One of the great mysteries of our time will be unveiled Thursday night at 9 when part one of a two-part documentary about The Hoodie -- "Bill Belichick - A Football Life" -- airs on NFL Network.
We will know if Bill Belichick can handle a fishing rod in the Atlantic deep.
We'll see -- according to NFL Films -- Belichick visiting his father's grave, Belichick watching film with Tom Brady and Belichick holding the same Teddy Bear he had as kid during a visit with his mother, Jeannette. Part two airs next Thursday night.
"Bill Belichick doesn't only make history, he studies it; he understands his place in it; and he appreciates our desire to capture it," said NFL Films President Steve Sabol in a press release announcing the project. "Like Vince Lombardi's Packers in 1967, Belichick and the Patriots gave us access to his football life and what we created is a portrait of the coach, the father, the taskmaster -- and most importantly -- the man."
NFL films says Belichick was the first NFL coach ever to be wired for sound for an entire season.
Impressive, or not so much?
This looks too compelling not to watch. And I'll regret it after I do.
During Belichick's weekly press conference Wednesday, we were treated to the same gems we've been getting since he arrived from the Jets 11 years ago: "(Fill in the blank) is a really good football team." "Coach (fill in the blank) has them playing really well." "(Fill in the blank) has got a lot of good players. A lot of good depth." And my personal favorite: "All the players who participate in the game will have an important role in it."
And we love it.
An aside -- Gresh and Zo and others managed to crack some of the code in Belichick's statements when he was asked about Chad Ochocinco coming to the conclusion that No. 85 indeed does understand the offense that he's not a part of. That's what passes for breaking news when Belichick speaks.
All of the pro coaches in Boston have mastered the art of saying nothing. With Claude Julien, that was the case because he used to have nothing to say. Terry Francona's even keel only adds to the uncertainty of the Red Sox' long-term playoff prospects. Doc Rivers is the closest one of the lot to exhibit emotion, but if you listen hard enough, you'll know it's all by design.
Well, I don't want to see "the other side" of Belichick. I watched the terrific HBO special on Vince Lombardi and learned -- surprisingly and disappointingly -- that he was human.
I don't want Bill Belichick to be human.
I believe in "The Hoodie."
The Dark Lord of the Sith didn't have a Teddy Bear.
"In Bill We Trust" relies on the implicit belief that Belichick is not one of this earth ? but rather a football deity.
Spygate? That only made him more sinister. Evil genius at work.
His messy divorce? Wasn't he considered the bad guy in that whole mess already?
In the film, he'll get emotional -- no doubt -- talking about his late great father. We'll probably get some heartwarming footage of him with his kids. I'm shocked that he actually has a mom. I thought he was created in Bill Parcells' lab.
Say it ain't so. I'm going to be sick.
The 2009 season was Belichick's 35th straight in the NFL and the Patriots' 50th anniversary season. Of course none of that mattered to the Ravens or Ray Rice, who ran 83 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the playoff game that provides the closing scene in this drama. On that sunny January day, a cloud of doom fell over Foxborough early as the Ravens rolled to 33-14 victory. I'm guessing that part of the documentary will contain a litany of words like "bleep," "bleep" and "bleep."
That brings us back to our running tally. It will be 1,338 days since the Patriots last won a playoff game when they kick off Sunday at 4:15. Funny, that win came against this week's opponent -- the San Diego Chargers -- who, in case you missed it, are "a really good football team."
After watching "Bill Belichick: A Football Life," we'll probably think Bill Belichick is a really good guy.
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