The World Cup Jersey Swap: Why not?Posted: June 23, 2010
[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=world+cup+jersey&iid=9182656″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9182656/south-africa-bloemfontein/south-africa-bloemfontein.jpg?size=500&imageId=9182656″ width=”234″ height=”137″ /]Today I ate lunch in a restaurant where a World Cup Soccer Match was on the television. For those of you who are keeping track, Uruguay 1 Mexico 0. In soccer, zero is pronounced nil. Anyhow, at the end of the game the players exchanged jerseys. I think this is a really nice gesture of respect and a great way to get a cool memento.
I’ve seen the jersey swap enough to know that it is a tradition of the sport. Today it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to extend the tradition beyond the confines of the football pitch.
Did you notice that? I live in the U.S., but I didn’t call it a soccer field. I am so open minded. Don’t let that distract you from the premise. The shirt exchange is an idea whose time as come.
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=doctors+scrubs&iid=8772563″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8772563/natalie-portman-and-ben/natalie-portman-and-ben.jpg?size=500&imageId=8772563″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /]Several months ago I wrote about an adventure I had while being treated for a kidney stone. That stone hurt a lot. The emergency room physician diagnosed me quickly and got me relief from the pain.
If the shirt swap had been in effect back then I’d have handed the doctor my shirt on my way out and told him how much I appreciated his professionalism. He’d probably have told me how much he admired the way I held up despite my discomfort. I’d have left with a cool scrub shirt, he’d have a University of Maryland sweatshirt and we’d both have felt respected.
Imagine yourself in a restaurant enjoying a great meal. You ask to see the chef, exchange compliments and you walk out with one of those cool chef jackets. You’re with me now, aren’t you?
We Can Work It Out
I know there are kinks to be worked out.
We all know that there are unscrupulous men who would take advantage of the shirt swap for perverted reasons. I would encourage the implementation of a “you are skeeving me out” clause that would allow women to refuse swap offers that are less than honorable.
All of us have favorite shirts. There would have to be a favorite clause to protect those treasures. No one is getting my Roberto Clemente jersey because they saw me help an elderly woman with her groceries.
There probably should be some sort of equal value exception as well. We’ll put our heads together to work that, and any other issues you might bring up, out.
It is time to bring this gesture of mutual respect off the football pitch and into day to day life. Help me make this dream a reality. Offer to swap shirts with someone who has done great work today.