NFL Podium Fashion: Matt Ryan's Night At the Opera and Eli Manning's Season Summarizing Face

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NFL Podium Fashion: Matt Ryan's Night At the Opera and Eli Manning's Season Summarizing Face

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NFL Podium Fashion: Matt Ryan's Night At the Opera and Eli Manning's Season Summarizing Face

As we’ve learned throughout the course of this vibrant NFL season, the postgame podium can serve as a player’s best friend or their most sworn enemy. It’s proved to raise the personal brands of already established stars — like RussCam, and Tom — to even higher levels, while sinking others like a Newman cannonball. Oh yes, we’re lookin’ directly at you, Carson Palmer, Big Ben, and Blake Bortles.

By now, after an eventual 17 weeks of the regular season, the journey has spoken for itself and taught us what we know all long — only to a more ALARMING degree:

Sometimes it works. And sometimes it does NOTThese are their stories.

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No BYE Weeks

merton hanks chicken dance

That’s right, Merton. Week 17 was ALL IN just like your neck was during your pad-less days in San Francisco. It’s a god damn miracle you survived. Nonetheless, everyone got to play!

Andrew Luck hates life

Oh. Kinda. Get healthier and hairier soon, buddy. The latter of which I can only assume will take no longer than 31 seconds.

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Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles fashion breakthrough

Hey, it took until Week 17, but my boy — OUR boy! — Blake Bortles has finally ventured away from team merchandise. Cheers to a diversified fashion portfolio in 2016, bro.

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Eli Manning

Eli Manning Face

Eli Manning’s outfit is the perfect summation of the Giants season: A bunch of confusing crap thrown together in an effort to form a synchronized unit that never had a chance in hell of working.

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Cam Newton

Cam Newton fashion

This is exactly what 15-1 is supposed to look like: Dressed to the nines and very self-satisfied. It’s also the lean and grin of someone who just delivered a silent but deadly one and cannot wait for it to reach the first row of reporters.

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Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall fashion victory

Is Brandon Marshall conducting a press conference or wrapping a photoshoot for the cover of Vogue? Dude is one of the smoothest dressed guys in the NFL. It’s basically a fierce stand-off between him, Russ, and Cam for the rights to the top of Mt. Fashion. Sorry, Sir Thomas. It is what it is.

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Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers Hamburglar

Wearing The Hamburglar’s shirt underneath a zip-up sweater is sadly a major breakthrough for Aaron Rodgers, who has so often appeared like a disheveled mess who broke up and got back together with his girlfriend 11 times in the same day.

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Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson NFL fashion

If you want to get picky and pricky here, you could say Russ’s tie knot sucks and that it’s not centered. But we never get picky and pricky in this space.

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Tom Brady

Tom Brady fashion lifeless

Tom Brady has been uncharacteristically lifeless as of late and there’s really one, and only one, explanation: The Revenant. Leo hasn’t even gotten that Oscar yet and Tommy’s already feeling tragically inadequate despite owning four Super Bowl rings.

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Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning postgame fashion

Peyton Manning’s enormous head is not permitting me to see what he’s wearing. But it looks very safe and dad-like. That’s pretty much par for the course for Peyton MON-ning, as Bob Costas chooses to call him.

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Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers pisses intensity

It’s been a weird season for Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers of Los Angeles. The guy doesn’t even take his eyeblack off for his press conferences, which is actually kind of perfect. As we’ve learned throughout the season, losing makes people incredibly lazy. RIP Bolo Tie.

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan scarf game

Matt Ryan, who has been a mind-boggling mess the entire season, is suddenly ready to catch a hit play with Christopher Walken. A very sad play, it seems. Week to week, you just never know.

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Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins J. Crew catalog shoot

It’s pretty wild that the same guy who intensely and hilariously yells “you like that!” can also double for the senior captain of the debate team.

He’s basically the NFL’s Daniel Bryan. Unexpected success and he has his own special chant now. YES! YES! YES!

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Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler Vanderbilt hat

Jay Cutler busted out the leather and a Vanderbilt cap. This will cause at least one Chicago writer to question Jay’s loyalties and all the negative vibes he’s subtly sending towards Bears management, his teammates, the fans, the team mascot, and your mom. It’s happened before, it’ll happen again. Have fun, Steve Rosenbloom!

