Tom Brady Turns the Sports Media into an Episode of ‘Fashion Police’

You might not care about clothing. But No. 12's sartorial choices will not be ignored.

Perhaps the best thing about Tom Brady’s bold sartorial statements is that they force sports people to talk about fashion. This is not something sports people do well, but Brady’s clothes are just so notable that they cannot be ignored. And so the sports blogosphere must turn into a biting episode of E!’s “Fashion Police.” It’s the best.

Thursday night was a prime example. Brady took to the post-game press conference podium after the Jets did their Jets-ing best to lose in the final seconds. Brady was wearing a gray, plaid, mid-length… we want to say trench coat? Honestly, this writer doesn’t really know how to talk about fashion, either. The point is, he was wearing a very noticeable coat. It wasn’t really even the strangest thing Brady has ever worn in public. (That goes to the blond faux-hawk and high-waisted red pants. Hands down.) But it wasn’t the least notable thing he’s ever worn, either. And he wore it at during a live broadcast on network television. So the internet kind of had to say something.

And say something they did. It doesn’t fit. It looks like a tween guy’s cargo shorts. We love it! We hate it!

On the more admiring side, David Portnoy at Barstool Sports “fainted” when he saw the outfit, did a double-take to make sure Brady was wearing pants, then got disappointed upon finding that he was. He was not alone in his admiration.  

Meanwhile, the least interesting observation to make about the coat, one that was nonetheless made about one hundred times, was that it looked just like one owned by [insert female relative]. And, like, whatever, right? So what if your Great Aunt Sally wore the same one to your cousin’s wedding. Brady wore it best.

The point is: there were some strong feelings on both sides. Still, a lot of people were left not knowing what to think. (Again. Sports people. Fashion. Not a lot of clear-headed thinking.) 

The Big Lead’s Ty Duffy couldn’t say if he liked it or hated it. He just knew one thing. “We’ll all probably own one in about six months.” Given that the coat probably costs more than your car, probably we won’t, but not because we didn’t want to.