San Francisco is a very sharp city. This hilly metropolis is home to Wilkes Bashford, possibly the finest menswear store in the country, and watched over by Gavin Newson – an impossibly stylish mayor pulled right out of central casting.
He took over the city’s helm from Willie Brown, a politician so famously aware of his sartorial presentation that stories tell of him switching shirts during a meeting because he had started to perspire and the first one was no longer up to snuff.
Well, get ready to add another clotheshorse to the list, but this time it might be from the last place you would expect: Monster Park, home of the San Fransisco 49ers.
Head coach Mike Nolan has lobbied for more than two years to be allowed to wear a suit at his team’s games and at long last he is victorious. Sort of. Coach Nolan will be outfitted this year by JA Apparel for all the 49ers home games. Nolan’s father Dick, who also coached the 49ers, always wore a suit on game day and his son wants to, well, follow suit.
After making a half-hearted offer of two suit-permitted games to Nolan and Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, who joined the good fight, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall caved and the home game deal was reached. On the road however, he will still be stuck in some ridiculous hoodie and sweatpants as required by the league’s contract with Reebok. How sad that the sport of Tom Landry would make it so hard for a head coach to actually look good.