Saturday, March 8, 2008


Maybe Bill Belichick still hasn’t gotten over the Super
Bowl loss that vaporized his quest for immortality.

Maybe he had to deal with a pressing issue.
And maybe, just maybe, he really is a weirdo.

We will never really know why Belichick, the head coach of the 18-1 New
England Patriots, declined to show at the Maxwell Football Club awards ceremony Friday night at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

We will never really know why the mastermind of Spygate, the not-so-secret
operation to film and steal the defensive signals of opponents, chose to make
his acceptance speech for the prestigious Greasy Neale award as pro coach of the year in DVD format.

Would anyone be surprised if the NFL confiscated and destroyed it?

What we do know is that 89-year-old Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson
literally limped into town to accept the Reds Bagnell award for contributions to
the game.

What we do know is Wilson still has a pretty good sense of humor after
those four Super Bowl losses – all in a row – in the 1990’s.

“I’m a little unsteady,” Wilson said after struggling up the steps to the dais for the media luncheon. “What the Buffalo Bills have done to me in the last 48 years … ”

Belichick should have seen this living lesson in humility, class and
achievement up close and personal.

And it wouldn’t hurt for someone to send a DVD of Wilson accepting his award to say, Belichick’s quarterback, Tom Brady, the Bert Bell winner as pro player of the year. Brady cancelled three weeks ago, telling organizers he would be out of the country.


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