The invaluable Wall Street Journal gave New England Patriots fans this ray of sunshine in its Friday edition.
If New England is upset by Indianapolis in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs Saturday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick won’t be smiling in the postgame news conference. If the Patriots defeat the Colts, Belichick most likely won’t be smiling.
Belichick has, deservedly, earned a reputation as the game’s most savvy head coach—as well as its most crotchety. When the coach is talking to reporters after a game (win or loss), the atmosphere feels more like a presser for an oil spill than a football contest. With this in mind, The Count decided to put on a number on just how grumpy Belichick is after games by using the only available statistic: smiles.
And The Count’s Geoff Foster went about documenting Mr. Happy in the most Belichickian way possible: he went to the videotape.
Watching video of every Patriots postgame news conference from this season, we counted seven incidents where Belichick smiled. This study surveyed 114.5 minutes of footage, so he smiles at a rate of once every 16 minutes—and keep in mind this is a season where New England won 12 games and the AFC East title. Here’s a smile-by-smile breakdown:
That’s a beautiful thing, yes?