Bill Belichick gets his pirate on for Halloween


Here’s a little-known fact about Bill Belichick — dude loves Halloween. No, seriously. The New England Patriots coach may seem like one of the most boring and intimidating men in sports, but he loves to cut loose and have a good time come October. We learned this several years ago during a segment on NFL Network’s “A Football Life” documentary, during which The Hoodie told Randy Moss he’d be honored to attend the team’s Halloween party.

That year, Belichick dressed as a pirate. That must be his costume of choice, because Belichick broke it out once again this year with the lovely Linda Holliday. Have you ever seen the legendary coach smile like that? How about like this?

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Baby Bill Belichick is yet another fantastic infant Halloween costume


The parents are absolutely killing it this year with Halloween costumes. For some of you, the whole kids dressing up as coaches thing may be getting old. That’s understandable, but for whatever reason these costumes keep making me laugh. The latest is baby Bill Belichick.

Earlier this week, we showed you the little killed who nailed the Kliff Kingsbury look with the gelled hair, five o’clock shadow and Wayfarer sunglasses. After that, our attention turned to baby Andy Reid and his hilarious mustache. Now, we have baby Belichick complete with a tiny hooded sweatshirt and cut-off sleeves.

Keep them coming, folks. It’s not even Halloween yet, and we’re already off to a phenomenal start with this year’s costumes.

Photo via @AndrewJTomasi
H/T Sporting News via SI Hot Clicks

Rex Ryan responds to Bill Belichick over push play accusation

Rex Ryan Bill BelichickRex Ryan responded on Wednesday to Bill Belichick, who took a parting shot at the New York Jets over the controversial push play from Sunday’s game.

The Jets beat the New England Patriots 30-27 in overtime after getting a second chance at a field goal thanks to a new, uncommon unsportsmanlike conduct penalty being called on the Pats. But as Steve DelVecchio pointed out on Monday, it looked like the Jets did the same thing earlier in the game without being penalized. Belichick referred to that during a media conference call on Tuesday.

“Well, I mean, since they were using the play themselves, I don’t even know about all that,” Belichick said. “But basically we’re just moving on here.”

Ryan wasn’t about to let that slip by. The Jets coach hit back at Belichick for throwing around multiple excuses.

“He’s got to make up his mind,” Ryan said via the New York Daily News. “Was he aware of this thing, was it second level, all this kind of jazz, or now the story is we did it. OK, I gotcha. The fact is, we’re moving on, we earned that victory, plain and simple and we’re focused on Cincinnati now.”

In addition to accusing the Jets of doing the same thing earlier in the game, Belichick initially questioned the interpretation of the actual rule. Belichick said at first that he thought the push had to come from the second level of the defense in order to be considered a penalty. That’s to what Rex was referring when he mentioned “second level.”

Maybe the Patriots violated the new rule on that play, but it seemed like a crappy way to determine a game. And if referees are going to start calling this penalty, they need to do it equally at all points throughout the game.

Rex Ryan once told Jets he was going to punch Bill Belichick in the face

Rex-Ryan-Bill-Belichick-is-Best-Coach-in-NFLWhen Rex Ryan was first hired by the New York Jets, he started his tenure out with a bang by saying he did not come to the AFC East to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings. Since then, Ryan has been nothing but complimentary toward Belichick, often referring to him as one of the greatest coaches of all time. And then there was that one time when Rex said he was going to punch Belichick in the face.

Former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson told an entertaining story on NFL Network Tuesday about Rex getting his team fired up to face the New England Patriots.

“We were playing the Patriots one time, and as I mentioned, Rex is a master motivator,” Tomlinson said. “It was going to be a big game, a heated rivalry game, and Rex got in front of us, he said, ‘I’m going to set the tempo today, guys,’ he said, ‘I’m going to set the tempo when I meet Bill Belichick in the center of the field, I’m gonna start it off and punch him in the face.’ I loved it.”

Of course, Ryan would never actually do it (we think). This is the same Rex that once joked he was thrilled to beat Belichick by being named the most overrated coach in the league. That being said, Tomlinson said the Jets won the game and the speech worked.

“He was motivating his guys and he wanted to jump it off,” Tomlinson continued. ” … Our coach showed confidence that he has in us (and) in himself. He can be joking and lighten the mood at the same time while being serious about the competition.”

Ryan’s confidence has been known to make him look like an idiot in the past, but his players seem to love playing for him. In a league that is filled with egomaniacs, that can sometimes be half the battle.

Bill Belichick reportedly advised Aaron Hernandez to rent a safe house and lay low

Aaron HernandezThroughout the entire Aaron Hernandez murder investigation, people have wondered what exactly the New England Patriots knew about their former tight end’s life off the football field. It has become obvious that Hernandez hung around with a shady crowd and did his best to continue living the life of a thug, but to what extent were the Patriots aware of his indiscretions?

In a lengthy Rolling Stone piece that examine’s Hernandez’s life since childhood, Bill Belichick’s alleged knowledge of the 23-year-old’s crumbling personal life becomes a bit more clear. This past spring, before Odin Lloyd was shot and killed, Belichick had reportedly warned Hernandez that he was down to his final strike with the team.

