In case you haven’t flipped on radio, TV, or computer for the last couple of days, you might not be aware of the fact that the East Coast is currently being buried under a Bomb Cyclone. And it’s causing chaos. Tons of snow and crazy winds. Supermarket shelves have been cleaned out. Flights are being cancelled. School is being cancelled. People are being warned not to make non-essential trips.
It’s so bad that Bill Belichick has told Patriots players to stay home. ERRRRR. Of course he didn’t. In fact, exactly the opposite. According to ESPN, the message from Belichick is the only change to the schedule is that there is no change to the schedule.
Special teams captain Matthew Slater said yesterday: “You certainly better leave yourself enough time to get here on time tomorrow. We all know there is weather. Coach has mentioned that several times to the team, so I wouldn’t want to be the guy who is late tomorrow.”
Devin McCourty echoed that: “He’s mentioned that he doesn’t care; ‘don’t call and say your car got stuck.’ I think everyone knows there are two hotels up here at Patriot Place, so stay there for the night. Find a way.”
Of course he did. Find a way equals do your job. And do your job means showing up at work. Did you really think Bill Belichick, of all people, was going to call a Snow Day? That the local news would be running down the list of cancellations and closings like:
New Castle Public School District – closed
New England Academy in Beverly – closed
New England Law in Boston – closed
New England Patriots practice – cancelled
Newfields Public School District – closed
Of course not. I’m not sure why this is even a story. I don’t care how big the storm is and how much chaos it’s causing, did you really think The Hoodman was just going to let his guys loose to stay at home, go sledding, build snow forts, and drink hot cocoa?!? HELL FREAKING NO. This is Bill Belichick we’re talking about. NO DAYS OFF! NO DAYS OFF!
Hail, sleet, wind, rain, snow, frogs, pestilence, asteroids, it doesn’t matter, there will be a practice. There could be an avalanche at the Patriots practice facility and he’d still expect his guys to be five minutes early and working on pass patterns.
You think it matters that the Patriots have a bye this week? You think he’s really going to postpone practice until tomorrow because they don’t have to play on Sunday? No chance. He has a reputation to uphold and that reputation is as the surliest, grumpiest, toughest guy in the league. That rep is gone if he says that guys can show up late. Or even worse, that he checks a weather report, is concerned about the safety on the roads, and tells everyone they don’t have to show up at all.
In fact, Pats players are lucky that he’s not making them practice outside so that they can run deep routes and get used to catching bombs in a bomb cyclone. You know, just in case another bomb cyclone comes around during the postseason. This storm isn’t a day off, this storm is a day to get better. A day for popping pads and watching film. Not a day for popping corn and watching Netflix.