The Funniest Thing About Cheating Patriots Coach Bill Belichick’s Press Conference
Embattled New England Patriots Head Coach and Official N[su_right_ad]FL-adjudicated cheat Bill Belichick took to the podium this morning to address the now-roiling controversy of his team’s alleged use of under-inflated footballs in last Sunday’s AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts. For about five minutes, Belichick gave opening remarks in which he pleaded ignorance of the NFL procedures for verifying game balls, made carefully-worded denials, and tried his level best to avoid using the word “balls” in sentences that would be funny with the word “balls” in them (which is most sentences). That’s no mean feat in a press conference that is specifically about balls, but Coach only slipped up once:
“Tom’s personal preferences on his ball.. footballs are something that he can talk about in much better detail.”
[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]As well as Belichick did avoiding juvenile titters from the full-grown adolescents of the world, though, he could not escape telltale symbolism worthy of a 21st Century Edgar Allen Poe: throughout his press conference about tampering with footballs, Belicheck stood in front of a backdrop that featured the hashtag #flexball, intended to promote Gillette razors. And just like those razors, Belichick’s press conference was designed to give him the wiggle room to escape this kerfuffle with nothing worse than a close shave.
In case you missed it, allegations surfaced on Monday that the Patriots may have used under-inflated footballs, which would be easier for offensive players to grip, in their victory over the Colts. Further reporting by ESPN showed that 11 of the Patriots’ 12 game balls had to be re-inflated at halftime when they were tested and found to be “significantly below” the 12.5 psi level required by the NFL.
When asked about the allegations, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughed them off, but like Belichick, left himself lots of wiggle room by not actually denying them…READ MORE