September 26, 2012
Tomorrow night when the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens get together to play some good ol’ backyard football, it will mark the beginning of week 4 in the NFL. While much of the recent discussion of the game has centered on the referees, what about the jerseys the fans are wearing to the games? Despite the appalling calls and non-calls made by these replacement officials, NFL fans continue to watch games on television, and buy tickets to attend NFL games. But, whose jerseys are these fans wearing?
Neither the NFL nor NIKE, the new producer of all NFL jerseys, will comment on jersey sales since April 2012, some information still exists. We know that Nike bottom line has done well since they introduced the New Nike NFL jerseys, and according to an article in Forbes, the new jerseys have had an affect on recent economic growth in the U.S. According to the NFLSHOP.com, here is the top ten list of jerseys sold.
1. Peyton Manning
2. Robert Griffin III
3. Tim Tebow
4. Andrew Luck
5. Eli Manning
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Patrick Willis
8. Tom Brady
9. Cam Newton
10. Troy Polamalu
Interestingly, Weld County District 6, a school district in Colorado has banned the wearing of Peyton Manning jerseys by their students, teachers, etc… to school. According to school officials, barring students from wearing the jersey has to do with the number 18, no the fact that it is a Broncos or Peyton Manning jersey. Were a student to wear a number 18 Colts jersey to school it would be confiscated as well. It has to do with gang numbers. The numbers officially banned by Weld County District 6 include 13,14,18, 31, 41, and 81.
One interesting note about the top 10 list, Andrew Luck and two defensive players appear on the list before on running back. This probably has to do with the relative ease with which running backs get injured and thus no longer play for their teams. Everyone wants his or her jerseys to last.
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Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: The original colors of the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers were borrowed from college teams. Which teams? Answer Tomorrow.
Tuesday’s answer: Bergundy