If you’ve had a chance to take a breath from the scintillating coverage of political conventions, perhaps you’ve noticed that football is back in the form of NFL training camps kicking off across the country. The MMQB, where I work when I’m not blogging about shorts, covers this annual summer phenomenon by piling writers, editors and videographers into a van and visiting as many camps as possible over the next few weeks. No word on whether the band is getting back together, though.
Also on The MMQB, we just launched a weekly football lifestyle column, and maybe you’re familiar with the writer? I pitched the idea a couple months ago at a company retreat—between sundown canoe rides—and in an upset bigger than Super Bowl III, my bosses said yes. The idea is to take the concept of what I’m doing here at J&T and center it around football. It’ll run every Friday until they tell me to stop.
My first column focused on T-shirts, specifically the best option for fans of each of the 32 teams. But what if you’re like me and don’t root for any specific franchise? There are still plenty of options to wear your love of football across your chest:
- Todd Snyder: Training Camp — My friends at Huckberry sent this over last month and it immediately muscled its way to the top of my rotation. It’s buttery soft and loose-fitting, perfect in case you overdo it on beer and wings during your fantasy football draft. XS, S and M available here; XXL right here.
- Streaker Sports: 1983 USFL — I used to work for the NFL and if ol’ Rog ever invites me back to 345 Park, I plan to show up wearing this shirt.
- American Football: Laces — I’m not one of those weird music guys, so I have no idea how I originally came across this band or their wonderfully branded shirt. But it’s stuck in my mind and would be the perfect choice for both the tailgate party or an indie music festival.
- Port LBC: Black Hats — My favorite independent store here in Long Beach produced these bad boys last fall and quickly sold out. Here’s hoping they produce another batch soon.