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J.J. Watt

JJ Watt Who From Whoville

A tribute to a Who from Whoville or a touching nod to The Coneheads? Whatever. Nothing is moe adorable than the Houston Texans making the playoffs for the sole purpose of embarrassing the franchise. Again. Best of luck!

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Devin Taylor

Devin Taylor traveling to Chicago in style.

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In this day and age, trends come and go faster than Alexis Texas. This would be an example of going. Fun idea, though.

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Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork being Vince Wilfork

This isn’t even Vince Wilfork after the game, but so rarely do we get to see big Vince on the main stage that this will have to do.

Do you remember Wilfork from our “preseason look ahead”? So do I. The man is a god damn hero. Amazing how a simple t-shirt can so powerfully lift up a smile.

vince-wilfork-worlds-greatest-farter-father

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Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben enjoys own scent

Only Big Ben would conduct a press conference summoning the scent of his own ass while dressed like a homeless person who isn’t actually homeless.

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The Browns

Jordan Poyer Browns very excited

Why does it always seem like anyone and everyone associated with the Cleveland Browns organization looks like they’d rather be eating glass underneath a vengeful lawnmower?

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Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown gold chain

This is what I imagine it might look like if one were to ask Antonio Brown if they could try on his chain. Antonio has been doing the heavy lifting all season long for his offensively unfashionable quarterback.

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Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick pretends to be human

Fun Fact: Bill Belichick has absolutely no idea what it means to interact with other human life forms.

Funner Fact: Bill Belichick would prefer that someone pull on those hoody strings until he can no longer breathe rather than answer another question from a filthy plebeian.

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Sammy Watkins

Someone played a trick on Sammy Watkins. Poor bastard had no idea cameras were rolling.

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Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross is a cartoon character

Considering Stephen Ross is the first known ventriloquist’s dummy to miraculously spring to life, he dresses and functions rather admirably.

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Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor ensured the Jets season went extinct and will now serve as the lead runway model for the latest and greatest Yeezy 750 Boosts.

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Zach Mettenberger

Zach Mettenberger postgame beard celebration

Zach Mettenberger is on his first day at the job as the new busboy and is already being yelled at by the waiters. Even the new ones.

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NaVorro Bowman

NaVorro Bowman is huge

NaVorro Bowman is here because I like his casual approach that still manages be stylish. It’s the perfect mix. He’s also here so that I can express just how much I would rather be struck by a speeding runaway hearse than be tackled by NaVorro Bowman.

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Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman NFL fashion podium

Richard Sherman, who’s lookin’ shahhhhhp here, always seems to be telling himself a hilarious joke. It’s hard for me to rain on this dude’s seemingly constant joy.

Josh Freeman??

Josh Freeman Colts

Surprised, Josh? Yeah. Me too.

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Frank Gore

Frank Gore Colts reaction

We almost went 17 weeks without an appearance from SamsAlmost.

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AJ McCarron

AJ McCarron postgame mess

Disaster. Next.

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Professor Jim Tomsula

Jim Tomsula's reading glasses

This is your last chance to bid a fond farewell to Jim Tomsula, Jim Tomsula’s reading glasses, and Jim Tomsula’s storied postgame sermons. There’s a healthier chance of Jim Harbaugh replacing Judge Judy than there is of this guy being a head coach in the N-F-L next year.

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Lardarius Webb

Lardarius Webb Ravens

Lardarius Webb’s impersonation of a very distant and vacant Bubbles from The Wire was an absolute masterpiece.

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Blaine Gabbert

Blaine Gabbert awful shirt

If Blaine Gabbert’s chief goal was to wear a terrible, blinding button-down that would look horrendous on camera, the living legend went above and beyond the call of awfulness.

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Bonus Round

Charles Woodson retires

We’ll allot this space for Charles Woodson and only Charles Woodson. Fans and media alike will continue to gush and say wonderful things about this man and his accomplishments right up until the very moment he comes out of retirement and signs with the Patriots.

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