RealClearSports
Advertisement

RCS Sidelines


October 31, 2007 11:53 AM

I’m Sorry Because You Hate Me

It seems rare that someone’s talk after the fact lives up to the impact of the actual statement. With high-profile apologies becoming the norm for anyone who’s in the public eye that actually has an opinion on something, there is a certain quality about Belichick’s defiance that I find, at the very least, refreshing.

That’s a little hard for me to admit, but it’s true.

I have to respect the guy for taking all the “rules” of sportsmanship, chewing them up, vomiting the remains all over the Patriots’ opponents, and then as he’s leaving, acting as if its business as usual. At least he’s honest about it. At least he’s backing up his on-the-field game plan of being a jerk by being just as big of a jerk with his off-the-field interviews. At least there are no phony apologies, no lines like “scoring a touchdown was not my intent by going for it on 4th down with a 40 point lead. I hope the fans will forgive me”. And as a result, we are all fascinated to watch it unfold.

Scott Boras should be taking notes.

Has his apology done anything at all to make him more likable? Did he really think asking for forgiveness would work? With both of these highly publicized stories dominating the sports scene, it really says to me that you’re pretty much screwed no matter what you say. But if you’re going to go out on a limb, if you’re going to do something that you know will get negative press, then you might as well dig in for the long haul and live the part.

A Member Of