In a country that distrusts elites as much as it loves football, it was only a matter of time before an NFL coach became the target of tabloid venom. Bill Belichick, who leads the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl for a sixth time this Sunday, has spent the past two weeks parrying allegations that his team cheated by playing its last playoff game with underinflated footballs. The case against the Patriots is unspecific and, thus far, unimpressive. But that did nothing to stanch the sanctimony of the media. You’d think that Mr. Belichick ran a corporation or something.
In fact, what an NFL coach does is similar. Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher calls Mr. Belichick the greatest coach of all time. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh thinks he’s merely the greatest of his generation.