Call me traditional or even old school when it comes to the appearances of National Football League head coaches.
Let me just say I am sick and tired of looking at Bill Belichick’s hoodie, let alone his weekly grimace he wears inside it. Overall, I’m sick of corporate America ordering the league to wear their threads.
In honor of the Grammys and their own dress code (if you want to call everyone breaking that dictum as a “code”), we must take a look at what the NFL used to be and what it’s become – especially when we consider the appearance of coaches.
Where are the days when Vince Lombardi and George Halas roamed the sidelines in suits, ties, overcoats and fedoras? I guess those days are gone and won’t be back any time soon.
That’s because since the 1980s the league has agreed to allowing the NFL’s clothing supplier – for several years it was Reebok that required its clothes on the bodies occupying the sidelines of every stadium, from the head coach down to the water boy. Now its Nike calling the shots.
What it has led to is embarrassment that’s been taken to an all-new level by Belichick.
To me, it’s disgusting and lowers the league and its head coaches to the gang mentality. The more team names and colors the better.
I don’t know about you, but I miss the days of the coach who shows up and looks like someone who’s in charge, not the guy in the first row. Let the fans show their colors – that’s fine – but also allow the coaches to stand out like the person who is truly in charge.
We can probably blame Mike Ditka, who in the late 1980s started wearing sweaters with the team name blazing across the chest. Yeah, I know you remember those hideous sweaters. Though not quite as bad as Bill Cosby’s they led the league down this road of fashion trauma.
When fans started inquiring how they could get their own versions of the coaches’ bad taste, the light went on at the NFL offices – actually, it was the dollar signs that began popping up over everyone’s heads. It was a multi-billion dollar industry waiting to happen … and happen it has.