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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Belichick Apologizes

Two takes on Bill Belichick's apology in the Boston media this morning. For those of you who don't remember what happened: after the Pat's 37-16 win over the Jets on Sunday, Belichick pushed a cameraman out of his way as he tried to meet with Eric Mangini on the field. The Boston Herald had its somewhat unbiased take on the situation. But the Boston Globe had an entirely different take on it, tearing Belichick a new one, because, as it turns out, the cameraman was a Globe photographer.

Now, I understand, Brian McGrory, that you may be friends with Jim Davis - the victim of Belichick's sweeping arm. But instead of ripping the coach apart - who's done his own share of work for New England as you know - step back and look at the big picture. The media, who's "just doing its job" as you say, spent the entire week over-hyping a "rivalry" that, frankly, isn't all that big. And you know what? The Globe can accept a bit of responsibility for that itself.

So when Belichick, most likely frustrated and ready to be done with the whole thing, was pushing his way through the "media scrum" while trying to give Mangina a hug, it's not so bad that there was a small casualty. I'm quite sure he didn't mean to hurt Davis. Yes, it was a poor decision. But I hardly consider it a moment that reveals a "pampered prince who doesn't give a damn about anyone or anything but himself." Had it been me, I would have pulled a Cameron Diaz on his ass. But then again, I am pampered. So one would expect that from me.

Frankly, McGrory should be happy Davis got an apology at all. I don't think anything would have been said had the photog been from, say, The New York Times.


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perfect!!! Well written and entertaining:)

MWCB said...

I've always wondered how coaches can stand doing nothing while everyone else is getting to hit each other; has to be some pent-up aggression there. The Belichick Robot is just so task-oriented that it didn't realize that was a person, not a thing, in its way.