The time has come once again to make the official Bill Belichick Hoodie Database prediction as to what the Patriots head coach should and will wear in Sunday’s Super Bowl 52. This has never been an easy task, especially as of late when Belichick has thrown two huge curveballs in two of his last three playoff games.
The first came in Super Bowl 51 when he wore the Hot Jacket, but for some reason tore the Flying Elvis logo off of it. Then, in this year’s divisional round against the Titans, he busted out an original blue Reebok hoodie, one that he hadn’t worn in six years! At this point I feel like Belichick is just messing with us. Well maybe just specifically me, but even trusted sites to bet on the Super Bowl are left confused as the what he’s going to wear in Minnesota.
First, let’s start with his Super Bowl history and as you can see from the chart, all signs are pointing toward blue being the color. Everyone freaks out about the red one but even Scott Zolak confirmed he’d avoid that on an interview with Pardon My Take this week. Another interesting tidbit Zolak mentioned was the Belichick was paid to wear that red hoodie in Super Bowl 42, a point he never expounded on and one which I find very much out of Belichick’s nature. Perhaps I’ll do some investigating on that after the big game.
Though he’s known for cutting off the sleeves, Belichick has never won a Super Bowl after hacking his sweatshirt and that’s why I’m hoping he avoids the 2017 Gray Cut Hoodie. He wore it five times this year with a 4-1 record. If he was going to wear a sideline hoodie, that one would be it since it was the only hoodie he wore this season.
Once again, all roads are leading us to the Hot Jacket, which surpassed the iconic Cut Gray Hoodie this season for total wins, now owning a 34-10 all-time record (all coming since 2013) compared to 32-10 for the Hoodie he’s most known for. How crazy is it that his two most favored pieces of attire have nearly identical win percentages?
The question now becomes does he wear the new one he wore this season with the Elvis intact? Or does he wear the same one from Super Bowl 51 that he de-Elvis’d? He was wearing the de-Elvis’d one after the Divisional round win over the Titans, so we know it’s still out there in circulation. And really, after the Reebok Hoodie bomb from that game, what piece of swag isn’t still in circulation? That game made me question everything I knew.
Belichick has won three of the five Patriots Super Bowls wearing a blue windbreaker and that makes the Hot Jacket the clear choice. While we may never know why he tore the Patriots logo off last season, I’m going to guess it was a special circumstance and hence he goes with the good old Elvis-intact Hot Jacket for Super Bowl 52. He’s 7-2 in it this season and it’s the jacket he’s won more games in than anything else.
Another Super Bowl win in the Hot Jacket would truly make it the defining outfit of Belichick’s career, even if he’ll still always be known for his hoodies.