One of the most convenient platforms for an NFL player to expand that all-important personal brand is at the postgame podium, where answering bland questions can also double as an opportunity to showcase their fashion sensibilities and personality to millions of fans and #brands across the globe.
Unfortunate BYE Weeks
Tony Romo (for awhile), Derek Carr, Nick Foles, Lovie Smith
Outside of Tony Romo — who won’t be joining us until Week 11 — I wouldn’t exactly call these absences “unfortunate.” Lovie Smith is a man who clearly prefers not to be seen, so it’s safe to assume he spent his Sunday afternoon wrapped in a sea of orange Bucs blankets. Raiders QB Derek Carr probably spent his day off viciously berating an innocent mirror, while the excitable Nick Foles continued to truck forward with his incredible Napoleon Dynamite impression. Yeeeeeeah, probably best for everyone involved that this inspired crew sat this one out.
If someone were to inform me that Joe Flacco quit playing football in favor of scaring the entire world into the fetal position, I would barely flinch.
This dude’s closet of $12,000 suits is bigger than your house. Additionally — and definitely more importantly — I want the name of Sir Thomas’s personal beard trimmer. And I want it NOW.
The Giants play tonight, so this is actually Odell Beckham after last week’s amazing win over the Niners. Two gold chains with the hair to match. To be honest, I’m pretty jealous.
Tim Ryan: “Hi Andrew. Tim Ryan from The Big Lead again. Any thoughts on ever wearing something else other than a blue Colts shirt? Seriously, like, ever?”
Andrew Luck: “Show’s over guys.”
Nothing to criticize here. It’s a nice, casual shirt; fitted well. However, it would be a soothing breath of fresh air to see a little more decorum from the widely respected Drew Brees. Such sleazy tomfoolery has no place in the NFL. INAPPROPRIATE.
Matt Ryan obviously read last week’s harsh critique and scurried back to the basics like a frightened turtle. Sadly, this is pretty much Matty’s fashion ceiling. I know, it’s tragic.
Does Landry Jones play for the Pittsburgh Steelers or did Landry Jones win a contest to giddily sit at the podium? And are those buttons actually subway tokens? Your guess is as good as mine. Do better, Landry. Do better. (h/t @jasonhartelius)
Unless the original plan was to include a tie with this baffling “magic eye” button-down, most sane humans would strongly suggest not choking oneself with the very top button. Having said that, this is the perfect, overdone approach for the consistently hilarious Bills. Now please fire that shirt into a starved paper shredder.
The Niners beat the Ravens 25-20 — a much needed win — but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Colin Kaepernick abruptly retired from the NFL so he can place those beloved headphones back on his ears and never have to answer a question again. Though I must say, I’m thoroughly enjoying this new “puppy peed on the carpet” expression.
UPDATE: Kaep’s headphones and tie are positioned in a manner that makes it look like some sort of bug. Cartoon mosquito it is!
Eli picked a fantastic jacket and amazingly chose not to ruin it with a patterned tie and a checkered shirt. This is some serious growth, and more than likely enraged his pattern-obsessed brother. Still, nothing will ever change Eli’s endearing gawkiness.
Avid TBL reader Andy Dalton has taken the cue and ditched his embarrassing bacon-necked undershirt in favor or something a tad more spiffy. Baby steps. Not to be outdone is the consistency of Dalton’s Dual People’s Eyebrow as well as the inspiring gentleman at right, who looks like he would rather be swimming in a volcano.
This is precisely how one should look after opting to wear a pinstripe jacket, a pinstripe shirt, and a tie featuring some of Pac-Man’s most formidable enemies.
An old school Jets jacket? And the Jets are 4-1? Take a bow, fine sir.
Last week Josh McCown set a Browns record, throwing for 457 yards. This week, Josh McCown experienced the haunting realization that he is still, in fact, Josh McCown. The nondescript shirt and hat says it all.
The lesson, as always: When you lose to the Detroit Lions, you must wear a clip-on dress sock as a tie. Per a Chicago source, Jay Cutler is still standing at the podium sporting the same exact expression. At long last, Miserable Jay has returned to pouting glory.
“Just when I thought I was out … they pull me back in.” Superb Al Pacino impression. Oh, and thanks for rising to the occasion by wearing a sleeveless white hefty bag that says Chargers on it. What a great example of reaching for the stars.
Winning does strange things to people who aren’t accustomed to winning. Thankfully, Matthew Stafford and his wandering head are expected to snap out of this Ram-Man stance as early as Wednesday afternoon. Get well, get well soon, we wish you to get well!
The Seahawks are 2-4 and Russell Wilson is already starting to show the signs of a man whose mouth might remain agape for the remainder of the season. That was quick. Derek Jeter never pulled this crap. Then again, Derek Jeter never lost. Great jacket, though.
A leather breast cancer awareness hat coupled with a death stare that would make 1980s Clint Eastwood flinch. Well done. Keep at it, my man.
Cam Newton played one hell of a game in Seattle and continued to make his mark at the podium. Grand champ.
ATTN: Andy Dalton. This is how the casual look is done. Don’t force it, Big Red. Just let it fly like a recently divorced eagle.
The only reason Houston’s resident clown made this installment is out of sheer concern that Hoyer’s collar may one day swallow his own face. In fact, it already appears to be closing in for the kill. #PrayForHoyer
Are you serious? Again? Dress like an irrelevant assistant coach, get treated like an irrelevant assistant coach. Next.
Ryan Tannehill used to thrive on nothing but Miami Dolphins sweatshirts and visible disengagement. Now? Not. So what exactly is going on here? A wedding reception on the verge of getting loose? The absence of Joe Philbin’s face? I’ll go with the latter, as Philbin continues to haunt my world despite his NFL dismissal.
Can someone explain to me what Marcus Mariota has been accused of? Is he the lost Menendez brother? Is he upset that he’s not the lost Menendez brother? For the love of all that is holy, let’s come together and help this downtrodden fella.
A very focused Kirk Cousins appears to be revving up a motorcycle with plans of flooring it straight to hell. Prayers up that there’s a J. Crew outlet down there.
This happened. No, really, it did. I plan on watching this at least once a day for the rest of my life. Press the play button and you will too.
While we haven’t seen too much of the bolo tie or the fish face, it’s pretty refreshing to see Philip Rivers throw John Cena’s “you can’t see me” move into the mix.
This Is Not Football
Oh my god. We love you, Bartolo, you graceful beast.
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