GLENDALE, AZ. Apparently Bill Belichick couldn't handle the heat, so he had to get out of the kitchen.
Fans, coaches, players, and critics were all upset when Belichick seemingly stormed off the field with 1 second left on the game clock. While most accused him of being a sore loser, it seems now they didn't have all the facts.
Throughout the game players on the field had been suffering cramps due to the intense levels of humidity in the University of Phoenix Stadium. The humidity took its toll on more than just the players. Belichick had been cramping up throughout the game as well, and with only 1 second left, he was unable to outlast the conditions. Showing signs of heat exhaustion, Belichick was forced to seek medical attention in the locker room prior to the end of the game.
"If anything, fans should be calling him a warrior, not a quitter or sore loser," record-braking wide receiver Randy Moss argued through tears after the game. "He stuck it out most of the game, despite showing some pretty serious effects of the humidity. I am proud of my coach. You can't blame him for what happened. He put his team first, and his own health second."
Although the half-time show went off without a hitch, it appears that there was one serious wardrobe malfunction in the big game this year.
A Patriots trainer, who wished to remain anonymous, claims that Belichick was just overdressed for the conditions. "I warned him at halftime that the humidity was stifling and that he needed to remove that sweatshirt. Even with the sleeves half cut off, it was still too warm in the stadium for what he was wearing. Being form the Northeast, he just wasn't used to these kinds of conditions."
The trainer added that he told Belichick to cut the sleeves all the way off his sweatshirt, or maybe even cut off the hood, but Belichick had replied that "that would just look ridiculous."
In a post-game interview, Belichick was short on words, but wanted everyone to understand that he was not a sore loser. "I was just too hot. I don't think I would have made it through the tunnel if I had waited any longer. My actions had nothing to do with the team's failure to achieve the perfect season."
The NFL is not sure yet if it will fine Belichick for leaving the game early. "We'll be sure to weigh all of the facts before we make a decision," a spokesperson for the NFL claimed after the game. "We just don't want this story to overshadow the true story, that the Giants are World Champions."