Originally Posted by Pacman Fever
Teams. After owning a Starter jacket, you were then judged on what team you were rocking. Sure you could sport your hometown team, but at that age you may have not yet gained your die-hard allegiance or your hometown team was not that popular. The Reds and Bengals were actually pretty good at this time too, but did not carry the clout that other teams and colors did. I am talking about the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Raiders, Chicago Bulls, and San Francisco 49ers. These teams had the best colors, most popular players (Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, Emmitt Smith), and they were winners. The first day I strutted to grade school donning that prestigious teal and purple Charlotte Hornets pullover for the first time was a life changer. I finally made it and belonged. And best believe Susie and Michele, the best looking girls in your grade, noticed not only that you had a Starter, but what team you were sporting.
Ok, maybe I'm somewhat different, but I never really got the thing of sporting other teams' gear. Also, maybe it's because I grew up about a decade earlier and if any kid came to school, at least my grade school, wearing another team's stuff, we assumed his family had moved from there. Your teams were a product of where you were from and that was that. You didn't choose where you were born and where you were growing up; that was your hometown and that's who you rooted for.
I was already out of high school when I started noticing people wearing gear from other teams and I always thought it was odd, unless it was for an NBA or NHL team. If your hometown didn't have a team in a sport, you're free to pick one, but rooting for another city if my city has a team seems almost like picking a different country to root for in the Olympics or the World Cup.
That's just my two cents. I never had a Starter jacket, but if I had gotten one, it would have been Reds or Bengals only. I didn't grow up somewhere else.