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Fenty closes race with Redskins jersey foul

When last we heard from Adrian Fenty screwing up his jersey choice at a local sporting event, he was wearing a white road Caps sweater to a Rock the Red home playoff game. Also, he had his own name on the sweater, right over Brent Johnson's number, but Johnson was hurt at the time, and a bit player regardless, so that was sort of ok.

So now it's the Monday after a big Redskins win, and the town is again crazy for the burgundy and gold. Naturally, Fenty hits the street for one last day of re-election campaigning while wearing his personalized Skins jersey.

Now, I'm leery of the personalized jerseys in general, but if you're the mayor, you maybe get a pass on this one. There's just one real rule. You cannot -- cannot -- put your name over the jersey number of the team's star player. You can't get a Fenty 2 Wizards jersey, or a Fenty 8 Caps jersey, or a Fenty 11 Nats jersey.

And even if it's an old, pre-existing shirt, you just can't hit the streets in a Fenty 5 Redskins jersey, not when Donovan McNabb is already the last starter introduced on game day and the national spokesman for your team. Maybe go with Fenty 17 next time. Pretty sure that number's available.

UPDATE: Turns out the Redskins were handing out customized No. 5 jerseys to various local political types last week. So they're to blame. I still say this is a foul most foul.

(And for the record, I'm no longer a D.C. voter, so I have no stake in this contest.)

(Via @DCUniverse.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 13, 2010; 7:41 PM ET
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So Dan, what you are saying is that if Armstrong becomes a star, and I run for mayor, I cannot wear my custom jerseys?

Posted by: alex35332 | September 13, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

At least he had the good sense to not wear a United jersey, what with how everyone at RFK hates him. On the other hand, considering how his campaign and DC's season are going, perhaps it would have been appropriate.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | September 13, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

What a sad, pathetic man. Just go away, please.

Posted by: Megskin | September 13, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Disagree Steinz. McNabb's 5 is not Ovechkin's 8. I mean, what do you want him to get...just some random number? Might as well get something he likes. Now if he picked 21 I'd probably go register in D.C. and vote for Gray

Posted by: JDP_ | September 13, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse


He was just wearing the jersey that the team gave him, so props to him for not just getting rid of it and never wearing it again.

Scott York turning his jersey into an ad for Loudon, not so cool I suppose.

Posted by: aneuschool | September 13, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm certainly no fenty fan - but if it is true that the team gave him the jersey, then i'd liken this story to fox news coverage of anything obama-related....(slanted, and not the whole story)

Posted by: rtramonte5500 | September 14, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

First the triathlon and now this? Still drawing attention to himself?

Posted by: starclimber9 | September 14, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he should have worn the #4 with the name "More Years" on the jersey.

Posted by: bbmcoachk | September 14, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Another politician that has obviously has been abandoned by those that truly care about him. Now it's "yeah, Fent, that looks great. Wear, that out today while you shake some hands. Good call, bro."

Where are his friends?

Posted by: TheDubb | September 14, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

i don't care. least he's got some spirit

Posted by: hockeypunk | September 14, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

At least he had the good sense to not wear a United jersey, what with how everyone at RFK hates him. On the other hand, considering how his campaign and DC's season are going, perhaps it would have been appropriate.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | September 13, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: alex35332 | September 14, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

What's Heath Shuler supposed to do now?!?!

Posted by: Section104 | September 14, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: JohnnyBlades | September 14, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Those are some pretty lame rules about what not to wear. I think you owe Fenty an apology. I'm telling you right now, I've worn #10 for 16 years, and I get that number in Orioles, Redskins, Capitals, and Terps and I will not stop wearing it because the star player wears it. You made a ridiculous statement, but I forgive you because you've become one of the few reliable people at The Post.

Posted by: theotherripken8 | September 14, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Despite the pontificators, there is no such thing as a "jersey foul." If you pay for it, you can wear anything you damn well please.

Posted by: capsfan77 | September 14, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

So, Donovan McNabb takes three snaps as a Redskin and he owns the number 5? Please.

Maybe, just maybe, Fenty's actually been a Redskins' fan (and a fan of the number 5) longer than Donovan McNabb's been on the squad. He just could be wearing a jersey he's owned for a long time...y'know, like a fan of the team might do.

But any means necessary to pound the Beat Fenty drum. The D.C. Sports Bog, now brought to you through a generous grant from the National Education Association!

Posted by: RiverOtis | September 14, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

This is why I bought my personalized authentic with the #0 (cue the 'zero' jokes)...

Posted by: RCBJr | September 14, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

This is what really riles you up Steiner? Nice.

Propaganda'd. You are better than this, or are you?

Posted by: WhoSays | September 14, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Fenty is just another lying say-anything-to-get-elected politician.

Bet the dude doesn't have the balls to wear any DC United jerseys, talk about DCU, and I know he isn't man enough to show up at any DCU games.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 15, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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