AFC championship: Belichick says no to CBS

January 21, 2013

The guy in the hoodie had nothing to say to CBS. (Steven Senne / AP)

Coaches never reveal much when they do those quick TV interviews as they jog onto and off the field, but Bill Belichick revealed a whole lot after the AFC championship game.

He really, really hates those things.

Belichick declined to speak with CBS after the New England Patriots’ 28-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, a surprising move for anyone but Belichick, who walked off with a second left in Super Bowl XLII. Still, Sunday night’s move set CBS’s Shannon Sharpe off.

“There’s something to be said about being gracious in defeat,” Sharpe said on the postgame show. “We’ve seen the New England Patriots five times in the last 12 years be victorious [in the AFC championship game]. We’ve seen the opposing coaches who lost come out and talk to our Steve Tasker. Coach [Bill] Cowher did it when they lost to them, we saw this last week.

“Bill Belichick makes it real easy for you to root against the Patriots. You can’t be a poor sport all the time. You’re not going to win all the time, and he does this every time he loses. It’s unacceptable.”

Belichick was available to the media after the game and was characteristically terse.

“I think everything could have been a little better. That’s the bottom line. Nothing was really good enough in any area, so we just came up short.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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