Deadspin: Here's To The Loveable, Impish Bill Belichick
Finally somebody gets it...
There are two schools of thought on Bill Belichick. One is that he's a humorless football Jawa devoid of empathy or any animating purpose save destruction or creeping MILFs. The other is that he's probably all those things, and that rules, because "he wins games for us!" That latter opinion is proffered by New England sports fans, so 99 percent of people rightfully ignore it.
For the sake of pre-Super Bowl sanity, let us ignore them both—along with all the predictable statistics and hype. Instead, let's consider the possibility that Bill Belichick is quietly kind of awesome...
He's dropped little hints for years: the NFL Films moments of him on the sideline with Ochocinco, busting his chops, smiling and fraternizing with the enemy; letting Doug Flutie dropkick an extra point because why the **** not; going for it on 4th and 2 in Indianapolis because his defense wasn't providing a viable alternative and abstracted sportswriter clichés like "You have to show your defense you have confidence in them!" weren't going to win the game either.
His robotic press-conference answers lack the punchiness, the anger or bluster, of other coaches' performances, but he seems to display a kind of impish delight in their uselessness. To reply seriously to unserious questions would only reward stupidity, and there's a kind of Belichick twinkle at the insipid moments, where he looks amazed to still be asked questions that either can't be answered without betraying game strategy or shouldn't be answered because, seriously, goddamn.
If you're already damned to being part of the silly game, irrespective of the actual intent of your input, why play? This is why it's puzzling that Belichick is such an irritant to savvy sports fans. Belichick's schtick is really no schtick. He keeps trying to win the contests that matter, because those are the only things we ultimately care about. The rest is window dressing. We deplore forced narratives in journalism. Wanting one from a coach is just weird.
Re: Deadspin: Here's To The Loveable, Impish Bill Belichick
Think about this people, If BB can chill and enjoy this week smiling away, why can't we fans do the same? Brady was right saying savor the experience because (as a player) (or us as fans) it could be your last.
I'm enjoying the week before the game. Make sure you do too. It could be a while or even never for some of us.