This Is What Happens When People Who Know Nothing About Football Try To Hawk NFL Gear On TV
I'll say up front that if I was forced to go on QVC and talk about the hottest new make-up line, or fashion trends, or tech gadgets, I'd probably make an ass of myself. Thankfully, I don't have to do that -- and instead, I get to make fun of the two QVC hosts who stood up there and made no apologies for knowing little-to-nothing about the NFL, whose product they were hawking.
Lori Greiner and the other lady, who is not on "Shark Tank," broke two cardinal rules in discussing sports swag. Number one, never just assume that someone likes "the local team." The NFL is notorious for its wide-ranging fan bases -- look no further than Cowboys fan and Ohio native LeBron James, or that NFL Shop commercial where everyone in the family likes a different team because they want to get laid, I think.
Plus, two-team towns like New York City make picking "the local team" impossible. What's more insulting than giving Jets' gear to a Giants fan?
Number two: Know your history. Why do the Browns have what looks to be a leprechaun on their decal? Ten seconds of research would tell you that's Brownie the Elf, inspired by British and Scottish folk lore. As they say: C'mon, man.
Maybe next time there's a sports product, Greiner should just invite fellow "Shark" Mark Cuban to the program, so he can advise people to do things like "Have conversations with the people in your life to ascertain their interests and favorite sports teams, so as to buy them the perfect gift, rather than just assuming that we're all Steelers fans."
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