Last Friday, leading up to Sunday evening's big matchup with the Broncos at Gillette Stadium, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about preparing for the game based on weather forecasts.
"When you play in New England, you have to be ready for everything. I'd say based on the forecasts we've gotten so far this year, none of them have been even very close to what game conditions were," Belichick said. "You know as well as I do, it could start one way and change during the game. we have to be ready for whatever it is, but my experience of going with the forecast in this area two days before the game, I mean I'd bet a lot that they're wrong, just based on history because they're almost always wrong."
Then, the first of four follow-up questions had Belichick delivering this zinger: "If I did my job the way they do theirs, I'd be here about a week."
Belichick backtracked a bit on the ensuing follow-up.
"I'm not saying I could do it better than them, I'm just saying they're wrong a lot," Belichick observed. "That's a fact. They're wrong a lot. We all make mistakes. I'm not being critical of them, I'm just saying I don't think you can go based on that."
But it seems that within the fraternity of meteorologists, the damage was clearly already done.
First, WHDH Boston channel 7's Pete Bouchard responded via Twitter.
"And if I had his personality on TV, I'd be here a week."
Monday, the forecasters at the Weather Channel got into the fun. Though the WC peeps seemed to miss the point a bit by breaking down their impressively successful forecasts for all NFL games rather than in New England, as Belichick criticized, it's still interesting to hear then fire back at the New England head coach.
Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Bettes seemed to be light-heartedly fighting back for Belichick taking a "shot at meteorologist" and the coach's "fighting words." But as they say, there is a little bit of truth in every joke.