After eight years of ruling by fear, intimidation and paranoia, a regime is coming to an end. I speak of course of Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots. While they have won three Super Bowls, now is a good time to reflect on the reality.
Belichick has disgraced the NFL’s traditions of sportsmanship and goodwill, but I hear people suspending disbelief and claiming him as the greatest coach; better, for example, than the retiring coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Tony Dungy. Consider this, while coach Dungy has only one Super Bowl, he has also been the symbol of good sportsmanship, a beacon of class, respect and kindness and a role model for youngsters everywhere.
This year Belichick played the easiest schedule in the league and the third easiest schedule in NFL history. But he lost his star quarterback Tom Brady, and despite having otherwise almost the same team that won all 16 games last year, he wasn’t even able to make the playoffs over the Dolphins, who were the worst team in the league last year.
And will they show respect and gratitude to Mr. Brady for all he’s done? No. They are franchising new star Matt Cassel.
As Barack Obama is sworn in and Dungy retires, ask yourself, who the league is better off without: Tony Dungy or Bill Belichick?
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