DATELINE: Paper Chase and Media Beater
Professor Belichick at Trump University
Bill Belichick disdained his midterm report card.
You’d think the head coach of the New England Patriots would gladly accept accolades and A’s for his efforts this season.
This is not your twin brother’s Rex Ryan. Belichick sneered with more alacrity than usual when some dopey media person asked what grade he deserved as a coach at mid-season.
Bill does not suffer fools gladly—and press conferences seem to test his pedal to the mettle. These cub reporters never learn their lessons enough to receive more than a failing grade. Professor Belichick never gives multiple guess tests.
Responding with all the ever-acerbic zeal of Bill Parcells, Mr. Belichick thought the idea of a mid-season grade went out with summa cum laude. He eschewed any grading system as worse than pass/fail.
Under the circumstances, he noted that he deserved an F.
Football is not the first semester of college—despite what FanDuel or DraftKings may tell you. And Bill Belichick is the Professor Kingsfield of the media chase and Super Bowl graduate school. If he has a seating plan for reporters and media geeks at his weekly presser, he knows what maroon to call on for the worst question.
One of these days he will hand a reporter a dime and tell him to call his mother and say he failed out of Football 101.
Unlike bombastic Rex Ryan who only circles the games with the Patriots on his schedule, Bill Belichick never circles anything. He is more of a rhomboid guy. And, there is no neutral corner.