About those Redskins-Patriots special practice tees

A lot has been made on the Internet about special commemorative t-shirts on sale at the Washington Redskins official online team store. The shirts feature both the logo of the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins along with the dates the two clubs will be practicing together.

The shirts cost $30 each, plus $6.99 shipping.

People seem to have a problem with the high-cost of the shirts. I too think they’re ridiculously expensive. I don’t think I’ve ever paid thirty bucks for a t-shirt, and I have a hard time imagining a scenario where I would do so. I buy most of my t-shirts at Marshalls, Ross, or TJ Max. I’ve also bought t-shirts at Shank & Tittle, a local, regional sports store, but only from the clearance rack.

When it comes to t-shirts, I’m a cheapskate. There are so many t-shirts available from a whole bunch of outlets, that you never have to overpay for a t-shirt.

When I look at this $30 t-shirt, I realize it was not made for someone like me. Although there are people out there that are more than willing to drop thirty bucks on a t-shirt, I’m not one of them.

I’m not even sure how many Redskins fans would want a t-shirt that has a New England Patriots logo on it. My guess is not too many.

The fact that there is a special t-shirt commemorating a group practice doesn’t surprise me. In 1995, the Redskins began having training camp at Frostburg State University. We went to a group practice between the Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it was a lot of fun, more fun in fact than going to an actual football game. You were allowed to sit very close to the field, so close, that you could talk to the players. I told Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene that he looked like Fabio.

Kevin Greene
Kevin Greene

With his long blond hair, he did. He stared intently at me for what seemed like longest three seconds of my life, and then broke out his best Fabio impersonation. It was funny and very cool.

I would never have had that experience at an actual game.

I don’t think they were selling high-priced special commemorative t-shirts at that 1995 practice, but if they had, I believe people would have bought them. I had so much fun there that even I, the t-shirt cheapskate that I am, might have bought one.

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