Bill Belichick, perhaps the sorest loser in NFL history, will take his cranky personality and bitterness about losing Sunday’s AFC Championship game to Peyton Manning and the Broncos to the PGA Tour.
No, the surly head coach of the New England Patriots is not leaving the increasingly mortal Tom Brady behind to try his hand on the senior golf circuit. Coach Hoodie, a regular A-lister at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, will return to the Monterey Peninsula with the express purpose of taking out his ill will about his most recent playoff loss to the hated Wes Welker on his golf ball.
"Look, I’ll be okay," Belichick, who ripped his former wide receiver for a play on cornerback Aqib Talib that his own team runs with regularity, told the Boston Globe on Monday after falling to Denver 26-16 and failing, for the second straight season, to make it to the Super Bowl. "I’ll take all my frustrations out at Pebble Beach -- see if I can hit the ball over the water instead of into it for a change."
Perhaps the all-mighty Belichick, the clear loser in the Welker-for-Danny-Amendola "trade," in which His Hoodiness ran Brady's favorite target out of town, can navigate his way around the famed links track with more success than he and his hubris had trying to maneuver an out-manned Brady and a cast of castoffs and no-names to a win over the soaring Manning at Mile High.
People asking about thej hit on Talib. That is not a foul. Ball was touched by 88 about the same time as contact, Can't be OPI.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) January 19, 2014
Belichick has drowned his sorrows -- as well as, apparently, a few defenseless dimpled orbs -- at Pebble in the past.
"It’s been a tough couple of days," Belichick, suited up in his signature hoodied threads, with a Pebble logo in place of the usual Flying Elvis, said two years ago after his team’s devastating Super Bowl loss to the Giants. "But Pebble Beach is a great spot to take your mind off some of the other problems we had."
Brady and Manning, who have played in the Pebble pro-am as well as teamed up to beat a couple of businessmen on the fabled seaside pastures, may also take their skills to the former Bing Crosby Clambake. But who wouldn’t love it if Welker, a rather recent convert to the game of golf, turned up at the same event with the Lombardi Trophy in tow just to rub it in his ex-coach’s sour puss.
Now, that would for sure be a low blow, but, like Welker’s hit on Talib, completely in bounds and one that fans of the Pats who’ve grown tired of Belichick’s act could truly appreciate.