Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick showed up at the podium with a mysterious black eye for Tuesday’s press conference and it immediately became the elephant in the room. With the New England Patriots players getting their share of bangs and bruises this season, it almost looks as if this iconic coach Belichick relates to them even more now!
Yardbarker suggests in their article on January 12 that Belichick’s pain from the shiner has to ease a bit with one of his best offensive players slated to return this weekend. The noble coach wouldn’t address his black eye at the press conference, although he did say, “I think I’ll live,” according to ESPN’s Mike Riess on Twitter.
There was no hiding the fact that Belichick had a black eye when taking the podium. He made it apparent that “he wasn’t interested in providing much information,” according to USA Today. Other reports from the news media suggest that even the Patriots players weren’t privy to the cause of the coach’s black eye.
After saying “I think I’ll live,” Belichick also said, “I don’t think we need to list the coaches on the injury report. But I’m sure if we’re required to do it, we’ll do it.” That appeared to be his short and sweet way of calling his shiner off-limits to reporters.
Fox News reports that the “short-spoken head coach” didn’t offer up so much as a morsel of a detail as to how his eye became swollen and bruised. The swelling around his eye gave every indication of the injury being painful. So without any valid information on the Belichick black eye event, several possibilities were spun into quips about how that shiner came to be.
Fox News seems to have few theories in mind asking questions like: “Did Tom Brady finally have a sip of coffee and go absolutely bonkers?” Or “Was Belichick too close to Gronk when he was dancing like a wild man?”
Dead Spin offers up 11 theories as to how Belichick got that black eye. They include:
“He was playing catch with Tom Brady with an over-inflated ball,” he “got scratched by a cat” or “some weird sex thing.” They also suggested that Belichick “pressed his eye onto the eyepiece of the telescope he uses to spy on his neighbors a little too hard.”
There’s always a chance that “he fell down,” which was another of their theories. Some of the other theories they offer are really far-fetched and sound like a scenario from “The Walking Dead!”
It seems as if the good coach is fine with his black eye going down as one of the great NFL mysteries. This shiner is not expected to keep Belichick away from his job, although that should go without saying when it comes to Belichick’s work ethics as a coach.