Now and then we provide trends, rankings and projections about the New England Patriots. Some of the information and data is even geared specifically toward the multi-billion dollar industry of Fantasy Football.
Why? Because we know you have a team. Maybe multiple teams. So does your neighbor. Your brother. Your boss. Almost everyone in your circle.
If you're a Patriots homer, you might be considering quarterback Mac Jones and his projected 23 touchdown passes as a mid-round steal in your upcoming Fantasy Football Draft. Perhaps Hunter Henry at tight end makes sense. Or even a flier on rookie receiver Tyquan Thornton or part of the running-back-by-committee featuring Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.
New England coach Bill Belichick has long been known as a no-nonsense curmudgeon who focuses on the next snap or opponent but little else outside his Hall-of-Fame blinders.
But with six Super Bowls in his pocket and recently having turned 70, has he softened enough to notice and/or care about something other than football: Like, perhaps, Fantasy Football?
A young reporter at training camp Thursday posed the question and received a playful earful of Belichickian.
“Honestly, I don’t really have any opinion on that because fantasy football doesn’t mean anything to me,” Belichick said. “We’re just trying to win games out here. I don’t know who’s hot, who’s not, who wins, who doesn’t. I don’t really care about that. I just care about whether we win."
Grumbly and mumbly, Belichick is also self-aware. So not surprising he punctuated his brusk dismissal of the question with some levity in the form of a wry grin.
“Yeah," he said, "have fun with that.”
Bottom line: We're pretty sure Belichick knows Fantasy Football exists. But - like the rest of the world - he doesn't give a Samuel Adams about your team's weekly lineup conundrums.