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Bill Belichick Blunder Gives Baltimore a Victory in 2009 Wild Card Playoff Game

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Bill Belichick Blunder Gives Baltimore a Victory in 2009 Wild Card Playoff Game

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is the winningest active coach in the NFL.  He has earned three Lombardi Trophies as the head coach of the New England Patriots plus two as the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants.

The coach shuns the publicity and attention that the media seeks.  Belichick makes Ty Cobb look like a “Cub Scout” when it comes to sending a reporter packing.  The indefatigable press never give up.  Every move he makes gets the “white-hot spot light treatment.”

Yet, the media missed his biggest tactical mistake ever during the 2009 AFC Wild Card Playoff between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots on January 10, 2010.  The gaff was so minor that perhaps it went unnoticed. 

I doubt if Red Sox manager John Farrell would have let this slip his attention.  Baseball folk are keenly in tune with the setting sun and its effect on the game.  The people who design baseball stadiums place the diamond in a position where the setting sun will never be in the batter’s eyes. (This is where the term “southpaw” comes from, since a left-hander’s pitching arm is facing south)

What happened?  

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