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Bill Belichick is a Real Life Howard Roark from 'The Fountainhead'

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  1. maverick4

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    - Super focused, highly competent, narrowly obsessed with his lifelong work and goals.
    - Oblivious to anything else, especially social interactions with those he deems unnecessary.
    - Designer and manager of masterful creations of art, causing resentment from the mass public.
    - Highly confident in himself, bordering on hubris.
    - The target of an influential media writer with an agenda.
    - Betrayed by a long-time colleague of his.
    - The victim of an unfair mob trial.
    - Sways the public through his statement, keeps on chugging mentally unscathed.
    - ULTIMATELY VICTORIOUS.
     
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    I kind of wish I had read the Fountainhead. I will say that some of my predictions came true in "Belichick Shrugged." I hope the last one about devising a counterattack is particularly true.
     
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    Yeah, a day and a half ago when I suggested Belichick was either Howard Roark or John Galt, these past several hours have proved, in my mind at least, that he is a real-life Howard Roark. The parallels are eery.
     
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    Perfect analogy. And ESPN plays the role of Ellsworth Toohey.
     
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    ESPN, or Micini over at the NY Post is like Ellsworth. And Mangini is like Peter Keating. Sooner rather than later, he will be exposed for the fraud that he is.
     
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    I got about 70 pages in before I couldn't take it anymore. If I'm going to torture myself for a grade at least make it short (I believe the teacher commented "B - an excellent paper for someone who didn't read the book").

    Nope, I have nothing of substance to add so I'll continue. My wife loves telling objectivists (and wanna-bes) that she really liked Atlas Shrugged (she did) and then when they start talking about the speeches saying "oh, I skipped those." The looks are priceless.
     
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    Hilarious lol
     
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    I'm honestly starting to feel left out in the cold from not being too familiar with Ayn Rand novels. I just played the game BioShock (made in Quincy :rocker: ) but have never read Atlas Shrugged which inspired it.

    Might actually look into these once my degree is done and the season is over and I have five minutes of free time that don't go towards checking NFL news. Removing PFT from my bookmarks will be the first step. :singing:
     
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    I think you've got it wrong. Parcells was Keating. ;)
     
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    maverick, this is by far my favorite post on this board...ever. Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are two of my absolute favorites. And no, I'm not some silly objectivist.
     
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    If you guys play video games, you'd love the story behind 'Bioshock'. "Andrew Ryan" the visionary -- I'm sure you can pick up on the allusion.

    EDIT: Oops Fahrenhype already pointed that out, missed it in the first thread read.
     
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    I'm going to dig this book up to read a bit before I fall asleep tonight.

    Then I will eagerly wait for Sunday, when Belichick's SidelineShank Redemption begins.
     
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    Don't. Next thing you know you'll be putting a "who is John Galt" bumper sticker on your car. It's a downward spiral.

    I kid, of course. I hated the beginning of Fountainhead and never tried the others. My wife liked Atlas and I don't know about the others. My high school girlfriend loved the books to the point she bought into the propaganda and became a bad person.

    As long as you aren't impressionable you should be fine.
     
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    Well I've gotta keep my priorities in order. I still haven't read Patriot Reign or that Halberstram (sp?) book yet. I can't ignore this Rand thing though. First I see Sawyer reading the Fountainhead on lost, then I play that game, now people are comparing Belichick to the main character. Seems like a sign. :eek:
     
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    I'm a fan of Atlas Shrugged, but I skipped Galt's speech as well, simply because I had already become familiar with Rand's general philosophy via her nonfiction.
     
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    These two guys are so similar it's not even funny.
     
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    I do see the parallels and I've always respected the way Belichick has so faithfully pursued his mission of coaching his team without bowing to the social pressures of conforming to expectations (regarding things like interacting with worthless media types).

    But Howard Roark was after something argued to be inherent... beauty. It's hard to map that to video taping of signals. What's the ideal that Bill was being loyal to? Competition? Some philosophy of "it's not cheating unless you get caught."

    Is this Howard Roark argument somehow saying that Bill felt he was pursuing some greater truth? I don't get that.
     
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    Roark wasn't pursuing 'greater truth', as you said, merely a singleminded desire to design and build according to the shape of the land.

    Belichick has a single minded, lifelong desire to win football games, and in his mind he did not cheat (and if you look into the details of the case, I agree with him). Just like Roark, Belichick is being crucified in the media, had to pay a huge financial penalty, but his statement was defiant, and he kept chugging along emotional unscathed due to his supreme confidence in himself well as in his integrity.
     
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    Awesome!!!!

    Great connection. Please tell me that Clayton is Elsworth Tewy
     
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    with those attributes alone he sounds like he is on the Autisic Spectrum probably suffers from Asperger's Syndrome which is high functioning autism.
     
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