Rolling Stone’s Paul Solotaroff claims Belichick was made aware of a domestic dispute at Hernandez’s Hermosa Beach, Calif. rental in March, where police were called after Hernandez allegedly put his fist through a window. No arrest was made, but Belichick reportedly “exploded” on Hernandez and told him he would be traded or cut at the end of the 2013 if he didn’t shape up.

In February, prior to the Hermosa Beach incident, Hernandez had reportedly flown to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis to confide in Belichick that he believed his life was in danger. A source told Solotaroff that Hernandez explained to Belichick that he was worried a group of gangsters he had befriended were “trying to kill him.”

According to a close Hernandez associate, Belichick advised the former Florida Gator to rent a safe house and lay low for a while. It is believed that he followed the advice by later renting an apartment in Franklin, Mass., though I highly doubt Belichick envisioned it becoming the so called “flophouse” where investigators seized several pieces of evidence after being led there by Carlos Oritz.

As we shared with you on Tuesday, the Rolling Stone article also claimed Hernandez was a heavy angel dust user who carried a gun around with him for safety. One friend of Hernandez’s family speculated that his use of angel dust, which can alter a person’s mentality, led to his paranoia.

“Don’t matter what it’s about: Aaron’s out of his mind,” the friend said. “He’s been twisted on dust now for more than a year, which is when all of this crazy sh– started.”

Previous reports have indicated that Hernandez had gang ties and feared for his life, so that seems to be a common theme. Whether or not his alleged drug use made those fears too much to handle remains a mystery.

Wes Welker: I still worry about violating Bill Belichick’s media rules

Willie-McGinest-Wes-Welker-divaWes Welker spent the last six seasons of his career catching passes for the New England Patriots. You don’t survive six seasons in Foxboro without immersing yourself in the Patriot Way, which Welker seemed to personify as well as anyone. He may have moved on and signed with the Denver Broncos, but the 32-year-old still worries about breaking the strict rules drilled into his head by Bill Belichick.

In a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, Welker spoke somewhat candidly about the end of his tenure in New England. While most people believe it was the Patriots’ frugal ways that resulted in the divorce, Welker alluded to a relationship with Belichick that had begun to sour.

SI’s Chris Ballard wrote that Belichick had begun riding Welker “in a way he never had before, admonishing him in front of the team.”

“It was just kind of hard,” Welker said, per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “One of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him … But he does it to everybody, it’s the way he is.”

Like most other teams, the Broncos don’t seem nearly as strict as the Patriots when it comes to their players answering questions or speaking to the media. In fact, Belichick rules with such an iron fist that Welker admitted he is still concerned about whether or not his former coach will approve of the things he says to writers and reporters.

“When I’m answering questions from the Denver media, I’m not worried about what the Broncos’ people are going to think,” he explained. “I’m worried about what Belichick will think. Isn’t that crazy?”

Ballard added that Welker is “conflicted” when reflecting on his time in New England and that he feels things changed toward the end when his relationship with Belichick “deteriorated.” Welker loves to joke around, and his fun-loving ways once got him benched for the start of a playoff game against the New York Jets. Last season, there was even chatter about Belichick phasing Welker out of the offense before he began lighting it up and Julian Edelman went down with an injury.

Players enjoy playing for the Patriots because of their winning culture, but no one would ever tell you it is a relaxed environment. Welker’s comments remind us that Belichick’s demanding ways can take their toll on even the most polished professionals.

Bill Belichick on Aaron Hernandez: ‘I’m responsible for players we bring in’

Bill-Belichick-Aaron-HernandezBill Belichick spoke to the media on Tuesday for the first time since former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd. While most of his press conference was vintage Belichick, he showed more compassion and regret than many people expected him to.

Belichick began the news conference by expressing his condolences to the Lloyd family and calling the murder a “tragedy.”

“This is a sad day on so many levels,” Belichick said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.”

Belichick mentioned Hernandez by name at the very beginning of his lengthy opening statement, but only referred to him as “the player” from that point on. He stated that he agreed “100%” with the comments Patriots owner Robert Kraft made about the situation earlier this offseason, and then surprised some by taking responsibility for the fact that Hernandez did not work out.

“We’ll learn from this terrible experience,” Belichick said. “This does not in any way represent the way the New England Patriots want to do things. As coach, I’m primarily responsible for people we bring into this organization. Personally, I’m challenged by decisions that affect the team on a daily basis. We always try to do what’s best for the team. We’ll continue to do this and will work to do a better job going forward.”

[Related: Tom Brady gives first comments since Aaron Hernandez arrest]

After his opening statement, Belichick was very vague and answered very few questions. He said he has been advised to not speak about individuals who are involved in an ongoing investigation, but did give some insight when asked if the Patriots have looked into the claim that other football players visited Hernandez’s so-called “flop house.” He said the team has “absolutely done as much as we can” to gather information on that front.

Overall, I thought Belichick handled the situation well. He put his typical arrogance aside and delivered an adequate opening statement. While saying he has been advised to not speak about individuals who are involved in an ongoing investigation will be seen as a copout, it’s smart. Regardless of how compelling the evidence is against Hernandez, his trial has yet to even begin. Saying too much could get the team into trouble.

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