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Lisa Guerrero: Bill, let the hoodie go ...

October 13, 2008 |  4:17 pm

Bill Belichick The Patriots’ regular-season road winning streak came to a bitter end in our own backyard at the hands of Philip Rivers and the Chargers on national television Sunday night.

Now, if only another ugly New England streak would die, my inner fashionista could rest in peace.

Bill Belichick’s sweatshirt must go.

It’s time for him to peel off the charcoal-gray hoodie.

Sure, it was kind of funny for a while. You can get away with looking like a cross between Tom Arnold and Larry the Cable Guy when you’re winning three out of four Super Bowls, but when your team stinks, it’s time to drop the hoodie in the hamper.

Of course, this could be easier said than done. Belichick reportedly has a contract with Reebok and Fruit of the Loom. And last season, the sweatshirt with the cutoff sleeves topped the sales chart at the Patriots Pro Shop.

Even the “All Things Bill Belichick” website is invested in his iconic look –- they sell those hoodies (but you have to cut the sleeves yourself) in just one color, gray. But even they might suspect the end is coming: They are currently trying to unload them at 15% off.

How popular is this hoodie in my favorite fan base of Beantown? Over the years, the Patriots Pro Shop has sold more Belichick sweatshirts than Tom Brady jerseys. And I don’t think we’ll see a run on Matt Cassel’s number anytime soon.

Recently, coach Belichick presented one of his hoodies to President Bush (insert your own punchline here). Bottom line is, during this campaign season when the key word is “change,” it’s time for Bill to do likewise with his wardrobe.

LisaI’m not suggesting a Mike Nolan/Jack Del Rio business-suit-wearing upgrade. Maybe just a color change (red, white or blue?) or that old coaches’ standby, the turtleneck.

Apparently, Belichick is understandably superstitious. Things have been going swimmingly for him thus far –- 34 seasons as an NFL coach and the first head coach to finish a regular season 16-0. And of course, three Patriots Super Bowl victories.

And we’ve all heard of the stories of superstitions in sports related to what guys wear.

Pelle Lindbergh, the NHL goaltender, wore the same orange T-shirt under his equipment every game. Each time it started to fall apart, he had someone sew it up for him.

Then there’s Jason Terry, who, as an Arizona Wildcat, would sleep in his uniform shorts before the game. When he broke into the NBA, he started sleeping in the opponents’ uniform shorts instead. He also wears five pairs of socks at the same time during games.

My husband (Scott Erickson) told me that when he played Little League, he was so excited before the game that he slept in his entire uniform the night before. He, like, never lost. He should’ve tried that when he pitched for the Dodgers.

And finally, there’s Turk Wendell, the eccentric reliever and believer in many superstitions. He wore a necklace when he pitched that was made from pieces of critters he had hunted and harvested, like mountain lion claws and the teeth of wild pigs and a buffalo. Sarah Palin would be proud.

But all good things must come to an end: The Pats' road winning streak, a stinky gray sweatshirt and my ability to wear tight dresses without Spanx.

Time and fashion march on.


Separated at birth: Jerry Ferrara (Turtle on "Entourage"), Dodgers catcher Russell Martin

Jerry Ferrara as Turtle. Russell Martin


Finally, I’m hosting a show on the TV Guide Network airing at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. through Sunday called “Stars’ Secret Passions.” Joe Girardi and Derek Jeter pop up on the special, which is the only appearance the Yankees will be making on TV during the playoffs (check your local listings).

Lisa Guerrero has covered Super Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series, along with the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys. As an actress, she has appeared on "Frasier" and "The George Lopez Show" and as Billy Baldwin's long-suffering wife in the film "A Plumm Summer," which she executive-produced.

Top photo: Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots on the sideline against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Credit: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Inset at left: Jerry Ferrara, who plays Turtle on "Entourage." Credit: Jason DeCrow / Associated Press

Inset at right: The Dodgers' Russell Martin. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire