Bill Belichick’s rain jacket hood at Patriots camp inspired a deluge of Sith Lord memes

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had to cover up during a press conference outside his team's minicamp practice Tuesday. Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

It’s hardly the first time Bill Belichick has drawn comparisons to a hooded Star Wars villain.

And maybe it was because of the rain or camera angle, but Belichick’s appearance at Patriots minicamp — his face partially hidden by a dark rain jacket — particularly caught fire on social media Tuesday.

Sheev Palpatine, a Sith Lord from the Star Wars movies otherwise known as The Emperor or Darth Sidious, quickly became a go-to reference. Here are a few of the highlights:

One can only wonder what Patriots wide receiver, and apparent Star Wars aficionado, Julian Edelman would think of his coach encroaching on his turf.