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My travel baseball days consisted of a lot of bench-riding and the subsequent swamp ass disaster, a few ground outs, and too many fielding errors to count. I wasn’t made to play past high school, but that’s fine–I like beer more than running between foul poles, anyway.
The one prized possession I still have from my illustrious baseball career is a practice jersey with “Get Some” on the back nameplate. As 15-year-olds, we thought it was pure comedic genius. We never wore it outside of practice, though, and if questioned, we could claim that it was meant as a motivator, not a sexual innuendo. It was short and simple and easy to get away with.
When you start pushing the boundaries and you become devoid of any care to hide the true sexual nature of your T-shirt motto, you find yourself in the same situation as the Arlington Martin High School football team. The phrase on a shirt given to 40 senior players in August has stirred the pot a bit, and the creep factor is pretty damn strong.
The shirt features the team’s logo with “We Take What We Want” printed at the top, followed by, “Shhhhhhh just let it happen.” A little rapey? Yeah, probably.
The school claims it’s nothing more than a metaphor to describe what the team plans on doing to opponents, which is completely understandable…had the team simply left it at “We Take What We Want”.
Supporters argue the T-shirts, which were handed out to 40 senior players in August, promotes the powerhouse team’s intention to take away the ball from opponents or prevent them from gaining yardage.
Fair enough. What does the coach have to say about this?
“I’ve seen the shirts several times since July, and not once did it cross my mind that it was inappropriate,” said head coach Bob Wager.
He said Martin’s team is known for taking the ball away from opponents, and he said the controversial phrase referred to players doing their “talking on the field.”
Thanks for the insight, Bob.
The shirt is hilarious–I can’t take that away from them. However, it was pretty damn stupid to include possibly the creepiest phrase I’ve ever seen on an official school football shirt. That’s just my opinion. You do you, though, whatever that may be.
Get some, guys..