Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Why Would Bill Belichick Spit In The Wind?
Sometimes when you over-think things (because you're smart!), you end up doing something stupid. It's mid-week now, and sports fans and pundits are still talking about Bill Belichick blowing the game by going on fourth down and handing the game to Peyton Manning and the Colts. For you non-football types, going on fourth down on your own side of the field is akin to suicide. It's so foolish, it's practically a rule. But that's what's so crazy about it. A three time Superbowl-winning coach made a mistake that high school coaches wouldn't even make. Heck, you don't even do that on a videogame unless you're screwing around. But then Belichick must not be a music fan or he would have remembered that song. I think it was Jim Croce who once sang, "You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask of that old Lone Ranger, and you don't go on fourth down, on your own 28 yard line, with the lead, with 2 minutes to go on the clock and with the other team only having one timeout." See! It's even in a song! Of course, there could be an even shadier reason why Belichick went on fourth down, remembering that he's already been caught cheating (videotaping and stealing plays from other teams). Maybe he thought he was going to be clever and be the hero with some insider-knowledge of the other team, but Indianapolis was on to him. That would be just pudding for someone who is a little too smart to play by the rules.