There was a stretch a couple weeks ago where I couldn’t go a day without a handful of readers suggesting that we have a Bleacher Nation shirt (or shirts). It’s something I’ve hoped to do for a while, but I wanted to make sure the time was right. I was flattered by your comments.

So, given your requests, and the upcoming turn of the calendar (with it bringing the Cubs Convention), I thought it was time to start putting the shirt together.

Here’s the gist: I’d prefer to have just one shirt, which would be “the” 2012 Bleacher Nation shirt. I envision a single-color shirt with a slogan or picture or something simple on the front, with “Bleacher Nation 2012” underneath it (or something like that – I’m truly open to any kind of idea). The idea is to have a shirt that is both representative of the site, as well as simple enough that you’d actually, like, wear it around.

I’d love your thoughts/ideas/suggestions. Ideally, we’d get enough solid ideas that we could put them up for a vote, and then I’d put that shirt together.

If that method doesn’t work out, I can work with my buddy (Unholy Cows) to put something together. Either way, we’ll have a shirt.

So, if you’ve got ideas, please throw them out there. Do it in the comments here, and I’ve also added a Message Board thread on which you can add your suggestions (in case this post gets buried before enough suggestions are made).

  • TWC

    I like that one above.  White.  Simple.  Says it all.

    • Caleb


      Maybe there could be a font-size 8 “BN” on the tag. Understated, classy.

  • Sweetjamesjones

    Go with Blue. Duh.

    On the back, it should say: We put out.

    Tee hee.

  • Kansas Cubs Fan

    A top view of Wrigley with Bleacher Nation in the bleachers, and a BIG pile of Poop in left field.

  • MightyBear

    Questions: Can you put the cubs logo on it or is that a licensing issue? Wrigley Field? Go with heather grey as background shirt. Those are the best t-shirts. Bleacher Nation in cubby blue. Maybe some ivy hanging down (no licensing issue with ivy)

    • MichiganGoat

      Yeah that would be a licensing issue, Sports are always harsh on profiting off their logos.

    • Brett

      Your sense is correct – no “Cubs,” no super-obvious Wrigley Field (in name or in total view, but there can be some play there).

  • Dave

    I assume you’ll want this slogan to be brief, but also illuminating.  Something that conveys the message you’d like to send while not being too wordy.

  • TWC

    *cough*cough*BN-themed banana hammock*cough*cough*

  • WaitTilNextYear

    I say we use an unforgettable phrase from last season uttered by a true Cubbie great Carlos Zambrano on the front, “We Stinks,” with his big ol’ mug on the center of the shirt. On the back, a picture of the bricks and ivy with the words “Like Old Style.” With “2012 Bleacher Nation” printed on the left sleeve.

    • Ian Afterbirth

      And speaking of mugs – I could use a nice big coffee mug. I’m getting tired of my tractor one…

  • Cliffy

    It’s been 6 weeks since the season ended. In 14 weeks spring training starts, time is going by rather quickly. You can thank Theo, Jed and company for the constant supply of news and Brett for his frequent entertaining updates.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Cliffy. It’s been the busiest October/November in my time doing the site.

  • Toosh


  • Brian Peters

    “This IS Next Year!”

  • Rancelot

    Two words: Dick Tidrow

  • die hard

    Keep it simple

    White t-shirt
    on front BN red 1 inch high and 1 inch wide over left pocket area
    on back 00 blue 6 inches high and 4 inches wide or same as uniform size

  • ReiCow

    I say you take one of the great images you use.. like the Sometimes the Clouds ARE mocking you Zambrano or something. Those PWN.

  • BD

    How about the white “Bleacher Nation” from the site’s logo, with the silouhette of the legs in the bleachers (not all the detail) additionally in white. On a Cubbie blue, navy, or green (like the bleachers) shirt.

    On the back you could have 2012, with some slogan or something. I don’t have any ideas for that part. (there are others on here who are more clever than me anyway)

    OR you could put the slogan on the front, and the BN logo on the back.

  • Matt Murton

    I think the shirt definitely needs a frocket (front pocket) With the logo on it. The back should say “Bleacher Nation: the most consistent thing in Cub’s baseball since ‘012”

  • Mike Foster

    The Year of Theocracy

  • Mike Foster

    I mean that on the front in small font and the back with the BN logo….

  • Moms A Cubs Fan

    Please NO front pocket. There are women who follow BN and would buy a shirt. The pocket really isn’t that flattering. I like the white Bleacher Nation and maybe just the outline of the bleachers and legs(that way you can keep it one color).

  • Mike Foster

    Obviously here the important brand is BN! TELL THE STORY!

  • cubs4life

    how about the wrigley field sign, with Bleacher Nation 2012 on the display

  • Buck

    Well I’m not great with design. But if there’s one thing I know, it’s porn. If there’s two things I know, it’s porn and fashion. Keep it simple for sure. I completely disagree with heather grey, that shit was out 5 years ago. You run a crispy-ass site, Brett so I’d suggest a crispy white tee which will make the blues, reds and possible greens (conceivably for the “bleacher” aspect if need be) really pop. My biggest piece of advice is to invest in a good fitting shirt. Those thick Fruit of the Loom “Heavyweight Tees” are goddamn atrocious! Short and wide those damn things, only Danny Devito could enjoy that fit. Fruit of the Loom must shit those turds out by the millions because they are everywhere, I’m assuming because it’s the cheapest option when going in on a T-shirt design. If you really want your minions to wear these often and not have to cut the sleeves off and only wear them to the gym then I highly suggest a soft “slim fit” tee. Something along the lines of  “American Apparel” or something similar to that brand. Looking forward to picking up scores of South Dakota whores here in my crispy BN tee!

    • Brett

      That was both helpful and hilarious.

      • Sweetjamesjones

        You had me at “South Dakota whores.”


    • Ron


      a crispy-ass site

      That is freaking hillarious.

  • Katie

    A picture of Dick Tidrow and “We Know Dick” or one of the awesome Dick Tidrow quotes we’ve seen on here with Bleacher Nation 2012 on the front. No gray tee shirts. I say white or blue. A style of shirt that had a lot of sizing options.

    Or if Dick is too controversial (and when isn’t he?) maybe Bleacher Nation 2012 and under that Still Short And Informative, Now Make Me A Pot Pie, Bitch.

    Clearly I don’t design tees for a living.

    • JasonB

      In the spirit of knowing your target market, the “We know Dick” thing probably won’t be good for a product that will be primarily marketed to men.  Just sayin’

      It did make me laugh though…

      • Katie

        Yeah, I know. It’s just when you are as entranced by Dick Tidrow as I am, everything revolves around Dick getting some notoriety. Sorry! :)

        • Bails17

          TOO FUNNY KATIE!!

  • necusfan

    How ’bout a picture of a leg lamp with the caption “Bleacher Nation: We almost won a major award.” But seriously, I’ll give it some thought. With the wit of most of the commentors, I’m sure a great T-shirt will be produced.

  • Katie

    Or if Mike Maddux is hired, drawings of famous Chicago mustaches: Maddux, Tidrow, Ditka, etc

    • Cubbie Blues

      I know it was only one season but you would have to include Goose in that one.

  • ACS

    A picture of harry on the front and ivy on the back spelling out bn

  • Oswego Chris

    I suggest a simple BN logo on the front…and then an obscure Cub name and number on the back….no two members can have the same guy…Pete LaCock comes to mind, or other useless guys like Jeff Pico, Mike Brumley, Gene Clines, Larry Bittner, Paul Reuschel….


    lots of useless Cubs

    • John

      Chris Stynes

    • Cubbie Blues

      Any Crype member should do. Might have to expand the roster a bit. A 25 man roster won’t cut it, Brett hopes, if you don’t want any repeats. It would be an inventory nightmare though.

  • MontelleW

    Can it have the top 10 most incendiary or stupid comments from diehard on it? LOL

  • matt

    AWESOME!!!! I’ve been looking forward to this. Sign me up for one.

    I’d do blue or red.

    Bleacher Nation on the front

    “drinking beers and shedding tears for over a hundred years” on the back

  • Incredibad

    LOVE everything about the site; first time commenting. Definitely sign me up for a shirt. I agree with the “American Apparel” tee – blue with red letters. On the front: “Bleacher Nation 2012”. On the back: “The RIGHT side of the rivalry…”

  • Sam

    Put a picture of the wrigley scoreboard and Bleacher Nation below it. And then on the back have it read now is the time for bold decisions