Last week we learned that if USC fans really want to show their true spirit, they’d buy their gear from Nike and Pete Carroll. If you’re an NFL fan though, it’s a lot harder than that. As the NFL Hardlines VI Trade Show this week showed, the opportunities for NFL fans to drop some dough on officially licensed merchandise is almost limitless.
Indianapolis Colts soap dispenser – check. Leather Miami Dolphins executive office chair – check. New Orleans Saints Musical BBQ Fork – check. Oakland Raiders Swarovski football-shaped compact adorned with crystals – check on that too. When you think of the Oakland Raiders such an item most certainly doesn’t come to mind. Nonetheless, those go for as much as $3,000.
"It's a wonderful way to support your team in style," said Kathrine Baumann, who starred in the 1979 TV movie Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. "And what a great opportunity for a girl to carry one of these and meet a guy who has this same passion, football. … When you open this up anywhere he's going to immediately see a woman that shares his passion, and he's going to think, 'Oh my gosh, I've got someone to watch the game with on Sunday.'"Yep, that’s exactly what female members of the Black Hole must be thinking to themselves right about now. All four of them. Season tickets, or diamond-studded compact. That’s a tough choice, isn’t it? And if the trade show taught us anything, it’s not just that there are some very creative people out there, but that there’s something for just about any NFL fan you could imagine.