Some little teasers:
Check out the rosters in the “Madden NFL Football ’12” video game and you’ll find 31 teams have their head coach listed by name; Tom Coughlin, Sean Payton, Mike McCarthy and so on.
Just one is missing: Bill Belichick. The New England Patriots have just the generic “NE Coach.” Why?
"I don’t know,” Belichick said.
Then there is the birth of his signature hoodie.
As the story goes – a story that’s taken on legend around the franchise since a number of players retold it – Belichick wasn’t pleased when the NFL signed a clothing deal with Reebok that required coaches to wear approved clothing during games. This was some executive in New York telling grown men how to dress. Since when did football coaches become clothing models?
There was no way to opt out of that deal so Belichick considered the fashion options laid out in front of him, and selected the most unstylish outfit, a grey hooded sweatshirt. He began wearing it each week. Only not before having the sleeves cut off to make it even less attractive.
“It’s comfortable,” Belichick said in explaining his fashion choice. “I carry my stuff in my pouch.”
What about chopping off the sleeves?
“I have short arms,” Belichick said.
Excellent read. It's kind of sad that a national, and not a local, reporter has this insightful article a few days before the Super Bowl. Tsk tsk Globe and Herald, though it's about what's to be expected.