Bill Belichick: master of his tight lipped domain. King of the non-answer. The greatest nemesis modern media has ever known, has bested the rest at their own game. For his work on NFL Network’s “NFL 100 All-Time Team” series, Bill Belichick has been nominated for a sports Emmy award.
40-words in and I realize that I have already written that statement twice, but you had to admit, it is startling to read. It’s a lot like reading that gasoline is free, or Trump has deleted Twitter, it just seems completely improbable even for 2020.
I wrote about Coach Belichick’s work on the show earlier in the year because he was remarkable. Seeing the usually staid coach positively effervescent while chatting with Ed Reed, Lawrence Taylor and Roger Staubach was a major accomplishment for television as a medium. It was 6-episodes of having your first beer with your parents, at first it doesn’t feel quite right but you quickly realize that this is a moment in time.
Coach Belichick is nominated for “Outstanding Sports Personality- Studio Analyst” and his competition in the category is: Michael Strahan, Charles Barkley, Al Leiter, Jay Bilas and Kenny Smith. Belichick is the only nominee who didn’t play the sport he analyzes. Barkley has won the award 3 times already, Strahan has been nominated before but never won. The category has been dominated recently by Barkley, Kirk Herbstreit and Harold Reynolds (what?).
What are the chances he wins? His biggest competition will be Strahan, who people seem to love or Barkley who seems like the safe choice to win any given year. But Bill Belichick winning an Emmy for broadcasting has to be too juicy for Emmy voters to ignore.
Prepare to repaint the boat and christen it “VIII Rings & I Emmy”
BY STERLING PINGREE