You Are Who You Wear

Posted June 7, 2011

First off, I’d like to thank Capitals Outsider for bringing me on board. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the team. I love writing for Washington Post’s Box Seats, and the time has come for me to spread my wings and piss off new commenters. And what could piss off commenters more than the assertion that you can be characterized by whose jersey you choose to wear?

I absolutely believe it’s true. A Jaromir Jagr jersey, for example, is a sign of a classic D.C. fan: Ready to believe the next big thing is for real. Do you keep that in the same closet with your Donovan McNabb, Jason Taylor, and Albert Haynesworth jerseys? You sweet, gullible optimist you.

When it comes to being a fan, self-expression through fashion is key – a fact that is ironic given that most sports fans would probably cringe at the notion that they’re making a fashion statement.

So I thought, what better way to introduce myself than to show you what you might find me wearing to a game?

Vintage Capitals Cliff Engle Sweater

I like to think the person who owned this before me had a wicked mullet.

The Capitals sweater is vintage Cliff Engle, and I love it almost as much as I would love it if it were the sweater vest version. For the love of all things holy, if you have the sweater vest, e-mail me.

Because there's nothing quite like 3 yards and a cloud of dust.

Because there's nothing quite like 3 yards and a cloud of dust.

This fantastic Stephen Davis Skins jersey is courtesy of my friend Eli, who after years of trying to turn me onto so-called “actual good players,” finally caved and realized that my love of three yards and a cloud of dust cannot be tamed.

Georghe Muresan Jersey

If you had one of these, would you wear it around your house after a bad day? I thought so.

The Bullets jersey is (yes!) a Georghe Muresan. And I just want you to know, I owned it
long before My Giant came out.

Steve Konowalchuk Jersey

Kono, if you're out there, come back to Washington and sign my jersey to make my masterpiece complete.

Finally, the Caps jersey. My pride and joy. A pre-captain Steve Konowalchuk, signed by Peter Bondra, Olie Kolzig, Jeff Halpern, and Robert Lang.

So now you know me – I’m off-beat, and I like players who work hard. They may not always make a splash, but their value both on and off the ice/court/field cannot be denied. They’re athletes who bring passion and excitement to what they do. These are the qualities I appreciate, and the ones I strive to emulate.

Coming up, look for a few fabulous fan get-ups I spotted over the course of last season.

Nicole Weissman is a writer for The Washington Post’s Box Seats blog.