Friday, September 14, 2007
Belichick hires sketch artist
Attempting to find a way around the NFL's video taping policy, which forbades filming of the opposing teams sidelines in order to steal signals, Bill Belichick has hired a Boston-area sketch artist to draw the signals. "It is not illegal to steal the opposing teams signals during games. It is only illegal to use video equipment," said a smug Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots. He and the Patriots were fined and penalized draft picks after being caught last week filming the Jets' sidelines.
The artist will be on the sidelines during this week's Sunday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers and so to prepare attended practice earlier today to meet the players and draw some caricatures of the team. "He really is talented and extremely quick, he did one picture where my head was like 4 times too big," said Belichick. The artist, since drawing other teams signals is legal, will be set up directly next to Belichick on the sidelines during games. "He will have his own headset and a larger than usual easel and a small stool," said the coach. When asked if the artist would be made to wear a hooded sweatshirt Belichick ended the news conference.
Notes: NFL bans popular toy, Etch-a-sketch, from sidelines.