Let’s refresh ourselves on some basic Bill Belichick tenets.
Belichick does not enjoy public speaking. He does not relish fielding questions, and he most certainly doesn’t give a hot sandwich about the sport of soccer.
The New England Patriots head coach can scarcely stomach speaking to the media about the sport he’s paid millions to coach, so it’s a small wonder he didn’t spontaneously combust Wednesday when a reporter tossed out a pat-a-cake question about the New England Revolution soccer club.
Boston Globe reporter Ben Violin (h/t The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre) tweeted out a transcript from Belichick’s presser. The question involved United States men’s national soccer team player Jermaine Jones, who recently signed with the Revolution.
What do you think, coach? Do the Patriots and some soccer team you barely know exists have some kind of nonsensical, cross-sports rivalry?
No. No, they do not.
As you’ll note, Belichick is focused mainly on the football thing. He doesn’t know the rules to soccer, because they’re not in the Patriots playbook. “Offside” is where he hates to see Rob Gronkowski and nothing more.
Well handled, Bill. You answered the question and avoided saying, “I really don’t give a damn.”
And if it makes you feel better, you and 75 percent of the people who bought USMNT Popsicle jerseys this summer are on the same plane of knowledge.
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