Shuffling off to Buffalo: Belichick laughs it up


Shuffling off to Buffalo: Belichick laughs it up

By PhilPerry

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick started out his Friday press conference in a somber mood, announcing how disappointed he was to have to place center Dan Koppen and Myron Pryor on injured reserve earlier this week.

But, boy, did things change by the end of his time at the podium.

irst, he was softened up with a question having to do with last night's airing of the second part of 'Bill Belichick: A Football Life' on NFL Network. If you haven't seen it, record it on your DVR, look up clips online, sneak a peak through your neighbor's window -- it's worth it.

In last night's show, Belichick showed up to a Patriots Halloween party (organized by Randy Moss) dressed as a pirate. Eye patch, sword, cap, pirate goatee and all. He got called out today by ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss.

Were there any other costumes Belichick was thinking about?

"There probably were some other options," Belichick said with a smirk. "I was hoping you wouldn't recognize me in that one. That was a fun night. Randy did a good job organizing that. It was a good team-building exercise."

Then the 'Football Life' questions started flowing. What was up with Belichick not being able to figure out his car's clock?

"That was one of the big challenges that year," he said matter-of-factly. "I'm terrible at that stuff. If I didn't have younger people in my life that understood that, I'd be at a total loss.

"Just dumb it down for some of us," he pleaded.

Hear that, Volvo?

He didn't stop there. GPS systems caught some flack as well.

"It'd be nice if it worked," he said. "It's frustrating when they send you the address and say type this into the GPS and you type it in and the thing comes up and says, 'Not listed.' "

He closed his rant with, of all things, a Three Stooges reference. Who knew?

"Great line from Curly in 'The Three Stooges,' " Belichick said. " 'Hey what's wrong with this car . . . I don't know it seems fine . . . Clock's working.' "


"Back in those days, I mean whose clock worked when I was growing up? Whose clock worked?" Belichick asked.

Not sure how we got there, but we did. Then Belichick's mind quickly went back to business.

"See ya in Buffalo," he said. And like that the show was over. A rare glimpse into the pirate-loving, modern technology-loathing world in which Belichick lives. Or something like that.

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Kraft, Pats still bitter: NFL 'really messed this up badly'

Kraft, Pats still bitter: NFL 'really messed this up badly'

It's been almost two years exactly since the Deflategate saga began during the AFC title game between the Colts and Patriots on Jan. 18, 2015.

Since then, Robert Kraft has expressed his displeasure at how the whole thing was handled by the league -- particularly as it relates to the treatment of quarterback Tom Brady -- on multiple occasions. And according to a story in the New York Times, that feeling hasn't subsided.

"Sometimes, the league really messes up, and I think they really messed this up badly," said Kraft . "But we’ve all agreed to subjugate our right to disrupt everything.

"I mean, we can, but we’re a partnership. There’s jealousy, there’s envy, there’s stupidity. Sometimes, life is unfair, and you have to suck it up and move on and not use it as an excuse."

Brady served his four-game suspension to start this season, and Kraft opted to accept the league's punishment for the team following the 2014 season: They were docked two draft picks (a first and a fourth) and fined $1 million.

The piece includes Kraft's thoughts on President-elect Donald Trump ("Loyalty is important to me, and he has been a wonderful friend," Kraft said), as well as comments from others on how Kraft has handled his situation ("I think Bob has exhibited disagreement, but he’s also very capable of making and influencing change," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said). 

You can read the full piece here.

Bell excused from Steelers practice for 'personal reasons'


Bell excused from Steelers practice for 'personal reasons'

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have had perfect attendance at each of their last two practices. The Steelers, on the other hand, have been working with less than a full deck.

All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell has been conspiculously absent from Pittsburgh's practices each of the last two days. On Wednesday, he was listed on the injury report as a non-participant due to non-injury related reasons. On Thursday, coach Mike Tomlin announced that Bell had been excused from practice due to "personal reasons."

Tomlin added that Bell will be ready to go against the Patriots on Sunday so it seems as though the team is painting this as a nothing-to-see-here situation. And it probably is. Whether or not Bell practices at all this week won't necessarily have any bearing on the AFC title game; if he's healthy, he'll be a factor. 

If for some reason he doesn't follow up his 170-yard performance against the Chiefs with another strong game, however, people will wonder how his preparation was impacted by missing out on the first two of his team's on-the-field sessions this week.