When you think of happy people, the last person that would come to your mind is Bill Belichick. You may even be able to make a case that the hooded Patriots coach is the real-life incarnation of the Grinch. Yet, surprisingly, it seems that the Wall Street Journal has found that Coach Belichick is more than just soulless stares and single-worded answers. After combing through every one of his postgame press conferences, there is now visual evidence that Belichick smiled seven times this season!
If this isn’t proof that Belichick doesn’t have a hole in his chest where his heart should be, I don’t know what is. I mean, he’s averaging a smile almost once every 16 minutes. So what got Belichick to twist his lips upward into a smile? Well on October 27, Bill twice failed to hold in his laughter when discussing Tom Brady’s less than athletic running ability after he ran for an eight-yard first down against the Dolphins. Other than that, it seems that the biggest tickler of Belichick’s funny bone are his own jokes. For instance, a laugh-out-loud joke about how Aqib Talib was an “assistant pro personnel director” for the Patriots because he told them to pick up his former teammate LeGarrette Blount. Hilarious, right?
For a coach who is often regarded as one of the best in the history of the NFL, it has often seemed curious why he never seemed to enjoy his job. Now that we know he did in fact smile in five of the 16 games the Patriots played en route to a 12-4 record and the second seed in the AFC, one can only imagine how much success he can have while actually having fun.