The love of sports can make people do funny things, like wear body paint on a naked chest in the middle of November or scream endlessly in public places. Sports fans are also quite willing to spend a substantial sum of their hard-earned cash on relics that will unequivocally declare their support for their chosen team or athlete. But we've found that declaring your love for a team doesn't have to mean financial pain. Regardless of the season, you can wear your sports-frenzied heart on a logo-embossed sleeve and still save money. Here are a few ways to find tokens of team affection for less:
So Hot Right Now:
While it's rarely fruitful to search for major deals on sports memorabilia for a team that's on a run to the finals, there are ways to gobble up discounts in time to prove your newfound support for the current athletic flavor. For example, the Stanley Cup Finals began last night, and it would be wise to make your allegiances known in the Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks debate. (FYI: The Canucks won last night.) Try this Majestic Men's Boston Bruins Heart & Soul II T-Shirt or Skinit Vancouver Canucks Car Decal Set, both featuring fairly hefty savings.
Price: Bruins, $14.40 via code "SMS8955" + $1 s&h, a low by $9; Skinit set, $25 + free shipping, $25 off
Additionally, we're in the throes of the NBA finals, which may prove to be one of the most-watched title runs in several years (according to viewing numbers for game one). That means if you don't already have some Miami Heat or Dallas Mavericks apparel, you should snag some in the process of jumping on the bandwagon. Try this adidas Men's Miami Heat LeBron James Jersey, or if you're anti-Lebron (this applies to both Mavs and Cavs fan), opt for the Majestic Men's Dallas Mavericks Hardwood Classics Bench II T-Shirt.
Price: Heat jersey, $32.40 + $1 s&h, a low by $7; Mavs shirt, $18 + $1 s&h, $7 off
Finally, tennis is consistently in the news as Serbian super star Novak Djokovic continues on a winning streak that has now stretched for a full six months (or 42 match wins). Forget Roger Federer, this kid doesn't know how to lose. Join the Djokovic side with this Sergio Tacchini Nelson Cap, part of his current French Open kit. (We're also partial to this epically awesome shirt that Novak's father wore every day during the US Open last summer. The currency is Serbian, but 6,000 RSD can't be that much, right?)
Price: Hat, $19.95 + $6 s&h, $4 off
Get Ready (For a Future Opportunity) To Rumble:
If none of those options get your heart pumping, you could always stock up for off- and early-season sports — and you'll probably save more money in the process, anyway. Old Navy has a large selection of intentionally worn-looking MLB team T-shirts, which get 25% off with its current coupon. Or, try adorning your tech possessions with clearance MLB-themed accessories, currently discounted an extra 20% off in-cart at MLB.com.
Another sure-fire option is the Lids Clearance Sale, which takes an extra 30% off. There's plenty of MLB stuff, but it offers a choice selection for the NFL — which is for many the true American pastime. Pay homage to last year's champs with the Reebok Men's Green Bay Super Bowl Championship T-Shirt.
Price: $7 in-cart + $5 s&h, a low by $13