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The Lost Belichick Interview

You might have heard that after New England’s 28-13 loss to Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Bill Belichick refused to come out for the post game interview with CBS. Instead, he sent out Devin McCourty. CBS’ Shannon Sharpe ripped Belichick for the snub, which was fine and fair.

The sad part is that America missed out on the post game interview, which I believe — based on Bill’s previous interviews — would have gone more or less like so:

Steve Tasker: “Bill, obviously that was a tough loss.”

Bill Belichick: “True, Steve. But it is so important to remember that to fall from a great height, you must first climb to that great height. I believe it was Steinbeck who wrote that it’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”

Tasker: That was “The Winter of Our Discontent” wasn’t it?

Belichick: Yes. I find that Steinbeck comforts me in times like these. He had a deep understanding for losing. Also, now I think of the words of Anais Nin, whose journals I keep close for moments like these. I believe she said that we put off dying by living and risking and losing …

Tasker: Well, to be precise, I believe she said, “I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.”

Belichick: Yes, that’s the wording.

Tasker: “Dreams are necessary to life.” She said that too.

Belichick: True words, Steve. Very true words.

Tasker: What would you say to Ray Lewis right now?

Belichick: I think instead of C.S. Lewis who said, “We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.”

Tasker: Thank you Bill for your time and wisdom.

Belichick: Of course Steve. And please tell Shannon Sharpe to $&#^&% #$&#*&.

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15 Responses to The Lost Belichick Interview

  1. Who knew Steve Tasker was so well versed in fine literature?

  2. spencersteel says:

    It’s not that Belichick would have had anything interesting to say – or any other coach or player for that matter. The fact is that the league is a multi-billion dollar enterprise whose funding comes in large part from network television contracts. The deal is pretty simple, really: Belichick gets 100 or 150 grand a week for coaching, and in exchange he makes himself available to CBS for some banal quotes in a quick on-field interview. Since he can’t bother himself to comply with such a difficult request, perhaps he doesn’t need one or two of those millions of dollars he’s being paid this season.

  3. Rob Smith says:

    Cheat, win, gloat. Lose, grumble, disappear. The Belichick way.

  4. When has Belichick ever gloated? There are plenty of valid criticisms of him, that’s not one of them

  5. Matt H. says:

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  6. Matt H. says:

    *sigh.* re-posting:

    Yeah, Belichick has never seemed like a gloater to me, at all.

    And let’s also bear in mind the Pats don’t pay him to be a media star. They pay him to win ballgames. Sharpe and others are welcome to criticize him for stiffing their colleagues, but all they can do is moan. If I were a Patriots fan I’d be gleefully watching media types twist themselves up over this.

  7. bigsteveno says:

    Take it like a man, Bill. Wussing out like that reveals a lot about your character.

  8. Mark Daniel says:

    I can appreciate Belichick’s actions. I mean, he must know that doing something like this will create a media stir. Yet he does it anyway. He sure seems like he couldn’t care less what the media thinks.

    This attitude manifests itself in some of the play calling Belichick has done over the years. He’ll go for it on 4th down at strange times, or he’ll punt (like he did Sunday) when a FG or going for it seems more appropriate. Belichick just does things because he believes it gives his team the best chance of success, and this belief is based on reason and data. And he doesn’t care about any media backlash that would ensue. He just doesn’t care. You have to admire that about the man. He’s gutsy enough to do seemingly stupid things because, in truth, they aren’t stupid just unconventional. Most coaches don’t have the guts to put themselves on the line for being second guessed. Belichick seemingly jumps over that line constantly.

    • Mark A says:

      Not really. I think most coaches don’t care (or at least make decisions based on) the media. They make their calls based on beliefs, too. Its just a matter of whether those happen to correspond with conventional wisdom.

      And other coaches who don’t care much about the media will still face the music after a loss, give credit to their opponents, and answer for their team’s opponents.

      I’d argue Bill cares MORE than most coaches about the media. He avoids them when he feels vulnerable. He gives non answers to any questions. He instructs his players in a specific approach to handling media, too. He tries at every turn to control the story.

      Now, Jim Mora Sr, there was a guy who didn’t care about a backlash.

    • Fact is they haven’t won without their little spy camera, lol

    • Mark Daniel says:

      Mark A, those are good points, but I disagree. Belichick does not avoid the media when he feels vulnerable, he avoids the media at all times. He always credits his opponents, too. Before and after games. He just doesn’t indulge the media with silliness, and I believe he does that because it doesn’t serve his team’s best interest. I may be wrong, of course, but I don’t think so.

  9. Frank says:

    I will have to give sideline reporters props for inventing new ways to ask the same old question: “How do you feel?” Which is only slightly better than, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”

  10. Mark A says:

    Belichick asks for it.

    You can be short and boring with the media when you’re winning. When you’re losing is when they really want answers. And so being even less available/verbose in those situations is particularly galling to the press.

    And it doesn’t help Bill that it fits into an existing narrative of him not being gracious in defeat.

  11. It’s horrible, it’s really sadistic, but I just can’t help it–I love watching Belichick eat crow. Maybe it’s schadenfreude. Maybe it’s that I was raised a giants fan. Maybe it’s that fact that, no matter how many games he wins, he’s still a sore loser. Nevertheless, watching him run off the field pissed off is so much fun.

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