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Someone at NFLN doesn’t like talking about Bill Belichick

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I haven’t been watching NFL Network today.  (I know, I know.  I’m better than that.)

But others have, and a tweet from Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe intrigued me.  Bedard heard some background noise during a segment featuring Scott Hansen and former Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli, regarding the Patriots’ draft plans.

So I dialed up NFLN, and hit the rewind button.

When the segment started, it sounded like Pioli’s microphone was off.  But someone else’s was on, off camera.  (Bedard thinks it was Warren Sapp.)

“No, no, no.  It’s the same f–king [inaudible] we had Mike Lombardi do,” the person was heard whispering, while Pioli was talking.  “The f–king Bill Belichick f–king angle.”

Technical problems happen when doing live TV.  But when wearing a microphone that could be hot when the show is live, the best approach is to say nothing.

At a minimum, the best approach is not to drop a stream of “F” bombs.

Besides, people care about “the f–king Bill Belichick f–king angle.”  Last time we checked, “the f–king Bill Belichick f–king angle” was building a team that contends for championships, every year.

At least we now have a new way to refer to any stories about the Patriots.

UPDATE 8:00 p.m. ET:  And, of course, the sound already is on YouTube.

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46 Responses to “Someone at NFLN doesn’t like talking about Bill Belichick”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 12, 2013 7:58 PM

    Patriots – Asterisk.

  2. TSizzleBallSoHard says: Mar 12, 2013 7:58 PM

    I’m confused. What do you mean you’re better than that? NFL Network is great.

  3. colts419 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:00 PM

    Ha heard it too. It was absolutely sapp, called it 1st thing.

  4. kelvinmchale says: Mar 12, 2013 8:00 PM

    Sapp is just mad cuz he’s f–king bankrupt.

  5. tigerlilac says: Mar 12, 2013 8:01 PM

    I heard it in realtime and can confirm it was Sapp and that he did use the f word about Belichick.

  6. jtchernak says: Mar 12, 2013 8:02 PM

    Maybe he is bitter that BB didn’t draft even though BB said he wanted to but wasn’t allowed

  7. hutch119 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:02 PM

    I agree the Bill Belichick angle is so annoying. The he knows better than everyone and if Bill is doing it it must be a good move thing is SOOO old.

    He and the Pats have made some truly awful personelle decisions in recent years.

  8. kingpel says: Mar 12, 2013 8:02 PM

    This cat may have just used up his ninth life.

  9. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Mar 12, 2013 8:02 PM

    Sapp is so fired!!! Too funny.

  10. onbucky96 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:03 PM

    The Mouth From The South strikes again. NFLN, can this guy already. Useless analyst.

  11. clarencewhorley says: Mar 12, 2013 8:03 PM

    Bill’s angle is dont overspend on older players

  12. dapipes says: Mar 12, 2013 8:03 PM

    Jim Nantz is flabbergasted.

  13. dolphindubs says: Mar 12, 2013 8:04 PM

    Heard it live. Didnt care. Next story…

  14. jakec4 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:04 PM

    Good, I thought I was hearing things. Definitely heard the f-bomb and Belichicks name.

    Someone please tell Sapp that Ellerbe’s first name isn’t Darnell.

  15. cmcgly says: Mar 12, 2013 8:06 PM

    Cue spygate comments…….now

  16. buccfaninhawkeyecountry says: Mar 12, 2013 8:06 PM

    Ha i was on my computer n i couldnt figure out where the whispering was coming from. It was kinda freaking me out at first.

  17. otistaylor89 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:07 PM

    I heard it too – it was Sapp.

    Hopefully the last we ever hear of him on NFL Network.

  18. nygiantstones says: Mar 12, 2013 8:08 PM

    Why haven’t they fired Sapp yet?

  19. lgw91s says: Mar 12, 2013 8:08 PM

    I listened a few times. May have been Dukes.

  20. vaphinfan says: Mar 12, 2013 8:09 PM

    I think everyone is tired of hearing about how great billicheat is and how he could only win with the team parcells put together for him. Lights….camera……action

  21. ajgreenshands says: Mar 12, 2013 8:11 PM

    I love youtube

  22. randyschwimmer7 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:12 PM

    Wow. I just rewound my DVR as well. Defiantly Warren Sapp. He can’t stay out of trouble.

  23. dcrams20 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:13 PM

    To many, Belichick and the f word have been synonymous for a long time….

