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Bill Belichick showed up to his weekly press conference in a “Danger Zone” hoodie; prayers up for Buffalo bettors

January 12, 2022

You can tell a lot about Bill Belichick’s mood by his press-conference fit. Sweatpant capris? He’s feeling jaunty, already dreaming of slow summer nights on Nantucket. A shirt that looks like it survived the Chernobyl reactor meltdown? He’s not in the mood to take anyone’s bullshit, especially not their bullshit questions. But what does it mean when he shows up to the podium four days before a primetime, all-AFC-East Wild Card showdown wearing this?

It means you better start praying for the Buffalo Bills.

So Bill, want to tell us a little bit more about that hoodie?

Expect anything else? As it turns out, the sweatshirt was allegedly given to him by the 2019 Patriots special teamers, who dubbed their unit “The Danger Zone” after Kenny Loggins’ iconic ‘Top Gun’ theme of the same name.

The Patriots didn’t end up winning the Super Bowl that season, but it’s hard to read this as anything other than a shot across the bow of the Buffalo Bills' wagon train. The Bills may be the favorites on paper—3.5-point and -190 moneyline favs according to DraftKings on Wednesday afternoon—but only the bravest (or dumbest) among us aren’t thinking about a little hedge to soften the inevitable blow.