The Jag Rag and the 5 Dumbest Ideas in NFL History

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2012

The Jag Rag and the 5 Dumbest Ideas in NFL History

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    There have been some dumb ideas throughout NFL history, but none may be able to match what the Jacksonville Jaguars are attempting with the "Jag Rag."

    The Jag Rag is a clear ripoff of the Pittsburgh Steelers' "Terrible Towel," which has been one of the more successful ideas in NFL history. 

    For a fan idea or a team's promotions to draw fans to the stadium to succeed, it firstly has to make sense. Secondly, the idea has to be unique enough to catch on. For example, the Green Bay Packers' Cheeseheads have succeeded in a big way. 

    Unfortunately for the following five ideas, none succeeded—or will. Let's take a look at the Jag Rag and the five dumbest ideas in NFL history. 

Santa in Philadelphia

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    To say the least, the Philadelphia Eagles were laughably bad in 1968 and somehow managed to come up with one of the worst ideas ever as well. 

    In a Week 16 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, which would end in a 24-17 loss, the organization thought it would be a great idea to trot Santa out onto the field to cheer the fans up. 

    It did, but not in a way the team could have predicted. 

    Philadelphia fans are notoriously difficult to please, so the horrendous 2-12 season had built up some anxiety and anger among the fan base. The fans at Franklin Field that day unloaded that anger in the form of snowballs at Santa. 

    Ironically enough, Santa was actually a fan who the organization had pulled from the stands because the team's Santa didn't show up. 

    As a result, a paying fan like everyone else that day was a sitting duck in front of thousands thanks to the idiocy of the organization. 

The T-Bow Towel

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    As if the hype around then Denver Broncos' quarterback Tim Tebow wasn't enough, some decided that creating a towel would encourage the organization to start Tebow with the team slumping. 

    Of course, ESPN managed to quickly pick up on the idea and insert it into its programming

    While there were good intentions behind the towel with 10 percent of every purchase going to the Tim Tebow Foundation, anyone actually thinking the towel had an impact on the organization's decision to play Tebow is delusional. 

    The T-Bow towel wasn't necessary when taking into account the ludicrous amount of media outlets already clamoring over Tebow and begging for him to start. It ended up as a waste of money considering the Broncos traded him away anyway. 

Cleveland Puts Up the White Flag

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    In 2012, the Cleveland Browns are unsurprisingly one of the worst teams in the NFL with a 3-8 record and a fourth place slot in the AFC North. 

    Despite the bad record, the team has been competitive with a rookie quarterback and running back. Cleveland has been in games most of the season and has certainly showed no signs of giving up. 

    Until the organization decided it would be a great idea to hold a white flag promotion. 

    It doesn't take a genius to figure out that in most instances a white flag is a gesture of surrender. For whatever reason, the Browns' organization didn't get the memo. 

    The Browns ended up canceling the event, but it still goes down as one of the dumbest ideas ever. It took entirely too long for someone to cancel, and the idea should have never seen the light of day.

The Jag Rag

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    A business man by the name of Bert Sparks has created the most recent ripoff of the Terrible Towel for the miserable Jacksonville Jaguars. 

    This time, it's the Jag Rag. 

    Outside of the name having negative connotations, the towel will likely fail to catch on, considering Jacksonville continues to have mediocre attendance in the first place. 

    The Jaguars are once again one of the worst teams in the league at 2-9 and haven't had a winning season since 2007. Despite this, Sparks believes the towel will catch on across the nation, as he says on his website:

    How neat would it be to watch a game on the west coast, where we might not think we have many fans and then when the camera pans the stadium we see "JAG RAGS" flying in support?

    It's a nice gesture for the fans, and some of the proceeds go to charity. Even then, for a franchise like the Jaguars, it's one of the dumbest ideas ever. 

The Paper Bag Phenomena

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    For as long as anyone can remember, NFL fans have made their displeasure known to their respective teams by attending games and placing brown paper bags on their heads. 

    While the gesture certainly creates a bad image for the franchise, in all likelihood the team is performing horribly enough in the first place that the image is already suffering.

    To think sitting in the stands with a bag on your head is going to spur change within the organization is completely silly, considering you gave money to them in order to sit there with said bag on your head in the first place. 

    NFL games are expensive. So is gas. Traveling to an NFL game to wear a bag on your head and obstruct your view is dumb.

    At least take the bag off your head so you can witness how great the visiting team is.