Pity the humorist that is thought to be sober-sided and dull.
In New England for years we have heard the hue and cry that Bill Belichick is the most humorless person in sports and that his deadpan delivery kills them in the aisles.
No one has seen that Bill Belichick is the anointed successor to Rodney Dangerfield. He receives no respect from the media for his oft-hilarious press conferences.
Yet, it was on the field during practice during the week that the Patriots head coach saved his best hijinks for onfield for the new season.
We may be seeing soon some of Bill's best, classic shticks.
When Aaron Hernandez injured his elbow (often known in the vernacular as his funny bone), the laughter was only palpable as low-level sports humor is.
Leave to the cut-up of the gridiron to put a stamp of Happy Gilmore on the proceedings.
In order to ease the pain on the field, Bill Belichick went the distance. He grabbed the elbow of his second-best tight end and put a kiss upon the injured bone, thereby miraculously healing the boo-boo.
Usually the players are the ones who kiss the rear of Big Bill Belichick, but with a sense of irony it was Bill who did the kissing.
Bill's press conferences have been considered among the dourest platforms for clichés and trite compliments. Not a single member of the media has seen the slight smirk on Bill's face when he throws out the rhetorical question, "Are there any football questions?" after he has fielded the National Enquirer inquiries.
As for us, we chuckle and occasionally guffaw when Belichick tosses out his flat zingers. The sputtering press is left feeling like the laugh-track hasn't been available to cue the idea that the Head Coach is laughing at them.