And it just so happens that some of my favorite t-shirts are from Old Navy (love the cotton, love the distressed look, love the fit, etc). And it also just so happens that the recent batch of shirts on sale were the ones with sports team logos on them. So I bought a bunch. Sure, because I live in Charlotte I got one for the Carolina Panthers, but other than that I chose based purely on color and design of the logo.
What I didn't really think through when I bought these is that there are a lot of people out there who care very much about their sports teams. And walking around with their team emblazoned on your chest is an open invitation to chat about it. While I enjoy all sports and generally understand them all (and played several), I don't particularly have the time these days to stay really on top of things. Which is perhaps a mistake.
Because almost every day, someone comments on my shirt and asks me things about whatever team I happen to be wearing. I walked to lunch a few weeks ago and someone shouted at me across the room and gave me a thumbs up. At first I thought they might know me, might be commenting on my style (which I soon dismissed because I was in full-on author deadline mode) and finally realized that, no, they were fans of the Giants and I was wearing my Giants shirt.
Yesterday, someone asked me how my team did this weekend. I had to look down at my shirt (Colts) and thankfully remembered Barry Goldblatt had tweeted about the Cowboys beating the Colts so at least I could answer that question. The day before that I walked into the gym and the guy behind my desk mentioned something about my team and I had to stammer that I wasn't even quite sure who the logo represented (he let me know which was very nice of him).
This post is really apropos of nothing, just that I always find it very lovely how complete strangers become less so when one person is wearing something familiar to the other, especially a sports logo. But I also feel a little bit like a liar every time I put one of these shirts on -- like I should apologize to those strangers who do start conversations with me only to realize that what they thought we have in common isn't true.
And who knows, maybe they'll make a fan of me yet!