Did you know that the NFL wanted to prohibit San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan from wearing a suit or blazer on the sidelies when he coaches, and that only under duress did they submit to letting him wear a Reebok-approved suit during two games last year? They’ve restricted him to two games in a suit this year as well, because Reebok gives the NFL millions of dollars in exchange for players and coaches wearing the company’s clothes. One of my favorite sports-related memories is seeing Tom Landry patrol the sidelines in a suit during Dallas Cowboys games, but that tradition has been killed on the altar of corporate sponsorship.
Anyway, a group is 49ers fans is planning to wear business suits to the team’s home opener in support of the coach’s sartorial quest. I love the idea.
Update: Clearly NFL commissioner Roger Goodell feels the power that is rc3.org, and today ruled that Mike Nolan and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio can wear suits to all of their home games. As far as I know, Roger Goodell wears a suit to work every day.