys always make the wearer look like he put on his dad's shirt. Baseball jerseys are a little more subtle; maybe it's the button-down thing. Hockey sweaters are kind of awesome but are best kept in an arena. Soccer jerseys are actually acceptable. They look like interesting T-shirts. Which is a good segue...
I would like to offer a third way: I am a huge fan of the "jersey t-shirt" -- the replica jersey that is printed onto a T-shirt.
I have a jersey T-shirt for Tebow -- three, actually. Two blue ones and a white one that I wore exactly once -- the Kentucky concussion game, after which I buried it.
I think that is an appropriate way for adults to rock the jersey look, without actually wearing a jersey out in public in a non-gameday context.
I completely respect the opinion that wearing jerseys as an adult is lame and shouldn't be done. And yet I completely respect the group that wants to wear them on game day.
It's hard to pass judgment. We all wear stupid things from time to time.
OK: Your thoughts on adults wearing sports jerseys?
UPDATE: Here's a SBNation poll on the issue. Heated!