Bill Belichick surprised WBZ’s Steve Burton and wished him a happy birthday

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The latest version of a pre-season tradition has taken a surprisingly cheerful turn.

Bill Belichick before Thursday’s preseason game against the Giants. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

The Red Sox beat the Orioles 4-3 on Thursday. Boston now hosts the Yankees for a three-game series starting tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Also on Thursday, the Patriots opened the preseason with a 23-21 loss to the Giants at Gillette Stadium. Mac Jones and most New England starters did not play in the game.

Bill Belichick interview with Steven Burton: Although football in pre-season games is not always worthy of attention, the halftime interview between Bill Belichick and Steve Burton has developed a loyal following over the years.

Burton, a WBZ-TV reporter, for years took on the responsibility of conducting a midgame interview with Belichick.

In most cases, this produced a more predictable response from the Patriots coach. In 2019, for example, Belichick offered particularly concise answers to Burton’s questions about reinstating wide receiver Josh Gordon in the NFL:

Looking back over the years, other examples have dotted the Patriots’ preseason history.

Then, in 2021, Belichick literally made headlines by being “downright nice” to Burton during their interview.

But the interview between the two on Thursday topped them all. At the end of a short chat after halftime, Belichick concluded by wishing Burton a happy birthday and giving him a smile (not something that often happens in a season).

“It must be a hell of a birthday for Steve Burton,” Patriots television analyst Scott Zolak said. said after.

And in the postgame scene, ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss joked with Burton impersonating Belichick.

Anecdotes: Bill Belichick has shown his light side a few times. One came in the 1990s when (as head coach of the Browns) he made an appearance on a Cleveland sports comedy show called “Sports Mock Live”. What type of sandwich did Belichick teach viewers to make during his segment?

(Answer below).

Hint: Belichick changed the famous sandwich abbreviation to include his initials.

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daily highlight: Loic Billaut dove to make the catch for Team USA at the World Junior Ultimate Frisbee Championships.

Trivia Answer: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (The “BBPBJ”)


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