This shirt is simply appalling! A disgrace to everything I stand for in my life; my dreams, core values, you name it! Down the drain they go with this poor excuse for a t-shirt. It’s a mockery! Blasphemy, I tell you!
When I look at this shirt, it feels like someone is stabbing my face with a metal rake while they set one of my cats on fire, which makes perfect sense since I live near Baltimore. That’s part of the daily routine for some in this city!
This shirt epitomizes the one thing that has eaten away my skin like a flesh-eating zombie for a few years now, down to the bone, through the marrow and all other important organs: the Baltimore Bandwagoneers!
“They’re everywhere, they’re everywhere!”
To understand the “Boh” reference on the shirt, you have to understand who and what Boh is.
Natty Boh, which is short for National Bohemian Beer, began brewing in Baltimore in 1885, and “unofficially” “officially” became Baltimore’s beer in the 60’s. Natty Boh’s logo, Mr. Boh, is the face of a one-eyed man with a thick mustache. When people think Baltimore, they think Natty Boh.
Natty Boh is now brewed by Miller Brewing in North Carolina and distributed by Pabst. However, the iconic Mr. Boh can be found on anything Baltimore related; bumper stickers, mugs, shirts, hats, you name it. Mr. Boh is everywhere and claims to know everything about Baltimore, especially sports.
When did Washington hockey enter the mix?
Natty Boh is a Baltimore thing; NOT Washington, NOT Maryland. He only knows Baltimore sports and only supports the Baltimore product when they are playing well. Mr. Boh is a fair weather fan!
When I was born (1987), the teams that represented Maryland were the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington <Insert Color Here>skins, (legally, I can’t say the team’s real name or I will be sued; true story), the Washington Capitals and the Washington Bullets. Washington didn’t have a baseball team and Baltimore didn’t have a football team.
Mr. Boh didn’t know hockey or football then! However, as soon as the Ravens entered the league; correction: won the Super Bowl, Mr. Boh was on the bandwagon…And so were countless other Baltimoreans.
The <Insert Color Here>skins ceased to exist in the minds of Baltimore football fans once the Ravens moved to town. They were no longer a fan of them. And for the thousands that say they weren’t a fan of the <Insert Color Here>skins, just a fan of football, they are LIARS!
Since the WASHINGTON Capitals are playing well, it explains why Baltimore LOVES them and recognizes that the District of Columbia still exists.
As soon as Baltimore gets a hockey team though; correction: gets a hockey team that wins the Stanley Cup, the Caps will cease to exist. Boh will no longer know Washington. Boh will only know Baltimore; which proves that Boh knows a lot about nothing!
Which brings me to this, a plea to Mr. Boh:
Mr. Boh- Please refrain from using your mustache appeal on Washington sports. Don’t you think it’s a little odd that the Caps are the only team you support from Washington? I wonder if it’s because they are playing so well? I think you should worry about helping your Ravens win a playoff game, getting the Orioles to .500, and demanding the city/NHL to invest in a hockey club in your town; you know, things of that nature.
Until then, Mr. Boh, you should see about getting the rights to use “Capitals” on your jersey rather than “Washington;” that’s a big jersey foul! I’m thinking game misconduct and suspension forever…But that’s just me!
Regards – RJ