  24. gallaghedj311 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:13 PM

    Yup. Definite asterisks.

  25. mattwalshvideo says: Mar 12, 2013 8:16 PM

    Umm, no the Bill Belichick angle is cheating and being lucky you got Tom Brady in the 6th round.

    Otherwise it’s trade back 56 times and draft of bunch of busts.

  26. vincentbojackson says: Mar 12, 2013 8:17 PM

    Warren Sapp must be on the “seven strikes and you’re out” plan.

    Actually, I’m more concerned with him being wrong about everything he comments on than his dropping f-bombs on live TV.

  27. 3fingerlenny says: Mar 12, 2013 8:17 PM

    Sounded like sapp

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 12, 2013 8:18 PM

    It was Rosenthal.

  29. Pimpin' aint easy unless you are Chuck Norris says: Mar 12, 2013 8:19 PM

    Can anyone confirm the where shouts of Marshall Faulk? I agree it sounds like Sapp, but it also sounds like Faulk. Hard to distinguish a whisper… Maybe Sapp doesn’t like BB and the Pats, but we know Faulk absolutely hates BB with every ounce of his being…

  30. somethinsbruin says: Mar 12, 2013 8:20 PM

    He says “it’s the same excuse” he had Lombardi do. The I think he’s griping about the programming/content and not BB.

  31. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 12, 2013 8:21 PM

    Spread the rumor that it was Rosenthal. Get the little bugger fired.

  32. mancave001 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:22 PM

    LOLOLOLOL

  33. nghtrder169 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:22 PM

    The “inaudible” i believe is “spew”

  34. cupofjoe1962 says: Mar 12, 2013 8:24 PM

    Belichick has 5 rings & Sapp can’t even wear his 1 ring because the creditors want
    It…….Now who’s a low life?

  35. crossbuckpass says: Mar 12, 2013 8:29 PM

    I heard it live as well. Typical Sapp comment…open mouth and insert foot.

  36. bubba99m says: Mar 12, 2013 8:51 PM

    Drew Brees should be inquiring about this any time now.

  37. marima07 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:56 PM

    And the Warren Sapp angle gives us so much more perspective. Give me a break.

  38. mazblast says: Mar 12, 2013 11:41 PM

    “people care about “the f–king Bill Belichick f–king angle.”” because it’s shoved down our throats all the time. Why so much interest in a coach who’s never won a title without cheating and who hasn’t won even a tainted one in almost a decade?

  39. TheWizard says: Mar 13, 2013 6:07 AM

    I love how if Belichick doesn’t win the Super Bowl, he’s failed.

    Do you guys realize the credit and respect you’re giving him by holding him to that standard?

    You think you’re taking a real good shot at him and you’re doing just the opposite.

  40. axespray says: Mar 13, 2013 6:18 AM

    So there’s no heavy set black ghosts haunting my television … it was just Warren Sapp this whole time?

  41. nflrule says: Mar 13, 2013 7:52 AM

    Id rather talk about the Patriots head coach all day long than this network and the “Dancing with the Starters” segments the female co-host on the morning show is always talking about.Unwatchable TV.This Network is doing everything it can to make football a joke.Why do all the female reporters on this channel have to always yell when they talk.We f-king hear you!

  42. bartlettruss says: Mar 13, 2013 8:29 AM

    Just listened to it and there can be no doubt that it’s Sapp or a very good Sapp imitator. I guess we’ll hear more when the FCC fines ESPN for using the F word over the airwaves… more than once.

  43. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 13, 2013 8:44 AM

    Belichick is a f-ing cheater.

  44. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 13, 2013 10:02 AM

    Please don’t fire Sapp over this. He is the only guy who really tells it like it is. He actually has opinions and voices them. I personally think he’s a dbag but I love that he is so vocal.

    The producer should be fired not Sapp. The mic issue was going on for quite a while and they’re lucky they only had the one issue.

  45. themackstrong says: Mar 13, 2013 10:41 AM

    Warren Sapp is right. They had Lombardi on there always praising Belicheck any chance he got to speak. To the point I think he’s probably doing it right now with the Browns. Scott Pioli just got canned from his GM job and yet we have to listen to more “Patriot Way”. Patriots will always be a contender because over 10 year ago they found a monster at QB named Tom Brady.

  46. lou2730 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    Sapp used the F word? I am shocked! It’s just a matter of time before the NFL Network will allow F bombs to flow without batting an eye…especially if it will enhance the show….

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