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  1. BadMoFo

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    Coach betrays father’s legacy

    By Peter Gelzinis | Friday, September 14, 2007 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists


    The NFL boss, Roger Goodell, may be infuriated with him. New England Patriots boss, Robert Kraft, may be disappointed in him.

    But perhaps the only opinion that means anything to Bill Belichick is the one he will never hear. What would Steve Belichick say about his son’s fall from grace?

    For more than three decades, Steve Belichick was the beloved assistant football coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. But beyond that, he was the father who imparted all that he knew and loved about the game to the boy who would grow to be seen not merely as a great football coach, but a true gridiron genius.

    Last fall, at the age of 86, Steve Belichick passed away in what his son described as a perfect ending. “He did what he enjoyed doing,” Bill said of his dad’s final hours. “He went and watched Navy play, watched them win. And like he normally does on Saturday night, he sat around watching college football and his heart just stopped beating.”

    In all the tributes that followed, Steve Belichick was remembered by former players like Roger Staubach and Framingham’s Joe Bellino as a fierce, often crusty taskmaster, whose shrewdly competitive nature was exceeded only by the size of his heart.

    By all accounts, Bill Belichick absorbed the gifts his father, handed down on the practice field at Annapolis. It’s been said that by the time he was 9, young Belichick was deconstructing game films with a surgeon’s eye. But studying game film is not exactly the same as sanctioning a spy video.

    Would the old football strategist - who spent the bulk of his coaching life at a campus where honor was everything - have approved of his boy’s sneaky play? More to the point, would Steve Belichick have been swayed by the simpering excuse that “everyone does it.”

    At the altitude where Bill Belichick has become an icon, the virtues of sport are routinely corrupted and/or exploited by the pressures and temptations of big business.

    Winning players make millions in salary and millions more in endorsements. While winning coaches like Belichick may not pocket superstar millions, they more than make up for the shortfall by telling CEOs how to inspire their corporate “teams” toward a sales Super Bowl - for a handsome six-figure fee.

    What 33 years of coaching at the Naval Academy gave Steve Belichick were pride, great memories and a good life. He did not need a beer distributorship, or free loaner cars, or a weekly radio show.

    There’s no doubt that Bill Belichick inherited his desire to win from his father. But when you look back over this touching father and son story, there’s no mention of winning at all costs.

    Obviously, what makes the transgression even stranger is that the junior Belichick didn’t need the extra eye. Not this year, certainly. What would his father have given to have all the weapons now at his son’s command? If you can’t coach such a dream team to victory, without the aid of an illegal recon camera, what kind of coach are you?

    No matter what punishment Roger Goodell hands down, no matter how heavy a fine Belichick will have to cough up, the truth is if the Patriots fulfill their manifest destiny this year, Bill Belichick will find himself riding a Duck Boat once again down Boylston Street in five months.

    The overwhelming majority of Pats fans won’t give a bleep if the rest of the country looks at us the way we look at the Yankees. Winning another Super Bowl will make hypocrites of a great many of us.

    But this year, we will have some idea what’s behind that morose Belichick mask. It is a simple question: What would Dad think?.
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    "But studying game film is not exactly the same as sanctioning a spy video."

    WTF

    Everyone's an expert I guess.
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    Thanks for the article...we all make mistakes, and I think BB is going to be a better coach after going through this mess.
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    only the media will be hypocrites....as usual
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    Hoodie screwed up, we're going to have to hear it from the media and other fans for a while. Just deal with it. They'll get over it once we continue winning.
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    "Fall From Grace" ... WTF is going on here.. Geeez
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    #24 Jersey

    "winning at all costs" continues to suggest cheating - which I continue, honestly, to not believe. So . . . whatever.
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    Just when the piling on from the national media starts to wan, the local media picks up the slack.
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    i dont mind the non boston media bs-ing about it....but the boston i do. if this happened in indy...all their media would have rallied around the team...here they want to bring the pats down ,,,,so what new.

    anywayyyyyyyyyyyy good the weekend is near
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    Gelzinis is a DB, and I don't mean defensive back. He loves to write about the Winter Hill Gang and "old" Southie like he was a part of it, when he knows absolutely nothing about it.
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    Technically this is the first column the local writers are writing about the fine and loss of draft pick. This comes out tomorrow. How quickly do you think people will forget?
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    anyone ever heard of Peter Gelzinis?

    thought not... just one more dildo trying to become someone.... since his pathetic sports writing never worked, nothing to lose, right pete? PS. i want a double pepperoni pizza and i have a coupon for 2 for $10... ill give you a nice tip; since i know you need the cash.
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    Seriously this guy shouldn't be writing about what BB's father might think of the situation. the guy has passed on leave him be and don't try and act as if you'd have any clue as to what he'd think of the situation.
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    Some support for the coach that has brought the region three SB's would be nice. Instead we get lectures from the ungrateful bastards. Obviously there are exceptions in the business though.
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    the whole time, this loser is hoping no one notices "i never get my articles posted/let alone printed in actual media"... dude, you should just crawl in a hole and die... if you are this pathetic, just do the world a favor, crawl in a hole and die. we will always remember your disgraced name now.
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    I am so sick of the media. All they do anymore is wait for a story and then they beat it to death. There is no integrity in journalism anymore, instead every dipshyt with a pen has to throw in their crap opinion. Half the articles I see written these days have blatant errors in them and you can't turn on tv without being beaten over the head with the same story over and over again.

    It used to be that I thought Lawyers and Telemarketers were the scum of the Earth, I now realize they were just keeping the spot warm for journalists.

    The sad part is the brainless masses who just swallow all the BS hook line and sinker because they can't think for themselves.

    WTF does this writer know about Belichick's father and their relationship and how he might feel about all this. I think if he were still alive Steve Belichick would tell this jackass to STFU.
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    100% support of BB here... anyone want to comment on their non-support?
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    This Gelzinis is a gomer, no need to Bring BBs dad into this, I mean criticize the guy all you want but it is not like he shot the Pope.
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    Since Xerox Borges is no longer worthy of my sig, i will now devote it to a new DB... i wont even mention the name, since that would only help her...
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    These media types hammering Belichick are the same ones who will make themselves into "martyrs" by going to jail for not revealing their sources to a judge. The still collect their paychecks and also gain image for "standing by their principles" of not disclosing their sources. They become "heroes" to others in their craft, even if it is breaking the law.

    Yeah, there's plenty of hypocrisy all right.



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