After Monday’s terrible performance, I don’t blame anyone who cheers for the Jets to be frustrated. What Mark Sanchez did on the field was downright awful.
It comes to no surprise that the decision to burn Sanchez’s jersey was an option. It is common for frustrated fans to burn a jersey of a player that they once followed and admired. But after this horrific season, the Jets and Sanchez are just plain terrible.
The video is cool and everything and this is the things fans do. The only problem is that you might think that these guys paid $80-$150 for these jerseys, thus making the burning more impactful. But in reality, they paid no more than $20 for each jersey.
Both these jerseys are knock-offs. These counterfeit jerseys are mass produced in China with low quality material and sometimes are inaccurate in terms of design. Online, these jerseys are sold at an average of $20 each. These are not the official jerseys you can buy from a retailer like Foot Locker or online at the NFL Shop. These you can buy off eBay or some website with very sketchy spelling.
If you look back at this video, you can see that the throwback jersey (blue one) features Sanchez’s #6 without the serifs. Compare the #6 in the screen shot above with the actual jersey that Sanchez wears. Notice the difference? That throwback jersey is a counterfeit.
Now look at the green jersey. The number font is correct and everything about the look of this jersey is correct. However, the TV numbers on the sleeve look too big. But that might be a minor deal. But the giveaway that this green jersey is also a knock-off is the reflection on the number (and the fact that the number is thicker than the actual one Sanchez wears).
All counterfeit jerseys do not use the same material that the authentics use. The fabric used in the number font reflects light and appears bubbly on the jersey itself. The effect it gives off is very common in all fakes. It’s very easy to tell.
So even though the passion from these fans are legit, don’t feel too bad that they are burning their expensive jerseys. They are in fact not expensive and are not the real deal. But hey, you can judge them for even wasting any kind of money on a Sanchez jersey to begin with.