Monday, February 4, 2008

The Hoody in Red

Bill Belichick has always been the frumpy, humorless type, so not seeing him smile as the New England Patriots tried unsuccessfully to make NFL history didn’t surprise me. What did surprise me was his choice in attire.

Not the short-sleeved, hooded sweatshirt, but the color: red.

Back in the early nineties, the New England Patriots underwent a radical uniform change. Gone was the Pat Patriot logo (which resembled a patriot playing center) and here was Elvis Patriot. Silver was added as a third color (touted as “the color of the nineties”) and the red jerseys gave way to royal blue (later a darker nautical blue) as red became a permanent secondary color. Even today’s alternate jerseys are silver, and not red.

Why did they switch from red to blue jerseys? If I remember correctly, then-Patriots owner James Orthwein had this to say: It was the BRITISH soldiers in the Revolutionary War who wore red, not the Patriots.

Makes me think, jestingly of course, that The Hoody jinxed his team.

Though a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, I’m happy. Always great to see a classy team (the Giants) win. Wonder how Tiki Barber will spin this.

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