Did You Hear: The Patriots Went For It on 4th-and-2?

Ben Rosenbaum@BenRosenbaum1Contributor INovember 19, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15:  Melvin Bullitt #33 of the Indianapolis Colts tackles Kevin Faulk #33 of the New England Patriots short of a first down to gain possesion late in the fourth quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won the 35-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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This is breaking news, I can't believe this: Did you know the Patriots went for it on 4th-and-2 against the Colts this past Sunday? I sure didn't. This has to be the most incredible news story ever! SportsCenter should dedicate a whole week of coverage to it!

By now, unless you live under a rock, you are well aware that Bill Belichick chose to go for it on 4th-and-2 with 2:08 left in the game on his own 28-yard line with the Pats leading by six.

Tom Brady threw to Kevin Faulk who was quickly hit by Colts safety Melvin Bullitt.  The officials made the call that Faulk did not pick up the yards necessary for a first down.

Peyton Manning and the Colts then took over and methodically drove down the field, topping it off with a game-winning touchdown scored by Reggie Wayne.

Here I am telling you things you already know. The amount of media coverage this game has received has been absolutely disgusting. ESPN is treating this story like there has been no greater story ever to occur. 

Today is Thursday, Nov. 19, the Colts-Patriots game was played on Sunday night, Nov. 15. Even days later, the guys at ESPN still cannot get enough of Belichick's blunder.

I hate Belichick and his "I don't need to shake hands if I lose" demeanor. So when SportsCenter decided to broadcast his weekly press conference, I just about lost it.

For 10 excruciating minutes Bill Belichick mumbled answers and barely looked up from the podium. What added more to my fury was the fact that there was not one question about the play. 

So let us review: SportsCenter comes up with the idea of covering his press conference without knowing what questions will be asked (Because when I think of exciting TV I think of a grumpy man answering questions with a dissatisfied sigh before answering), leaving all of their viewers to suffer through probably the worst 10 minutes of television history. 

Yesterday, one of the anchors for SportsCenter made a joke about the amount of coverage the play is getting. As they went into the story the anchor joked:

"I promise this is the last time we are talking about this".

Really? Well, let's see if ESPN is keeping that promise. At 11 a.m. here is where you can find coverage from major media outlets on the infamous play:

On ESPN.com there is a story at the bottom of the home page titled: "Belichick's Call Just the Latest in Pats' Troubles."

On NFL.com you can watch a video of Mike Mayock analyzing the play, entitled "Anatomy: Belichick's Gamble."

What more is there to analyze? Faulk doesn't pick up the first down, Manning drives down field, Colts win, Jim Caldwell continues not to smile, Belichick doesn't look at Caldwell when he sort of shakes his hand.

Anyway, now for the big test: Will SportsCenter go into more coverage of this God-forsaken play?

After watching SportsCenter for two hours the answer is wonderful no.

SportsCenter anchors and analysts did not make one peep about the 4th-and-2 play. It is about time if you ask me. However, while SportsCenter kept their promise to no longer discuss the play, ESPN still put stories up analyzing it. 

I have never seen so much fan-fare over a play. I understand that there is some strange fascination with Belichick and his weird sleeve-cut sweatshirts, but at the end of the day he is a human (even though some don't believe it) and he made a call that many coaches said they would have made in that situation. 

That should have been the end of the media frenzy right there. I didn't need to hear all the "what ifs," I didn't need to hear Herm Edwards' take on it five different times, and I certainly did not need Woody Paige and Skip Bayless' take on the play.

This play spent more time covered than Paris Hilton spent in jail. I am deeply sorry if I anger anyone by writing this article and continuing the abundance of coverage this play has now received. 

On the bright side, if you were looking for something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving you now have it: Be thankful that the coverage of "Pats lose on 4th-and-2" is officially over.