Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Top Ten Cloves: Things Bill Belichick was thinking just before going for it on 4th down

By J. Thomas Duffy

News Item: Bill Belichick enters another elite club

10: Was trying to remember how much change he had in his pocket

9. Thinking that, maybe, he should have jumped into the NY-23 race

8. Feared many will "Unfriend" him on Facebook if he blows the call

7. Instead of coming up with what play to run, was trying to remember the words to the Bon Jovi tune playing in his head

6. Wondering how meddlesome he would be, if Rush Limbaugh owned the Patriots

5. Since's he's married now, debated about pointing out to Tom Brady the busty cheerleader on the sidelines

4. Was preoccupied with coming up with anagrams of Peyton Manning's name

3. If he blows it, hoping that Sarah Palin's book coming out will bury his gaffe

2. Should have looked at all the films of the Colts' signal-calling before the game

1. Not making it puts him in the chute for one of those "Should'a had a V-8" commercials

Bonus Bill Belichoke Riffs

NYT: Colts Pull Off Improbable Win as Patriots’ Gamble Backfires

TSN: Belichick's Decisions Set Him Apart from Other NFL Coaches

Dan Fogarty: Michael Wilbon Leads Charge Against Belichick’s “Arrogant” Play Call

USA Today: Rodney Harrison: 'The worst decision I've ever seen Bill Belichick make'

George Donnelly: Belichick made the right business decision

Monique Walker: Decision by Belichick still one very hot topic

Bonus Bonus!

Top Ten Cloves: Things Brett Favre Can Expect On His Return To The Green Bay Packers

Top Ten Cloves: Possible Reasons Peyton Manning Threw Six Interceptions Last Evening

Top Ten Cloves: Ways To Tell Your Next Door Neighbor May Be Conducting Illegal Dogfights

(Cross-posted at The Garlic.)

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  • I respect, and despite, Belichick. As a Steelers fan, it isn't easy to choose between the Colts and the Pats, but I was definitely rooting for Manning the Colts the other night. New England is just such a loathsome franchise -- yes, a very successful one, and in some ways a model one, but still loathsome. And I was extremely happy to witness the abject failure of coaching that brought the Pats down. I know there are some who are touting statistics to show that Belichick did the right thing, but the situation in the game called for a punt. His F-U arrogance has been apparent for years. Just look at the way he treats opposing coaches after the game. It wasn't Mangini who beat him, it was Caldwell, and he couldn't even make eye contact. Nice sportsmanship. He finally got what he deserved, and I hope it costs the Pats in the long run.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 8:39 PM  

  • Michael

    I hear ya ... That decision was like his coaching in the Super Bowl against the Giants ... He did nothing, changed nothing in that game (like, with his offensive line getting shit kicked out them, going to the "No Huddle" set ... Quick screens, etc ...

    There was a post I read, measuring his greatness, by looking at his "Coaching Tree", all the guys under him that left, taking his system and sucking ...

    Not everyone in New England buys into that he walks on water ...


    By Blogger The Garlic, at 9:44 PM  

  • Well, anyway........go Colts! Been a Manning fan since the University of Tennessee days. Great call Belichick!

    By Blogger JUDI M., at 10:25 PM  

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