I've been watching this GIF all morning.
In case you're wondering what's going on, this is Bill Belichick. He's the head coach of the New England Patriots, who comfortably put the the Cincinnati Bengals away on Monday morning 35-17.
But the fun part was the Patriots match on Sunday, where they had a few issues with technology. According to Deadspin, the Microsoft Surface tables they were supplied — and seemingly everything else — simply weren't working.
"As you probably noticed, I’m done with the tablets," Belichick said in the post-game press conference. "I’ve given them as much time as I can give them. They’re just too undependable for me."
Here's Belichick's disappointment in real-time.
"I’m going to stick with pictures as several of our other coaches do as well because there just isn’t enough consistency in the performance of the tablets, so I just can’t take it anymore ... there are very few games that we play, home or away, day, night, cold, hot, preseason, regular season, postseason, it doesn’t make any difference; there are very few games where there aren’t issues in some form or fashion with that equipment."
It's not the first time Microsoft's multi-million dollar deal with the NFL has been called into question, and it's also not out of form for Belichick to have a whinge about technology. The team blamed the Surface tablets for their loss in the AFC Championship against Denver, although the problem was later revealed to be a network issue.
Still, Belichick's gripes don't usually devolve into hilarious Hulk-esque Surface smashings on the football pitch though. Microsoft responded by saying that the Surface, really, was fine:
We respect Coach Belichick’s decision, but stand behind the reliability of Surface. 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.
And for added measure, the NFL politely followed up by saying that Microsoft was an "integral, strategic partner of the NFL". In other words: shut up Belichick and use the damn Surface.
But if the Patriots head coach wants to keep going postal on the Microsoft tablet-PC, that's fine. I'll just grab the popcorn.