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And this wasn't some 30-second mimicking that Payton played for laughs in front of his team, either. Oh, no. He worked at it, watching film of a Belichick interview to get his tone and mannerisms down right, dressing the part, and even talking to current Saints and ex-Patriots Randall Gay, Heath Evans and David Thomas to quiz them on how Belichick would dissect New Orleans in preparing his Patriots to play that coming Monday night in the Superdome.
"I made a careful note of how he scrunched up his face and how he tilted his head,'' Payton writes of Belichick. "I became Bill Belichick. The hair greased over to the side and darkened. The blue hoodie with the New England Patriots logo. The khakis and the tennis shoes.
Interesting excerpt from Payton's book about how he made a video of himself pretending to be BB and dissecting the Saints weaknesses BB-style prior to the Pats game. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?
I would love to see this video.
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"To get the voice right, I went on NFL.com Tuesday night and listened to Mike Lombardi interviewing Bill. Listened three or four times until I had that flat, tightly wound, slightly psycho-sounding monotone exactly right.
If Belichick HAD any respect for Payton, I think it's gone now. I don't think the greased hair and psycho-sounding monotone voice comments are exactly endearing signs of respect.
I don't think the greased hair and psycho-sounding monotone voice comments are exactly endearing signs of respect.
I thought the same thing. To me those characterizations ruined an otherwise respectful and fun story. I don't know if someone coached him to be more colorful in his writing or what, but he went a bit overboard.