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Bill Belichick | The Sports Report Girl

Real Man Of Genius!

November 17, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

The New England Patriots head coach made one of the gutsiest decision’s I’ve ever seen in a game of that magnitude.

And though it failed, going for it on 4th and 2, from his own 28 with 2 1/2 minutes to play… and a 6 point lead… was the absolute right decision.

Play to WIN!!!

Choke Of The Decade!

November 15, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

After a week’s worth of build up, the game that was hyped as the Rivalry of the Decade certainly lived up to it’s billing.

And Payton Manning and Tom Brady showed why they are the best quarterbacks of our generation. With nine seconds to go in the game, Payton hit Reggie Wayne for the go ahead touchdown that sealed one of the most amazing come backs I’ve ever seen.

Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on fourth and a short two with just under two and half minutes left in the game will be discussed and debated for years to come.

But here’s the thing… it was the right decision!

Earlier in the fourth quarter, the Patriots’ offense uncharacteristically eased off the throttle, settling for a field goal when they were in the red zone. Bill knew that was the safe decision… and probably the wrong one. When you have weapons like Brady, Moss and Welker, why settle?

So when he faced the fourth and two near the end of the game, his gut told him to put the outcome of the game in his offense’s hands. And had Faulk not bobbled the ball, it would’ve been a first down, and they could’ve continued to eat up the clock.

But even though it was the right decision, Belichick will never live down it’s failure. Mark my words, this will be remembered for years to come, right alongside Spy-Gate!

Call it “The Choke of the Decade!”

Patriots Show Their True Colors

October 21, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

After the Patriots’ embarrassing 59-0 rout of the depressing, downtrodden Tennessee Titans this weekend, the question that has repeatedly entered the public consciousness has been: is there such a thing as running up the score in professional sports? My answer: No.

Except when it’s the Patriots, so in this particular situation… Yes.

Let me explain…

This isn’t Pop Warner, there’s no such thing as a mercy rule. You’re getting paid millions and millions of dollars, so it’s up to you, as a player, whether you want to do your job and stop the other team from scoring (in turn, offensive players should be able to put some points on the board, as well). Seattle’s destruction of Jacksonville in week 5 (41-0) and the Giant’s domination over the Raiders (44-7) was merely one team performing ten times better than the other, without any ill intentions. The losing team just didn’t have enough juice to keep up.

In the case of the Pats-Titans game, while yes, one team performed far superior to the other, the second part of the equation is not true. In the Giants-Raiders game, Eli came out by halftime and a lot of the starters sat out the second half. Even though Seattle had a relatively healthy Hasselbeck, they gave backup Seneca Wallace some playing time. New England, however, played Brady, Moss, Welker and co. through the third quarter, even with a 45-0 lead. Lame.

The Patriots had every intention of running up the score, and I don’t believe this just because I will forever despise the Patriots and their BFF, Walt Coleman (remember the “tuck rule?”). I actually think there are legitimate reasons for their actions, like…

1. The Patriots aren’t the undefeated, untouchable team they once were. They wanted to show once and for all that they are still the supreme elite talent of the league (kind of like how a bully compensates for his lack of confidence by picking on the skinny, nerdy kid who picks his nose).

2. Labeled the “Cheatriots” from the “Spygate” incident a couple years back, Belichick is out for blood. He doesn’t care if he runs up the score because the NFL and all the other teams tarnished his reputation as a “great coach,” especially during their most recent Super Bowl year (like Barry Bond’s HR record, I will always grin a little inside when I see that asterisks next to their name).

3. And this, I believe, is the reason above all others… Belichick and his cronies were picked on as little kids and decided to turn the tables.

So, once again, athletes shouldn’t complain about running up the score. They’re professionals and should be able play like ones, especially when money is fattening their wallets. But again, the Patriots should know there is such a thing as class. I wonder where theirs went (assuming they once had it).

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