Yesterday, while watching Tom Brady headbutt one of his underpaid, All-American linemen, I had a thought.
There are no “hated” coaches in the NFL — except Bill Belichick.
Honestly, those in Patriot country have to be the only football fans who tolerate the man. It’s not like you can laude his high morals or coaching principles.
Personally, it wasn’t so much the cheating that turned me off Belichick.
Or when he leveled a photographer trying to snap a picture at midfield.
Or when he tried to lure away another man’s wife with all the cash he saves on weekend wardrobe (come on, I had to get one sweatshirt shot in there).
Nope, it was simply the fact Billy (and his boys) would do anything to have you believe they’re the most humble, blue collar, come-to-work and do-your-job guys in the entire world, let alone the league.
What a sham.
And it really showed Sunday, when the Pats kept hitting Redskins in the face, up 38-0. When Wes Welker scored (to make it 45-0), he acted as if he had just sealed a huge comeback in the AFC Championship game (oh wait…). Wes Welker, not Randy Moss. Nothing more humble than that.
When Belichick was asked about throwing on numerous fourth downs (with a huge lead) after the game, he gave his typical dickhead response:
“What did you want us to do, kick a field goal?” he asked.
Oh, you’re such a badass Bill. I know some wives that would be really turned on with that display of dominance.
The reporter probably did want you to kick a field goal so he wouldn’t have to waste a column/story/blog writing on how you lack any class whatsoever.
(To the writer’s credit, he shot back, “I didn’t want you to do anything, I’m asking about your thought process on that play.”)
Don’t be fooled by the image the media portrays of the Pats. Certainly there are other teams who will win at any cost, whose players play for the money and the fame, and haven’t enjoyed being on the field on a Sunday in years.
It’s just rare one team has them all.
PS. I refused to sell my ticket for 16 times the face value, so I’ll be at the game of the year Sunday. Go Horse.