As you all know, I am a thrifty guy, not known for his flashy ways or ostentatious style. Ever on the hunt for a bargain, I enjoy the offseason clearance sales that they run on NFLshop.com each year. I like to pimp my allegiance to the Redskins, Wizards, Nats and Caps, but it has done nothing but cost more and more to do it as the years press on. 'Tis the season to take advantage of some very real savings.
That said, every year I scratch my head and wonder out loud, "Sorry Mr. Goodell, but 30% off is not gonna put me in a Donovan McNabb jersey." No offense to Chris Horton, Tim Hightower and LaRon Landry, but 30% off is also not going to get me to pony up for one of their jerseys.
Before I am cast as a snobby jersey guy, let it be known that I have accumulated five Redskins jerseys over my 37 years on this planet:
1) a replica John Riggins jersey purchased at Wal-Mart when I was in high school (my mom bought it for me as a present in size XXXL, thinking I would continue growing at the same pace after the age of 17 as I did prior to the age of 17--good thing she did, because that is the jersey I wore in our Clint and Harry videos);
2) a burgundy Champion Champ Bailey jersey that I bought at Sports Authority after we drafted him;
3) a 75th anniversary throwback Darrell Green jersey, because I used to believe that every Redskins fan should have a burgundy #28 jersey;
4) a home, white Sean Taylor jersey that I bought on a New Year's Day sale at the Shenk and Tittle (it was 50% off from Christmas and another 50% off of that until noon on New Year's Day--I pleaded with the cash register guy to change the time on his cash register so that the sale price would go through and he did);
5) a throwback burgundy RG3 jersey (Thanks Sarah!)
I bet I have spent less than $150 total on these jerseys combined. Despite the relatively low cost incurred, I treated each decision as if it was the most important decision of my life. Thanks to that kind of careful deliberation, I have no regrets about any of the jerseys I own, and I haven't broken the bank. (I do look with admiration upon those of you rocking the Mitchell & Ness vintage jerseys.)
My question to you today is: Would you buy the jersey of a lesser-known player, or a guy who wasn't that great of a Redskin, if the price was right?