Sports Revelation

One Small Step At a Time (Beach Edition Vol. 1)

 

After a few overcast days at the beach, the clouds finally allowed the sun to shine down upon all of us vacationers. Yes, I’m currently on vacation. Don’t be jealous. This vacation will soon be over, and then I’ll be right back into the hustle and bustle of “normal life.” As the sun comes out, so do more and more beach goers. I have to admit, it was actually nice and less crowded when it was more overcast.

I also admit, I enjoy people watching. As I gander, and gaze, at the other beach bums I notice a few things.

1) People are getting larger. I guess all of the CDC warnings and statistics are correct (Adult, Teenagers, and kids).

2) People have more and more stuff at the beach. People now have umbrellas, tents, half tents, chairs, boogie boards, surf boards, SUP’s (stand up paddle) boards, coolers, coolers with MP3 players, walkie-talkies, smart phones, tablets, etc.

3) People want you to know how big of a sports fan they are, and they really want you to know who’s their favorite team.

People rarely whisper what team they cheer for,and it appears they do not wear only a single piece of team paraphernalia. Nope, just a single hat is not enough for society now. People now shout about their favorite team, then smack you across your face knocking you down with a foam finger with their team logo, then help you up to your feet while wearing a authorized team t-shirt and matching belt.

A quick swivel of my head, and yes, I’m wearing just an Atlanta Braves hat, confirms I’m sitting amongst other sports fans. To my left is a Steeler’s fan, at least according to his visor, drink Koozie or beer hugger, t-shirt, and 2 fold out chairs, and weird flag thing he stuck into the sand. Of course, this Steeler fan, also throws a Steeler football with his Steeler T-shirt wearing son.

To my right, is a family really excited to let the world know they are New York Yankees fans. Immediately besides the New York Yankee family is a Boston Red Sox’s family, how fitting. Red Sox dad, is overseeing his 3 wicked awesome kids (2 sons and 1 daughter), trying to build a sand castle replica of the Green Monster. Each time one father passes the the other they exchange pleasantries and little jabs at the other’s team.  It appears the Yankee – Red Sox Rivalry is alive and well.

I could interchange the above mentioned sports teams with almost any other professional and collegiate teams. I see fans for all teams from my current position on the beach. All wearing multitude of  sports team merchandise. When did we become a society of sports fans judged by the amount of memorabilia, merchandise, and team shit we own? What’s wrong with owning one hat? one jersey? It’s funny how we must own more. It’s funny how we must own the biggest collection, but more importantly, we must make sure everyone else knows we own the biggest collection.

Step back fans. Don’t spend another dollar on your team. Just wait. Don’t buy the team colored, tiger striped, man thong. It’s not a good look, I promise. And it doesn’t make you a better fan then the next guy. It’s a small step, but it’s a step none the same.

 

Enjoy Sports Responsibly

6 Comments

  1. SP

    August 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    An officially licensed Nike NFL Jersey cost $135, and they are made in China to maximize profits. Nike and the NFL have every right to make as much money from jersey sales as they can. We as fans and humans have every right to spend our money in a more responsible manner. Look at companies like Patagonia who are trying to make money the right way.

  2. MW

    August 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Concerning the Polamlu piece-very refreshing and probably a story that could be repeated with other athletes. I think we forget that many professional athletes do enjoy their sport responsibility and give back to the community who support them. It would be nice to highlight other athletes and the charities they support.

    • JW

      August 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks for the Feedback MW. Glad you are enjoying the pieces. You are right, there are other athletes out there making a positive difference with the spotlight, and resources, they are given as athletes.We will continue to shed light on these positive role models. So be sure to return often to the site and spread the good word.

      Enjoy Sports Responsibly

  3. Trey

    August 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Only a little jealous since I will be in Charleston soon enough, enjoying an ice cold beer on the beach! I’m sure I probably will be rocking my 1974 Braves Hat and hitting up the waves. It will be interesting to see if everyone in Charleston reps their teams as much as they do in Duck. I will have to let you know.

    Trey

    • JW

      August 14, 2014 at 12:46 am

      Yes, please let us know. We expect a full report, and for you to spread the word about the website. Hope the weather is perfect and beers are perfectly poured. Enjoy the vacation, man. And GO BRAVES!

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