It’s a weird time to be a Cleveland sports fan. In the past six months, they’ve experienced both the highest of highs, overcoming a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA title, to the lowest of lows, blowing a 3-1 lead to lose a World Series title. In all this excitement, it’s easy to forget altogether about the lowly Browns, who are working hard on submitting what will almost certainly be only the second 0-16 season in NFL history. Sure, Terrelle Pryor Sr.’s run-pass-catch act might have been a fun novelty act for your fantasy team, but other than that, the Browns have spent most this entirely forgettable 2016 campaign getting spiritually stuffed into lockers.
One delightfully clever Browns fan, though, has decided that if his hometown team is going to suck so profoundly, he will at least have some fun with puns in the process. Witness this custom jersey—it’s alnost certainly homemade, which makes it even more charming—recently spotted in the wild:
Do you get it?
Say the name first, then the number. I’ll wait.
“Owen,” you know, as in oh-and…[Starts giggling all over again]
As a rule of thumb, customized jerseys are not a great idea. (In fact, it’s very much up for debate whether any adult should be spending hundreds of dollars to wear a replica version of what is essentially an oversized work uniform, particularly where a simple t-shirt will suffice.) Personalized jerseys are especially tough, though, because they usually only serve to confuse fellow fans who are stuck racking their brains to identify an unfamiliar name-and-number combination. Somehow, we suspect that Browns fans won’t have much of a problem with this one.
MIAMI — Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder said Sunday that college players should be able to sell their game jerseys — something he “hypothetically” did when he played at the University of Florida in 2003 and 2004.
Crowder discussed the subject during the debut of his new two-hour weekly radio show on WQAM-AM in Miami.
“I’ll say hypothetically I don’t have any more of my Florida jerseys,” Crowder said. “There were some Jacksonville businessmen that really hypothetically liked my play.”
Crowder expressed support for quarterback Terrelle Pryor in connection with the scandal at Ohio State. Pryor left the program and coach Jim Tressel resigned amid an NCAA investigation into players’ trading of signed equipment, championship rings and other memorabilia to a tattoo-parlor owner for cash and discounted tattoos.
The University of Florida declined comment. Crowder’s agent, Joel Segal, didn’t return calls seeking comment.
Colin Kaepernick has never been more popular.
The suddenly controversial San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback has been the talk of the sports world for over a week. With a spot on San Fran’s 53-man roster secure, don’t expect the Kaepernick conversation to go away any time soon.
Sooner or later, you might find yourself in a debate with someone showing the ultimate fan support for Kaepernick’s social justice crusade.
The reason? Kaepernick’s jersey sales have inexplicably skyrocketed on NFL.com over the past few weeks. While the former NFC champion signal caller was once a popular player and hot-selling jersey, the best of Kaepernick on the field never produced what the NFL is seeing now.
According to the NFL Shop website, Kaepernick’s jersey has risen to the No. 1 overall best seller in the league. No. 2? New Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz. Following those quarterbacks on the list? Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott and Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
To put that into perspective, the 49ers back-up quarterback is selling more jerseys than Cam Newton, Von Miller, J.J. Watt, the new big thing in football-crazy Philadelphia, the star back on America’s team and the best wide receiver in the NFL who happens to play in the biggest market in sports.
The red 49ers home Kaepernick jersey ranks No. 1. As for the white road version? No. 16 among all of the best sellers.
LONDON — This is the ninth year the NFL is playing games here in England, and Sunday’s Giants-Rams tilt at Twickenham Stadium is the 16th contest this city has hosted since 2007.
As a result, local fans are starting to get the hang of this American football thing, and they show their passion by wearing team jerseys, like many do back home.
A look inside Twickenham Stadium
But here, you need not worry about your jersey growing out of date due to a uniform change or your favorite player getting cut or traded. Because you can wear pretty much every jersey here, and it works.
Don’t believe us? Click through the slideshow above and check out some of the jerseys we’ve seen here so far. We’ll add more as we see them.
There are many people, and seemingly a few reporters present at the Giants’ Friday press availability, who would like to see an NFL franchise move here on a permanent basis.
But defensive tackle Damon Harrison, who is playing in a London game for the season straight year, threw some cold water on the much-discussed hypothetical, saying he feels an NFL team in the city would be a challenge for players.
“That would be tough,” Harrison said during a clinic for local children held at Syon Park in Brentford, where the Giants are staying prior to Sunday’s game against the Rams at Twickenham Stadium.
“The road teams would have to go 6-10 hours across the world. I think it would be good for football, but I’d have to stay in the states.”