Sunday while the Ravens were beating the Patriots brains in on the way to Super Bowl XLVII, the nation once again was given another reason to dislike the hoodie.
Yes, it was a well known fact that Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a sore loser, but by refusing to talk to CBS after the loss, knocking them out of the postseason, he took it to another level.
Coaches before, and coaches after, have stepped up to the plate and admitted their teams simply were not good enough. From blowouts to the one-point last second losses, coaches have done it.
Over the weekend leading up to the AFC Title game, NFL Network showed the “Football Life” two-part series trying to paint a different picture of Belichick, one that makes him a likeable, intense coach that has a heart.
It’s hard to agree with that based on how he acted after the game Sunday. Instead of taking time to give congrats to the Ravens for a job well done, Belichick simply walked away, opening the door for CBS talking head Shannon Sharpe to slam him – rightfully so.
“There’s something to be said about being gracious in defeat,” Sharpe said on CBS’ postgame show. “We’ve seen the New England Patriots five times in the last 12 years be victorious. And we’ve seen the opposing coaches that lost come out and speak to our Steve Tasker. Coach (Bill) Cowher (who was sitting next to Sharpe) did it when they lost. We saw this last week (when the Patriots beat the Texans).
“Bill Belichick makes it very easy for you to root against the Patriots. You can’t be a poor sport all the time. You’re not going to win every time. And he does this every time he loses. It is unacceptable.”
Belichick will have a bust in the Hall of Fame someday, and he should. But it will be interesting to see how hard it will be for the NFL to find people to say good things about him after some of his actions – including Sunday.