Week eight of the NFL season had London calling for the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams. It was strange to hear our anthem followed by God Save The Queen. I still can’t decide how I feel about that. But God save The Queen when she saw how the Patriots head coach was dressed. Yes, The Hoodie went global. And it made its debut during a fan rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday.
Will Belichick start a European fashion trend? Will they be rocking hoodies with dress shirts and headbands on Oxford Street? In Chelsea? Probably not. On behalf of America, I apologize to the Brits and Her Majesty. I also apologize for the game…the Patriots beat the Rams 45-7. American football is the greatest sport in the world. But it is much more entertaining when two teams play.
At least they got to see the Gronk show. Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski had eight catches and two touchdowns. After the first, he did an awkward march before spiking the ball. The crowd went nuts for his Changing of the Gronk. Asked later who he was imitating, Gronkowski replied, “That little nutcracker dude that’s guarding the house.” Americans…
Speaking of fashion statements…the Steelers took a lot of grief when they took the field on Sunday in this:
Yes, the throwback uniforms are hideous. But I think they were misunderstood. The Steelers were dressed up for Halloween (as Peyton, Eli and Deion). They just couldn’t get the wings and tutus to fly (literally) with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. That’s why they call it the No Fun League.
Seriously though, no one ever wore those as uniforms…right?
Meanwhile, on NFL Halloween Sunday…Indianapolis Colts Running Back Vick Ballard played Superman, though he wasn’t in costume. It was without a doubt the play of the day (and most likely the play of the week, maybe the month). In overtime against the Tennessee Titans, Ballard goes in flying, upside down, over the pylon for the game winning touchdown.
It was the Colts’ first road win of the season (and last season) and their first back-to-back win of the season (and last season). Bet the Titans get their hands on some Kryptonite (or Stickum) before the teams meet again in Indy on December 9th.
And a real life hero, 11-year-old Dante Cano from Marlboro, New Jersey. He came up with the idea of using pink penalty flags for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and wrote Roger Goodell with his idea. On Sunday, Cano was invited to Met Life Stadium to present the pink flags to the officials before the game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins.
Just proves you don’t need a cape or a jersey to be a hero.
Or a hoodie.