Super Blog—Coaching Curmudgeons? Nah.
We’re just two days now from an actual football game, and when you walk about the Super Bowl village, or just downtown Indy in general, you pick up a positive vibe. Unusually positive. The city’s well prepared for this onslaught of attention and the people are soaking it up.
In fact so much goodwill’s been spread that apparently it found… The head coaches.
New England’s Bill Belichick and New York’s Tom Coughlin resemble mayonnaise on white bread. They’re bland, sometimes a little salty and typically not super interesting. Yet this week, on the stage of the Super Bowl, both coaches have been shockingly loose in their media sessions… Even funny. I swear to you, Bill Belichick is funny. His players have said that for years, just no one believed them.
Thursday Belichick showed up for his media conference in a nice button up shirt, smiling, engaging reporters in some give-and-take fun. A few of the New England natives say they have no clue who this guy is, but he does not resemble Bill. And Coughlin might be even more of a stern boss than Belichick, yet I saw him smile four times the past two days. I saw it with my own eyes. It was just like when the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes.
We never cover these guys so we don’t see them in person, but it’s clear that they’re enjoying this Super Bowl experience—and likely super confident that they’re going to win Sunday. In the giant-ego world of the NFL, you’d better expect victory.
It’s just been interesting here this week to see these two men appear much more humane than the angry robots which they sometimes resemble. Perhaps they know something we don’t… Like usual.