Maine’s best-selling NFL jersey at a major retailer isn’t a Patriot

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My Mainer friends,

There is an epidemic taking over our streets, especially among the younger generations. The support is no longer launched in the right direction. The beautiful red and blue colors seem to fade, while the purple tint begins to stain the state. A once powerful adversary has now become a common sight. The Baltimore Ravens take control of Maine.

According to Lids Sporting Goods, the top-selling jersey in Maine was not Mac Jones. Shit, it wasn’t even Tom Brady. It was Lamar Jackson, the quarterback of the hated Baltimore Ravens. One of the only teams able to claim rivalry during the Brady/Belichick era.

Honestly, it’s just disgusting. And, I’m not even talking about the Lamar part. He seems like a good guy to cheer on. He’s had a great career so far and is great fun to watch.

No, the most concerning issue is how quickly so many people have seemingly left the Patriots. You’re telling me one bad season is all it took for a lot of people to jump off the bandwagon, douse the damn thing with gasoline, and set it on fire? It’s just amazing.

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I know you’re thinking of two arguments against my anger.

First Argument“Chris, relax. Lids is a hat company. How many shirts did they sell, like five?”

Lids is a hat company. However, it is also partly owned by Fanatics Inc. Fanatics is a global sports memorabilia and apparel company. I couldn’t determine whether or not Lids included Fanatics sales, but it certainly could have, even though they don’t include those sales, Lids has a significant amount of apparel, especially online.

Second Argument“Chris, relax. You know they’re just kids.”

Oh good? I didn’t know kids were walking around with a few hundred dollars in their pockets. Want to pretend the kids are the problem? I will claim the parents, the real culprits, as the problem. What “well-meaning” parent wants to allow their child to wear the color of the enemy? I mean, my parents did, but that’s beside the point.

The real argument here is why is this happening? The timing would suggest something most fans would never want to admit: we have a lot of fair weather fans. You would think that more than 20 years would have erased all doubt and fickle behavior. I guess we’ve just become too spoiled.

The only sign of hope is that the Patriots overall were still the best-selling team jersey. However, that still doesn’t dampen the stench of a certain Mid-Atlantic team’s growing popularity.

I guess congratulations to the Ravens. You seem to have a growing fan base in Maine, for some reason. I guess the only logical next step is to start eating crab cakes on lobster rolls. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.

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