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Monday, May 09, 2005

Hoodies Yes, Suits No...

The NFL marketing machine strikes again. 49ers coach Mike Nolan petitioned the No Fun League to allow him to wear a suit when coaching on the sidelines. Partly out of respect for his father Dick, who used to coach the Niners and wore a suit and partly because he feels like it's appropriate attire.

Well the NFL said no because a suit doesn't meet the league's rule on clothing. Basically the league has whored its image out to corporate designers and those designers only want members of the league to wear "official" clothing.

When I think about NFL coaches wearing suits I think about Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Hank Stram and the other greats from yesteryear. I'd hope that if "Mr. Integrity" Paul Tagliabue told Lombardi he couldn't wear a suit on the sidelines, Vince would quickly tell Tags exactly what it is and where he could stick it. If Bill Belichick is allowed to look like a hobo, Nolan should be allowed to look like a gentleman.

NFL Says Nolan Can't "Suit" Up [SF-Chronicle]

Posted by TPrincess 8:43 PM ||
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