Here is a photo of Fassel wearing a terrible hat in 2005, at left, with former Ravens coach Brian Billick. This hat probably — no, certainly — cost him some wins:
Fassel kept at it during his radio bit, reminding Denver sports-talk-radio listeners that Cam Newton is no John Elway:
And you know what: The ghost of Elway got him, because if you remember John Elway in the Super Bowl [XXXII, against the Packers], when he did the twirly-hoop and three guys hit him in the air when he was diving for the end zone, that’s what you want from a quarterback in the Super Bowl. You don’t want a guy who runs at the ball and then stops and watches everyone else go for it. He was soft. He was expecting, well, ‘They’re gonna lay down and we’re gonna beat ’em.’ That’s not what happened.
Fassel went to one Super Bowl as a head coach, with his New York Giants getting pasted by the Baltimore Ravens, 34-7, because of Fassel’s sweater-vest: