Tonight they completed a perfect 16-0 regular season, and are the odds-on favorite to win three more games and hoist the Lombardi Trophy in early February.
Coach Bill Belichick came out for his post-game press conference and opened with his comments on the season...all the hard work it took, the dedication by his players, the focus. He said he and the team will enjoy this win and the accomplishment of 16-0 for a day or two, but then get back to work and focus on their playoff game coming up in two weeks. He made mention of a few of the individual and team records that were set during the season, and summed up the season as a whole as one he and the team are proud of.
After speaking for a few minutes, he paused...which one can assume is the signal for the reporters in the room to begin asking their questions. And the first one the viewing audience heard from off-camera was...
"What's your reaction to 16-0?"
Belichick, already known to be rather terse and unfriendly in his press conferences, gave the guy a couple-second stare before he answered.
"I just gave it."
Now, I work for a newspaper, but I don't hold the title of reporter. I don't think I would want that job. And I realize it takes some creativity and imagination to come up with good questions in order to be a hard-hitting journalist.
But...what the hell was that guy listening to (or not listening to) in Belichick's opening remarks that made him think he still had to ask that laaaame question? And he was the first one out of the gate, too! Like he couldn't wait to put his question on display.
That's like asking members of a team that just won the Super Bowl, "How do you feel?"
"How do you feel?" is a question you ask someone who's just had hernia surgery.
Somebody should really strip that guy of his media credentials and then ask him, "What's your reaction to losing your job?"
"Trifles make perfection,
but perfection is no trifle."