Most people—fans and journalists alike—are bored by the zombiesque, dry blather of New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and most of the most visible Patriots, if not annoyed by it. This approach toward speaking to the masses is of course not limited to the Patriots, but the organization is the standard-bearer.
We ask, "Can their true colors please shine through?", which is why stories about how Belichick is actually hilarious and loose away from the cameras seem to percolate through the news every so often. These anecdotes remind us that the bland facade is just that—another cog in an overarching strategy for world domination.
And it's hard to argue with the results: Belichick and Brady are on their way to another AFC Championship in 2013, while someone like former Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett (of "Be More like Dogs" fame) is relegated to the viral universe.
As with most matters in life, moderation and balance seem to be the answer.
But this doesn't mean there aren't plenty of athletes who charm us with their eccentricities, or penchant for biting verbal jabs—sometimes they just need to tone it down for the greater good. Maybe it's because of age and career or team struggles that make what was once a nice change of pace...much less so.
These are 20 athletes who need to take a chill pill.