Costumes, Sporting Events, and That Guy

When I saw Tom Petty last Summer, I wore a tour t-shirt from a previous tour. A friend of mine laughed at me:  “Oh my God! You were totally ‘That Guy.'”

“What guy?”

“The guy who wears a tour t-shirt to concert.”

I later ascertained that he stole that bit of wisdom from Jeremy Piven in the 1994 film, PCU:  Flunk ’em if they can’t take a joke.

Now, maybe you agree that wearing a tour t-shirt from a previous tour to a concert by the same artist makes one “that guy,” but if your only research into the validity of your opinion is PCU:  Flunk ’em if they can’t take a joke, well, that’s a flimsy footnote at best.

I’ll tell you what I think is weird:  People who wear t-shirts from other bands to a concert. Like someone at a Tom Petty Concert wearing a Steve Miller Band t-shirt (I’ve seen it).

What is he communicating with that t-shirt choice? Did he buy tickets to the wrong show? Is he suggesting to the rest of us that we would all be better off at a Steve Miller concert? Or is he trying to infuriate Tom Petty somehow? You know, like maybe Steve and Tom shared a girlfriend at some point, and by wearing a Steve Miller Band t-shirt, the guy’s trying to throw Tom Petty off his game.

That’s the guy I think is “that guy.”

Besides, nobody thinks you’re “that guy” when you wear a Green Bay Packer jersey to Lambeau Field.

And especially at this time of year, Halloween, you should be very careful about wearing costumes to a sporting event. Yes, it’s Halloween and it’s a built-in excuse, but consider this:  Wearing a costume might assure that you get on national TV, but this is only cool when your team is winning.

If your team is losing, you are the depressed guy in the giant chicken costume. Is there anything more humiliating? And then, when you get on national TV, everyone at home will say:  “You think you’ve got it bad; at least you’re not “that guy.”


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