From the seemingly purposeful mispronunciation of social media apps to his signature, inaudible grunts on the podium, Bill Belichick’s name has become so synonymous with condescension and apathy that people have begun questioning whether it’s all just an act; a nearly twenty year prank being pulled on the media.
Yet his latest display of utter indifference to his own accomplishments only lends further credence to the theory that he is just not impressed by anything other than a Super Bowl win.
After the Patriots 36-17 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night ensured him his seventh trip to the Super Bowl, Belichick exhibited a few moments of real affection with girlfriend Linda Holliday on the field. But when it came time to to accept the Lamar Hunt trophy, he went full Belichick, and it was a joy to behold:
Bill Belichick don't give a F about AFC trophy 😂
— Football Is Life (@FB1SLIFE) January 23, 2017
WHY DOES HE LOOK AT A TROPHY THAT HE’S WON SEVEN TIMES AS IF IT IS A FOREIGN OBJECT FROM A MYTHICAL LAND?!
And perhaps more importantly, have you ever in the history of your life seen a person hold a trophy in that manner? The appropriate way to hold any trophy, unless it is an Emmy or and Oscar or something, is by the base. Belichick grabbed that thing like it was a half-empty bucket of paint. In fact, I think he’d have shown more interest in a bucket of paint than he did in that trophy.
His disgust with having to come in contact with any hardware that isn’t the Lombardi Trophy was palpable, and of course the internet took notice. The ensuing jokes were welcome comic relief on what turned out to be an underwhelming day of football.
Bill Belichick was like
"Boy, if you don't get that poverty trophy out my face.." pic.twitter.com/1Tj5B9ctKP
— BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER (@B1ackSchefter) January 23, 2017
Belichick holding that trophy like an iron
— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) January 23, 2017
Bill Belichick Visibly Repulsed by Non-Lombardi Trophy – https://t.co/LyJXnaVdPF
— r/Patriots 🏈 (@rslashpatriots) January 23, 2017
Belichick's face when they tried handing him the AFC championship trophy is me on a daily basis & I appreciate that man more now than ever
— Danielle Maria (@def_tax) January 23, 2017
Still crying at how bored Bill Belichick looked when receiving the AFC championship trophy
"get this piece of shit out of my face"
— ⚠️ (@Shottyisms) January 23, 2017
The disdain with which Bill Belichick received the Lamar Hunt trophy is truly awe inspiring pic.twitter.com/A6RG8eafCo
— Jason Schwartz (@JasonSchwartz) January 23, 2017
Bill Belichick looked at the AFC championship trophy the same way a kid looks at a present that turns out to be dress pants on Christmas
— John Botelho (@JohnBotelhoSJ) January 23, 2017
Bill Belichick holds the Lamar Hunt Trophy with the enthusiasm that I have when I carry my laptop bag. With good reason. pic.twitter.com/XqLMiuZYlj
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) January 23, 2017
Oh god that angle is everything. He’s legitimately holding onto it with one finger. What a legend.