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Patriots coach Bill Belichick benches Microsoft's Surface, says it's undependable

Mark Hachman | Oct. 19, 2016
Well, at least he didn't break one over his head, right?

Microsoft didn't back down this time either. “We respect Coach Belichick’s decision, but stand behind the reliability of Surface," Microsoft said in a statement. "We continue to receive positive feedback on having Surface devices on the sidelines from coaches, players and team personnel across the league. In the instances where sideline issues are reported in NFL games, we work closely with the NFL to quickly address and resolve.”

Belichick confirmed that the NFL has experimented with video being streamed to the Surface tablets, an experiment the NFL talked about last February. But all that technology is going in the wrong direction, according to the most irascible coach in professional football.

So what is Belichick going to use instead? Pictures. Paper pictures. “I’ll use the paper pictures from here on, because I had just given it my best shot,” he said.

And if that fails? Belichick didn’t say. Homing pigeons, perhaps, carrying rolls of papyrus?

 

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