The NFL's version of the feline sensation "Grumpy Cat" went on an unexpected but nevertheless entertaining rant against meteorologists before Sunday's game between his New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos.
That man, of course, is Bill Belichick. And the object of his anger was weather forecasters, about whom Belichick could not muster a kind word.
Asked about predictions of bad weather in the Boston area before Sunday's big clash, Belichick seemed like he had an ax to grind.
"Based on the forecasts we’ve gotten so far this year, none of them were very close to what the game conditions were," Belichick said. "There was a 100 percent chance of rain last week, and the only water I saw was on the Gatorade table. It is what it is. We’ve got to be ready for whatever it is.”
But the normally curt coach didn't stop there. He had to drive a stake into the heart of meteorologists across the country.
“When you walk out on the field, that’s really when you know what it is. The rest of it is a bunch of hot air,” Belichick said. “We played down in Miami two years ago and there was a zero percent chance of rain – zero – and it rained. If I did my job the way they do theirs, I’d be here about a week.”
Naturally, the folks at The Weather Channel did not take too kindly to Belichick's words. Belichick wasn't lobbing grenades specifically at The Weather Channel, but seeing as the station prides itself on accurately prediction forecasts, one can see how Belichick's words would be especially hurtful.
Meteorologist Mike Bettes went on the offensive, showing how close the Channel was in each of its two-day predictions for last week's slate of NFL games. The meteorologists there nailed the exact temperature for three games and were one degree off for eight others.
While Belichick pointed to a few instances where the predicted weather was wrong, for the most part the forecasts are quite accurate.
In the end, all parties got their way. The weather cleared up in time for the Patriots game, which New England won (just as the Weather Channel predicted).
Belichick won't have to worry about checking the forecast for his team's next game, on Nov. 16 against the Indianapolis Colts, because Lucas Oil Stadium has a dome.